Bikini & Sensitive Intimate Waxing Includes bonus history of hair removal 

Zest waxing is the most gentle waxing technique you will find, offering waxing short courses through Zest Academy come and discover the perfectly smooth bikini line, with a little Zest, we can wax it, shape it, with a laser too. Some clients ask about medical grade IPL as well as Alexandrite and ND YAG lasers and we can accommodate all requests. Regardless if you are visiting Zest for a bikini wax or our incredible any BikinI Line Lasered Design for only 49, you know it will be the best bikini line design, you ever did have.

Lemon Fuzz (Basic Bikini Wax) Standard Bikini Wax
Lemon Pie (Californian Wax) Californian Bikini Wax
Lemon Crumble (Brazilian Wax)Lycon Bikini Waxing
Lemon Tart (Hollywood wax)All Gone Bikini Waxing

Looking for a more permanent solution to your unwanted bikini line hair? Zest also offer laser hair removal and is the home of any bikini line design for just 49. Book your patch test today and we will have you, Daring, to go bare in 6 sessions or less.

The history of daring to go bare

History of bikini waxing

ANCIENT EGYPT
It all begins a very long time ago in ancient Egypt; the Egyptians took beauty and body image very seriously and invented many of the beauty routines we still use today. Egyptian women removed hair from the entire body including the head. Tweezing, yes you read that right they made tweezers from seashells, pumice stone in use for exfoliation and would you believe they even waxed. A mixture of beeswax and sugar-based waxes used in their beauty routines.

It was nono hair for the Romans

ROMAN EMPIRE
When the Romans were roaming around, social status in the community was important. It was considered a sign of high social standing to have no body hair. Grecian women removed body hair in a variety of ways, similar to the Egyptians, tweezing and scraping off the hair with sharpened flint. If you ever wondered why so many artworks, status and alike of Greek women were depicted with no pubic hair now, you know why. It only takes a single word to understand if body image was important to the Greeks. Gymnasium, we might argue that modern media has prolificated bikini hair removal although the Greeks were just as bombarded with aspiring imagery.

You only have to consider the names of places to gain insight into what it would have been like walking down the roads of Ancient Greece and Rome. Nimes Arena, The Colosseum, Herculaneum, Troy, Sparta, Olympia. You gain the picture, strength, heroism, statues of democratic and legendary warriors littered the streets.

The Hammam could it be today's Spa

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
The Romans and Greeks had their baths, but it took the Ottoman Empire to create the Hammam, a possible prelude to not only today’s Spa but also the local pub. Took an idea and ran with it best describes the Ottoman’s and the Roman baths. Not content with just a place to bath it was over time transformed into an integral part of society. Ultimately becoming a place of meeting, family and enjoyment there is some speculation it was the catalyst for the modern day public house or pub. Furthermore, it was integral to female society with it being best described as a visit to the Spa. Women would use wax & sugar mixtures for removing hair, and this is also where we find Fatlah, or in Arabic Khite. You may recognise this easier by threading, the art of hair removal with thread. In the Islamic Faith, there is a branch called The Hanafi this includes the Sunni Turks and within this faith, it is given to remove all body hair, including pubic hair.

History of pubic hair depilation

LATE MIDDLE AGES
(Middle Ages extend from the 5th to the 15th)
Not the best of times for women and hair removal took a slight back seat in some parts of the world.

If she has plucked hair from her neck, or brow or beard for lascivious or to please men. This is a mortal sin unless she does so to remedy severe disfigurement or so as not to be looked down on by her husband.

If we step into the renascence period, there is a considerable debate that the proliferation of images of the female form began the self-discipline of the ‘image’, of the female body. Postmodern women with an anything goes is believed to be more common or accepted in that period. However, crossing cultural boundaries produces conjecture again with the Ancient Egyptians, for example, removing body hair and having a conscious self-image of beauty.

Venturing through medieval history we find much conflicting information. On one side, we have the Church and the sure wish to disallow any removing of hair. In the other we have tweezers and texts indicating removal of hair was common. Trotula de Ruggiero’s 11th century, De Ornatu Mulierum (About Women’s Cosmetics) advises a hair removal remedy for women:

In order permanently to remove hair. Take ants’ eggs, red orpiment, and gum of ivy, mix with vinegar, and rub the areas.

Contemporary art also depicting women with no hair was common amongst artists of the time. A seeming contradiction illustrates that just because sectors of society demand life lived a certain way it does not mean people are going to listen.

Made popular by Queen Elizabeth I, the removing of hair from the forehead to make it seem larger along with eyebrow hair removal, we begin to see a change again in Western European Culture. Throughout this time quite questionable recipes were rife for removing blemishes on the skin. Everyday UV Sun Spots, Pigmentation and Birthmarks seen as marks of the Devil. Makeup was worn, but the balance between lady and whore was fine indeed.

Wear enough to tempt that of your husband, although not that will seduce his friend.

A short history of hair removal

THE RENAISSANCE
In recent times, some conjecture has arisen for the removal of pubic hair. The Porn industry has been front and centre in that sentiment of why women have been ‘pressured’ to go bare down there. Despite the facts just do not add up. In many cultures we have discovered, it is the norm to remove pubic hair. We have even seen here that removing pubic hair goes all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians.

