You may be concerned about hygiene and whether it’s completely safe and sanitary to get a bikini wax at a salon. There are things that you can do and be aware of that will help to ensure that you are at a reputable salon which is strict about adhering to all things related to your safety.
The facility you choose is a huge part of making a good decision to get a professional bikini wax or Brazilian. Rather than simply looking up local salons on the Internet and making an appointment with a salon “sight unseen,” visit the salon you’re thinking about visiting. Drop by and see for yourself whether the establishment is clean. Check to see the licensing of the aesthetician or cosmetologist you will have a waxing session with. Don’t get a Brazilian wax from anyone who doesn’t have proof of being trained.
The type of wax used can make a difference in your waxing experience. The best type of wax is hard wax because it adheres to your hair, not your skin; and it’s gentler. The soft and sticky wax called “speed wax” is fast and quick, but it causes more pain during the waxing process and tends to tear skin more easily.
Be aware of hygiene practices that are appropriate for waxing practitioners. Before beginning, he or she should either scrub their hands or at the very least use hand sanitizer. Each application of a spatula to your skin should be with a new applicator because double-dipping means that bacteria can get in the wax. Bacteria from other customers could cause you an infection; so double-dipping is a big no-no. Don’t get a wax in an establishment that practices double-dipping.
The technician should also make it a practice to prevent burns on you by testing the wax on his or her own skin first. Don’t be shy about speaking up if a practitioner isn’t following this and/or other hygiene steps.
To ease any skin irritation and help to prevent possible infection, apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream with hydrocortisone two days after your wax.
Check the area you’ve had waxed and see a doctor as soon as possible if you have peeling of the skin, a fever, a burning sensation, inflamed ingrown hairs, rashes, or raw open sores or cuts. If you’ve gone to a dependable waxing salon and if you exfoliate two days before and after being waxed, there’s less chance you’ll have any of these problems.