So you’ve decided to have your bikini line waxed. There’s no point beating around the bush about it because you’re about to no longer have one.
And let me tell you, it’s a great decision. The slippery smooth sensation of your first-ever freshly waxed puss is pure satisfaction. Just wait until you shower (it’s like a water slide).
Of course, you’re probably crapping your pants at the thought of another person looking you right in the hoo-ha. But remember, your therapist is a professional and a vagina to them is the equivalent to a keyboard at a desk job – dead boring.
To help further calm your inner panic, here’s what you can expect from your bikini wax appointment and some handy tips to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
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- How to prep for your bikini wax
- What to expect from your bikini wax appointment
- Other FAQ’s about bikini waxes
- Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Brazilian Wax
- What to Do After Your Wax
- Do Waxes Get Less Painful Over Time?
- How Should You Go About Waxing If You Have Sensitive Skin?
- The Best Expert-Recommended Products for Waxing
- Shop Camikiran’s Go-To Products
- Shop Coba’s Go-To Products
- Here, she shares everything you should know before your first bikini wax. Because what doesn’t hurt about a wax is being equipped with a little knowledge (or a little more hair!) before showing up for your appointment.
- 1. Grow out your hair for four weeks
- 2. Pop an Advil before your appointment
- 3. Don’t go five days before or five days after your period
- 4. Exfoliate the night or morning before your wax
- 5. Work out before your wax, but not after
- 6. Get your wax at least three days before you’re slipping into a swimsuit
- 7. Know what type of wax you’re getting
- 8. Plan your wax-day outfit
- 9. Take your underwear off
- 10. Do a sanitation check
- 11. Know a few things about pain reduction
- 12. Practice waxing after-care
- 13. It will get better
- Everything you need to know about shaving and waxing your pubic hair
- How Much Is A Brazilian Wax
- How Much Does A Brazilian Wax Cost?
- 8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Brazilian
- How to Prepare for a Brazilian Waxing
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How to prep for your bikini wax
First of all, don’t worry about trimming your downstairs department pre-wax. The worst case scenario is you’ll trim it too short, and they won’t be able to complete the wax. The ideal length for hairs is about the size of a grain of rice, but if it’s longer, it doesn’t matter. If you’re a shaver, you’ll want to make sure you leave it to grow out for at least three weeks.
In terms of outfit, I’d recommend wearing a skirt or dress so that you can just hike it up to your tummy, rather than undressing. Makes for a quick entrance and exit, with a bonus cooling draught post-wax.
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What to expect from your bikini wax appointment
I’m going to break it down step by step for you, because I know how nerve-wracking this sh*t is. While each salon is different, this should give you a general gist of what goes down…
- Head to reception and give your name and appointment time. You’ll then either take a seat while you wait, or be shown straight into a treatment room and introduced to your therapist if they’re ready. Tell them it’s your first time if you haven’t already, so this way they can make sure you’re as comfortable as possible and explain everything as you go.
- Your treatment room is likely to have a treatment chair/bed in it (similar to a massage chair) and you may be able to spot the wax being heated on a bench beside it. The therapist will probably ask you to take a seat on the treatment bed.
- Most of the time, you will have pre-selected a specific wax style (bikini, Brazilian, Hollywood etc), but if not, the therapist may ask you what you would like. Don’t be afraid to have each of them explained to you before making your choice. Or if you like to be prepared, you can read up on the different bikini wax styles beforehand.
- The therapist may test the wax temperature also, either before or after you undress and usually on the lower stomach so you can get an accurate feel of the temperature.
- When it’s wax time, you’ll remove your knickers (and trousers if you’re wearing them, or just hike that skirt up) and get settled on the bed, face up.
- To get you in prime waxing position, the therapist will usually tell you to place your ankles together, and then relax and let your knees fall out to the side. It’s a vulnerable and draughty position, but surprisingly comfortable.
- The therapist will then work in sections, smoothing the wax in direction of hair growth, leaving to dry for a quick second and then pulling against the growth to remove. Some salons use wax strips, but others have stripless hair wax, which can be removed with just one quick flick of the wrist.
- Therapists are pretty swift with their movements and although the millisecond moment of removal is painful, it’s usually over pretty quick and nothing else about the wax should be uncomfortable. Many therapists will pull the skin taut to reduce pain.
- If you chose a Hollywood or any other wax style that includes the back door (highly recommended for optimal smoothness), you’ll then be asked to change positions. Usually, this means pulling your knees up to your chest, or sometimes you may be asked to flip over onto your stomach.
- Once they’ve finished waxing an entire area, the therapist will then go over the area with a post-care wipe. These are usually covered in an oil-like soothing solution, which removes any wax residue and leaves the skin feeling soothed.
- This typically signals the end of the wax and you’re free to dress again before heading back to reception. It will honestly be over before you know it! I’ve found an appointment to only take 10-15 minutes depending on the fast hands of my therapist.
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Other FAQ’s about bikini waxes
Can I get a bikini wax if I’m on my period?
You technically can, but most places would recommend not doing so. Not because they’re grossed out by it, but because it may make your waxing experience more painful as the vagina is extra sensitive during this time.
Can I take painkillers before my wax to make it less painful?
Again, nobody will stop you but it’s not recommended. Especially if the medication contains caffeine, as this makes the skin more sensitive. You may want to skip your morning coffee too.
How long do I have to wait after a bikini wax to have sex?
Can’t wait to take your new ta-ta for a test drive? While the answer is different for everyone, most therapists would recommend giving it at least 24 hours, to avoid the risk of irritation.
