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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do you wax?

We've talked about a bunch of intimate stuff on Cup of Jo, so I figured I'd make a confession...

I've never waxed. Ever. Not one single time.

Is that weird? Normal? Honestly, it has never really occurred to me to get waxed. And the guys that I’ve dated—and, uh, gotten to know better—haven’t seem to mind at all. We never even talked about it.

But! All my friends these days seem to get waxed, so am I the odd man out? Some people really go for it: One of my friends gets waxed even when she isn't dating anyone. She says she just does it for herself. (!) Another friend got waxed at 39 weeks pregnant so she’d look better GIVING BIRTH. Now that is commitment.

Do you wax? Does it hurt? Is it expensive? Do you get it in certain shapes? I feel like a five-year-old to have to ask!

Here's a little poll, in case you'd rather answer anonymously:


P.S. More girl talk: Do you wear thongs, or pee in front of your significant other? Also, vibrators.

(Cute underwear by Calvin Klein)

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Donna said...

I was once an anti waxer. But with everything else in life, I decided I've got to try it at least once to see if I would hate or love it. Well, I LOVED it.

My suggestion for people is to find a waxer who makes the experience not awkward. The lady I go to has such a sweet studio, she's charming, offers wine or water (pending how your days been), has online booking and is SUPER fast.

The best thing about waxing is the fact that you don't have to maintain it nearly as often. It's a great thing to do before trips and helps with less in grown hairs if you're prone to that.

Overall, I say all ladies need to give it a try just once. Go to a place that a girlfriend would recommend, I prefer hard wax to strips so try and find that.

Happy waxing!

xoDonna
www.soyouagree.com

Laura Connelly said...

I wax myself everywhere - legs, underarms bikini. I'm too lazy to shave! I'm almost too lazy to wax , so laser hair removal would be great! Once you get the hang of waxing, it's easy, although it can get messy if you're not careful!

Meadow said...

I don't wax, but I definitely use a razor! Waxing just sounds scary.

I've waxed other body part before but it's messy and painful and not that effective IMO.

Meadow said...

Whatever floats your boat!

Breezy said...

I have very thick hair all over, and if I don't wax my bikini line, it looks like I'm wearing furry boxer briefs, no joke. I use Nair wax strips once a month or so, and it gets the job done. Once I went to a nude spa in Germany and figured I didn't have to worry about waxing, since I always thought Europeans were free and easy about that sort of thing. Alas, everyone there had super tidy chochas and I felt really awkward with my giant bush, haha.

JJinParis said...

i live in France and I wax (not a full Brazilian but rather the "ticket de metro" you can look it up)
everyone here seems to wax. it's very easy to find a good place, the "waxers" (estheticienne, sounds so much nicer in French) are high quality, very experienced, often coming from turkey or middle east, and it is inexpensive. all my friends wax, some of them wax everything, legs, bikini, arms, underarms, etc

however, finding a good quality cheap pedicure is impossible!

Sarah Mennell said...

I had a bikini wax for the first time this week and while painful, It was really nice to pull on a swimsuit and feel like yes, I feel good!

33348328-2e8f-11e2-ae96-000bcdcb471e said...

You can believe what you want, but I assure you, if a guy said to me, "Ugh, get rid of this hairless look -- I want a woman, not a little girl," I'd say "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." It's my body, it's my hair, I've been waxing since I was 19, and I don't really care what anybody else thinks, because it's something I've always liked to do. I don't find it very painful, whereas you couldn't pay me enough to shave down there -- every time I've tried that, it gets itchy, irritated, and uncomfortable.

Also, I am pretty sure that whether or not I have pubic hair, it is obvious to the world that I am not a little girl.

Fernanda Andrade said...

I'm Brazilian and I've been living in the U.S. for nearly 3 years now. It was pretty shocking (and funny) to me that in the States there's such a thing as a "brazilian wax". I don't know how this name started in the first place, but it doesn't reflect how Brazilian women wax at all... First of all, in Brazil all women wax (unless there's no need for it- meaning some people just don't have that much hair down there). Second, we do not just wax in order to go to the beach, but we wax on a regular basis (wether there's a romantic partner in the picture or not). And, as I said before we don't all necessarly have a "brazilian wax" :). It is also very common in Brazil for women to wax before givig birth. Personally, waxing for me is part of my personal hygiene (not that people who don't wax are not clean, by all means), but it feels so clean afterwards! It is kind of painful sometimes, that's why a lot of people go for laser hair removal, which is great, although it is still an expensive treatment... I really appreciate the way you approach all types of themes in your blog! I love reading your texts.

Amanda @ Little Lady Living said...

I have had 2 brazilian waxes, and will NEVER have another! They are more painful than any piercings, tattoos, shots, needles, etc that I have encountered. NOT worth it! Luckily my boyfriend agrees ;)

Eleanor James said...

I keep things tidy down there, but have never waxed down there. Ha, so strange to write about it... like you said, it feels a little funny to ask/write about it. I have had my brows waxed on a number of occasions and cannot imagine having a more sensitive area waxed, NO THANKS!
I'm pushing 30 and it's never occurred to me. Men (mostly) don't seem to mind that stuff from what I've experienced, even when I didn't shave my legs it was not a big deal, even though I felt like it was.
Also, having someone look at private parts is enough to keep me from waxing as well. I get that it's their job and no big deal to them, but I'm just not comfortable with it.

eastcoastbird said...

Got a Brazilian once and it was a HORRIBLE experience! Whoah the pain.....definitely up there with childbirth! Will not be doing it again....ever. I prefer to shave, it works for me and is pain-free!

Bruna said...

I am also brazilian and get a wax EVERY month. For me it's more hygienic. It's not because I'm in a relationship, I feel cleaner, especially at THAT time in the month and it reduces the amount of hair that grows. The more you get a wax, the less it hurts, you get used to it and the hair thickens. I tried razers but got a lot of ingrown hair which where ver painful. I must admit that I've had some people wax me that hurt A LOT, but once you get someone that's really good at waxing, you should stick to that person. It's a must have for me.

Amanda Blair said...

It's funny you posted this because this topic keeps coming up with my girlfriends and I. I used to, and a bunch of us I would imagine, used to either wax or shave all the hair away. Now, I love having more coverage down below. It makes me feel like a woman. I do wax the sides to keep the perimeter clean and tidy but even a landing strip makes me feel like a little girl now. I love feeling womanly and that plays a huge role in it. I am currently single and only start regulary waxing when summer hits (hello waxer!) or I'm dating someone consistently, other wise I don't mind my all natural look. JOanna I do wonder do you do any sort of "tidying" up down there? Shave, trim?!

Kirsten said...

I've never waxed and I don't think that I ever will. I was permanently scarred as a teenager by an article I read in Seventeen magazine about a girl who waxed, got horrible cellulitis and had to have one of her legs amputated as a result. Yikes. I pretty much stick to shaving, but I'm definitely not too obsessive about what it looks like down there. Good enough is good enough for me. A couple of my friends have had laser hair removal and loved it--I say, if you care enough and have the money, that might be the way to go!

fabfortyplus.com said...

