Ask Spa Goddess Sarah: What’s in a wax?

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What’s in a wax?

Are you a waxer, a shaver or a grower? It can be a bit of a minefield when you decide you want to have a bit of a tidy-up of your body hair, which is probably why Georgina from Harrow wanted a bit of a heads up before she braved a spa waxing and got something she didn’t expect! She said:

“I’m going on holiday in a month’s time and I want to be able to wear a bikini and not worry about regrowth. My friends have suggested I have a professional waxing, as I’ve only ever shaved my bikini line before and it doesn’t stay smooth for long. I’m a bit nervous though and I don’t know what to ask for.”

There are spas and salons all over the UK with menus of different hair removal options, and you can pick from simple bikini waxing, permanent laser hair removal and even “vajazzling”– where you add a little bling to your nether regions.

We’re all at it – according to the latest figures, the hair removal market was worth about $2.1 billion in the states last year and the UK isn’t far behind on the smooth scale.

So, for the actual – ahem – design, the terms used for different types of waxing can change, although the most common types of women’s bikini area waxes are:

• The Bikini Wax

Hair is only taken off from outside the knicker line.

• The Californian (or Mohican)

This one is doesn’t leave much – just a small vertical line of pubic hair in the centre. To imagine how it looks; it’s the wax that women who prefer a narrow-cut thong bikini often opt for.

• The Brazilian

This one just leaves you with a teeny vertical strip or triangle. Everything else, including anything underneath, is off.

• The Hollywood or the Full Bikini Wax

This one isn’t for the faint-hearted. The Hollywood takes absolutely everything off, everywhere. In other words, you’ll be totally bald.

A decent bikini wax should last you three to six weeks so it’s perfect if you’re going on holiday for a couple of weeks and don��t want to fiddle around with razors while you’re away. If you love the look and want to keep things really smooth down below on a permanent basis though, experts suggest having it done every four weeks.

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