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Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Brazilian Wax
The good news: The second time you get a Brazilian bikini wax, and all consecutive times after, are usually a more comfortable experience mostly because you know what to expect and are acclimated to the pain. (Related: All-Natural Wax Formulas That Make Getting a Brazilian Less Painful)
Tips for Preserving Your Brazilian Wax
You’ll want to put on loose clothing immediately following your wax, and you should skip out on your regularly scheduled workout until the next day. Friction and sweat can irritate the inflamed skin and lead to infection since pores are still open and more susceptible to bacteria.
Also wait a few hours before taking a hot shower since the skin is sensitive and the hot water might feel uncomfortable or painful. However, this sensitivity will lessen the more times you get waxed as your skin gets accustomed to the process and rebounds quicker. And as tempting as it may be to touch your newly smooth skin—resist—you can clog pores and transfer bacteria from your hands, which can lead to ingrown hairs or infection. You’re also going to need to go sans sex for 24 to 48 hours to avoid more inflammation from the friction. Note: While there isn’t a direct link to pubic hair grooming and contracting a STI, one study found that people who are frequent bikini waxers or shavers are more likely to get an STI than those who leave their hair alone entirely or less often. Experts suggest this is likely due to the small, superficial nicks or breaks in the skin that can occur during hair removal.
You’ll also want to continue to exfoliate and moisturize regularly after your wax to stop dead skin cells from clogging the pore, which can prevent hair follicles from growing outward, says Grupenmager. Hairs that don’t grow toward the surface of the skin become red, itchy ingrown hairs.
It’s less maintenance than shaving but waxing does have a lot of upkeep. For the best result possible, Brazilian bikini waxes should be done on a schedule. When you wax too early or too late, hair is more likely to break, says Marie. She recommends returning every three to four weeks to maintain the result.
Now, enter your first appointment with confidence, prepared to go bare.
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- Please shower before your appointment. We won’t spell it out… you catch our drift. (in a pinch, wet wipes are a lifesaver!)
- Hair must be a quarter of an inch (about 10-14 days of growth) to adhere correctly to the wax.
- Resist the urge to shave between sessions. Shaving chafes the skin and creates sharper, coarser hair!
- Gently exfoliate the night before or take a warm bath to prep the skin before your wax. Having a warm bath or shower before your wax can soften your skin allowing for easier hair removal. We also recommend exfoliation the night before as this removes dead skin build up around and in the follicle again aiding in easier and more thorough removal. We suggest gently dry brushing OR using a gentle exfoliating scrub or acne cleanser.
- Chill. Come to your appointment as relaxed as you can. Like a lot of things in life, the anticipation is often worse than the actual event. Don’t listen to friends who tell you their waxing horror stories. They don’t come to us! Youtube videos and movie scenes with screaming ninnies will only get your knickers in a deeper twist. This is your experience and we want it to be a good one!!
- Take a deep breath. We often ask clients to take a few deep breaths and to try to relax their muscles once they get on the waxing table. Don’t worry—it really doesn’t hurt that much. And trust me, we want you to come back, so we won’t do anything to traumatize you!
- Know that it gets better. We get that first timers don’t know what to expect. My advice is to acknowledge that the first one will be the most uncomfortable, especially if you’ve been shaving prior to it. However, it doesn’t have to be the worst thing you’ve ever done. Most of the time, people leave our room pleasantly relieved that the wax wasn’t nearly as bad as they expected. Every wax after the first one gets easier, especially when your hair starts growing in finer and we weaken that horrid follicle!
- Medicate if you must. if you’re concerned about the potential for pain, take a couple of advil 20 minutes before your appointment. Some clients feel this takes the edge off.
- Remember, it will be over before you know it. Being fuzz-free is so worth a couple minutes of discomfort!
What to Do After Your Wax
Avoid exercise directly afterwards. “You shouldn’t exercise or wear sweaty clothes the same day,” Coba recommends. “Your skin is so fresh after a wax and the pores are still open and susceptible to bacteria. Instead, just take it easy the rest of the day.” Also, Camkiran notes that friction from working out at the gym could cause future irritation on the skin.
Don’t apply self-tanner the day of your wax. “If you use spray tan or apply self-tanner, wait until the day after your wax appointment,” Coba says. “Or, if you experience irritation, wait until irritation subsides. Freshly waxed areas absorb pigment better so your skin will look smoother and color will last longer when you do it the day after.”
Stop tweezing ingrown hairs. “This usually does more harm than good, as guests often tear their skin up trying to get the hair out, which creates scarring and hyperpigmentation,” Coba explains.
Get on a regular waxing schedule. “Waxing regularly every four weeks really helps because when you wax too early or too late, the hair is more susceptible to breaking under the surface of the skin,” Coba explains. “When hair breaks, it can more easily become ingrown. I always recommend every three to four weeks. Between visits, you should be exfoliating and moisturizing every day. Exfoliating helps to remove excess dead skin while moisturizing helps keep the healthy skin nourished.” Camkiran recommends not waxing five days before and five days after your period because in this interval the body is very sensitive.
Avoid super-hot or salty water the day of your wax. “Wait a few hours before hopping into a hot shower to avoid any reaction,” Coba says. “After you’ve been waxing a while your skin will be used to it and much less sensitive to this sort of thing.” Garlow agrees: “Avoid soaking in a tub or jacuzzi, saunas, or anything with high heat due to the area being sensitive, which could get bacteria in the area.” Camkiran also mentions that salt water from the beach or chlorine from the pool will certainly irritate the skin, so you should wait at least three days.
