Summer’s here, and you know what that means: Hair-removal season is officially upon us. While many women opt for a razor in the quest for a super-smooth bikini area, some put the fate of their fine china into the hands of a professional. Waxing can be so worth it when you truly get what you’re paying for. But if someone screws up? Well, just read these stories to see all the different ways a wax can go wrong.
“First of all, it took an hour instead of the 15 minutes it usually takes. She was doing, like, three hairs at a time. She said she was going so slowly because it was less painful, but on top of her being so incredibly slow, it was also the most painful one I’ve ever had. It was a nine on the pain scale when they’re usually a six. She also kept trying to set me up with her son by saying unsubtle stuff like, ‘I have a son your age. He’s single. Are you single? He’s very cute.’ I just responded like, ‘Mhmm, that’s nice.’ Finally, she cut me with scissors while she was trimming. It was my first and last time with her. I called my mom and cried and raged afterwards.” —Alana C.
“Last time I got a Brazilian, she handily forgot my butt. The next time my husband and I were in bed, he noticed—and pulled the strands. I’ll never live it down.” —Rachel Z.
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“I went to a really respected salon that has locations all over the country. I hadn’t had a wax in maybe a year, and before that had only had one or two, so I definitely wasn’t an expert. Because of this, my waxer starts telling me she’s going to ‘do something special’ and I’m going to ‘love it.’ I don’t really like watching while they do it, so I just let her be. Bad choice. She finishes, and as I’m looking down, she says she gave me what they call a ‘Clit Hit,’ which means they leave a patch of hair on top of the clitoris as if it were Hitler’s mustache. I tried to be nice, but I was like, ‘Oh, no, please take that off,’ to which she replied that she couldn’t because my skin would get really irritated! Now that I wax regularly, I know this was total crap. So I had to leave the place with a random ball of hair—mind you, she didn’t even trim it!—and wait until my skin ‘wouldn’t get irritated’ to get it off. It was really awful-looking.” —Mercedes T.
“There was one lady who was obsessed with making sure she didn’t miss every freaking hair or suspicion of a hair. She waxed me twice with the hard wax, then two other times with the soft wax, and then attacked me with a tweezer. Detail-oriented was definitely a drawback there. She would show me the strips each time she took them off, exclaiming ‘Look! They’re like little soldiers!’ I had a date right after, and I was in so much pain that I was hysterically laughing. I also tried doing it myself a few times. I had gotten tired of paying so much to do it, and it looked super easy. I became overconfident. I may have had a glass of wine and locked myself in my room with a wax pot. I put down the first line of wax, then I proceeded to chicken out. I was too damn nervous to tear it off. I kept trying to give myself pep talks, but they were not effective. When I finally did start tearing it off, it was coming off in millimeters. I eventually got it off in between bouts of panic, remorse, and hope that if I just put my pants back on and went along with the rest of my day, it would all disappear. Lesson of the story: If you are going to put your genitals through burning pain, definitely pay someone else to do it!” —Barbara N.
“I stopped going to my old waxer because she would take 45 minutes to an hour instead of the 10 to 15 minutes it should take. But the reason she would take that long was because she spent the entire time talking about her problems and existential crises. Lots of times, she would just go off on tangents and say weird things like, ‘I’m an iron butterfly, baby.’ She also had issues with her weight and would talk a lot about how her sister bullied her about it. Then she would get emotional, and I’d be thinking, ‘Please don’t cry on my vagina.’ Also, she worked from home and would complain about her boyfriend and son, who were in the house. And she charged me double what I pay now!” —Nora E.
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“I went to a salon I had used before that I liked because it was cheaper than most. I was living in New York at the time, and, as a grad student, any dollar saved was a dollar I could spend on food or my favorite vice: coffee. The girl there was a new face. I didn’t know it then, but it turns out she was newly hired and had never waxed someone else before. Too bad I didn’t know that until much later. She spread long strips of wax on my bikini and upper legs since I usually wax both together. Then the torture began. Apparently, this woman used the wrong type of wax, and it wouldn’t come off. She applied more wax and tried again…and again and again. It wouldn’t come off right, and while she pulled the strips of paper, she pulled my skin with it, too, totally missing the hairs, mind you. It got to a point where she had to call her boss into the room. The look on her face when she realized what her employee had done told me everything I needed to know about the situation. I was most definitely f*cked. After apologizing profusely and explaining how the wax that was currently covering and cooling on my skin wasn’t used for waxing legs, arms, and underarms, let alone bikinis, she left the room to get a new wax that she coated over the other one. When she pulled the strips of this wax, the other one came off, too. Needless to say, it hurt, and the damage was already done. I had bruises on my thighs, inner thighs, and bikini area. The woman then proceeded to finish the waxing and apologized again. At least she didn’t charge me one cent for the ‘service.’ I, however, can’t say I ever went back to that salon again.” —Lupita T.
