The original purpose of a bikini wax was to remove unwanted hair from the “bikini” area so it looked respectable when wearing a bikini or other swimwear. These days, teens and women get bikini waxes for all sorts of reasons–some innocent and some not so much.
Obviously, there’s nothing in the Bible about bikini waxes, but the way a women presents herself is mentioned. In summary, a woman must be modest in her appearance. She should not bring unnecessary attention to herself, distract others, or cause men to lust after her.
Based on these guidelines, I’d propose that, although I believe it’s okay for Christian teens to get a bikini wax, it should only be done under certain conditions.
Before considering a bikini wax, ask yourself why you’re interested in one. Is it necessary? Do you have a specific purpose for getting a bikini wax, and is it one that still maintains your modesty? Remember that all girls develop differently, so what may be necessary for one girl may not be needed for another.
You don’t have to wear a bikini to get a bikini wax. In fact, if you read my style post on swimwear, you’ll find swimming costumes that are modest. But even with some modest swimsuits, you may have to remove unwanted hair that is visible. If this is the case, then getting a bikini wax may be necessary to avoid both embarrassment and exposure.
Another reason it would be okay for a Christian girl to get a bikini wax is for hygienic purposes. Shaving or waxing the legs and underarms is commonplace–although not in some European countries–and is often done for the sake of comfort and hygiene. During puberty and beyond, it’s very important to maintain healthy habits. For some ladies, it’s easier to remain sanitary with a bikini wax, especially in preparation for menstrual cycles.
I do feel that Christian girls under 16 are too young to get a bikini wax. Young teens who are concerned about exposure when wearing a modest bathing suit should opt for a swimsuit with shorts or a swim dress. I feel that a bikini wax is just too much of a grown-up procedure for young teens.
Christian teens should not get bikini waxes for the purpose of being or feeling sexy. Although it is a beauty treatment, it should not be considered for vanity purposes, either. A bikini wax should only be done as a necessity.
PI girls, what do you think about my bikini wax guidelines?