I'm from the old school and had never waxed until a couple of years ago, I was very curious about all the hype and popularity, so I tried it, but I did my research and prepped (took Advil and used a topical cream for my area to prep it) before the wax. I also made sure I was referred to a good quality wax spa. My first experience was better than I expected, the technician was good at her craft and fast, the pain was minimal and overall it was a good experience. But, I think that the next time I get my area done I'm gonna look into laser treatment. I think waxing is a personal preference, and it does make you feel very clean & fresh.

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paper friday said...

Yes!!!! Amazing book, I was going to write almost exactly the same thing as you... I too bought it for every woman I know!

Heidi said...

haha i think you'd feel more like a 5 yr old if you got waxed... ;) it hurts. don't do it!!

Monique said...

hello! I'm almost 25 and yes, I wax (I'm doing that about 5 years I guess). To me it's the same thing as to brush teeth or wash hair and so on, it's like a part of hygiene. I even won't feel like a lady if I don't do that :)) to my mind, it's a part of the whole human appearance's aesthetics.
It really hurts ant the very first time, but lately it's not so painful, sometimes I don't feel anything at all (just warm wax :) )

Scout and Rice said...

I've never waxed either! I thought that I was in the minority. :) I've never been particularly hairy for me to have considered it. I certainly wouldn't do it if I was pregnant, as I've heard it can be way more painful due to the extra blood circulating down there.

Ashley said...

i get a brazilian every 3 months or so (my hair grows really slow). if you've never tried it, i would HIGHLY recommend it. i just feel sexier after getting waxed! give it a whirl post-baby, i can almost guarantee it will make you feel sexier!

greygonegreen said...

I waxed once when I was pregnant (at 4 months) and it was awful! The woman who was giving me the wax (is that how you say it??) told me she had someone come see her on the way to the hospital when she was in labor. I don't know why people think that makes a difference. Giving birth is not a pretty picture!

miss katie said...

I wax regularly for myself, like your friend! I found the best Esthetician ever, she charges me a great price, and with regular exfoliation and moisturization I've managed to avoid any kind of ingrown/bumps/inflammation which is great! Highly recommend at least trying it out :)

rk said...

I used to wax then when I started making some money I lasered the whole shebang. Yup, clean as a whistle.

I one hundred percent do it for myself. I'm intelligent and educated and in a high power job and an empowering relationship...

How about this little wrinkle... maybe I LIKE to feel a little porny during sex! Maybe that's sexy for some women.

Stop judging.

Debbie said...

Hurts like crazy!

bigfathoochiemama said...

I used to get brazillian waxes every 4-5 weeks. I just like feeling smooth and I would have to shave daily if I wanted that! I actually got AWFUL ingrowns from waxing because I have sensitive skin (not a normal reaction), so now I've started laser hair removal at my doc's recommendation.

If you want to get waxed, schedule your appointment when you're not on your period and take ibuprofen about 30 minutes before. The pain isn't unbearable and it gets easier every time. If expense is an issue (about $50-60 is normal in most major US cities) try European Wax Center. Make sure anywhere you go uses hard wax, not strips for bikini area and that they don't double-dip the sticks into the wax!

Tasneem Hussain said...

I used to wax all the time (and when I did I seemed to be the only one of my friends who did it). Now, I am the one who never waxes but all of my friends do it. I don't know...I hate the growing out process so I just shave now.

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beccainboston said...

I have only done it twice but mostly only for the price factor! I am on a grad school budget and rarely have a mani/pedi budget let alone a bikini wax one. The second time I got hard wax and the lady was wonderful. She only does "ladypart" waxing and has a teeny tiny shop and everyone loves her.

Anyhoo I am moving states now to a warmer climate, and am deciding if I want to try a bikini wax for the summertime. Also I am going from a long distance relationship to being in the same zip code! I Can't be as lazy as I used to be (even though he doesn't care either way)!

Kerry said...

I wax at home, occasionally. Mostly in the summer because of bathing suit season. I also do my underarms which is more important to me! I think that although I 'do it for me' I also know that there is a reason that I even WANT to do it for me, and that is because of some messed up ideals that society puts into our heads regarding women and body hair. If society glorified body hair, we'd all be commenting about how we keep it long and luscious because we 'do it for ourselves' too...

Karen Twelves said...

I used to get Brazilian waxes, but would have them leave a patch up top -- I mostly wanted to get rid of hair around the "nethers." It hurt a bit but not that bad really. And I even went to a woman who would go over afterwards with a pair of tweezers -- talk about dedication.

After a while I stopped worrying so much about having a hairy taint and did at-home waxes to just have a smaller triangle up top, since I was super self-conscious about stray hairs peeking out from my bikini briefs.

Then I got lazy and now I don't bother with any of it. I never shaved my bikini line; that was more trouble than it was worth. Stubble, ingrown hairs, no thank you.

If you're curious, go get a wax. Check out reviews on Yelp and even get a name of a particular woman if possible. If you don't like it, it'll grow right back.

Kerry said...

I wax at home occasionally. Mostly in the summer because of bathing suit season. I also do my underarms which is more important to me! I think that although I 'do it for me' I also know that there is a reason that I even WANT to do it for me, and that is because of some ideals that society puts into our heads regarding women and body hair. If society glorified body hair, we'd all be commenting about how we keep it long and luscious because we 'do it for ourselves' too. I agree with everyone that said we can't judge each other for our choices but I also think it's wise to think about where those choices came from.

caitsheajones said...

I used to get waxed until I found sugaring. It's so much better and it's all natural! Just like some of the others have said, it hurts a lot the first time but if you keep going it hurts less and less. The hair also doesn't grow back as much and certainly not as thick (if it was thick to begin with). It's a little awkward the first time you meet your sugarist and she tells you to hold your leg up by your ear! As I've gotten to know my sugarist though we just gossip for the 20 minutes it takes and I hardly even notice anything.

Basically, sugaring is the way to go. So much better than shaving and waxing!

hrl said...

I don't have on my arm pits or pubic area. I'm asian and my mom and other female family members are the same. I do groom my brows but that's about it.

natalienoods said...

I have gotten a Brazilian a couple of times. Honestly the pain wasn't too bad, and it doesn't last. The first time, I was worried about putting on my pants after, but it was fine after the initial pain. Just make sure you go someplace clean! I would do it more often except it is expensive.

Courtney Suzanne said...

Heck, I could barely shave my legs when I was 8 months pregnant, let alone worry about any other maintenance. Body hair was the least of my worries when I was pushing a child out of my body!

Moonlight said...

I was but here everyone does. We are Mediterranean ladies so most of us was our full legs, arms, and bikinis. Even our upper lip. I can not stress enough how many beauticians exist here, and you can get a full leg- arm- bikini-upper lip wax for 20euros, which is around 25USD! Very inexpensive in contrast to the rest of things here!
If you decide to go for it, I suggest trying out some salons by waxing your legs, and see what you like, and what they do differently. If you know of a turkish/libanese/latin place, they should be the best with all the experience they are getting, plus it's part of their cultures!
Having said all that, if you are ok with how you are, why change it? You could try it out once I guess and see how it makes you feel.