Don’t fuss with the area at all. “Avoid touching your newly hair-free skin,” Coba advises. “This will only clog pores and transfer the bacteria that’s on your hands onto your newly waxed skin.” And you should also avoid skin-to-skin contact.
Don’t wear super-tight clothing. “After a wax, wearing loose clothing is important to let your skin breathe,” says Garlow.
After waiting a full 24 hours post-wax, exfoliate every single day. “After 24 hours, it is crucial to exfoliate your skin every day to avoid ingrown hairs,” Garlow recommends. “Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to look for in a product for exfoliation. Vitamin E and aloe are great options for moisturizing the skin following a treatment.”
Do Waxes Get Less Painful Over Time?
The real answer: It’s complicated—everyone’s body is different. “Waxing is not one size fits all,” Coba says. “While every person reacts differently, pain during waxing generally depends on your mindset and general tolerance for discomfort.” Coba’s rule of thumb is to try a Brazilian wax twice—the second wax is meant to be more comfortable, and the results are smoother and last longer.
“In the short and long term, waxing regularly can transform your skin and hair,” Coba explains. “The exfoliating nature of waxing will help your skin to be soft, smooth, and more radiant, while your hair will grow in much softer and sparser. People are always surprised at how quickly their hair changes.”
Camkiran explains that with time you’ll know what to expect, the shock factor will wear down. “Getting regular waxes will significantly reduce the amount of hair coming back,” Camkiran recommends. In a few months, 40 percent of your hair will not be coming back, which will also make the process more comfortable.”
How Should You Go About Waxing If You Have Sensitive Skin?
“Exfoliating and moisturizing skin between waxes is key, especially for sensitive skin types,” Coba advises. “Ingrown hairs are common in creased areas such as the bikini line, where the skin is pressed together most of the day. Taking an extra second to exfoliate these areas regularly can really help prevent ingrown hairs.”
If you’re wondering what exactly causes ingrown-hairs, it’s clogged pores. “If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, we offer The Lotus treatment ($85) at Daphne Spa. This bikini facial targets ingrown hairs, hyperpigmentation, and impurities in the bikini area,” says Garlow.
If waxing still doesn’t feel right, you should consider sugaring as a healthy alternative, which is another form of hair removal that uses organic wax and feels gentler on the skin. Sugaring is still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful than waxing, according to Garlow.
“Sugaring does not stick to live skin cells, only to the hair and dead skin cells, which means less irritation and discomfort,” Garlow explains. “With sugaring, the entire hair including the root is removed. Over time, the root gets less and less blood supply to it resulting in less hair growth over time. Sugaring thins the hair and eventually kills the hair follicle in total. It’s better for people with sensitive skin, because it pulls less on the skin compared to waxing, so it causes less irritation overall.”
The Best Expert-Recommended Products for Waxing
Camkiran always advises using Crystal Peel Microderm Soap and a brown sugar scrub, which will help with exfoliation and getting rid of dull dry skin. She also recommends applying Fur Oil immediately after waxing to calm the skin and stop ingrown hairs from sprouting. For even more post-wax treatment, wait a full 24 hours, then apply Princereigns Ingrown Hair Serum, which will also prevent future ingrown hairs.
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“I always recommend using European Wax Center’s Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum daily, including the day you get waxed, and as your hair grows in,” Coba says. “The serum is lightweight, gentle, and alcohol-free with natural amazonian berry extracts and antioxidants to help nourish and comfort skin. It also contains glycolic acid to exfoliate surface dead skin cells and support natural cell turnover to banish those bumps and ingrown hairs. Coba also encourages the use of products from European Wax Center’s Strut Lavishly collection for extra exfoliation and hydration so your skin can feel super-smooth for weeks to come.
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Before a recent trip to Los Angeles, I decided to embark on a womanhood rite of passage: get my very first bikini wax.
Not knowing that you must grow out your hair beforehand, I shaved two days earlier. The aesthetician (who shall remain nameless) began ripping strips of hot wax over and over from the same areas, like a five-year-old opening presents on Christmas morning. I thought the whole thing was normal—it’s supposed to hurt, right?
Of course, she couldn’t get the hair because it was too short, and so I was left with a red, irritated, inflamed mess—not exactly what you want right before a trip to a sunny place or a ride at an indoor cycling studio. I was doing both.
Once I was informed by friends and co-workers (at a work meeting, no less) about her poor judgement, I thought, “How could the female whisper network have failed to properly educate me on this crucial beauty issue?”
To get smart fast, I decided to get the facts from someone who’d break it down completely for me and interviewed the super seasoned waxer and lead aesthetician at Bliss Spa Soho, Leyda Quintero.
Originally published July 20, 2014. Updated August 4, 2017.
1. Grow out your hair for four weeks
Yes, four. “As hard as that may be, I wouldn’t come in for a wax unless it’s a quarter of an inch long,” Quintero says. Think about it this way: The shorter the hair, the harder the pull, because short hair is denser.
2. Pop an Advil before your appointment
Or a pain reliever of your choice. “Anything that will make the skin less inflamed,” she advises.
3. Don’t go five days before or five days after your period
“Your body will be more sensitive,” Quintero says. So while a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do—and sometimes that means a tampon string in full view of your waxer (sorry, TMI?)—for first-timers, it’s best to get your wax done outside of this time frame. Which, annoyingly, you’ll notice is about half the month.
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4. Exfoliate the night or morning before your wax
Using a sugar scrub will help remove dead skin cells is key to a clean wax and fewer ingrown hairs. “If your skin isn’t doing a great job of shedding on its own, it can trap hairs underneath, so you won’t get as effective of a wax,” Quintero explains. She doesn’t, however, recommend exfoliating until two or three weeks after your bikini wax in the area, as it can irritate skin.
