By Alissa Hicks

Photos by Melissa Donald

While you’re shopping for the perfect swimsuit this summer, don’t forget about feminine grooming. There are so many types of hair removal these days that it’s hard to keep up with them all, so we chatted with Janna Flowers, owner of Clique Waxing Boutique, about one popular method: bikini and Brazilian waxes. Here’s what to know.

When it comes to waxing, what’s the difference between bikini, French bikini, and Brazilian waxes? The traditional bikini wax takes care of the sides and the top of the bikini region. A French bikini is the same as a traditional bikini but “just scoot it all in an inch,” Janna says. Next, the Brazilian takes care of it all: sides, top, bottom and everything in between from front to back.

If it’s your first time getting waxed, there are a few things to know. First, you’ll need to grow the hair out at least two weeks or to about a quarter of an inch long beforehand. And don’t worry — it doesn’t matter whether your hair is coarse, dark, thin, or light, Janna says. The waxing process takes about 15-30 minutes. You’ll receive a pair of disposable underwear and a wipe prior to your service to prep for sanitation. Next, “if you have sensitive skin, we use an oil as a barrier prior to waxing to help with sensitivity,” Janna says. “We also have two different types of wax (one for more sensitive skin) to choose from.”

To ensure you get the most out of your waxing experience, Janna recommends that you exfoliate skin both prior to your treatment to help soften the hair and after your treatment to prevent ingrown hairs. “Exfoliating after waxing and between waxing appointments is a must!” she says.

Generally, a wax treatment will last for three weeks. If you are going on a vacation or waxing for a special occasion, Janna says you can come one day to one week before or anytime in between since your wax will last for a while.

Over time, waxing consistently will help hair grow in thinner and softer. Janna suggests not shaving between waxes to get the most benefit. Clique can provide a numbing cream if you wish to help take off some of the sting. “We have numbing cream called No Scream Cream, which we highly recommend to ease the process,” she says. “Also, if you do get ingrown hairs, we sell a product by Bliss Spa in New York, called Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads. They work like a charm.”

It might not be the most fun treatment, but waxing is still around because it works. If you’re looking to do a little grooming for your new bikini this summer, try a wax to take care of any unwanted hair.

Pricing for waxes at Clique are:
Bikini — $35
French bikini — $45
Brazilian (landing strip optional) — $70 first time and $60 each time after

Will you be getting a bikini wax this summer? Do you normally get a bikini wax and where do you go to have it done?