The Hollywood Style Bikini Wax, Explained

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Question: "My friend told me she got a Hollywood wax before her beach vacation. I didn't want to sound naive, but I don't know what that means for a bikini line. I was too embarrassed to ask her."

There's no need to be embarrassed. There are a lot of bikini waxing styles, plus salons and spas often have different names for the same type of bikini wax. Even if you get your nether regions frequently waxed, the place you visit may not call it a Hollywood.

The Basics of the Bikini Wax

A regular bikini wax simply removes the hair outside what would be considered a basic underwear line. From there, the styles start taking more hair, going deeper into that line and on top of the natural triangle shape with what's considered a full bikini wax. Then there are those that are more invasive like the Brazilian and French. Even these often leave some amount of hair in the front or by the backside. 

Defining the Hollywood

The Hollywood wax can be defined in one word: bald. It removes all of the hair in your bikini zone... and more. Yes, I mean everything. Every last hair is waxed away from the front, in the middle, all the way to the back by your bum. To sum it up, you won’t have any genital hair left.

Where It Came From

Honestly, I don't know how this wax got its name. Was it a very requested service in Hollywood? Just something a salon came up with to make it sound extra special?

Or a way to request being bald without outright asking for it? I can't say. 

Not all salons will use the term 'Hollywood'. The tech will probably know what you mean if you ask for one, but some call it a Sphinx.

A Brazilian often leaves a small shape like a square, rectangle or landing strip in the front.

A Brazilian does remove hair from the middle and the backside. Not leaving any shape in the front would make this wax just like the Hollywood, which is why some salons call it a Full Brazilian.

Where to Get One

Because it’s a specialty bikini wax, you shouldn’t leave it to anyone just because they are licensed. Bruising, becoming overly red and even skin being removed are all possibilities from someone that doesn’t know exactly what they’re doing.

Finding a tech that's experienced and crafty is important for any type of wax, but becomes more important when working in the bikini zone. Because this specific wax includes the exit of all genital hair and working on extremely delicate areas, who you choose becomes crucial in getting a good and safe service. 

Ask around for referrals and check the web for reviews. A good place to start is waxing-only salons for obvious reasons — that's their specialty. When you have a highly recommended salon or spa, it's a good idea to get a brow, lip or underarm wax first before trusting them with your bikini zone. 

What to Expect

Waxing all of this area can be hard to reach. While the tech will try to keep you covered as possible, at times, you may be exposed from the waist down.

Depending on the tech, you'll probably be asked to lift your legs and possibly get on your knees so they can reach every nook and cranny. You might even be asked to help and hold part of your skin once in a while. True professionals will make you feel relaxed, work quickly and keep you as comfortable as possible during the process.

As we covered, Brazilians are close to the Hollywood style even though some hair is usually left in the front. They both require the same type of care and attention.