5. Work out before your wax, but not after
If you sweat on skin that’s freshly waxed in tight yoga pants, there’s no hair to absorb the sweat and the friction will cause irritation,” she says. So wake up early for Barry’s Bootcamp that day.
6. Get your wax at least three days before you’re slipping into a swimsuit
For seriously sensitive women, it can take this long for redness to go down. “Also, salt water and chlorine will get into your open pores and cause more irritation if you get a bikini wax the day of,” Quintero adds. Women who save their waxing for their hotel spa on vacation can attest to this sad fact.
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7. Know what type of wax you’re getting
Here are the basics (to spare you a way-too-graphic Google Image search). “A Brazilian means everything comes off, front to back, and the top area can be styled any way,” she says, i.e., nothing there or a landing strip. “A basic bikini is a clean-up of the sides of the pubic area only and about an inch down from the top of your hairline. There’s also an in between, with more taken off the front or top. And these two don’t include, ahem, backstage.
There are also two kinds of wax. Soft wax, or the wax pulled up with a cloth strip, is used for thinner hair, while hard wax is directly ripped off the skin. “At Bliss, we apply oils to lubricate the skin and use hard wax over it. This way, the wax sticks to the hair and not the skin,” Quintero explains. Many places will use a combination of the two waxes. If you find you prefer one, don’t hesitate to tell your aesthetician.
8. Plan your wax-day outfit
If the aesthetician uses baby powder after your wax, some might find its way to your black top afterward, even if you lift it out of the way. (First-hand experience here.) You also don’t want something super tight or chafing afterward. “Something that’s comfy and easy to pull on and off is more convenient,” Quintero says. “Not a suit and pantyhose.”
9. Take your underwear off
Yes, when your waxer says “get undressed,” she means everything from the waist down. “We have disposable underwear for people who feel more comfortable with it on,” she says. “But you never want to wear your own because you might get wax on it.” And then it’s there for good.
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10. Do a sanitation check
If you walk into a place, and your waxer doesn’t have gloves on or you see her double dipping her popsicle-stick-like spatula into a big cauldron of wax, “get out of there immediately,” Quintero warns. “It’s okay to say you changed your mind and you don’t want to do it.” (Note that some places use a private batch of wax in a smaller container that’s exclusive to you; this is the only exception to the double-dip rule.)
11. Know a few things about pain reduction
“A good aesthetician will pull the skin taut right before waxing it and then press the waxed area firmly right after,” she says. These two things can make waxing much less painful, and a good aesthetician will do them for you. Also, take a deep breath—it helps in yoga, it will help here (or try this five-minute meditation). This is also a place where you can “look at your phone—or talk to your waxer,” she adds. You’ll need the distraction.
12. Practice waxing after-care
Some aestheticians recommend witch hazel or other toning or exfoliating wipes to clients who tend to get ingrown hairs, and others may need something to calm redness. (Zinc-based diaper cream works wonders, says Well+Good’s beauty guru, Melisse Gelula.) Also, freshly waxed skin will be more sensitive to sun, since dead skin cells also come off, Quintero explains. So if you’re heading to the beach, take extra care to apply sunscreen on your bikini line. And if you still have hair on top, use conditioner on it while you condition your hair. “It will make your bikini hair much softer,” she adds.
13. It will get better
The more you get a bikini wax, the less it will hurt. “The first time is the most intense,” Quintero promises. “Afterwards, we’re not working with hard, stubbly hair, so it comes up more easily.” That explains why women who’ve been going for years hardly bat an eyelash.
If you need pointers on removing facial hair, here are five tips you need to know before shaving your face. And to keep your body silky smooth post-wax, try one of these Well+Good-approved all-natural body oils.
Everything you need to know about shaving and waxing your pubic hair
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Let’s get real about our pubes for a second. Everyone has their own flavor when it comes to what goes on down there. Some like it completely bare, others like to keep it trimmed. Then there are those who only want some hair and choose to get rid of the rest. Whatever you like, just make sure it’s something you’ve chosen for yourself, because it’s not a decision any other person should make for you.
If you’re curious about going a bit further down the hair removal road and you’re not quite sure which way to turn, this will be a good start for you. And hey, it can be fun to experiment, so let’s go explore.
Here’s everything you need to know about shaving and/or waxing your pubic hair.
Option #1: Shaving it off down there.
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Taking a razor to your pubic hair can be a safe option if it’s done the right way. Make sure you’re always using a fresh, brand new razor each time you do it, and always start by taking a warm shower or bath to soften the pubes and reduce irritation. Cosmo has a really good step-by-step primer on how to get the best shave, so check it out.
Although shaving is one of the cheaper options to keeping your pubes trim, resist buying the cheapest materials. Invest in good razors and buy shaving cream with aloe vera or any other kind of soothing ingredients. This will seriously help the redness and bumps you might see on your vagina. Also, wear non-irritating fabrics on your bottom half afterward, like breathable cotton.
FYI: These are the downsides to shaving your pubes.
It’s high-maintenance, and it takes a lot of effort. Shaving is also the quickest way to get irritated skin on your pubic bone. It can caus quite a bit of itchiness when the hair starts to grow back. If you have dark, thick hair, you might see more red bumps and ingrown hairs down there than other women. If this is the case, don’t freak out — you have other options!
Option #2: Waxing your pubic hair.
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Most important: Find a reliable waxing aesthetician who has shining reviews. You don’t want to go to a waxing salon solely based on cheap prices. By the way, it’s highly recommended by experts that you don’t try to wax yourself at home. Not much good can come of it.
