Waxing: Get ready for Summer

by Lisa Young

Studio 8 Beauty CEO


The Ultimate Guide to Smooth Skin

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to prep for the beach, swimming and the holiday season. If you have never tried waxing, you won’t know that it’s the perfect way to prepare to be swimsuit ready and it gives you the confidence that you are smooth and hair-free. But whether you’re new to this or a seasoned pro, we’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know to get summer ready.

Female after underarm waxing treatment

What is Waxing?

It is a hair removal process that uses either a warm and a strip or a hot wax that is applied to the skin, which is swiftly removed, along with the hair from the root. Unlike shaving, which only cuts hair at the surface, waxing pulls the hair out from the follicle, resulting in longer-lasting smoothness. Typically, it keeps skin hair-free for about three to six weeks depending on individual hair growth cycles. So, whether you’re preparing for a beach vacation, a special occasion, or just everyday confidence, waxing offers a smooth journey to hair-free radiant skin. Embrace the freedom and feel fabulous with a super smooth finish.



The benefits of Waxing

A waxing treatment offers a range of benefits that make it a go-to choice for many when it comes to hair removal:

  1. Long-Lasting Smoothness – Because it removes hair from the root, you can enjoy smooth skin for up to four weeks compared to shaving which only lasts a day or 2!
  2. Finer Regrowth – Over time, regular treatments can result in finer and sparser hair regrowth.
  3. No More Nicks or Razor Burn – Say goodbye to the irritation and nicks that often come with shaving.
  4. Natural Exfoliation of Skin – It also removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.

From a basic leg wax, right through to a basic bikini wax or a Hollywood wax, there are various areas that can be treated.



What areas can be waxed?

Waxing can be used on any type of hair on the body and face. By using different types of wax for different types of hair and body area, it is a versatile and quick method of hair removal and suitable for all genders.

Popular wax treatment areas include:

    • Back & shoulders.
    • Bikini.
    • Arms.
    • Legs.
    • Underarms.
    • Abdomen.
    • Chest.
    • Brows.
    • Facial hair – Upper lip, chin, sides of face.

Whilst it can be done on many areas the most popular is the bikini area. There are different types of bikini waxing available to get you holiday ready.



Waxing Styles for the Bikini area

Basic Bikini Wax

The basic bikini wax is perfect if you’re looking to clean up the edges. This type of wax removes the hair that would be visible outside a regular bikini bottom. It’s ideal for beginners or anyone wanting a neat and tidy look without going too extreme.


    • Keeps things neat and tidy.
    • Less invasive than other types of waxing.
    • Quick and easy.



Extended Bikini Wax

Needing a bit more than the basic bikini wax? The extended bikini wax, also known as a “high-leg bikini wax” or the “Extended Bikini Wax, ” removes more hair from the sides and top. It’s normally around 2 cm inside the fold of the leg and is great for high-cut bikini bottoms or if you just prefer a cleaner look.


    • Offers a more defined shape.
    • Still less intrusive than a Brazilian or Hollywood wax.
    • Perfect for high-cut swimwear.



Brazilian Wax

The Brazilian wax, otherwise known as intimate waxing, is for those looking to be clean and virtually hair free. A Brazilian wax is an intimate waxing technique that removes all hair from the more intimate area, leaving a small strip, rectangle, or triangle shape at the front. Brazilian waxing is a popular bikini style for the gym, swimming and holidays, as it provides total confidence that the bikini area is smooth, neat, and tidy for several weeks, which means you are always gym or beach ready.


    • Leaves skin smooth and hair-free for longer.
    • Can be customised with different shapes.
    • Ideal for minimal swimwear or lingerie.



Hollywood Wax

Hollywood waxing is the ultimate bikini waxing style that provides a total removal of all hair from the front, middle, and back. Otherwise known as intimate waxing, it’s the go-to for those who want completely smooth, hair-free skin and is as popular as the Brazilian wax. It just boils down to a matter of personal preference.


    • No hair, anywhere – the smoothest option available.
    • Perfect for those who prefer a completely bare look.
    • Great for confidence in any swimwear or outfit.


Our comprehensive list of waxing treatments and pricing is available here:

Male Intimate Waxing

Guys, yes you can have specialist waxing too. In addition to the traditional male body waxing, male intimate waxing such as the Boyzilian are becoming increasingly popular.

Male intimate waxing is a specialist waxing technique to remove hair from the pubic area leaving a small landing strip or complete removal of all hair and includes front & back including penis, scrotum, bum cheeks & crack, but it must be carried out by someone who is trained and skilled in this technique to ensure that you do not experience trauma to the skin.

Benefits of Male intimate waxing.

    • Long lasting smoothness.
    • Finer regrowth.
    • Groomed look.
    • Reduced irritation and ingrown hairs.
    • Improved hygiene.
    • Comfort & convenience.


Find out more about our male intimate wax styles via our online booking:

Male after having Waxing Treatments

Preparing for a Waxing Treatment

Regardless of whether you are having a traditional or a specialist wax, to make the most of your waxing experience, preparation is important:

  1. Exfoliate – Exfoliate the area a day before your appointment to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs.
  2. Avoid the sun – Don’t tan the area you’re getting waxed to avoid increased sensitivity.
  3. Hydrate – Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and supple.
  4. Relax – If you’re nervous, remember to breathe deeply and stay as relaxed as possible.



Post-Wax Care

Aftercare is just as important to avoid over sensitising the treatment area and to ensure your skin remains smooth and bump free.

    • Avoid heat – no hot baths, saunas, and direct sun exposure for at least 24 hours post-wax.
    • Moisturise – Keep the skin moisturised with a gentle, unscented lotion.
    • No scented products – avoid perfume and perfumed products in the treatment area for 24 hours.
    • Wear loose cotton clothing – To avoid irritation, wear loose-fitting clothes for the first day or two.



“Want to Get Summer Ready ?”

So now you know that waxing is a fantastic way to keep your skin smooth and ready for whatever the summer months or gym throws your way. Whether you opt for a basic bikini wax or go all out with a Hollywood, the confidence and comfort of hair-free skin is unbeatable. So go ahead, book your waxing appointment, and get ready to shine this summer!

For more tips and tricks on waxing and other beauty treatments, check out our blog page: https://studio8beauty.co.uk/salon-news/

About the author

Lisa Young is a highly skilled and experienced beauty professional with a passion for enhancing natural beauty and promoting well-being.


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