The importance of personal hygiene before going to a waxing bar
By Tania Arora, Staff Writer
A week ago, I was at this new wax bar. I always take a shower right before my appointment, giving a nice and foamy scrub to my body. Although this is my everyday routine, I am extra cautious especially when I know my body will be exposed to someone else who will be working on it.
As I entered the room, the wax bar employee said, “You smell so good.” The girl who provided me with the service was so sweet and was extra careful with my sensitive skin. While I was getting my brazilian wax done, she mentioned that if the hairs down there are trimmed properly, it doesn’t really take too long to wax. Then she started sharing her previous experiences, and the types of people she comes across every day.
The first type she talked about was the no-shave for an entire year type. This category expects the service provider to do everything. She shared how some women would not shave for months and then come with a full growth, not trimmed at all, and ask an employee to start by trimming with a shaver and then scissors before waxing. In the interest of time and politeness to the workers, shouldn’t we all be trimmed before going to a waxing bar?
She then mentioned about the few women who walked in to get bikini wax done with a sanitary napkin on. I took a moment to react when she was sharing the entire scenario. I could see from her expression how disgusted she is by that sight. It isn’t about women menstruating, it is about personal hygiene and some basic etiquettes of getting your body waxed by another person.
Some people believe that a shower can be taken after waxing and not before. These people would just walk inside the room without cleaning themselves up (especially their genitals) and lie down with their legs spread wide open.
Each body type is different. Each person has their own smell. Some things cannot be changed or avoided, but most aspects of our personal hygiene is in our hands. In day-to-day life, if I want to clean myself up or not is my personal decision. But if I am exposing myself and my body to someone who won’t be just looking at it—but working deeply to pull out every tiny hair—we should make it a basic responsibility to consider our personal hygiene.