Your Ultimate Guide to Waxing Styles
Ever gone to book a waxing appointment and been greeted with an extensive list of coded names for different treatments? Many businesses like to create unique names for their waxing treatments which is great - but it can be a bit confusing and lead to some interesting miscommunications. The best thing you can do as a client is to communicate to your therapist exactly what you would like them to do before they start, and remember, we can always take more off but we can't replace hair we've already removed. To remove some of the mystique, we thought we would break down a few of the most common intimate waxing styles so that you can go into your next appointment confident in what you want...
The Basic Bikini
This is the most commonly requested/misinterpreted style, and I think this is because people's idea of what a normal pair of bikini bottoms looks like has drastically changed. With Love Island on our screens every year, it's really easy to picture THIS as a 'bikini':
This is actually what we would class as a High Bikini or a G-String in the world of waxing (but more on that later). No, when we talk about a Basic Bikini wax, you need to picture the multipack basic briefs from M&S, and any hair that falls outside of that shape will be removed like so:
With this style of waxing, you can usually keep your own knickers on, although you may prefer to wear a pair of disposable ones provided by your waxing therapist! This is a tidy, modest style - Glamour describe it as "the white T-shirt of the waxing world", and it’s a classic.
Extended Bikini/High Bikini/G-string
See? We've got 3 names for this one already without people making MORE names to describe this style! So without getting too technical, we do remove a lot more hair with this style than a basic bikini but we would not describe it as an intimate wax as we don't remove any hair from your labia. In this treatment we essentially remove any hair that falls outside of a classic g-string - we will reduce the sides and top of your bush at the front, clean up any fluffy hairs from your undercarriage (that aren't on your lips) and any stragglers from what we call the 'cheeky bum' area.
Essentially, you will be ready to walk into the Villa in the skimpiest suit you can find:
- The Frenchie/French Bikini - Landing strip at the front, but no other hair is removed
- The Love Heart - Not all salons/therapists will offer this, but it is essentially a Brazilian but instead of a landing strip, you get a cute heart!
- There is no right or wrong choice - you do what you feel most happy and confidant with.
- Avoid disappointment by understanding what type of treatment you are booking in for, and if you do "just want a little bit more off the bikini line" and it goes into the next treatment area, be prepared to pay more for a more thorough treatment.
- Butt cheeks are a completely different treatment and will usually need to be booked as an additional area
- Likewise, some therapists will include your snail-trail as standard but don't expect it.
- Check the handiwork before you leave - have a good feel around for any stray hairs, our eyesight is good but we are still human and even the most scrupulous therapist can accidentally miss a couple of rogue ones.