Make sure your hair is long enough before you go in, and have an idea of what you want before your appointment. There are lots of different options, so see what your aesthetician offers. If it’s your first time going on, it’s okay to be nervous. Pop back a few Advil. Or better yet, have a glass of wine.
If you’re going full Brazilian, always, always, always opt in for a hard wax. It doesn’t take off a layer of skin like strip wax does, it’s less painful, and it’s much easier on your skin down there.
FYI: There are downsides to waxing, too.
It’s the pricier option for taking care of your pubic hair, especially if you’re going to a good place with high-level professionals. Also, you have to tend to it every four weeks, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to travel. Other than that, though, there aren’t really many cons to waxing. (Okay, there’s pain, but for some people, their bodies become used to the pain with regular waxing.)
A couple tips: Don’t ever shave before going in, as that will irritate the skin; don’t schedule your appointment anywhere near your period; and give yourself time to heal for a day or two before you immerse yourself in water or fool around with your SO.
Option #3, which shouldn’t actually be an option: depilatories and cream hair removers.
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If these products seem too good to be true, it’s because they are. Sure, they’re painless and relatively cheap, but they’re not always safe around your vagina. The chemicals in them are so strong that they can cause burns to your vaginal region. In some cases, the skin oozes and crusts. Gross.
And FYI: Here’s the truth about infections, no matter what method you choose.
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Dr. Jennifer Wider, women’s health expert for Cosmo Radio, says that both shaving and waxing can leave you susceptible to infections if you’re not careful enough. They both cause irritation and microscopic tears in the skin, which, when left unattended, can be an entryway for bacteria.
She reminds us that pubic hair exists to protect the bare skin from friction that can cause abrasions, and removing it leaves you vulnerable to infection. When your bare pubic skin is left warm, moist, and not-so-clean for an extended period of time, the following bacteria gather: staphylococcus aureus, A streptococcus, and methicillin resistant staph aureus. Let’s just put it this way: None of them are friendly.
Your risk for getting an infection is reduced, though, if you see a professional to get your hair removed. That will ensure the right products are used, and they can instruct you on how to properly care for yourself down there. Of course, take good care of yourself between each shave or wax. Keep clean and wear comfy undies.
Any lingering questions? Chat with your doc or a nurse practitioner. Don’t be shy! Trust us, they’ve heard these questions many times before.
- By Gina Florio
How Much Is A Brazilian Wax
Self-grooming is like a new norm once puberty hits. A lot of things has changed and that includes growing hair in the armpit, legs, and even the Lady Garden. It’s frustrating but not most of us can do anything much about it. There are options though, like shaving.
Using a razor is one of the most popular hair removal methods. It’s cheap, easy-to-use, and available almost any time. In just a few swipes, the hair is gone! But is it really what you want for your hair, particularly for your skin? After all, it’s no secret how it leaves razor burns and pimples afterward.
If you’re tired of the hullabaloos happening after every shave, maybe it’s time to consider waxing.
How Much Does A Brazilian Wax Cost?
The price for this hair removal service depends on several factors such as the type of wax you are getting, your gender, the type of facility you are going in, the location, and more. In the US, the price for bikini waxing starts at $30 up to $60.
This means that two neighborhood waxing salon will have a different price; one may offer a more affordable rate for their services while the other one, which has a high-end facility, may charge a higher price for their luxurious service.
Licensed professionals price their service based their expertise, experience, and cost of materials. The rate also depends on the market they want to target, overhead costs, products used and since this is a business, they need to earn out of it, too.
Here at Waxing By Celeste, our price begins at $45, but we do offer new client deals too. Pricing for Brazilians can be funny since we have seen some wax salons charge pasted on how much hair the clients has, some charge based on how long the hair is and some even charge more for bigger women and we’ve had clients come in who where charges a different price because of race, which we find totally unacceptable. One price for everyone regardless of size, hair length, amount of hair or race! We may not be the cheapest nor most expensive waxing salon in San Diego, but we guarantee that you get your money’s worth. Also, we’re known for our waxing technique that minimizes pain during the session. Instead of using one type of wax, we use three wax — soft wax, hard wax, and sugar wax — to effectively remove the fuzz while reducing discomfort.
You can check the feedback from our previous clients via our online reviews to know more about our services and experience people have at our spa.
What Is Brazilian Wax?
Brazilian wax is a hair removal method that is considered by many women. Despite the pain associated with it, a lot of them still swore to this. This meant booking a regular appointment and never returning to shaving again as much as possible.
Many people confused it with bikini wax but the truth is, these are two different things. Bikini wax, as the name suggests, only removes the hair around the bikini line. Brazilian wax, on the other hand, removes all the hair in your intimate part, including the inner and outer labia and anus. While it originally means going fully bare, there are women who wanted to leave a mini landing strip or a triangle-shaped hair in front. If you’re planning to have this, always tell your esthetician before the session starts.
Brazilian wax was introduced to the United States by 7 Brazilian sisters in 1987.
What You Need To Prepare Before Brazilian Wax
If you use razors just because you don’t want to see your pubic hair growing out, having a Brazilian wax can be a little challenging. For the wax to stick to your hair, we need you to grow it at around quarter of an inch. That means ditching your razor for a couple of weeks or more.
If you feel like your fuzz is very long, don’t worry! While you can trim it alone at home, we advise that you let our expert handle it in our waxing salon.
The Internet is a perfect place to know things but it’s still better if you can talk to the people you know. Look for friends who have done it and ask how badly it hurt. You might be surprised knowing that you’re almost the last person to get it. Take this time to also ask for their referral. Is there a specific waxing salon that they can recommend?