Last but not least, YES it hurts, BUT you could use a cream like Emla (Lidocaine/prilocaine), an ask around for tips to use it! They use it for tattoos, laser, and waxing. It help A LOT! Also, if you ever decide to adopt the waxed look, have in mind that laser works very well with dark hair against fair skin. I only tried it once- years ago- and the difference is unbelievable!

beccainboston said...

Yeah lucky if I didn't do anything my swimsuit would definitely be poofy and not cover it all!!

Laura Jean said...

Oh my! I did it once a few years ago before a trip. I wish I was one who could do it regularly - but it was so painful and felt so awkward...I will never attempt it again. I got in the car with my hubs and cried - and then vehemently proclaimed "that was the biggest rip off ever!" I was talking about the price - but had to laugh at the the very apt words!

Sarah said...

I have a standing appt every 4-weeks for eyebrows & upper lip. I've waxed in the past, the first time being after I started dating a guy who's previous girlfriend was a beautiful Brazilian woman! Living in SF we very rarely have the opportunity to wear a bathing suit, so it just doesn't seem worth it. Plus, it hurts like heck! The only part that's bearable is when they do your bum!

NICOLE said...

Ditto what Julia said at 2:24PM!

primjillie said...

I can't imagine walking into a place and letting some stranger do this! Maybe because I'm older (in my 50's), but if I had to do it, I'd do it myself. I only found out recently that women (and men) shave down there regularly. As I get older, the hair tends to get lighter, so I only trim once in a blue moon. It was hard to wrap my head around the idea of bareness, because it does remind me of young children. But it sure sounds like it is popular!

Sarah Conner said...

Just say no, Joanna! Save yourself! I got a full Brazilian at 8 months pregnant (why, WHY?!!) and my first wax was my last wax. I wrote about it here, if you like:

http://dearyoungmother.blogspot.com/2012/08/lessons-learned-in-pregnancy-on-waxing.html

Lindsay said...

I've had 8 laser sessions down there, but never got a wax. The 2nd laser I tried really hurt, especially when it gets closer to the backside, but I'm glad I did it. (Still have to shave quite a few strays, but I'm pleased with my results.)

christinerojas said...

LOL This is the first time I've read almost all the comments! I have never tried waxing (except for my eyebrows). I simply shave everywhere else because I like smooth skin and it's super quick/easy.

JessieMC said...

I've never waxed down there either, and I'm 30... not sure I ever plan to. It seems painful, expensive, and like the comment above, I don't think I ever want to do anything other than bikini because I think women should have a little something down there! :) I do feel like the odd man out, but I agree no man has ever seemed to mind (including my now husband).

Haley said...

You are awesome. And so right. Feminism is all about choice. We do things to ourselves every day to alter or enhance our appearance, such as apply make up, brush our hair, pick out the clothes we want to wear, get a tattoo - they are all expressions of our personal style, and a reflection of how we view ourselves. What makes hair removal any different, any less feminist?

Mom on a Mission said...

My thing is, why pay for a wax when you can shave for free?

Tamara said...

I wax! i wax for me (i cannot stand the feeling of hot, moist, hairy business down there). One i started almost 20 years ago, I've never considered stopping or shaving. I waxed prior to giving birth (at 37 weeks, son born at 38 weeks) and I plan to do it again for my second child due this July. I had to have an episiotomy & believe me, it was WAY easier to heal (and get stiched up) without any hair. Hair free for me!

The F Mode said...

I love this post and reading everyone's thoughts. I've never waxed (25 years young), it just doesn't seem to appeal to me. You should read this post by beauty and skin care specialist Nichola Joss on her site.

http://www.nicholajoss.com/2012/03/hair-removal/

"Epilating is always going to be my number one choice as it leaves skin so silky smooth without the stubble.
I used to wax, a lot.
I’m a beauty therapist, I’m trained to wax.
It’s dated, time consuming and quite honestly the growing in period is tedious and ugly.
Bye bye waxing. You’re old fashioned and out of date."

I totally agree with waxing seeming old fashioned, it reminds me of my mum (not that she's old and out of date).

What are your thoughts on epilating?


Cindy said...

Is there anyone out there who is au naturel? I am beginning to think I am the only one lol.

Adam, Belinda & Rondo said...

I've been waxing since I was about 18 (33 now) every 6-8 weeks. I'm not a huge fan of when its just been done but about 2 weeks to 4 weeks after there is a window of time where the hair is short and just feels cleaner and nice. I pay about $60 here in oz.

jessd6 said...

Nope! I tried an at-home kit for my bikini line once last year and not only does it hurt like hell, it left me with ripped open skin and ingrown hairs that were sore (and looked terrible) just in time for my vacation.

I prefer to use a regular razor on the bikini line and a trimmer to keep the rest of it cropped and neat. (Plus, I've heard when you wax/shave/otherwise go completely bare, you are more susceptible to getting, er, certain uncomfortable things passed on from partner to partner.)

Karen in CT said...

.. HILARIOUS ...

- shelle said...

Wow - what a popular subject! I didn't read through all the responses, but I wax periodically - regularly during the warm months (I live in AZ and am parked by the pool half the year) but was especially happy I did while preggers just before the baby was born - This might be over-overshare, but what the heck - I tore AND had to have an episiotomy and was SO thankful to be bare while the stitches were healing. The Obgyn also said it would help keep the area clean and reduce the likely hood of infection. . . So although it is painful, and uncomfortable, I am happy I did it and will do it again with the next one :)

Found-Food said...

Girl, you have to wax. It's a right of passage for all women.

Lorene said...

I do wax and as often as I can - as here in London it is quite expensive. I feel horrible when I don't wax. I started it when I wasn;t even dating anyone, and I did go for a wax couple of weeks before my due date :) In my opinion it doesn't hurt that bad, I thought it would much more, and we get used to it after a while ;)

Nikki.Bollerman said...

agreed! I do it for me. Hurt like hell the first time, but every other time its just uncomfortable. If you go to someone who knows what they are doing, it's over with fast and the pain bearable and I get everything done too (even that painful part). feels soooooooo better :)

amanda june said...

I got a bikini wax only once, when I was 18. The blinding pain during was bad enough (to make me think, "why? WHY? why do people willingly subject themselves to this?!") but what made me swear "never again" was the awful bumps and irritation afterward. By the time things started getting back to normal down there, the hair was growing back, so it all seemed pretty pointless and, to summarize, NOT worth it.

I do shave to keep things neat though. Not for a guy; I just prefer it that way.

Samantha said...

I wax once every three months or so, and always before I go on vacation. I would do it more often but don't because of the cost, and my husband doesn't seem to mind when I am in between. I started when I was in college. Shaving doesn't really work well for me, I have very thick, course, black hair, and it causes all kinds of bumps and ingrown hairs. I always get a brazilian because they do your butt crack, which is the best! I know TMI.

I always have them leave some up top though, cause I don't like the completely bare look. The most painful part to wax is on top by your pubic bone, the inside bits hardly hurt.

