The First Time I Got My Vagina Waxed

The first time I went to get my vagina waxed I’d been thinking about it for about 6 months. I’d read articles in favour of and totally against the practice. I’d heard a friend talking about how she got it done and why (softer hair, good sensation) and read a polemical attack on the practice which ended with words something like “every strip of wax is another blow against the fight for women’s rights”. And still, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I’ve had one or two of those occasions in life where I shaved, I’m sure everyone has at some point? No? Maybe it was just me. But the itching regrowth! Ingrown hairs! And I’ve also pouted polemic myself, thinking how weird is it that guys want pussy’s that look like little girls, that’s just nasty, smacks of paedophilia.

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But still, this sneaky idea of a Hollywood (the all off back to front as opposed to all the other shapes, patterns and extent of hair removal on offer) kept cropping up for me. Am I at the mercy of an idealised standard of women’s beauty? The dupe of a woman at the mercy of some man who prefers it this way? Too easily influenced? Unable to stand up for my own opinion? The questioning and arguments in my head were endless.

And in the end, I succumbed. I damaged the fight for the rights of women’s bodies, gave in to social pressure (which has never been directly exerted) and went off to the beauty salon and exposed my beautiful vagina to the eyes and hands of a stranger who was certainly no stranger by the time I left. I started joking about levels of embarrassment as soon as I walked in the door (a very effective coping mechanism). I started with my legs so I could work my way up to it (or get scared of the pain and opt out).

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And then she started. The first rrrrrrriiiiippp. F*CK it was painful. She quickly pressed her hand down, exerting pressure to help with the pain. Deforestation commenced. Because it was my first time, it took WAY long, and the same spot needed to be waxed over and over. My poor skin being exposed rip by agonising rip. In between the waxer would be casually patting my vag like an old pet while we were skinnering to check if the wax was set. Then she’d rrrrriiiiipp and ask ‘are you okay?’. A long breath in and a conscious relax to deal with the pain and I would say ‘okay’. I flinched more than once. Cried out at least twice. And yet, I never stopped it.

And that night my hopefully imagined smooth skin encounter with my lover was out of the question, I was so sore; it felt like one big bruise.

The smooth satin finish I thought would be there, the next day was a morass of red angry bumps, two days later morphed into red ugly bumps with yellow heads in a morass of pimples, and ongoing discomfort.

But I still haven’t given up on the idea, maybe next time it will be better….

7 thoughts on “The First Time I Got My Vagina Waxed

  1. 1. The same area of skin shouldn’t be waxed over and over – that’s bad waxing technique!
    2. Time of the month makes a difference – your skin is more sensitive just before your period, so go after.
    3. It does get better – the more you wax, the less hair grows back, and the hair that does grow back is softer and weaker so it doesn’t hurt as much.
    4. If you have a problem with ingrown hairs and the little bumps, you can buy alcohol based solutions that get rid of them (google ‘in grown hair solution’). Stings like hell for about 10 seconds, but does work.
    5. I don’t think waxing is anti-feminist. It looks neater and tidier and (sorry to be crude, but) no one wants a mouth full of short and curlies when performing oral sex. I just think men should be expected to tame that area too (for the same reasons).


  2. Exactly – isn’t the point of women’s right that women get to choose? What does being hairy have to do with being a feminist? That sounds just wrong…

    Next time go to the Romney Park Spa (if you live in Cape Town) – all their girls are great and their prices amazing!


  3. i have had same thoughts running in my mind for couple of weeks!! but i think i m gonna go for it soon. hey, have u had ur next time yet?? Is it less painfull? and wat abt the bumps??


  4. As a man I can say, “a women who waxes her cooch can count on my visiting there more often just for doing so”… I enjoy a women clean shaven, I always have… Hair Suck’s


  5. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think you should ever wax for a man. You should wax/shave for yourself. It just seems like it would be much more hygienic to me, but I don’t know how accurate that is. I’m interested in getting waxed myself but that example of a first experience, it sets me back a little bit.


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