We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their worst bikini wax horror stories. Here are the most cringeworthy results.
1. The stinkiest time of all:
"I ate Chipotle before my wax, and it was the worst mistake ever. As I spread my butt cheeks, I let out not one fart, but a chain of farts that I could not contain."
2. The unforgettable BFF experience:
"When I was 17, my best friend agreed to wax me in my parents' kitchen. As the tutorial suggested, we used 'strip free' wax that hardens on its own. She gave it a yank but panicked because I started bleeding — and she only got the strip halfway off. By the time she recovered enough to try again, the wax had hardened TOO much and became brittle. We spent the next 30 minutes pulling it off in tiny chunks. Never again."
3. The very bloody situation:
"This one time on my period, wax got caught on the string of my tampon. So instead of being careful, the waxer just went ahead and pulled at it, obviously trying to get the string free of wax. But she got a little too carried away with pulling and the next thing I knew, she had my bloody tampon in her hand. It's safe to say that ever since then I've avoided getting a wax on my period!"
4. The mistake before spring break:
"My friend and I went together to get waxed for our first time right before we left uni for spring break. Super exciting, right? WRONG. It turned out I’m super allergic to whatever wax they used. When I got home I was walking funny and had the worst rash imaginable. Not to mention that I had to get a steroid shot along with a round of pills to make it go away. Now I shudder at the thought of getting a wax, which sucks because it’s so much easier than shaving..."
5. The awkward AF chance meeting:
"When I got to my first Brazilian wax appointment, I was super nervous, but summoned up my bravery. I told myself, 'It's not like anyone even knows you here.' I was lying on a table, completely exposed. My vag was just out there. Who walked in to do my wax? MY OLD SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER. That was the most awkward small talk I've ever had to make in my life."
6. The toenail shank:
"As the waxer walked around the bed to do the other side, her bare forearm brushed against my foot, which caused my big toenail to gouge her skin and draw blood. MY TOENAIL ACTUALLY CUT HER. Neither of us acknowledged what had happened. It was more mortifying than a stranger staring at my hairy chuff for 20 minutes!"
7. The kid who saw too much:
"It was my first wax ever and the specialist had her kid in the lobby. He started crying so she let him in, with me wide open. The kid started messing with the sticks and came up to me, waving it around like we were having a play date or something. The wax was brown, and she said, 'Look, look chocolate,' to distract him. Her kid made complete eye contact with my FULLY-EXPOSED VAGINA!"
8. The hangover from hell:
"As soon as my waxer finished, she ran out of the room, leaving the door wide open (with me, sans pants), and puked in the hallway. I would have felt bad for her if she hadn’t just told me how she was out drinking with her friends the night before."
9. The surprise ending:
"When I got my first bikini wax I was in so much pain. My hair was so thick at the roots that I ended up bleeding after every strip. Then there was the surprise that my butthole was getting waxed, too. Never again."
10. The time TMI went to a whole new level:
"A sorority sister of mine arranged for an aesthetician to come to our sorority house one weekend for anyone who wanted to get waxed. I went in for my turn, and the woman proceeded to tell me the shape, size, and hair growth situation of all of my sisters. So awkward and totally unwelcomed!"
11. The karate skills that appeared out of nowhere:
"I've been going for years to get Brazilian waxes, and while I've had a couple bad times, this takes the cake for funny/bad. I was almost done and we had moved on to my booty. I had to grab my legs in the air to wax the backside. When she pulled off the wax strip I had an involuntary reaction and kicked her in the face! I had never done that before and I haven't done that since!"
12. The surprise gone horribly wrong:
"I decided to get a wax in the dead of summer. I thought it would be a fun, sexy surprise after not seeing my boyfriend for a month. When I got there, the A/C was broken. In the 110-degree weather, I was dripping with sweat, and uncomfortably getting waxed. Every inch of my bikini line broke out in painful little bumps. It ended up being the complete opposite of a sexy surprise. Never again."
13. The sticky situation:
"I tried to wax myself at home when I was 15. I used very cheap wax strips. The wax had come off of the wax strip and was still embedded in my pubic hair. Fast forward to the longest, hottest, most painful two-hour-long bath I’ve ever taken."
14. The wax job that became a hack job:
"I didn't say anything when my wax appointment seemed to be more awkward and timely than usual. When my waxer handed me the mirror before she left the room I immediately said, 'Yes, it's great, thanks!' Upon further review I discovered she did leave the landing strip as requested, but it was TOTALLY crooked and disproportionate. It looked like someone mowed the lawn on one side and had a heart attack halfway through the second portion of the chore. I was in too much pain and embarrassment to have it fixed."
15. And the time candles became enemies:
"I was about 14 and tried to shave down there. It didn't work. Fast forward to me attempting to wax myself. I bought the strips but realized I had no wax. I must have been a real stupid 14-year-old because I thought candle wax would work. I used a Yankee candle, melted it, and poured it on. I was left with the absolute worst burns. I'm stupid."