Beauty / Skincare

How to Get Ready for a Brazilian Wax

If you have never had a Brazilian wax before, the thought of it can be a bit daunting for most. We all like the idea of being smooth and cleaner “down there” but the idea of the pain and possible, err, embarrassment of having someone in that region can be a bit overwhelming.

Remind yourself that those who give Brazilian waxes are (or should be) professionals who have been doing this for a while. When looking for a spa or salon to give you a Brazilian wax, the first thing you must do is:

  1. Research all of the spas and salons in your area. Do not make an appointment with the first spa you see as you walk down the street; ask questions and ask other girlfriends of yours whether or not they were satisfied with the service they received. Make sure that who ever is going to be giving you a Brazilian wax has done several Brazilian waxes before and not just bikini waxes.
  2. Let your hair grow out a bit. Before any sort of waxing job, your hair should be about ¼ inch long – no shorter, no longer. Shorter hair may not be graspable by the wax so it won’t be removable, and longer hair usually means a whole lot more painful of an experience.

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You can always use a comb and scissors, or a normal hair/beard trimmer to reduce your hair to the ¼ length.

  1. Apply a numbing cream to your inner thighs and pubic region an hour before your Brazilian wax. Half an hour before your appointment, take a mild dose of pain medications (such as an Ibuprofen) and wear loose clothing. This will help you stay comfortable before, during, and after your Brazilian wax.
  2. Once you arrive at the salon, you will be taken to a private room where you will need to remove all articles of clothing that are on your lower body (such as your pants and underwear). You will be asked to lie down on a table with your feet apart and knees drawn up.

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If you are feeling uncomfortable, you may ask the waxer to cover up half of your pubic area with a blanket or a towel as they work from one side to the next.

  1. The first place the attendant will start at is your pubic bone area, which unfortunately is also usually the most painful. Try to hold your skin tight so that you receive a cleaner and less painful wax. The attendant will then move down to the crease of your thighs and then to your pubic area. The last area that is covered is your anal region (unless you would like to keep it unwaxed), and it tends to be the least painful.

And that’s all there is to it! You will most likely be provided with a lotion that you can rub on your skin to keep the area moisturized and to prevent the occurrence of ingrown hairs.

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Before the attendant begins waxing, advise him or her of any particular style you would like to have, such as a small strip of hair being left on your pubic bone (commonly referred to as the “landing strip”) or a small “v” shape formed with pubic hair.