Some women swear by it, others go running for the hills.

Yes, it's true that waxing can be painful, but it's also true that it gives you longer-lasting results than shaving, and is a lot less expensive than laser hair removal. So you probably know the basics: keep your skin hydrated, exfoliate, have the hair between 1/3-1/2 inch long for best results.

But have you heard those tips about "icing your skin" or "taking a shot beforehand"? Sometimes these are true, and sometimes not so much. We've got the scoop on 10 things you might not have known about waxing, and how to get the best experience when you visit your salon.

As with any procedure, make sure to do your research. Ask family and friends for recommendations if you're looking to wax for the first time. Chances are if they had a good experience at a salon, you will too! Be sure you're happy with their sanitation procedures, and if it hurts more than you think it ought to, leave.

Read through the gallery above to get some tips for waxing -- and get your skin primed and ready for warm weather.

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