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“I was bartending right out of college, and one of the servers was training to be an aesthetician. She was like, ‘I need to do a guy, so it would be free of charge!’ So I agreed. Since she was training, the salon owner was in the room, as well, and did the first half of my wax, taking her time to point out the ‘intricacies’ of doing a male Brazilian. Then my friend finished doing the second side. Of course it hurt, but the worst part was that it took basically three hours since they were talking about each step, and my friend was asking for advice. Not only was I crotch-up for that whole time, but that’s a long time to be going through the pain. They were closing soon, and she hadn’t done my ass yet. She offered that I could come back for that portion. I politely agreed, then never went back.” —Tony M.
As anyone who has ever been for a wax can confirm, it’s unlikely to be the highlight of your week.
There you are, lying back half-starkers in front of a strange woman while she gets to work ripping out your hair – often from, ahem, sensitive regions.
So no, it’s hardly all that alluring.
However, most woman also admit that it’s a necessary evil – and one which at least leaves you smooth and hair-free for longer than two days (thanks, shaving).
There’s a lot to be said to a great waxist too – one that really knows that they’re doing and uses a decent product (we particularly love salons that stock the oh-so amazing Irish brand Waxperts).
Still – most of us have a least one waxing horror story: one that makes you shudder upon recollection.
And you’re probably not alone: indeed, Buzzfeed recently rounded up a selection of truly nasty tales… and here, SHEmazing! has selected the best for your, er, enjoyment.
1) “I work in a spa and heard an awkward shriek come from the waxing room. I asked my co-worker what happened.
“She told me she accidentally pulled the client’s tampon string, then tried to push it back in. Needless to say, that client never came back.”
2) “My legs had fallen asleep during the waxing. When I tried to get off the table, my legs gave out and I faceplanted half naked onto the floor while my waxer watched in horror.”
3) “At my salon I do all of the body waxing services. While in the middle of waxing a client’s backside, the woman farted and way more than just smelly air came out. It was a mess.”
4) “My first bikini wax was in high school. Two of my best friends waxed me while I laid on a coffee table in my basement.
“I guess you could say I was “surprised” by the pain, and I peed everywhere. I’m still embarrassed almost six years later.”
5) “Halfway through my bikini wax, the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate the building. Let’s just say fire drills are not fun when there’s wax all over your downstairs…”
6) “I recently got my very first Brazilian wax. The lady had put two wax strips on the lip. When she pulled one, I shut my legs in pain, causing the wax to basically glue my vagina shut.”
7) “When I went into the waxing room, I started making casual conversation with the aesthetician and I jokingly asked her, ‘Do I have a normal vagina?’ She looked at me and just laughed, ‘Haha no.’ We didn’t talk the rest of the time.”
8) “One time I got into the position where you pull your knees up to your chest and I farted loudly right into the waxer’s face. I immediately yelled ‘SORRY!’ and didn’t look her in the eyes for the rest of the session.”
9) I thought it would be genius to wax myself. I somehow managed to drop A LOT of hot wax all over the main hoo-ha area, as in NOT the bikini area.
“After a few seconds the wax had hardened and I realised I had basically sealed everything together. I attempted several pulls with zero success.
“So I did the only thing I could think of: I downed a bottle of wine, took a deep breath, and counted to three.”
10) “It hurt so bad, I started crying and having an anxiety attack. The aesthetician said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry! I’ve never had anyone cry on me before.’
“Literally the exact opposite of what I wanted to hear in that moment. Terrible first experience.”
11) “The woman doing my wax would first put the wax on me and then awkwardly blow on me to cool the wax down. She would look up and smile every time she did it. It was traumatising.”
12) “It was my first time. The waxer looked at me and said, ‘Oh my god. You didn’t trim beforehand?!’ She sighed and got an electric shaver. I was mortified.
“I was even more mortified when she said, ‘You’re so dry.’ I didn’t say another word until checkout… 45 minutes later.”
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- 1. ‘It’s kinda the same position you would be in if you were doing it doggy style….’
- 2. ‘I hemmed and hawed through the better part of ten minutes before awkwardly pointing “down there”’
- 3. ‘ I ended up falling down, face forward on the floor!’
- 4. ‘I was horrified to discover flaky skin down there…’
- 5. ‘She had left a tuft of hair right above my clitoris…’
- 6. ‘I shut my legs in pain and…’
- 7. ‘…I let out a fart!’
- 8. ‘…a couple of ladies came rushing into the cabin I was getting waxed in, to check what had happened’
- 9. ‘I tried waxing…at home!’
- 10. ‘The woman would put the wax on and…blow on it!’
- 8. Timing matters.
- 9. Don’t workout after your wax either.
- 10. Wear comfortable clothes into your appointment.
- 11. Be vocal.
