Not to totally freak you out, but I just read an article from Women’s Health about unsightly infections coming about from, ahem, Brazilian waxes. A girl landed in the hospital soon after getting waxed, though with the proper screening practices, you can avoid the same drama. They also provide tips to protect yourself, including:
Choose a facility carefully. See how clean the place is, or ask a friend to recommend a trustworthy source. Make sure the salon has the proper licensing.
Ask about the wax. “Hard wax is best. It’s gentler and adheres to the hair, not the skin,” Kinley says. “Speed wax, which is soft and sticky, is applied with a roller applicator, and while it’s fast and easy, it’s more painful and more likely to tear skin.” Sugaring, a natural method that’s kinder to the skin than waxing, is a good alternative. Look for products that are chemical-free; Shobha ($22, myshobha.com) contains nothing but sugar, water, lemon juice, and glycerin.
Know the signs of infection. Any redness, itching, or burning, go to the doc ASAP.