What's a Californian Bikini Wax?

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A Californian wax is a bikini style for women that takes off the pubic hair in the front leaving a small shape the width and length about the size of a thong underwear which is trimmed down. It often removes some hair between the legs into the behind.

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Versus Other Styles

It removes more hair than a standard clean up or what you would call a regular bikini wax where only the hair outside a regular underwear line is generally gone.

It's also a style that leaves you with less hair than what's called a full or deep bikini wax, which removes hair deeper into the bikini line and sometimes off the top. However, a Californian leaves more hair than a Brazilian (nothing or small sized shape in front and totally smooth behind).

Don’t think you’re tied into a specific type or name. It’s your wax and you can customize it to your liking to how much hair you want in the front, its shape and how much hair you want to be removed or left on your behind.

Going For It

It would be a good style if you prefer thongs and only want hairless skin seen when wearing them. However, it's best to start out easy if it’s your first wax in your nether regions - maybe a regular or deep wax- and then get more hair taken off on your next visit.

The Cost

Names are often created for the salon or spa's menu so that the technician knows what you want, can block out the right amount of time and price accordingly.

Exactly how much the salon or spa charges will vary greatly. It won’t be as expensive in a neighborhood salon as it will be at a high-end spa.  Some places will charge the same amount if you remove all of the hair from the front or leave a small shape- it just depends on the facility. It’s best to ask how much it will cost up front after you've explained what you want and then again if you decide to de-fuzz more than you planned during your service.

Don't expect to pay the same amount if you remove more hair.

Trying This at Home

It can be quite the task waxing yourself. But mix in a delicate zone and thick hair, and you’ve just increased the difficulty and possible issues (like excessive redness, bruising, broken and missed hair). If you’re brave, I’d suggest trying to wax hair outside a regular panty line (get how-to instructions). Anything more and I would highly recommend letting a professional do the work.

Paying a Pro

You don’t want just anyone- even if they’re licensed- to do your service. You’re looking for a tech that’s skilled and experienced. To seek out a crafty tech check reviews online, ask friends and family for referrals or try a facility that specializes in waxing. (Read: Wax Salons- When Specialization Wins)

A seasoned pro will make you feel comfortable, take off the hair fairly quickly and not double-dip the applicator stick. They should also be equipped to use the right wax for your hair and skin type which leaves you with the least amount of pain and your skin with less of trauma. (See what's normal and not with a bikini wax that includes a photo: which leaves you with the least amount of pain and your skin with less of trauma.

(See what's normal and not with a bikini wax that includes a photo: How Should a Bikini Wax Look?)

Taking Care of Your Smooth Skin

You probably forked over a decent amount to have hairless skin with the base price and gratuity. Take care of it and you’ll keep your skin soft and bump-free. Read great tips in What to Do After a Bikini Wax.

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