Drink A Glass Of Wine Or Pop An Ibuprofen
Spoiler Alert: Brazilian wax is going to hurt! And that’s what makes it extra beautiful. Imagine all the pain that you will go through only to end up with a hair-free, super smooth skin! If you want to reduce the pain, what you can do is down a glass of wine — darling, a glass of wine only, not a bottle or take a painkiller an hour before the session. This will minimize the comfort. You may also go for a bikini wax instead in case you’re not yet ready or you just want to test the water first.
Keep It Clean Down There
This is a no-brainer advice but still worth sharing. When cleaning your vagina, use warm water to wash it and be sure to skip moisturizers, cream, lotion, and the like. You can also take some wipes with you so you can keep yourself clean and fresh in case you need to wait for your appointment to start.
After having your Brazilian wax, your therapist will give you an advice about what you should and should not do. But to give you a heads up, here are some of the things you should remember:
* Do not workout or do activities that will make you sweat within 24 hours.
* Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.
* Do not go to a sauna, steam, or jacuzzi.
* Take a cold shower in case of a hot bath; however, only do this after 4 hours or so.
* Do not have rough sex as this may cause friction which may irritate your already-inflamed skin.
* Exfoliate the skin after three days or a week to get rid of ingrown hairs.
Is Brazilian Waxing Worth The Hype?
With all these women swearing to Brazilian waxing (and vowing to never go back to shaving again), is it really worth the hype? Moreover, is it really worth the pain?
Personally, I could say that it’s worth the price and pain as long as you have the right esthetician. A licensed esthetician knows how to apply the correct force and technique. Also, waxing has a lot of benefits that you can enjoy the latter part, such as exfoliation. During the session, you’re not only having your hair removed, but it also gets rid of lifeless skin cells and the results? A smoother, hair-free skin.
As you continue your session, you’ll also notice that the hair is finer and may even grow at a slower rate. Some can see visible hair after a couple of weeks while others can enjoy the results for a month.
If you want to know more details about our service, feel free to call our spa or book an appointment now!
Maybe you’ve been going for regular bikini waxes for years. Maybe you haven’t really thought about it — or you have, but it sounds like a lot of work. But if you’ve never gotten one before, all you might know about the Brazilian wax is what you’ve heard from hearsay. “Brazilian waxing used to be a taboo topic, but shows like Sex and the City brought the topic to light, creating curiosity and interest,” says Melanie Coba, expert waxer at European Wax Center. “Women felt more comfortable to try it.”
Brazilian waxes are one of the most popular styles for pubic hair — or the lack thereof. (There are five common types of bikini waxes to choose from, if you’re curious.) And even if you’re already familiar with waxing in general, there may be some things that you still might not know, like that the type of wax matters, or that it’s worth doing a little research on your wax technician or salon. Because when you’re working with hot ingredients — and in such an intimate area to boot — you don’t exactly want to leave room for error. So, here’s everything you’ve needed to know about the Brazilian wax.
If you don’t know exactly what a Brazilian wax entails, here’s a quick overview: The wax technician waxes off everything, and we mean everything — from the front of your pubic area to the labia to your butt (between your butt cheeks, if we’re being exact). Your pubic region will be completely hairless, and it’s as thorough as waxing as you’ll ever get. Because it’s so thorough, a Brazilian wax requires anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
Show up prepared.
If you usually shave your pubic hair every day, take a break before scheduling your appointment. The wax needs something to grip, so your pubic hair should be about the length of a grain of rice, according to Marcy Kornblum, cofounder of Wax Club in New York, NY. After a Brazilian, you’ll get about three to four weeks of being hairless before you have to go back for a repeat. Surprisingly, getting regular Brazilian waxes can be a good idea if you’re sensitive to pain. “After waxing on a regular schedule, your hair will start to grow in thinner and finer,” explains Melanie. “Staying on schedule and never shaving not only gets you best waxing results, but it makes it so much more comfortable.”
It hurts — but not as badly as you might think.
Anyone who’s ever waxed anything — eyebrows, bikini line, upper lip — knows that waxing isn’t exactly a painless experience. And certain areas, like your labia, are especially sensitive. “A first-time wax is the most uncomfortable,” says Melanie. But it gets easier if you keep it up, since, again, the hair is finer and therefore easier to remove. Marcy says that part of it is just the sheer anticipation. So don’t psyche yourself out beforehand. Instead, read a magazine or think about whether this pic of 15-year-old Kim Kardashian is legit.
Certain types of wax work better.
The type of wax can make a big difference. While the most common kind is a hot, soft wax applied to a strip of fabric and pulled off, it’s not necessarily the best — especially if your pain threshold is rock-bottom. Look for a stripless, hard wax, which requires a single step. “You just apply the warm wax,” explains Marcy. “It quickly hardens and adheres better to the hair.” With strip waxes, which are generally softer, you have the extra layer between the strip and the hair that can pull and cause extra pain.
8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Brazilian
Over the past decade, Brazilian waxes have become extremely popular among women, specifically those under the age of 50. If you’re not familiar with this type of waxing service, you’ve come to the right place. We spoke to Jessie Frampton and Florence Gaven-Rossavik, the owners behind Fuzz Wax Bar – the country’s uber popular and rapidly growing wax salon – about all things related to Brazilians. According to Jess and Flo, Brazilian waxes are the #1 most requested service among females walking into Fuzz. They call this option “Fuzz Free” at each of their seven locations, which means everything goes (front, back and top) unless you ask otherwise.
