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What Is a Hollywood Wax?

By Jillian O Keeffe
Updated May 21, 2024
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Waxing is a method of hair removal that many women use on various parts of the body. A traditional bikini wax removes the hair that would show around the edges of a swimsuit bottom, but a Hollywood wax goes much further and removes all of the hair from the genitals and the anus. The hairs then take a few weeks to grow back.

Beauty therapists usually administer waxes to clients as the procedure can be quite painful. Depending on the salon, the bikini area may be prepared with a cream to remove oils. Typically, the wax is heated to a liquid consistency, and the therapist then uses a flat, wooden stick to paint the wax over the hair in the direction of growth.

She then smooths a cloth over the warm wax. Afterward, she rips off the wax in one stroke in the opposite direction of the way the hair grows. This procedure hurts, but if the therapist pulls the skin taut before she rips off the strip, the pain can be lessened.

Many women have hair that grows on the inside of the leg, around the anus, and between the bottom and the vagina. The Hollywood wax removes all of this hair. As the hair follicles need time to grow again, the area stays smooth for about three weeks or even more.

Reasons for getting a Hollywood wax include issues about the appearance of pubic hair in a swimsuit. Some women also like the look of a completely bare bikini area or think that the lack of hair helps keep the genitals clean. Lack of pubic hair may also make sexual intercourse different with regard to sensation.

As more time and preparation is necessary for a Hollywood wax compared to a more simplified bikini wax, the cost for the treatment is usually more. After the waxing, a client may have to avoid showering or sunbathing for 24 hours, as well as using moisturizers or other products on the treated skin. A potential benefit of waxing is that the hair may not grow back as thick or strong as it was before.

Different types of bikini waxes exist, but the Hollywood wax is the most thorough. As well as the regular bikini wax, which removes all hairs on the inside leg, or even more to form a smaller triangle of hair, salon customers can opt for a Brazilian, which is much like a Hollywood but with a section of hair over the labia left. Decorations of the bikini area may also be available, such as temporarily gluing on diamantes to form a design. Adventurous salons may also be able to dye the pubic hair any color under the sun if a client wants.

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