Hipbone-baring bathing suits are in, and here's how to groom for them. 

By Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Jun 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am
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You've found the swimsuit for summer 2019 — lucky you — and it's a stellar high-cut one piece that you can't wait to wear to the beach. The only caveat? The revealing cut of the suit means you might want to do a bit of hair removal around your bikini area. If not, that's cool too — we appreciate letting body hair go natural. However, if you do want to wax, there are some things to keep in mind. 

So, what are the parameters when it comes to how to wax for a high-cut one piece? Ann Balaguera, National Director of Esthetics at The Red Door spilled all of the details. 

What Kind of Wax Should I Ask For?

For starters, Balaguera says you'll want to skip the classic bikini wax and opt instead for a Brazilian wax. This front to back treatment is primo when it comes to removing larger areas of hair, which is "ideal for someone wearing a high-cut one-piece bathing suit," Balaguera says.

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OK, So What Does That Involve?

A Brazilian wax means you should be prepared to bare it all, Balaguera says. The treatment removes everything — and we mean everything — from front to back. "Guests should expect to have their legs spread eagle (in a frog-like position) at certain points of the appointment in order for the esthetician to reach all the right places to effectively remove the hair.

Yeah, so check your modesty at the door.

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Does It Hurt? 

When it's all said and done — err, waxed? — Balaguera says it's normal to experience some sensitivity in the freshly smooth areas. "The first time people experience a bikini or Brazilian wax will probably be the most painful waxing," she says. "Since people do not know what to expect, they tend to be much more tense and nervous which can automatically induce more pain. The more relaxed you are, the better the experience will be."

The good news? Balaguera says she typically finds that the majority of first time waxers agree that “it is not that bad” and return for regular upkeep.

Anything Else I Should Know?

Assuming that your high-cut one piece means you'll also be spending some time in the sun, Balaguera says it's important to note that just-waxed skin is more prone to sunburn. Not only does that lead to painful irritation, but too much sun on skin that has just been waxed can also lead to dark spots. 

"So, it is very important to always liberally apply sunscreen SPF 35 or higher to protect the skin," she says. "Sunscreen should be applied all over your face and body, but especially to newly waxed areas."

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