Here’s a list of 8 things every woman should know before gathering the courage to get their very first Brazilian wax:
- Why Waxing is Better Than Shaving
When you wax, your hair starts growing slower and finer and skin will stay smooth for much longer. Shaving increases the chances of dark and coarse hair regrowth and can also cause skin irritation and discomfort, such as razor burns and ingrown hairs. You will never get this with waxing.
- Are Brazilians safe for everyone?
Yes! Waxing is a very safe method of hair removal. However, if you have any doubts or a specific skin condition, consult your doctor before going for your first wax.
- The Ideal Length
The ideal length for hair is about ¼ inch or 6mm – and at Fuzz Wax Bar, their Fuzzologists will trim your hair before your wax if it is longer.
If you’re a shaver, you should wait at least 3 weeks after using your razor or else the hair will be too short. According to Jess and Flo, many shavers come in and their hair isn’t long enough. They don’t like sending anyone home (especially after they have built up enough courage to go in!), but they can’t wax unless the hair is at this ideal length.
4. What to Do Before Your First Brazilian Appointment
First things first, relax! In order to make the process more enjoyable, here are a few things you can do:
- Take a warm shower before your wax to open up your pores
- Use a loofah to exfoliate your skin and prevent ingrown hairs
- Avoid gels, lotions and oils before your wax as it may interfere with hair removal
- Avoid tanning 24 hours before your wax
- Scan your skin before to ensure it is free from cuts, scrapes, moles, and skin tags
5. Minimizing the Pain
No wax will be entirely pain-free, however, Fuzz Wax Bar applies a quick waxing method to ensure less pain and a faster experience. They also use hard wax for more sensitive areas as it only adheres to the hair and not the skin, making it a lot less painful! Some visitors also prefer to take an aspirin or apply a numbing cream 30 minutes before their wax.
And remember – the more often you wax the less pain you will experience with each visit.
- What to Do Between Appointments
Fuzz recommends using after-wax lotions and exfoliators to help keep the skin smooth, soft and free from bumps and ingrown hairs. They carry a great line of all-natural pre-and post-wax skincare products that help to exfoliate and sooth freshly waxed skin.
- What Not to Do in-Between Appointments
Jess and Flo recommend steering clear of prolonged exposure to heat 1-2 days after a Brazilian wax (direct sun, saunas, steam rooms, etc.) – it is important, as your skin will be more prone to burning.
- How Often Should You Go?
Generally speaking, Fuzz recommends waiting four weeks in between appointments for an even hair growth cycle.
By following the above suggestions and a little (OK, a lot) of courage, you’ll be hair-free down there in no time.
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Getting your first Brazilian wax was probably more nerve-wracking than swiping your v-card—and a helluva lot more painful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Take these steps to ensure your delicate down-there skin doesn’t get all red and angry on you every time.
BEFORE A BRAZILIAN WAX
Pick your poison. There are essentially three different types of wax: strip, hard, and elastic, says Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Center, an award-winning waxing salon with locations in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Strip wax (the wax is literally on strips of cloth) often takes a long time and can leave skin sticky. Meanwhile, hard wax can break and crack, making it difficult to remove. Elastic wax—which is what’s used at Uni K—is significantly less painful (take our word for it!). That’s because it stretches to remove hair and causes less pulling. Call your waxing salon before making an appointment to find out what they use.
Let your hair grow. You’ll get the best results if you’ve got about one-fourth of an inch of growth down there, says Grupenmager. Depending on how fast your hair sprouts, you may need to wait one to three weeks between Brazilians.
Stop scrubbing. It’s recommended that you quit exfoliating at least two days prior to your appointment, says Grupenmager. Moisturizing and taking a warm shower (it’ll help open up the hair follicles) prior to the appointment can be helpful, though.
Comfort is key. This isn’t the time to wear that lacy thong. Stick to loose, comfy clothes that won’t add to the irritation (hello, granny panties!).
Skip the pre-Brazilian happy hour. A cocktail will totally help you relax you before you get waxed, right? Um, no. Imbibing beforehand is not a good idea, says Grupenmager. Drinking actually tightens the pores, making hair removal more difficult (and painful).
Tell your waxer about any medications you’re on. Let her know if you have any allergies or are on Accutane or Retin-A, all of which can make you much more susceptible to irritation, says Grupenmager.
RELATED: 4 Fun Ways to Style Your Pubic Hair
AFTER A WAX
Don’t hit the gym. Grupenmager doesn’t recommend working out immediately after waxing. The friction and sweat could irritate the skin, which tends to be more sensitive post-treatment. She suggests waiting 24 hours until your next workout.
Prevent ingrown hairs. Exfoliating and moisturizing are guaranteed ways to prevent ingrown hairs, says Grupenmager. You can also apply a cold compress (at Uni K, waxers apply a cold pack to the area, which quickly closes the pores to prevent bacteria from entering the hair follicle, says Grupenmager).
Toss your razor. Waxing makes hair grows back lighter, softer, and more sparsely, says Grupenmager. If you want to ensure your lady parts are as smooth as can be, Grupenmager recommends getting waxed on a consistent basis rather than shaving.
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How to Prepare for a Brazilian Waxing
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June 03, 2019
501 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest WhatsApp Email Copy link Your browser does not support automatic copying, please select and copy the link in the text box, then paste it where you need it.We bet you have grown tired of shaving, regretted the price of laser appointments, and frowned at the results of hair removal creams. In the quest for the most convenient way to groom the intimate area, there always comes a moment when we decide to give waxing a try just to see if we’re going to get that elusively satisfying result we want. And that is the deciding moment for many people who become regulars because they just feel they found what they have been looking for all along: an affordable method that makes skin smooth for longer.