However, you should make sure you go somewhere that uses HARD wax, not the paper with strips. It is like 100,000 times less painful. I will NEVER go back. It binds directly to the hair and not the skin so it does not pull your skin at all. So much better. It still hurts, but nothing you can't handle. And it is so worth it.

You should try it just for fun! You might like it. Also, since we are being intimate here, I think it makes oral sex feel better. Totally worth a little pain. ;)

Amy said...

Darcee, at least for me, threading is MUCH worse than waxing. Having my eyebrows threaded is honestly the most painful thing I've ever experienced. A full bikini wax is nothing compared to threading. Not saying you should try it necessarily, but just know that threading is way worse. Just talking about it gets me worked up :) I don't know how women thread large surface areas. EEK!

Kodi Jensen said...

Before I got married one of my good friends who's male tried to convince me to wax that area clean as a whistle. I didn't wax anything. Personally, I would only wax the area that isn't covered by a bikini before going on vacation, just so I didn't have to mess with shaving that area daily on vacation. I'll trim what's covered by panties to keep it from getting unruly, but otherwise, I'm happy with how it looks and I've heard it's healthier to have the hair there.

Margaret said...

totally wax! certainly not a slave to it but the hair grows back so much slower so, in fact, i only wax. go for it!

Autumn said...

i prefer sugaring. i find it to be less painful and irritating to my skin.

mo said...

More info on your laser treatment, please!! Cost, how long it took, where did you get it done, or did you use that new thing that you can use at home?

Fernanda Franco said...

Same here - Although I do wax it all!

Agnes said...

Never!!! But Joanna, do tell, you've been in bathing suits/poolside in some of your blog pics.... do you wear boycut shorts, or...? I mean, how does it not all hang out?? So curious, because I shave it down so the hairs don't poke out, you know what I mean?

mo said...

You are extremely lucky!

Jess said...

i only get brazilian, i figure why no just go all the way if im going to go for it

even after years of getting them, it is always hurts even more than the last time. it hurts SO MUCH! lol might be wondering why i do it, i like it, my bf likes it...

but seriously, hurts just talking about it

Jess said...

i only get brazilian, i figure why no just go all the way if im going to go for it

even after years of getting them, it is always hurts even more than the last time. it hurts SO MUCH! lol might be wondering why i do it, i like it, my bf likes it...

but seriously, hurts just talking about it

Jana Miller said...

I did electrolysis in college to remove most of the side show and now I just occasionally shave. Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

Vanessa said...

Wow, I am surprised at the poll that (at this time) 55% never wax. I wonder if those girls don't wax but maybe shave or remove it some other way instead? I thought waxing was a super widespread habit. In any case, I'm glad you posted about this.

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

my friends try to drag me i act like i dont hear them uh nag one bad painful experience was enough. really im fine lol

Bitch of Beverly Hills said...

haha i love that you posted about this. very interesting to see other thoughts and opinions. I do get waxed pretty regularly, though after reading some of these comments I may have to avoid the extra pain of it during pregnancy (then again, that may be the one time pain is no object? ha). Most interesting was that the trend seems to be that guys don't comment/care either way!

Rachel @ Existation said...

I chose "Yes, but rarely" only because I tried waxing ONCE, and it was an awful experience. Like...blood was drawn. I had little scabs all over the place for a week. AND the wax was impossible to get off. If I ever try waxing again I'm definitely going to get it done professionally and not try the whole at-home-kit-in-a-box thing.

Amanda said...

Ha, this is so funny to read! I have experienced childbirth (three, in fact) and all three were less painful COMBINED than the one time I got a Brazilian wax! I did it right before my wedding, and though my husband loved it, it was not worth doing again! I even think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, and honestly, I nearly cried throughout the entire thing.

Mami said...

IT HURTS. And it's a whole THING. Call to make the appt, go to the appt (taking time away from having an awesome lunch break or chatting with a friend), deal with breathing at the right time so it hurts less, all to pay $50 or so! ANNNNNND it grows back. BOO. Done it twice and I'm so over it.

Unknown said...

I've never waxed, but several of my sorority sisters do. I once went with them, and the sounds they made were horrible. I have thought about waxing several times since then, but I've never actually gone through with it. As a former swimmer, I still shave-- pretty much everything, and I've never had problems with razor burn.

Unknown said...

I've never waxed, but several of my sorority sisters do. I once went with them, and the sounds they made were horrible. I have thought about waxing several times since then, but I've never actually gone through with it. As a former swimmer, I still shave-- pretty much everything, and I've never had problems with razor burn.

Unknown said...

I would love to do it on a regular basis, but at $50 a pop + tip (San Francisco prices), there's no way!
-Tessa

gabriellamuka said...

I've never waxed, ever! It sounds so painful. Even though most of the women I know wax, it's never been an issue. Maybe one day!

SGrace said...

I started waxing and loved not having the red bumps that shaving with a razor caused. At first I just did it in the summer but then started doing it year round. I am very athletic and don't like any hair down there when I'm swimming, biking, and running for a long time. The downside of waxing was that you had to let your hair grow to a certain length before waxing again which I found to be very inconvenient during pool season. It also was becoming quite the monthly expense. A living social deal for laser hair removal at a nearby Aveda Spa became available and I went for it and love the results and the fact that I never have to worry about shaving or waxing again. I even did my underarms after I had the Brazilian done. And I can honestly say I did this one for me and have no regrets!

eypolapol said...

Like you I only waxed when I gave birth.

Veralynn said...

Joanna, if you're thinking about trying it, I highly recommend making an appointment with Marina at Bliss Soho. She was recommended to me by my friend who is a beauty blogger(itsfairlyobvious.com)and I went to see her for a Brazilian on my recent trip to New York. It was not a big deal *at all* and she was great! I highly recommend anyone who lives in the city to pay her a visit and be amazed.

Veralynn
joiedeveralynn.blogspot.com

Kasia said...

Omg Christy I love your comment!! I'm with you ladies, only shaving for me. Waxed once and vowed never again. Maybe one day I'll laser but am lasering a tattoo and that hurts like a mother soo probably not lol

Sarah Jensen said...

Haha! Well said. That made me laugh.

suzy said...

NOOOOOO!!! lol Have waxed once and neeeeever again. Had the full thing off and yes it felt ok though its really not a sexy look in my opinion. Trim and razor is good enough for me :)

soleil said...

Unfortunately what you guys portray is the ideal, not the norm.
I am NOT saying that women should wax before giving birth [I never wax], but hear this: a friend of mine found after giving birth that the ob-gyn gave her a 'haircut'! this made her feel dirty and a little violated (in a very sensitive time). And this was in the Bay Area!
My own personal experience was with a pre-natal visit to the delivery room, described by the nurse there as the place'where the fake blonds are exposed'. ugh.
If you are wandering why 'crazy women' wax before labor - this is why.

peoniesandpancakes said...

It's not painful at all! It really feels the same as waxing your legs plus, it's over in 15 minutes. Definitely worth trying at least once. You'll probably love it but even if you don't, at least you've tried : )

christine said...