- 12. Resist the urge to do recon work postwax job.
Ever had an embarrassing bikini wax experience? Lucky you, if you haven’t! We have ten women anonymously confessing their funniest, most cringe-worthy bikini waxing stories and they will make you glad it didn’t happen to you!
1. ‘It’s kinda the same position you would be in if you were doing it doggy style….’
The very first time I had a bikini wax, I was shocked to know that they make you turn over on all fours with your butt in the air to wax your butt hole. It’s kinda the same position you would be in if you were doing it doggy style. I still find this super weird, awkward and embarrassing. What’s even more surprising is, that waxing this area doesn’t even hurt at all. Well, thank god for that!
2. ‘I hemmed and hawed through the better part of ten minutes before awkwardly pointing “down there”’
The first time I decided to get a bikini wax to impress my then-boyfriend, I was so embarrassed that I didn’t even know how to say the words to the parlour didi! I hemmed and hawed through the better part of ten minutes before awkwardly pointing ‘down there.’ She called it the ‘under-legs waxing’ and cleaned me up very nicely. My boyfriend was very happy that night…
3. ‘ I ended up falling down, face forward on the floor!’
My first bikini wax was absolutely horrible! I wasn’t expecting THAT much pain. And my reflex action was to get out of there, so. I instantly moved my legs, hoping to land on my feet but instead ended up falling down, face forward on the floor and naked!
4. ‘I was horrified to discover flaky skin down there…’
Every time I have a bikini wax, my waxing wali always reminds me to apply baby oil there since waxing causes a lot of dryness. I never really paid much heed to this till this recently. Two days after my wax, I was horrified to discover flaky skin down there, it wasn’t a pretty sight! Needless to say, I make it a point now to use baby oil every time I shower for the first couple days after waxing!
5. ‘She had left a tuft of hair right above my clitoris…’
I was always horrified by the idea of a bikini wax. So, one fine day, I decided to impress my new boyfriend before our ‘first time’ and get myself waxed down there. I went to a different salon because I was too embarrassed to go to my regular one. The didi there kept probing me with questions, ‘First time?’, ‘It will hurt a little, are you ready?’, ‘Are you going on vacation?’ and the worst of all – ‘For the boyfriend, huh?’ When I finally submitted and answered all her questions, she told me she will do something new and fresh. I didn’t really think you could be very creative with this so I let her blabber to herself and do whatever she wanted to. Until, I saw it and was scandalized! She had left a tuft of hair right above my clitoris. She told me that this was what everyone was doing these days and refused to wax it off since it would now leave my skin irritated! Since then I am very clear about my preferences before a bikini wax. My new boyfriend, however, was pretty curious that night, to say the least!
6. ‘I shut my legs in pain and…’
The first time I got my bikini area waxed, the pain was so intense that I shut my legs and the wax basically glued my vagina shut. It was terrible!’
7. ‘…I let out a fart!’
Honestly, the pain wasn’t as bad as how uncomfortable I felt. It was like I was spreading apart for sex and right in the middle of it…I let out a fart! The woman who was waxing me looked horrified and quietly excused herself for a minute. It wasn’t the same woman who returned to complete my bikini wax!
8. ‘…a couple of ladies came rushing into the cabin I was getting waxed in, to check what had happened’
I knew it was going to be painful and I was sh*t scared. So when my waxing lady pulled the strip the first time, I yelled like someone had stabbed me (In my defence, it did feel a little bit like that). In fact, I yelled so loud, that the rest of people in the parlour got alarmed and a couple of ladies came rushing into the cabin I was getting waxed in, to check what had happened. While my waxing lady stood there terrified, I realized I now had half a dozen people staring at me… Naked and semi-waxed. I did not let another waxing strip come near me… Ever!
9. ‘I tried waxing…at home!’
I tried waxing ‘down there’ for the first time…at home! Except, I didn’t read anything about it before and left the wax on too long, making it impossible to remove! My mom had to help me out in the end, and this is definitely the most embarrassed I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve left it to the professionals ever since.
10. ‘The woman would put the wax on and…blow on it!’
This one memorable time, the woman who was waxing me would put the wax on and then…blow on it! It was easily the most embarrassed I’ve ever been inside a beauty parlour. GIFs: Giphy, Tumblr
8. Timing matters.
Avoid scheduling a wax five days before your menstrual cycle, during, or immediately after. “Your body is especially sensitive during this time,” says Marinescu. If you’re sensitive or it’s your first time getting waxed, she adds that taking Advil half an hour prior to your appointment will help. Or you could try these other reader-approved painkillers.
9. Don’t workout after your wax either.
“The friction in tight yoga pants can cause irritation,” says Marinescu. Additionally, “you should avoid any physical activity 12 to 24 hours after your wax,” Cordova says. “The less heat you bring to the area, the better.” Steering clear of another—more private—athletic endeavor can be beneficial as well. Aesthetician Elana De Damian of Elana De Damian Skin Care suggests holding off on getting busy postwax for at least 24 hours. And while we’re at it, cross these other things off your to-do list too.