Can you imagine your husband to be rejecting you and not consummating the marriage? John Ruskin and Effie Gray in 1848 famously bring this to light. Although we do not have solid facts, it is surmised the sight of Effie’s pubic hair affected John so much that he had no want of consummating the marriage.

A celebrated art critic and historian of the nineteenth century it is fair and reasonable he had a differing mental image in his head of how his naked wife was going to look. He would have expected his bride to be all Hollywood, as all depictions of women were hairless down there. Granted we will never actually know for sure if it was the site of the pubic hair that caused the famous event. However, historians have accepted this is most likely the case.

Around the sixteenth century, we have a proliferation of interest in body image, spurred by books circulating about housekeeping. Hidden within these books were secret recipes some of the books even being named, ‘books of secrets’. Home remedies, become a ladies way of waxing, the making of depilatory creams and all sorts of skin remedies.
If there was a renaissance in literature, art and music there certainly was a renaissance in hair removal and cosmetics too.

Hair Removal in the 17th centuary

Venturing more into the 17th century and The Nude Maja is a name given to a c. 1797-1800 oil on canvas painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya accredited as the first life-size dude of the 17th century. The controlling times of the earlier middle ages given way the arts flourishing along with literature. We can clearly see some manicuring of body hair is, of course, commonplace and too with today’s woman some preening would be expected, before being immortalised in oil and canvas.

History of Hair Removal and the Bikini LineBetween 1800 and 1900 coined the golden era of straight razors for men. It was in 1901 though that pure genius did the simple solution of putting a blade within a much easier to use configuration. The safety razor was born and truly transformed the face of shaving. On the 19th of November 1904, a Patent was granted to Gillette. Women would wait another ten years and finally in 1914 the first ladies safety razor came into production.

The first ladies safety razor 1914

A great deal of advertising at this time reinforced the need to remove excess body hair. With Silk for stockings being hard to find, women were venturing out far more with bare legs. The raging 20’s were just around the corner, and slinky sleeveless dresses were all the rage.

Hair removal with a epilator

Epilators, a TV commercial that made the use of an Electric Epilator seem like an excellent option. In 1986 an Israeli invention came onto the market. The Epilady burst onto our TV screens in a quiet and background music peaceful way. On purchasing an Epilady Epilator, the reality was far removed from the TV commercial. A noisy device that used a similar spring to manual epilators and motored across the hair. Grasping at the hair and trapping it then pulling it out by the root.

Waxing hair removal

STRIP WAXING
There are not many ladies that are not familiar with waxing. The Wax Strip despite being invented in the 1880’s quickly lost favour, often removing much more than the hair it would be some years before it once again gained acceptance. Strip wax evolved considerably over the years, synthetic waxes and combinations achieving a much more efficient and less painful in the application. Irritation, ingrown hairs and infections have also decreased with the advancements in waxing techniques.

Hard or Hot Waxing Salon

HARD OR HOT WAXING
Hard wax or Hot wax a method of waking that does not use the strip was a further advancement in waxing. Rolled out of a handheld waxing applicator or applied to the skin with a spatula the wax sets without adhering to the skin’s surface, to the same extent as a waxing strip. A far better choice for sensitive areas like the face and bikini line, hard waxing is considered by many as the only waxing technique to use.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
Similar to laser & IPL hair removal waxing too has contradictions either rendering people unable to wax or more often planning for the better time to wax.

  • People suffering from Varicose Veins should consider Laser or IPL hair removal.
  • Many older clients and some with heart conditions can be on blood thinning medications, this renders the client unsuitable for waxing in many cases.
  • Medication for Lupus & Autoimmune conditions also should not select waxing as their hair removal method
  • People suffering from skin conditions such as Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin concerns should seek treatment with Zest and renders the client unsuitable for waxing although again laser and IPL is a treatment for the conditions as well as hair removal.
  • Rosacea and sensitive skin concerns should seek treatment with Zest and discuss other options for semi-permanent hair removal
  • Skin peeling agents including Tretinoin, Tazarotene, Adapalene, Azelex this also extends to chemical facial peeling agents glycolic, alpha hydroxy and salicylic acid.
  • Recent skin rejuvenation treatment with laser or IPL based light therapies.
  • If using Hydroquinone, this also renders the candidate not suitable for waxing.

BENEFITS & DRAWBACKS
Most forms of hair removal have a positive and negative set of values, and waxing offers a fast and effective form of hair removal. A wax lasts from 2 to 8 weeks although it is dependant on the individuals rate of hair growth and the area being treated. With shaving and depilatory creams, the hair is back within days due to only being removed to the skin’s surface. Depilatory creams are not the kindest chemical to be putting onto our skin either, with many clients experiencing irritation and rashes from their use.

Often pain is cited as one of the major drawbacks with waxing even with the advancements in wax, technique and using hard or hot wax over strip wax it still often painful in treatment for many clients, in the more sensitive areas. Another drawback of waxing is often the ongoing cost. Being the most expensive of all hair removal methods over the long terms, many clients make the swap to laser hair removal.

Ingrown hairs are another consideration, the only type of hair removal that causes more ingrown hairs than waxing, is epilators. Although if you follow the Zest guide to waxing this is also kept to a minimum. Waxing is a long-standing fast method of hair removal and is still to today, one of the most popular methods of removing unwanted hair.

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