I've been a labor and delivery nurse for 20 years, so I've seen many different "hairstyles"--really, it's a woman's decision what/how she wants to care for her pubic hair. But it is true that women are counseled NOT to shave or wax from 36 weeks onward. It increases your risk of infection--I've seen some nasty ones. One of the worst was yeast in the hair follicles--it looked like someone had poured boiling water on the woman's labia. Blisters, raw red skin, terrible pain...I felt so bad for that woman!

To reassure those who are pregnant/plan on having babies: we birth professionals have seen so many perineums that we aren't going to remember yours or your pubic hair! And we're not grossed out by pubes, clitoral hood piercings, or bright pink pubic hair. To each their own; as long as it isn't interfering with the baby coming out, I don't care!

I would never make a woman feel bad (or even comment) on a woman's pubic hair. Soleil, re: your friend who had her hair trimmed by the ob-gyn--it's terrible that she feels violated. Did the OB explain why she was trimming? I've never seen a practitioner trim someone's pubic hair for cosmetic reasons. However, I have seen a practitioner ask a woman if it was OK to trim a little out of the way in order to complete a labial tear. Sometimes it's easier to approximate torn/cut tissue if there's less obscuring the view.

Marissa Rangel-Biddle said...

I'm Brazilian too and I wax. I use Brazilian bikinis too and they are teeny so it requires a good landscape. Never did that so called Brazilian bikini.

JB said...

Living in a tropical country really brings up the issue pretty early on. I tried shaving once and it was so itchy I vowed never to do it again. Waxing here is pretty standard. I go to a great lady that takes 4 minutes, and it's not as expensive as in the states. It's a bit painful, but it feels so nice after, especially when you're hanging out in a tiny bikini, not worrying about stray hairs showing. :)

Payal S said...

Payal S.

In Mumbai - India, most of the girls start waxing their entire body by the age of 18 almost. For most of us here its a sign of being hygienic, its a trend being passed on from our Mother's. I am 32 and by now as you can imagine its as simple as getting your manicure done on a monthly basis. Most of women here have somebody come over from a salon to get the waxing done and its as cheap as $12 for the entire body!

Although all the above is true only for major cities such as Mumbai/ Delhi/ Banglore etc.

leah ruth said...

i used to wax before i had my baby. i never got waxed regularly, just when i felt like i wanted to. i went to a really good (and reasonable) salon, but it was kind of a hike for me. now that i have a toddler that i stay home with i just can't see myself spending my alone time getting waxed. i shave...

my sister talks about getting laser hair removal (i have thought about it...). but with how hair trends come and go, what is going to happen with big 70s bushes are back in? i mean, my mom plucked her eyebrows really thin as a teenager, and then regretted it when brook shields became popular.

Beth E. said...

I have never understood the appeal of waxing. I am not big on any beauty treatments that require a lot of maintenance. I get my (head) hair colored and cut at 6am on the first Tuesday of every month but I take care of my nails myself and just file them and put on clear topcoat. I shave what shows outside my swimsuit when I'm going to be on the beach but that is it. I will admit that I am not hairy. I can go 5+ days without shaving my legs before they start to feel prickly and I only have about 6 armpit hairs. I can't imagine devoting half an hour once a month to pubic hair maintenance. Where do you people get all of this free time? Maybe I'm just very careful about time budgeting but that seems unnecessary. I can't imagine my husband saying anything about it either! I would be pissed if he did!

Teffy Perk said...

I do waxed, and have done since I was a teenager really. I do the brazilian wax and my legs (legs I do myself at home) and shave my underarms. To be honest though, over the winter I shave my legs more than wax.

I do also wax if I'm not seeing anyone, as I do feel more hygienic and 'pampered' if I do. weird huh?

Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

Xx

tugyen said...

I'm not sure about the health results about laser after a couple of years, since it is a new treatment, so I have cold feet.

But waxing is great. The cleanness and long lasting cant be beat. Plus the hair decreases up to %50 after 1-2 years and grows slower.

The pain? Come on, we give birth ladies : )

Nancy said...

I have had some bikini waxes so everything would like 'nice' when on holiday. But I have stopped doing it since apparently it doesn't work on everybody. Now this is kind of weird to tell but since we are all being honest and open about it: On some places you see the hairs but they're not of the consistency to be waxed. So in the end not everything was away and they had to take tweezers to finish the job. Hair by hair... I have now completely stopped since the last time they kept on waxing and my skin was burnt and red. At the time it didn't really hurt but since I am not looking at myself when getting waxed I'd figure they would stop if you are getting red burns - after weeks it was finally over! I felt super concious of myself... I am not thinking of getting it done anymore - my supersoft hair doesn't make it possible neither down there or on my legs,

XOXO
Nancy

Nancy said...

I don't know if it can get any weirder but I have seriously seen someone at the pool with tweezers to get the hairs peaking out of the bathing suit getting rid off. I mean come on! Right there at the poolside! Without any shame! I didn't know what to think or what to do!

Schenck catherine said...

I wax the bikini area once a month, I can't imagine not doing it, but I can't imagine waxing more than that, because it's painful enough as it is, and I like looking like an adult!

Schenck catherine said...

I wax the bikini area once a month, I can't imagine not doing it, but I can't imagine waxing more than that, because it's painful enough as it is, and I like looking like an adult!

Lauren J said...

I get a brazilian done once a month or so, and I think that in comparison to getting my lip waxe, it doesn't hurt at all! It is quite expensive though, about $50AUD here.

hototogisu said...

I get the full Brazilian, but keep the front really full. It's a kind of business in the front, party in the back situation. I have a fabulous Brazilian (as in, she's from Brazil) waxer just down the road from my work. Every time she rips off a strip she pumps her fist in the air a little and says 'brave!' I love how clean and soft it feels. I leave enough hair so I definitely don't look like a little girl.

It's not comfortable, but I love how it makes me feel, so it's a line item in my monthly budget.

I find the idea that getting a Brazilian is axiomatically anti-feminist tiresome and dull. Caitlin Moran can shove it.

Giulia S. said...

does the laser hair removal work? Because I know that it's expensive and I would like to know if it's worth it. thanks:D

Ana Simões said...

This is funny. I'm Portuguese and every girl here waxes the minute the becomes a teenager and the hair starts growing. Nowadays most people are doing laser, but it is unthinkable NOT to wax your body every 20/30 days. Relationship status has nothing to do with it. Women who shave are seen as weird. Men shave, women don't!

Giulia S. said...

thanks for sharing! I do only wax my legs and I do it by myself. I think that waxing "down there" is just too painful.And unfortunately I have really sensitive skin. I was thinking to do laser hair removal. But I need a job first!:D

Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

All I'll say on this subject is waxing is PAINFUL. Sure it lasts a while and once the mindnumbing agony has subsibed maybe you even convince yourself it's worth it. But still, it stings. If you ever do decide to wax don't go for the at home bikini wax option. Trust me on that one. Ouch.

xx

Simona Morachioli said...

It seems to be a very european thing? we all wax here- really. even if you do not date. You should see how crowded are waxing studios in germany!

Jordan's Diary said...

I use to do it religiously, but now only when I'm going on a beach holiday! But have you heard of the vajazzle in London? it's this horrible thing where they glue crystal designs on your hoohaa. it started from the only way is essex reality show.

ideal100 said...

