When we think about getting a Brazilian wax, we can't help but compare it to something akin to skydiving. For some, the sheer idea of both is slightly terrifying, but how people talk about how they feel after makes it something we want to try despite the initial fear.
If it's time for you to scratch this beauty service off of your bucket list of things to try, then you came to the right place. We understand that getting a Brazilian wax (or any form of waxing) for the first time can be nerve-wracking, we assure you that our highly trained and experienced Estheticians at Clean Slate Waxing Lounge will answer any questions you make have regarding your service and make it as comfortable as possible. For tips on how to deal with the disconfort and maintenance of getting waxed, read ahead.
What is a Brazilian Wax?
A Brazilian wax removes pubic hair from the bikini area and around the external genitals with the added tush in between area.
Unlike a standard bikini wax, which typically removes exposed hair from around your panty line, a Brazilian is a great option if you prefer a completely nude look. However, you can also leave a neat triangle or strip of pubic hair in the front, if you prefer to keep some.
What's the Best Way to Prepare for a Brazilian Wax?
To prepare for your wax, we recommend growing out pubic hair to be at least a quarter of an inch long — about the size of a grain of rice. Stop shaving at least 2 week before your waxing appointment. You want to let the hair grow out so that the wax better grips onto the hair and removes it in one go. When the hair is too short, the wax may not remove the hair from the root, possibly causing breakage, which defeats the whole purpose of waxing. Don't worry, your hair can never be too long to come to see us, please do not trim before your service, as many that have done so will trim the hair too short.
You can also exfoliate before your appointment to help buff away dead skin cells. If you are going to exfoliate your skin, please use a film-free exfoliant as these don't leave the skin coated in oil, 24 to 48 hours before your wax.
As far as things to avoid, you may want to skip any caffeine or alcohol on the day of your appointment. It may seem like a good idea to have a drink to calm the nerves, but alcohol thins the blood, which can cause a more painful experience. Caffeine often leads to more skin sensitivity and also can up the pain during a wax.
What’s the Best Way to Deal With the Pain of a Brazilian Wax?
The most intimidating part of any waxing experience is the pain. You can take a pain reliever 30 minutes before the waxing session to alleviate pain, and you can also apply numbing cream 45 minutes before your appointment.
Most women comment that often, the more you wax, the easier it becomes to handle the pain. We like to say that your third wax is your best wax because the hair growth cycle has evened out, and the hair starts to come in finer for an easier removal.
What's the Best Way to Care for Your Skin After a Brazilian Wax?
Immediately after your wax, we recommend staying away from saunas, hot baths, hot tubs, tanning beds, and exercise for 24 hours. The skin is very sensitive post-wax, so you should avoid anything that could cause potential irritation down there.
We also recommend avoiding harsh soaps as the skin is newly exfoliated from the wax. Instead, opt for a gynecologically-tested formula that gently cleanses and hydrates the skin. It is advisable to wear loose and comfortable clothing that lets the area breathe, as well as anything cotton-based," she says.
The best thing to do after your wax is to moisturize the area using formulas with ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, glycerin, or green tea to soothe the skin.
What's the Best Way to Maintain a Brazilian Wax?
Commonly, it is believed that exfoliating a few times a week and resisting the urge to shave between appointments. When you shave, you are cutting your hair, which creates a blunt end when it grows in instead of a fine point. This can give the appearance and feel of the hair being darker or thicker and a prickly feel days after shaving. Plus, shaving can lead to ingrown hair. If you absolutely must get rid of the hair, only shave the sides of your bikini line so you still feel groomed but are not starting your waxing results from scratch.
How Long Does a Brazilian Wax Last?
Typically, a wax will last up to four weeks for most people. However, some might get up to six weeks during the winter as hair grows slower during this time. A wax offers long-lasting results because the hair is removed from the root and can also create softer and finer hair during the regrowth.
Can You Wax on Your Period?
Yes, you can absolutely get waxed while on your menstrual cycle. You just need to wear a fresh tampon or menstrual cup. While it's possible, bear in mind that your skin may be a bit more sensitive during this time so it may feel a little more painful.