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New Jersey Ban on Bikini Waxes Has Salon Industry Buzzing

Salon experts offer safety tips for waxing down there

By Kristin Larson Apr 17, 2009 6:07PM

If you’re in the Garden State and want a Brazilian bikini wax—where everything is removed but a “landing strip” — you may as well let your hedge grow.

At least for now.

A proposed ban in New Jersey on Brazilian bikini waxes is leaving women looking to wax down there on their own—and has salons across the country buzzing.

“Bikini waxing—not just Brazilian—is technically illegal right now in New Jersey,” says Rosemary Weiner, chairman of the NJ-based Association of Salon & Spa Professionals and chairman of the nationwide Day Spa Association Advisory Board. “This is horrendous to salon and spa owners. Especially now—it’s the season when Brazilian and bikini waxes are most popular. It’s a huge income loss.”

Bikini waxing has not been permitted in New Jersey for years, a fact that came to light when a salon was cited for performing Brazilian waxing. The NJ Board of Cosmetology is currently revisiting the regulations.

Anyone who’s gotten a bikini wax (nevermind Brazilian—ouch!) knows the procedure can be painful and leave unsightly ingrown hairs and rashes.

Still, Shobha Tummala, founder and CEO of the New York City-based Shobha salons (www.shobhathreading.com), says the New Jersey ban is giving bikini waxes a bad rap.

“We provide our clients with a list of precautions prior to receiving any treatments. In fact, we inform people that waxing can cause minor bumps, etc.,” Tummala says. “It is extremely important to follow strict hygienic practices during the waxing treatment as well as the first 48 hours after the treatment.”

So, make sure to do your homework before choosing a salon. To help, here are some tips and guidelines from salon experts: 

*Look around—the salon should look clean and sanitary.

*Your practitioner should wear plastic gloves during the waxing.

*No double dipping allowed. This means there should be plenty of new applicators available and an applicator should never be dipped twice in the wax. Otherwise, you risk the chance of bacteria spreading from one individual to another. (This is actually quite common; so beware.)

*Your practitioner should be licensed to practice the service.

*Don’t get waxed during your period—this is when pain is greatest. In general, it’s best to go a few days before or after your period.

After the wax:

*Expect to be sensitive. A cold compress and anti-inflammatory cream will help.

*Reduce the risk of in-grown hairs with products like Tend Skin (www.sephora.com).

*Avoid tanning beds and sun tanning on this delicate area for at least 48 hours. (So if you’re waxing right before a beach vacation, give yourself at least two days to recover).

Lastly,

*Abstain from sex. A hot date? Book accordingly. Medical experts recommend waiting 48 hours. Post-wax, your body is most susceptible to outside bacteria, and sex could cause infection.

 

 

6Comments
Apr 21, 2009 5:55PM
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My husband is my waxing technician...I think he should go into the business.
Apr 21, 2009 4:37PM
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Feeling good and looking trim are great reasons to work out, but after reading this, it kind of put the fear of god in me for waxing period. Don't get me wrong, as a guy I like groomed and sanitary,  but I don't want my woman to be all beat up for the sake of looking good. I understand that it sometimes hurts to be beautiful but what's it worth.  I appreciate a manicured lawn, not a scalping or a bumpy field!!! Great information thanks !!   
Apr 21, 2009 4:01PM
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I have a motto for New Jersey and those that continue to wax.

If your waxing salon is not top notch, do not allow them to touch your crotch!

Okay, I suppose it is lame....

Apr 21, 2009 2:50PM
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The Brazilian wax is still very legal in my state.  My favorite thing is to have Carlos, who is also my hairdresser, do the application.  He is very gentle and it doesn't hurt at all.
Apr 19, 2009 3:01PM
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Waxing irritates MUCH less than shaving... SHAVING causes more ingrown hairs full of pus and it is less sanitary because to keep smoothness, one must shave DAILY... and that RAZOR burn, that's something else you don't get with waxing...
Apr 17, 2009 5:51PM
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If you’re in the Garden State and want a Brazilian bikini wax—where everything is removed but a “landing strip” — you may as well let your hedge grow.

At least for now.

A proposed ban in New Jersey on Brazilian bikini waxes is leaving women looking to wax down there on their own—and has salons across the country buzzing.

“Bikini waxing—not just Brazilian—is technically illegal right now in New Jersey,” says Rosemary Weiner, chairman of the NJ-based Association of Salon & Spa Professionals and chairman of the nationwide Day Spa Association Advisory Board. “This is horrendous to salon and spa owners. Especially now—it’s the season when Brazilian and bikini waxes are most popular. It’s a huge income loss.”

Bikini waxing has not been permitted in New Jersey for years, a fact that came to light when a salon was cited for performing Brazilian waxing. The NJ Board of Cosmetology is currently revisiting the regulations.

Anyone who’s gotten a bikini wax (nevermind Brazilian—ouch!) knows the procedure can be painful and leave unsightly ingrown hairs and rashes.

Still, Shobha Tummala, founder and CEO of the New York City-based Shobha salons (www.shobhathreading.com), says the New Jersey ban is giving bikini waxes a bad rap.

“We provide our clients with a list of precautions prior to receiving any treatments. In fact, we inform people that waxing can cause minor bumps, etc.,” Tummala says. “It is extremely important to follow strict hygienic practices during the waxing treatment as well as the first 48 hours after the treatment.”

So, make sure to do your homework before choosing a salon. To help, here are some tips and guidelines from salon experts: 

*Look around—the salon should look clean and sanitary.

*Your practitioner should wear plastic gloves during the waxing.

*No double dipping allowed. This means there should be plenty of new applicators available and an applicator should never be dipped twice in the wax. Otherwise, you risk the chance of bacteria spreading from one individual to another. (This is actually quite common; so beware.)

*Your practitioner should be licensed to practice the service.

*Don’t get waxed during your period—this is when pain is greatest. In general, it’s best to go a few days before or after your period.

After the wax:

*Expect to be sensitive. A cold compress and anti-inflammatory cream will help.

*Reduce the risk of in-grown hairs with products like Tend Skin (www.sephora.com).

*Avoid tanning beds and sun tanning on this delicate area for at least 48 hours. (So if you’re waxing right before a beach vacation, give yourself at least two days to recover).

Lastly,

*Abstain from sex. A hot date? Book accordingly. Medical experts recommend waiting 48 hours. Post-wax, your body is most susceptible to outside bacteria, and sex could cause infection.

 

 

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