You should try egyptian waxing with sugar paste. I did normal waxing but that's just too painful and putting hot wax on my intimate areas did not feel good at all. Then I tried sugar paste. Wow, what a difference, less pain, skin is beautiful, no in-grows. I highly recommend it.

LaurelAnne said...

I'm so suprised by the amount of people that don't! I do it to keep things interesting for the hubs (and also did while I was pregnant!). Recently I decided to get laser removal and it's going to be great when it's finally over!

heykay said...

Joanna, the convo you've created here is so great. This is the first post where I think I've read EVERY COMMENT. I always shave, never wax but have been seriously thinking about giving it a try recently. This has helped with my decision process so much!

Julia said...

I'm 34 years old and I had never wax... until I had my first baby last year. Because I could no longer shave due to the size of my belly, I decided to get waxed two weeks before my due date. I can't say it was a nice first-time experience, but, in the end and when I was admitted to hospital, I was happy I did it.
Greetings from Argentina!

Caitlyn said...

I did it once and got a TERRIBLE bruise right on the crease between leg and crotch. It was so awful looking that all my partner noticed was the huge purple bruise - completely overshadowed the smoothness - and by the time the bruise faded - I was prickly again. AWFUL!

heykay said...

Amen, rk. :)

val said...

i totally agree! when i lived in brazil i loved doing it, so cheap and the waxers really knew what they were doing. it wasn't enjoyable but i definitely remember thinking how little pain i felt. then i moved back to america and shelled out $60 for the worst, most painful wax of my life.

Roberta Roth said...

I am 25 and I've been getting bikini waxes since I was 14. The thing is that I have a lot of hair down there and using a bikini without waxing was just not an option. Also, I'm brazillian and it's very common for us to do that.
Does it hurt? yes. Does it make me feel better about myself? sure. Is it really necessary if you're not hairy in the area? absolutely not.

Kara Oliveira said...

I live in Brazil where not waxing is basically a sin and punishable by... well, I don't know. But, you better wax! I waxed for a while and then realized it's a small form of torture, and my husband loves me regardless. So I stopped. I'm considering doing it again, but just like once a year or something. The result is nice, but the process - yikes!

Emily said...

Ha ha ha Kara - I'm not 40 yet, but I totally agree. I joke to my friends that every year my bush gets a little wider and soon it's going to meet in the back! I'm fairly hairless everywhere else, WHY must I have so much hair down there!

sssalvadora said...

Fine if you don't like that, but it's never really bothered me. I quite like it when there's a bit of thicker hair poking out of a guy's bathing suit, so why not consider it okay the other way around? Again, if that's what makes you most comfortable, go for it.

Unknown said...

I shave and don't wax, but I'm 42, have been married for sixteen years, and have three kids, so I may not be representative of most of your readers. I just don't have the time or money for things like this right now; there is always a kid who needs a new pair of shoes or money for a field trip and so on, and that's where all the money goes (plus, getting waxed doesn't sound like how I personally want to spend what little free time there is). That said, I can see why some would do it, especially those who live near a beach or spend a lot of time in a bathing suit.

It does seem like it is more common right now to be horrified by the idea of body hair than when I was in my twenties, but I am kind of hoping the fashion pendulum swings back around by the time my daughter is dealing with all this!

Erin said...

I'm generally a seasonal waxer. Bliss Spa waxes are minimally painful, compared to others I had in my youth (i.e. nail salon waxing is not the way to go!)

Your post timing was uncanny, I had a pre-baby delivery wax scheduled yesterday!

melissa said...

I do sometimes. I don't do it for any particular reason other that I have really, really itchy skin when my allergies are bad and body hair just makes it even more unbearable. So when the itch is really bad, it feels good to have it waxed. The rest of the time I just trim it. I shave or epilate my legs and arms too, and on days like today it's all I can do to keep from shaving my head.

(but it doesn't bother me if other people want to keep it. although if you want my face down there, trim that shiz.)

It hurts pretty badly the first time, but if you keep doing it the hair gets thinner and it isn't so intense. It also doesn't take nearly as long as you'd think. It's still not as painful as myofascial release. ;) You can get products like Tend Skin to avoid ingrown hairs and such.

sumslay said...

Omg, you just recently curled your eyelashes aaaand you've never waxed?! I dated a yankee once, and he commented on how he's noticed women "keep themselves up" more here, and now I'm starting to think he's on to something. I guess they just start us out young into thinking that appearance is everything, which is sad.

It's a personal preference, and the only time I think men might possibly care is when they're...down there. I've heard some feedback. But whatever, I uuuused to get waxed, but I just got lasered. ALL of it. I resisted at first, bc i thought, "What if big 80's bush comes back?" but then i realized i don't care; it's MY preference, and I'm more comfortable being smooth all over.

Also, I COMPLETELY agree with the commentary earlier about being traumatized by seeing a hair poke out of someone's bikini bottom. Her name was Sarah and it was 8th grade. I'm still scarred!

emilialiveslife said...

Oh my gosh, this may sound a little silly (okay, really silly) but THANK YOU for this post! I don't wax, see absolutely no reason to start and don't want to ever know what it feels like, but I always wonder if I'm the only person who doesn't. It's interesting to see the reactions. Feel better knowing I'm not the only one out there who doesn't wax. :)

Unknown said...

I do it because over time it requires less work than shaving. I started waxing 8 years ago and I can now go months at a time (in winter) and a full 5 weeks (in summer) without waxing my bikini line. Armpits: 3-4 weeks. Legs: depends how diligent I want to be, but I can still wear dresses after 3-4 weeks without second looks from colleagues. When I shaved, the hair grew back much quicker: 2 weeks for bikini, 5-7 days for armpits, and 3-5 days for legs.

Mariana Reis said...

I find this so funny: in Portugal, almost every single woman waxes. Legs get waxed, the hohaah gets waxed, armpits get waxed, same with eye brows and the "moustache area", ha ha ha :P
I actually think it's weird that American (well, mostly American) women would rather shave than wax. Waxing lasts a long time and shaving cuts the end of your hairs, so they seem thicker.
Anyway, I don't think it hurts. Sure, if you feel a bit more sensitive, then it's not a nice thing to wax your hohaah in those days, but it can be handled.
I go to this very nice and professional lady and full leg wax, armpit wax, hohaah wax, eyebrows and "moustache area" wax costs me around 25 dollars.

SteffanyF said...

I actually wax myself. I do my legs, bikini line, and underarms. My mom, grandmother, sister and I all do! My grandmother is from Argentina and everyone waxes there. She and my mom used to have to import their wax and melt it in a glass jar in water on the stove. Thankfully I don't need to do that. :) It's so easy and it lasts so much longer. I like it.

Koko Bahler said...

Lasering was the best thing I EVER did!!!

