Could bikini waxing be bad for our health?

Ever since Carrie got her first Brazilian wax on SATC and said she "felt like walking sex," stripping hair from down there has become almost essential for women.

It's not just a Brazilian anymore, either – the Hollywood wax goes one step further and removes all (we mean ALL) hair from the pubic area and bum.

But could excessive hair removal actually be bad for us? 
Much as we hate to admit it, pubic hair actually does serve a bodily purpose. Not only does it prevent friction, it's also there to stop bacteria entering the body. So by removing that natural barrier, you're automatically opening up your body to more infection.

Is it just waxing that's the problem?
Nope. No matter what method you use to remove hair – waxing, shaving, depilation or even tweezing – the pubic area can be left with tiny cuts and irritations that can allow bad bacteria to enter.

I hear ya, but I couldn't live without my Brazilian every five weeks…
If you really can't stomach the idea of a full bush, at least ensure you go about things the right way. Shaving should be avoided at all costs – it causes excess irritation, redness and itching. Hair also grows back unevenly after shaving, so your next wax is going to be that bit more painful.

When getting waxed, go for a reputable salon who know what they're doing. Take care of the area afterwards – avoid very hot showers, perfumed gels or lotions and excessive exercise (or anything that causes sweating!) for 24 hours after your wax.