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Bikini waxing is the removal of hair along the lines of underwear or swimwear. Many women do it for reasons of personal he alth, hygiene, or simply wanting to keep up with the latest fashion trends
It is called bikini waxing because the purpose of removing pubic hair is so that it is not visible when wearing a bikini. This procedure is performed using wax to remove hair or fine hairs around the pubic area. Apart from waxing, pubic hair can also be removed by shaving, cutting, or using a laser.
Types of Bikini Waxing
Bikini waxing can generally be done in a salon or spa by a trained beautician. Bikini waxing also has several options, depending on the area to be treated. Here are 2 types of bikini waxing:
Hair or hair removed is hair along the bikini line that can be seen when wearing underwear or a swimsuit.
Hair or feathers that are removed are those on the pubic bone and labia. The hair or hair in the cleavage area or the area around the anus is not removed.
Bikini Waxing Procedure
For those of you who have never had a bikini wax, here are the steps for the procedure to be followed:
- Take off all bottom clothes and put on disposable underwear
- Trim pubic hair with scissors, if pubic hair is long
- Warm wax is applied to the pubic hair using a spatula, then the wax is covered with a plaster
- After the wax has hardened enough, the plaster is pulled quickly so that the pubic hair is pulled out to the roots
This process is painful because the pubic area is a sensitive area. You can compress the intimate area with ice wrapped in a cloth when you get home. The more regularly you do bikini waxing, the more you will get used to it, so you won't feel any pain.
Risks of Bikini Waxing
In addition to pain, someone who will undergo this process needs to be aware of the possible risks behind bikini waxing, including:
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. This condition occurs when the skin becomes inflamed or when pubic hair grows into the skin after waxing. In some cases, the infection can become more serious and require antibiotic treatment.
If you have sensitive skin or if it's your first time bikini waxing, your skin may be swollen. This is a normal reaction and usually lasts a day or two.
Pulling the pubic hair forcibly often causes blisters or cuts on the skin.
Another risk of bikini waxing is hyperpigmentation, aka uneven skin tone. This condition is related to the side effects of infection and wound after undergoing bikini waxing.
Immediately consult a doctor if you feel fever or redness in the waxing skin area, including the appearance of pus, swelling, and a stinging sensation to the touch.
Although it is not easy and more risky, some people do their own bikini waxing at home. If you want to do it at home, make sure that the tools used are sterile and the products used have been tested safe from BPOM to avoid the risk of infection.