LBN said...

i'm a waxer - my mom got me started on my legs when i hit puberty, promising that if i faithfully waxed and never shaved the hair would stop growing. this didn't happen (i also cheated) but i've continued the waxing ritual. and yes, i'm the girl who continued waxing throughout my pregnancy. at a time when i couldn't see what was going on down there, i liked knowing i was...tidy. also, during the whole healing process post, i just felt like there was left to get in the way. i'm a redhead with super sensitive skin but the pain really isn't something that bothers me.

good luck!
lbn
http://frecklesinthefog.com

Sarah said...

WOW there are so many comments! Not reading them all, but I am pro-bikini line waxing. I got a brazilian over the summer and it was fun, but really, at a certain point, it makes no difference, and I sort of like looking like a woman and not a little kid.

If you're thinking about it, go to MAXWAX over on the UWS (walking distance of the 72nd street stop, not that you like trains). You can get it over with quickly and then treat yourself to a Levain's cookie downstairs!!

Janie said...

I remember being well freaked out when I found out what Brazilian waxes were. I buzz the hair around my bikini area shorter in the summer, but never shave. I can't, actually, because I get killer ingrown hairs that are way way awful to look at, but even if I could, it sure is weird (a little scary) that it's considered trendy and attractive to look prepubescent...

Caddy said...

Mary, that sound like the way to go!

Amy P said...

I would love to. I did once before my wedding, and it felt so much nicer (I mean for me, although my husband thought it did too). I just can't afford it often right now, so I don't bother. If/when I can afford it regularly, I think I will do it consistently. Or look into laser hair removal, as that continues to become more affordable. Laser definitely for the bikini line at the least.

PAP said...

yes always and i can not compare the comfort after it with any kind of shaving
it stays longer and after some "years" you will have less hair, because of that we in my country starts at very early ages like 13-14. At the beg. yes it hurts but the waxing methods now is less hurting than old methods which is a plus. Full body wax is abt 50 - 60 usd, is it expensive?

ks said...

Hi Joanna :)

Wow! So many replies to this funny subject! Here in Australia, everyone either waxes or (more and more now) has laser hair removal. I had a weird preoccupation with it when I was younger as I was....quite hairy... (Is there a more pleasant way of saying that!?) but the problem is that I'd get re growth within ONE WEEK!?!? I know right! Anyway, a couple years ago I was fed up so gave laser a try, and I've never looked back! It feels like a miracle in comparison to waxing. Here, a wax is anywhere between $40 -$90 AUD (!!!! So expensive!!) and laser is about $60 per session, of which you only need 5 to 8, then you're hair free.... FOREVER! Amazing. The pain levels are pretty similar. And your skin is so smooth for the entire process (no re growth/ingrowns). WINNER!!

Xo

Iily'swishes said...

I got my first wax done a few months into my freshman year of college and love it. I think it was sort of liberating and felt very grown up, but also made me feel a little more sexual...or something. However, and even better, was that I didn't think it was as bad as everyone says, I would definitely give it a go. It is an expensive hobby though.

Iily'swishes said...

I got my first wax done a few months into my freshman year of college and love it. I think it was sort of liberating and felt very grown up, but also made me feel a little more sexual...or something. However, and even better, was that I didn't think it was as bad as everyone says, I would definitely give it a go. It is an expensive hobby though.

AB said...

I agree. Gave birth without epidural and I think Brazilian hurt worse.

Noelia Fndz said...

hi!
I'm from Argentina and I wax, not everything but most part of it. Here it's pretty comun do it. It's not more painful that wax your legs or your armpits. I feel confortable and even cleaner with the results!


PS: Sorry for my bad bad bad English

Haley said...

I used to get professionally waxed, but now I do it on my own (I went to a salon beauty supply store and bought everything). I save a lot of money that way. Even when I'm not dating, I keep up with it. It just feels cleaner and nicer.

Also, it doesn't hurt, and I do brazilian.

Erika said...

Such good advice--thank you.

I was jittery the day before my scheduled induction, so I ran out and got some Nair (which I never ordinarily use). I reacted to it horribly and had red, raw enflamed areas on both my inner thighs--which not only hurt very badly but looked absolutely ridiculous, too. I tried to (weakly) joke around about it to the nurses and they just stared at me and got me some ointment. Anyway, lesson learned: just leave it be--it's childbirth, for goodness sake!

wgc said...

Am also of Asian descent and have never waxed or shaved my nether regions. I have trimmed down there (by me, not a professional) but beyond that i'm simply not hairy enough. I shave my underarms maybe once a week if that, and waxed my legs once. My boyfriend then (who is now my husband) couldn't even tell the difference. So I think it depends on how hairy and coarse the hair is.

Lua said...

Obviously to each their own and the important thing is to do what feels right to oneself.

However, I think it's important to discuss that, while taking into consideration a lot of people's opinions regarding body hair and the fact that women have different 'hair' qualities, 'waxing' pretty much may feel like something you have to do, rather than an option that may seem to some as a voluntary form of torture.

I think it's pretty easy to be horrified by waxing and not understand why some people do it rather than shave when your hair is thin/ takes a week to grow back/ have no ingrown hair. After all, lots of women get to shave their legs/ armpits (and bikini line if there is even any hair there) once a week or every 4 days.

However, is it really that difficult to understand why some women go through all this process when you read comments like 'i was traumatised by so and so's hair poking out of her bikini line'?

There are women whose hair is by far coarse, thicker, in much larger quantities than what is considered acceptable by society today. This may be genetic, in that women in southern countries, for example, tend to have darker hair, and more of it. It can also be due to a hormonal imbalance (PCOS) which can cause abnormal hair grow, in terms of quantity and location. For lots of these women, shaving means shaving your body every day as the hair grows back much quicker, often meaning that your skin becomes irritated and your chances of ingrown hairs increase. Whereas waxing means a more kind response to your skin and the time you spend feeling sorry about yourself for not being able to fit in society's standards of what's acceptable.

I actually don't think men really care how hairy we are or how we take care of our hair but i do think women do. Women will judge other women on how hairy they look and it's only a matter of time until men start doing it to.

It shouldn't really matter which method we choose or how much hair we get rid of so as long we do it in a way we feel it's kind to both our beliefs and our body. I, for one, would love to be able to shave. I can't so i have to wax, and although the pain is ridiculously exaggerated (yes, even taking into consideration people's different responses to pain), i'll continue doing it. What i would like even more though is to stop hearing people say how traumatised they are by hair. If nothing else, please, pretty please, try to imagine the message you're passing to young girls out there, how negatively you're impacting on their self confidence.

We're all women, we really should support each other.

Stasha said...

It's funny to see how many other women don't wax! I thought I was probably a minority :) I tried waxing once (full Hollywood) and oh my gosh was it painful. My husband doesn't care either way so I never did it again.

Lorraine said...

I have only attempted to wax my nether regions twice and both times I had to quit half way and just shave after the swelling went down. IT HURTS! If you don't have to, don't do it.
I did wax my underarms for about 12 years and it really wasn't that bad. However, I decided that I had spent enough money and time on waxing and chose to get my underarms and bikini area lasered. I'm half way through the treatments but one thing I should mention...IT HURTS A LOT!!!!!! Probably more than waxing but it's worth not having to shave or wax ever again.

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Unknown said...