10. Wear comfortable clothes into your appointment.
It’s not just yoga pants you might want to avoid. Anything tight-fitting can rub raw spots and make matters worse, says dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, M.D., in New York City. So think maxidresses and harem pants and breathable cotton fabrics.
11. Be vocal.
“If you have a specific idea of how you want your bikini line to look, speak up,” Cordova says. “Transparency is welcome.” Cordova says she and her team can create clean edges “like a tapestry” or just clean up what’s visible outside of your bikini.
12. Resist the urge to do recon work postwax job.
“If ingrown hairs appear after your wax, don’t pluck them,” advises Cordova. “Let us handle it.” If you pick at your ingrowns with your nails, you risk scarring and infection. “We have tons of bacteria underneath our nail beds,” she says. If you can’t make it back into your waxer’s, an ingrown-hair treatment (like Anthony or Fur) can help safely address the issue, as well as gentle exfoliation of the area three days after your wax.
No woman has ever said, “I’m really in the mood for a wax right about now.” It’s pretty well known that having strips of hair violently ripped off your body is not a feel-good experience. But when you go for a Brazilian wax, which involves removing the tiny hairs around your backdoor region plus most—or all—of your lady landscaping, the potential for pain and embarrassment is multiplied. We talked to women whose first time with a Brazilian is not a memory they’ll forget anytime soon. (Lose up to 25 pounds in 2 months—and look more radiant than ever—with Prevention’s new Younger In 8 Weeks plan!)
“Each rip was like getting a tetanus shot.”
“I had my first—and last—Brazilian wax 15 years ago. My friends had convinced me, ‘Oh, it’s the best. You’ll be smooth like a baby.’ What kind of grown man wants to see a vagina that looks like a baby’s? Well, I was told that all men do, so I went to a salon in New York City to have it done. They brought me into the waxing room and just like I was about to have a gyno exam, asked me to remove everything from the bottom down. The technician said, ‘It won’t hurt much because we use a really good wax.’ But each rip was like getting a tetanus shot. Rip, rip, rip—scream, scream, scream. I was hysterically crying. The technician brought in another woman to hold my hand—but more like hold me down. Then she asked me to lift and spread my butt cheeks for—that’s when I truly felt like I was being assaulted. After what felt like an eternity, I started to get up off the waxing table, but my knees buckled and I almost passed out. I was ghost-white and they gave me water and a piece of cake to help me recover. After an hour, I left the room. It was so awful and embarrassing.”
—Dawn S., Livingston, NJ
“I was horrified by the blood and baldness.”
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“I had never gotten a Brazilian wax before—I usually DIY with a razor—and I went into a local salon on a whim. The website said they left a landing strip, so I didn’t think I needed to clarify that that’s what I wanted. I lay down on the table all relaxed, until I found myself almost fainting in pain—truly cold sweat, thought I was going to barf. I screamed and cried and said, ‘I thought you left a landing strip,’ and the technician said, ‘Oh my God, everyone wants it all gone!’ and I said, ‘Well, I didn’t.’ She almost cried. I looked down, was horrified by the blood and baldness and wanted her to stop, but she pointed out it was now a reverse Mohawk, so we finished, and I couldn’t look down for days because I was so traumatized. Never again. The big thing was that I didn’t want my daughters to see it and ask why in the hell I would do that. I looked like a baby bird before its feathers have grown in.”
—Cynthia R., San Diego, CA
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“She said she saw a cloud of dust.”
“After waxing my butt, the Brazilian wax technician applied baby powder to it—and then I accidentally farted. The girl said she saw a cloud of dust (baby powder) pouf out from my butt. I wish I had made this up! It was mortifying, I never went back, and I left her like a 50% tip, too.”
—Samantha S., Durham, NC
“Little blood blisters were forming.”
“One day during a street fair, I got a flyer for a free session at a newly opened waxing place. I went in to get a Brazilian, and when I was all undressed and ready for the technician, two women came into the room. One of them explained that she was the trainer and that she’d be observing the woman who would be waxing me. After the first strip I knew it was going to be rough. It hurt so badly! It made me actually yelp, and I am stoic! And then she didn’t even get half the hairs—I could see them still there! She had to go over spots twice, and with each strip, it felt like she was ripping off my skin. My skin was red and raw and I swear, little blood blisters were forming in some spots. It was horrible, and I guess I felt like because it was a freebie, I didn’t want to be a jerk and make a huge stink. I just wanted it over! I went home and slathered aloe vera on my crotch and had to avoid letting the water stream in the shower hit it directly!”
—Kim L., Brooklyn, NY