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to get my first ever Hollywood Wax at age 40?

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HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 20:33

And if so, why? If not, have you any tips as I'm a little bit apprehensive? Confused

Full disclosure: I'm planning to get it done later this week anyway but am interested in others' experiences.

I've shaved for 25 years - never for anyone else (or because I or anyone I was with was influenced by porn) but because I prefer it.

I'm sick of shaving though and am getting everywhere else waxed so thought I'd give it a go.

Have I gone quite mad or could this become part of a new regular routine?

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37TTCLeeds · 03/12/2019 20:40

You'll be fine. I've been doing it for years and never looked back. Honestly, the pain isn't that bad and there really isn't anything to be embarrassed about, the therapists are all shapes and sizes. Go fo it!

HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 21:01

@37TTCLeeds Thanks so much- that's reassuring!

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Didntwanttochangemyname · 03/12/2019 21:03

I've been doing it for about 5 years now and it's fine. Some people say to take ibuprofen beforehand but I've never bothered.
They sometimes offer you the paper pants, but I don't bother, it's just an extra level of faff.

HelloAgainYou · 03/12/2019 21:05

I was so nervous too (I'm 42) and had finally plucked up the courage to do it, with a highly recommended beautician then she left to go to another country and finding another brought they nervousness all back.

Anyway, new lady is 100 times better than the other lady and waxed me clear in less than 15 minutes!

I find it slightly painful, worse when I'm closer to my period. But you'll work out when is good for you.

Just do it!

Newkitchen123 · 03/12/2019 21:06

I was early 40s when I started having Brazilian.
My salon is a specialist salon. It's not a beauty salon that's all they do.
Yes it's a bit uncomfortable but much better than shaving

edwinbear · 03/12/2019 21:06

I’m 44 and have also been doing it for 15 years or so. No need to be apprehensive, it doesn’t hurt that much and the therapists are super professional. If you’re worried about the pain take a painkiller 20mins or so beforehand.

IHaveBrilloHair · 03/12/2019 21:09

I epilate at home, been doing it for years and the regrowth is really sparse now.

HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 21:24

I'm feeling very encouraged! Thanks for all your lovely comments!

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DragonMamma · 03/12/2019 21:27

I’ve had it done for years. It’s less painful if you aren’t super long beforehand but it’s not that painful really.

Your arsehole is surprisingly devoid of that much feeling too - one thing I was surprised about Blush

FizzyPink · 03/12/2019 21:31

Yes it’s really not that bad, I do wonder what other people fuss about.
If you’re in London I highly recommend the luxury wax bar chain, they put on an episode of Friends for you to watch while it’s being done!

Frolie · 03/12/2019 21:51

I had it done for the first time at 41. Then I got a kidney infection. Two lots of antibiotics needed. Having researched it afterwards (!) there’s a lot of medical proof that we need those hairs to protect us for a reason. Suggest s standard bikini wax instead. That’s what I get now and no infections....

FMFL · 03/12/2019 21:56

I had my first Hollywood at 40! It’s fine, nowhere near as bad as you may be imagining.

User1223422 · 03/12/2019 21:59

Don’t forget to buy some intimate area safe exfoliator to prevent in-grown hairs afterwards!

CatFaceCats · 03/12/2019 22:01

I’m 38 and have been having Hollywood/Brazilian for 20 odd years. Not constantly mind.
It’s really no bother, obviously it hurts. No point pretending it doesnt, but it’s a quick “ouch” and that’s it.
Never suffered any sort of kidney, urine, anything infection.

Cohle · 03/12/2019 22:03

I don't find it that painful. That said I get such bad ingrown hairs (no matter what products/exfoliation etc etc that I do) that I don't really like the results. Hair removal cream is old school but works best for me.

But it absolutely won't be awkward - the women are very professional and must see all sorts!

Janefx40 · 03/12/2019 22:05

You'll be fine. Ideally go for somewhere that does "hot wax" rather than strip wax. Much gentler on the skin and much less painful. In case you are not a regular waxer - both types of wax are hot to feel but the "hot wax" type is pulled off directly from the skin whereas strip wax they put the strips of paper on and pull it off. Sorry if that is obvious!

Good luck xxx

lorn195 · 03/12/2019 22:05

Go for it! I get one done every 5-6 weeks, and like you I was a bit apprehensive. Now, I never look back, best thing I ever did. Btw I have only had it down for the past 18 months.

Titsywoo · 03/12/2019 22:06

It's not bad at all. I find parts of my legs (like the back of my thigh) hurts more. I don't have it done all the time but I feel so clean when I do! All the bits underneath and around the bum area being gone is great.

SomeoneBurntTheToastAgain · 03/12/2019 22:16

I find getting some of the tough tangles out of my hair more painful than a Hollywood. It isn't as painful as you might think. Make sure you go to a decent place. Hot wax works better than strip wax.

20viona · 03/12/2019 22:18

Go for it you'll be fine. Once you've done it once you'll have it done all the time it feels so much cleaner than shaving.

HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 22:32

@DragonMamma I did wonder about my bumholio! Grin

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HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 22:33

@Turnedouttoes Sadly I'm nowhere near London as that sounds perfect! Maybe I'll take my iPad and watch it anyway?!

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HollywoodWaxing · 03/12/2019 22:35

Thanks @Frolie

  • I've not had any hair there for 25 years as I usually shave it and not had any issues. Sorry you've been unlucky in that respect- sounds rough!
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steff13 · 03/12/2019 22:35

I got my first one at 39. I had never done anything before that. I love it.

BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou · 03/12/2019 22:35

I had my first Hollywood at over fifty! My waxer is top notch... not painful... not embarrassing... not cheap.... but I’m glad I decided to go for it.

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