I used to wax my legs and arm-pits regularly. I tried shaving my nether region but that just resulted in red bumps and ingrowns. I stopped waxing my legs after a painful incident: I unknowingly waxed my forearm to my leg (I still have no idea how), and it was also the arm I used to rip the cloth strip off of my leg. When I ripped the cloth off I ripped my arm off too. My arm was bruised for about a month, and since it was in summer it got noticed a lot (it was really bad). I decided to give up waxing after that. It was funny seeing people's reaction to my story after they asked what had happened to me, though. Well, it's funny thinking about it now. At the time it was pretty embarrassing.

philosophotarian said...

This is all so interesting. The first time I waxed, I worried about getting my feminist card taken away. Then I learned that people have been removing body hair for thousands of years. If rich Stoic Roman men paid good money to have people pluck out their underarm hair, then I can be a good feminist and have my inner thighs waxed. --That's all I ever do, is my inner thighs. I can't shave there or I get terrible rashes. And now I do it at home with a sugar wax. I'm not religious about; sometimes it all grows out and I leave it for months. My guy doesn't care. I like it smoother in the summer when I wear dresses.

Loved the discussion!

Carol-Ann Langley said...

I get a brazilian (with a little strip left) every 5 weeks or so. It is extremely painful the first time (I spent the whole afternoon in a robe walking around the house going "what have I DONE?"), but when you go regularly it really doesn't hurt that much, just for a few seconds. I do it even when single, just because I like it that way. But it also helps when I'm seeing someone - I feel sexier in tiny little underwear and it's nicer for both of us when he is um, you know, down there. If you do decide to try it, make sure you go somewhere that uses what's called "hot wax" (they put it straight on and let it harden, then rip the hardened wax off) rather than strip wax (where they put a hot honey-looking wax on, then smooth fabric over and pull the fabric off) as it is much less painful for sensitive areas.

Sini said...

I haven't ever waxed, but I shave. I'm thinking of trying waxing this' summer but I'm afraid that it will break my sensitive skin.

Elizabeth said...

I've gotten waxed a handful of times, once being before my honeymoon. The lady waxing me was telling me about her daughter (who, at that time, had just recently gotten married) and about how they were in a foreign country and she ended up needing medical help because she had picked up merca somewhere (they thought maybe the gym). Well I thanked my lucky stars that we had planned a honeymoon in the states and didn't think twice about that story until I ended up at the hospital on my honeymoon as well. While the doctors at the hospital didn't know for sure what was going on with me and why I had a hugely painful bump on my butt (though they did help fix the problem so I could semi enjoy the rest of my honeymoon), I found out upon arriving home and having to get treated for an infected finger that I too had picked up merca somewhere. Unless merca is properly treated, it comes back and can infect other areas, hence why I got two infections within the first few weeks of marriage....a joy for my new husband to deal with. I can't say for sure where I picked up merca from, but I always thought it was strange that I got it shortly after getting waxed by the lady whose daughter also got the infection. It didn't stop me from getting waxed again but maybe it should have.

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Jane Elise said...

I use cream on the bikini line and umm, trim the rest but never wax and have never had a Brazilian. I did once wonder if everyone but me did the whole bit until I read a thread about waxing before child birth and it seemed no one could be bothered. Unless you were a bikini model...which I am not. I've had 3 babies and I am pretty sure the Dr has no interest in whether you wax or not. I mean, they deal with the placenta...what's a bit of hair between friends?

Kathy said...

Amy, your comment is so interesting to me, because I find having my eyebrows threaded is not even half as bad as having them waxed! My skin stays red for days after being waxed whereas after an hour or two of threading, it's back to normal.

I don't think I could ever wax my neither regions. I cringe just thinking about it. Hopefully, I'll have money for laser, one day (though I'd get my pits done first)

Camille Ovanon-Lacrimini said...

Well, I am from France, and it is a really common thing to do here. Everyone tells you shaving is bad: for the skin, for the hairs. + let's be honest it just feels like you have to do it every single day!!

I would not do anything crazy (shapes or taking 'everything' off), but I ask for regular 'bresilian' which is like a litlle more than bikini lines.
Most of my friends actually do it at home all by theirselves, but I am way to scared to do that. I pay 20$ every 3 or 4 weeks, it doesn't feel so expensive to me.

But, let's be honnest.... I often forgot, or am just too lazy to go get it done, so I end up shaving and feeling guilty about it.

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pillepalle said...

Listen to this: in Hungary, when you arrive to the hospital for giving birth, the nurses shave you - it's a routine. It used to be compulsory, my doctor told me that he thinks it's stupid, but it is still normal here. I wonder if it is even possible to object :-(

Paigeemoe said...

Every 5 weeks!
Honestly it doesn't hurt at all after the second time and it grows in less and less every time. The first time i went i wanted to die and the girl was horrible, since then i've done it every 5 weeks for 2 years and would never go back to shaving. That said shaving doesn't work out so well for me and the results disappear in a day so i thought waxing was a good alternative. Make sure if you give it a go to ask around for referrals or read reviews. I'd recommend going to someone who uses hard wax, it's so much easier & less painful! Lavender oil helps with in-growns/infection so that's what i use the day of and following day and never have a problem.

Ladybird Johnson said...

I don't do anything as well, and frankly I think it's freaking weird that there's this open cultural discussion about the state of womens' pubic hair. Not on the blog - I'm really glad Joanna brought it up; but I've noticed an open discussion in America in general. Like it's an acceptable topic of public conversation.

One is certainly entitled to one's personal preference (if you prefer to be bare, by all means do it by any method you like), but I've noticed that there's this fear that men will be turned off unless the woman completely hairless. I think that's absurd, and it pisses me off that we women would give men that much power. Further, do they really care? In my experience, they don't. Not the dudes I dated in college, post-college, and not my husband. Although I think women should do what they like, the idea that a little hair can disgust people is just offensive.

If it matters, I'm 33 (well within the shave-it-all generation), caucasian, American, married, and professional.

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Katie Reiter said...

I waxed myself at 39 weeks, booyah! ( there was a mirror involved ) ;)

Unknown said...

Yeap, I am brazilian and I wax every month. For me, IT IS painful but here in Brazil the women who do it are so practical and quick, it's over in a minute. AND it's worth it. Really. I feel much cleaner and confortable. Let us know if you try it.

Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

Who says, "I want to learn how to do waxing.".

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Who says, "I want to learn how to do waxing.".

Olithée said...

Waxing armpit and bikini
Shaving my legs (half from foot to knee)

it !

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atap said...

Im a guy and I love the feeling after the waxing is done. In fact i just got my beard and brazilian done today.

This is so much better than shaving whic I've done a few times. Shaving always leaves stubble and gets ingrown hairs.

My wife and I go to the salon and make it a date.

Intimate experiences are so much enhanced when we slide against each other.

I recommend you girls and your hubbies make a wax date too.

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Alexa Thomos said...

For those of you that say you wish you never would have shaved, why not just let it grow back to the way it was before? Wouldn't that be the simplest solution? The hair may look thicker because it is blunt but after a few days won't it look like it did prior to shaving or will it keep growing and get long?
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