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The Pubic Hair Dilemma Part III: A Bare Vagina

As soon as I reveal my pubic area to Jill, the waxing process has begun. She begins with the hair on top of my vagina, or the pubic bone if you will. This experience is absolutely horrifying. Although I've had my legs waxed in the past, the pain of a leg wax is NOTHING compared to the torture of a bikini wax. Just imagine your intimate areas being removed of their hair through a process which swiftly pulls each hair from its follicle. It literally feels like you are plucking one single hair 100,000 times - all in the same instant. It is more painful than what is depicted on Sex and the City or any other show you may watch. This stuff is for real girls, and it ain't pretty.

Luckily, after my pubic bone is free of its hair, the rest of the process goes pretty smoothly. Waxing the hair between my legs is nothing compared to the pain I felt a moment ago. Once I am done, Jill encourages me to inspect the area and make any necessary requests.

I remove the cloth covering my vagina and expose it for all the world to see. I inspect my mound and lips in a way that I never would have prior to this moment, and express that I'd like the "strip" in the front to be a bit narrower. Jill is happy to acquiesce, although she is not able to wax my vaginal lips. She explains that this area is much too sensitive to be waxed, and I immediately comply, not wanting to be the sacrificial lamb for such a procedure.

As the session wraps up, I am told to utilize the oils and lotions available to minimize the irritation to my bikini area. Even though I follow the recommendations, I still experience red bumps and soreness for the next couple of days. However, after this period, the area miraculously clears up and feels quite normal. There is a bit of stubble present, but it grows very slowly and does not necessitate shaving.

In conclusion, I was happy with my first experience with waxing, and elect to undergo the procedure for many months to come. I don't believe that bikini waxing is something to be afraid of; rather, it seems to be a right of passage which marks your entrance into the world of adult sexuality.

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Anonymous

You can always use a pubic shaver like the Hair eRazor instead! No pain, no nicks, and economical.
Tina Kolinas
Licensed Aesthetician
Las Vegas, NevadA

March 20, 2013 - 11:43am
Shaina Gaul

This comment thread reminds me that I need to do an article on a disturbing visit I made once to one of those "medspa" places.

April 22, 2009 - 2:35pm
Kristin Davis

The effectiveness of laser hair removal depends on a lot of things -- the color and texture of your hair for one thing. The total cost for me was between $400 and 500, so if you compare that with months or years of waxing, I think laser is a smart way to go. And after 7 years, it's never grown back. Interestingly, I did try to do my underarms too but that wasn't as successful. Only a small part of the hair stopped growing, so I still have to shave my underarms, but just not quite as frequently as before.

April 22, 2009 - 1:12pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

I had my underarms done with a laser and it didn't work at all, I was very disappointed. I went to a qualified MD who was highly recommended. He said I was a really good candidate. I spend hundreds of dollars over several sessions and to no avail :(

April 22, 2009 - 12:55pm
Shaina Gaul (reply to Susan Cody)

Yikes. What did the doctor say when it didn't work? Just that you needed to keep trying and spend more money on sessions? ;)

April 22, 2009 - 1:01pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Shaina Gaul)

I actually moved out of state so did not go back after my last session. But the cost of all the sessions was about $500 and I thought worth the investment, if it worked. But it did not - at all. The doctor did examine the hair and my skin and said it was perfect for the kind of lasers he used.

Kristin, interesting you had a similar experience with the pits! Maybe I'll try the bikini line and see if that works better...

April 22, 2009 - 1:33pm
Kristin Davis

I'm just curious how often you have to go through this torture. Is it a monthly thing or every couple of months? I actually went with laser removal for my bikini area about 7 years ago and it was one of the best investments I've ever made. I love not having to shave "down there" anymore and dealing with the subsequent red, itchy bumps that would always appear afterward.

April 22, 2009 - 12:39pm
Shaina Gaul (reply to Kristin Davis)

Wow, really? I've always wanted to try that, but I know it requires several sessions and costs a pretty penny. Bikini waxing lasts about 3 weeks, so you can go about a month without shaving afterward.

April 22, 2009 - 12:54pm
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