The Joys of the Brazilian Wax
If you’re new to waxing, going straight for a Brazilian bikini wax is quite a step; most people dip their toes in with a basic bikini wax first and then try the joys of the Brazilian wax.
According to one study from a few years ago, most women between 18 and 49 remove their pubic hair. A 2013 study from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas found that only 8.6 percent of women between the ages of 16 to 40 had never groomed their pubic hair. However, most women said they shaved with a razor, trimmed with scissors, or used hair removal cream; 16 percent of people said they waxed.
Why Women Remove Their Hair
Most women just like the way it looks – we groom everywhere else, so why not our pubic hair? Most women say they prefer a neater, cleaner look.
Many women love their Brazilian waxes, and although they hurt a bit, if you’re not used to having your most intimate areas out for inspection, it can feel awkward. Once you’ve seen the results, you’ll schedule your next session.
Top Tips for Breezing a Brazilian Wax
You might feel a little apprehensive at first but don’t worry. Your esthetician will put you at ease and answer any questions. Before you start, tell the therapist if you are worried, have any sensitivities, or are incredibly ticklish – they can keep that in mind once you’re in for the waxing.
It’s always awkward at first; you’re showing your nether regions to a stranger (or you might know the esthetician, which could be even more awkward depending on your perspective), but you can’t get around that. Try to relax.
Before Your Brazilian Wax Appointment
- Use the toilet. If you must use the bathroom, go before the wax. You don’t want to be needing the bathroom halfway through.
- Shower – Besides being cleaner, a warm shower opens your pores so the hair will come out easier.
- Make sure that your hair is around 1/4-inch-long before your wax. Don’t let it get too long. If you’re a shaver, you need to wait about three weeks after a shave before getting a Brazilian wax.
- Exfoliate – if you exfoliate your skin before a wax, it helps stop any dead skin cells from getting in the way of your hair being pulled out by the root.
Wear Comfy Clothes
Wear something loose-fitting for a Brazilian waxing appointment as your skin will probably feel more sensitive than usual afterward, which could be irritating if you’re wearing tight clothes. Underwear wise – avoid thongs because of wax residue, and opt for loose, comfy, and not your favorites.
Do You Need Painkillers?
Some people swear by taking a pain killer about an hour or so before a waxing – something like Tylenol might help. Some people don’t bother with any pain relief – it’s your choice. See how you go. You might want to try it the first time and then realize it wasn’t so bad.
What If You Get Your Period?
It’s not a great idea to get a Brazilian wax on your period – not just because it makes things more awkward for the esthetician but also because it tends to hurt more. You’re more sensitive when you’re on your period, and with the best intentions, it can still get a bit messy sometimes.
Brazilian Wax After Care
Take it easy after you’ve had a wax, and avoid doing any workouts or activities that might get you sweaty. It’s not a good idea to sweat too much after a wax, so you have an excuse for missing the gym for a day or so afterward.
Avoid ingrown hairs by exfoliating after the wax as well as before. You can try using a body scrub from the drugstore with beads in it, just anything that has a bit of an exfoliating effect.
If you don’t already (we’re sure you do), make sure that you keep the area clean and fresh after the wax, avoid a build-up of dead skin, and get rid of any wax residue from the treatment.
Get that bikini ready for the beach and the sun. Rebecca, our licensed esthetician, can give you the joy of a Brazilian wax experience for your summer bikini adventure. Just give us a call or hit the booking tab to secure your appointment.
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