Of course, when it comes to intimate waxing, you have some choices to make: hard body waxes vs. soft waxes; the modest bikini or go for the full-on Brazilian. In case you decide on the latter, we want to give you the lowdown on how to prep for your very first Brazilian appointment.
But First, What Is a Brazilian Waxing Exactly?
Brazilian waxes are the type of intimate waxing where all hair at the front, the back, and everything in between goes. The idea came from the J sisters, Brazilian women who started doing this type of waxing service back home in Brazil and brought the technique when they came to America. As time went by, Brazilians became more and more popular and accepted, until now it is a service that every wax bar offers.
Going completely hairless down there is something that many people want (men are now part of the trend too, as they get brozilians), so they are seeing the advantages of this service against the more classic hair removal methods they have tried before.
Why Brazilian Waxing Instead of Other Hair Removal Methods?
We all know that shaving gets you prickly very quick, that epilation is slow and rather painful, laser might not be so effective and can be very expensive, and hair removal creams can be very irritating. Why not give waxing a try? Get a Brazilian, you might just become a regular.
What Should I Expect in My First Brazilian Waxing?
Before you decide to get your first Brazilian, we strongly recommend that you give a simple bikini wax a try. Bikinis are less daunting since hair is only removed from the sides (anything that could peek out of a bikini), so the procedure takes less time and possibly less discomfort especially if you are a newbie.
Once you have had your first bikini, you can follow up with your first Brazilian. This is what you can expect:
- Be prepared to be exposed. You will even have to get into different positions to allow the esthetician to work comfortably. However, you can use the modesty towel whenever it doesn’t interfere with the work being done. Or you can wear a skirt if it makes you feel better. If you’re feeling too self-conscious, remember that you’ve got nothing that the estheticians haven’t seen before, and they are trained to do this service in a proper and respectful way.
- Keep in mind that there will be some discomfort. Waxing involves pulling hair at the root, so it’s obviously painful. Most people can pull through, but you might be too sensitive, that’s why we recommend getting a closer experience of waxing with a bikini if you’re new to it.
- Expect some irritation after the appointment. It’s normal to get red skin and a bit of a burning sensation after waxing any body part; it is a reaction to the pulling of the hair follicles. It should fade progressively over the next few hours, so don’t worry.
- You will get smooth skin and no stubble for a good three to four weeks, depending on your individual hair growth. Plus, as you continue waxing regularly, your hair follicle will weaken and it’ll get easier to remove hair, not to mention that it’ll grow finer and sparser. Isn’t that great?
Brazilian Waxing Prep Tips
Now, let’s move into our expert tips that will prepare you to get the best results and the best possible experience out of your first Brazilian.
Do Your Research
Call several spas or even visit them, ask a few questions about their services and take a look at the place. We recommend that you ask a few questions about their practices, for instance, whether they conduct a prior survey to rule out any risks in particular clients or whether they have products for sensitive skin in case you suffer from any allergies.
Spas should give you the prior survey we mentioned before or at least give you some warning pointers:
- Avoid sun exposure and skin-exfoliating products before your appointment.
- Do not intend to get waxed if you are on skin medication (such as acne medication) or AHAs. These chemicals cause the skin to exfoliate and that added up to waxing can end up in skin tearing.
- Put off your appointment if you notice skin irritation, a rash, pimples, infection, or other warning signs.
- Try to avoid waxes around your period since your body is more sensitive and it might be more painful. Besides, it can be more uncomfortable to work with both for the technician and yourself.
- Oh, and contrary to popular belief, lots of alcohol or caffeine before the appointment (as a means to get you relaxed) will tighten your pores, making removal a bit more difficult and possibly painful. Some clients do take a painkiller a couple of hours before the appointment to relieve discomfort a bit.
Get Your Skin Ready
This is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for waxing, especially because it will make the esthetician’s job easier and get you better results. Here is how you should do it:
- Let hair grow to at least a quarter of an inch to help wax adhere better and facilitate removal. Needless to say, this means no shaving at all at least two weeks leading up to your appointment.
- Exfoliate 24 hours before the appointment with a gentle scrub; this will release any ingrown hairs and remove dead skin cells to leave skin clear and ready for waxing. Try not to exfoliate immediately before the appointment because that can sensitize skin.
- Take a shower before the appointment. This is considerate to the esthetician and necessary for your skin to be ready. Just make sure you don’t use hot water or harsh soaps or gels.
- Do not use lotions, oils, perfume or deodorant on the area you are going to wax. Or if you must, just know that they will get removed before the procedure when the professional cleans your skin.
- Wear comfy clothes in natural fabrics to avoid chafing and irritation.
Worrying about the pain you might experience will probably make it worse. Just focus on breathing; take a deep breath before each pull and try to keep your muscles relaxed. It can also be a good idea to strike some small talk with the esthetician to take your mind away from the discomfort. The esthetician will be as gentle as possible to make your experience a positive one and make sure you become a regular. Once you overcome the first waxing, all others will be a lot easier!
I Already Had My Brazilian Waxing. Now What?
You can expect smooth skin for a while and some aftercare that will make your experience a complete success. Read everything about this on our previous blog post “Post-waxing Care for Bikini and Brazilian Waxing.”We think it’s time you made up your mind to change your intimate grooming routine and booked that Brazilian! But choose well: go only with expert technicians and quality waxes. For the latter, Beauty Image is here for you. We have a wide variety of waxes and waxing products for all tastes and needs. Professionals can call TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form below to get in touch with us. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.
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