To trim the bush or not to trim the bush?

I get asked this question a lot when I am teaching during one of my private one on one waxing classes.  Students often ask me “should you trim the hair when doing a bikini wax?”    I decided to write a blog on this very topic today because of a conversation that I had a few weeks ago with another waxing educator.  Which,  incidentally we have a five hour waxing DVD which is now available for purchase and we do cover this topic in our questions and answers section at the end of the DVD…you can find it here in my  waxing store!  We do have other juicy waxing tips and information for you on there also.

So, should you trim?   I say ‘yes’ to trimming!

Slightly exaggerated..but you get the picture!

I like to trim for two reasons:

  • If the Lady Garden is too bushy, how the heck do you determine the hair growth pattern easily, without getting all down into her business whilst trying to analyze which direction and which part of the hair is growing where?   Seems like too much hard work to me.  I like to have a somewhat clean slate or foundation with which to work from.  Exploring through the depths of the forest is great if accompanied by a large vat of water and some good walking shoes….but I am not prepared to delve into this forest without trimmers, or scissors and comb in hand!  So walk those shoes,  if that’s what takes your fancy or come well equipped with the necessary tools!
  • If the Twigs and Berries are also too bushy prior to waxing can you imagine how much more painful it will be having such a mass quantity of hair being pulled out by the root?    Let’s talk about ‘mass’.  When there is a large area that is dense with masses of hair and wax is applied to it then pulled out with or without the strip…depending on your waxing method.  The volume of the hair, the density of the hair or let’s just say the quantity of hair that is being tugged is causing too much pressure on the skin!  “Yes”, the skin!  If skin in the labia area or the scrotum is pulled bringing with it a large quantity of garden material….can you imagine what might happen to that skin —–  skin that I am sure your client was quite attached too and fond of, prior to his or her waxing appointment?   The skin can rip…If your client was already booked in for a labiaplasty surgery then go ahead and wax that bush bringing the root and the dirt with it!

So on that note whilst I sit here with my legs squeezed shut wincing at the thought, I am not here to judge and I will leave you all to determine what works or doesn’t work for you!  Happy waxing sweet cheeks!

6 Responses to “To trim the bush or not to trim the bush?”

  1. Jennifer November 29, 2012 at 11:39 am # Reply

    Love the pic!! Although exaggerated, this is the type of brazilian client a new Esthetician needs to see demonstrated. When you can properly and successfully wax a really hairy dense lady garden, this is the true test of a great waxer.

    • Claire November 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm # Reply

      Very true, Jennifer! I would need a stiff drink after working my way through that mound!

  2. Lisa November 30, 2012 at 8:05 am # Reply

    How do you sterilize your trimmers? I’d prefer that over the scissor and comb!

    • Claire November 30, 2012 at 8:42 am # Reply

      The clippers that I have are the ones that have a detachable head/comb. You clip the attachment off, wash it, dry it and place it in an autoclave or Barbicide for ten minutes. You pay more for these than the regular ones that you can buy in any drug store. Cosmoprof or Maly’s do the real hairdresser/barber ones…..they have to use this kind due to the amount of haircuts they do a day. Hope that helped Lisa!

  3. John November 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm # Reply

    I notice u mention using strip wax depending on your technique. I thought hard wax was the only way to go when waxing the twigs or can strip be done safely?
    thanks

    • Claire November 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm # Reply

      I only use strip wax when I am working around the top area…or the sides. Sometimes i do this to speed up the time on both male and females. I never use strip wax on the scrotum or the labia area…. Some people I know do use strip wax all over. I don’t do this, it makes me nervous, but it works for some people without any issues!

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