Getting a Brazilian bikini wax can sound like an incredibly stressful
experience – what’s the protocol for paying someone to rip all the hair off
of a very sensitive area of your body? However, if you know what to expect, you can eliminate most of your uncertainty and make the process as smooth as humanly possible. Here are some tips for your first bikini wax.
Find an experienced technician
First things first, find a reputable Brazilian bikini waxer. The easiest way to do this is to search for “Brazilian bikini wax” in your city and read reviews. Look for reviews that mention the esthetician being gentle or the procedure not hurting much.
Use their services list as a guide to figure out how much hair you want to leave if any. If you only want the sides
(outside of your underwear) removed, you actually want a bikini wax, not a Brazilian. A Brazilian involves removing essentially all of your hair (front and back). With a Brazilian, you can have everything removed, you can leave a
landing strip, or you can do something more elaborate. If you have a design in mind, make sure to check with the salon first – the last thing you want is to sit up and find out that the heart you wanted is lopsided.
Second, make sure that your hair is actually long enough to wax. Waxers recommend letting your hair grow to at least a quarter inch before getting it waxed.If you come in with shorter hair, it will be much more difficult for the wax to grab hold of all the hairs.
How to make it hurt less
Waxing is painful for most people, but there are a few ways to make it hurt less.
- Exfoliate the area a couple days before your appointment.
- Take a warm bath right before you leave to soften the hairs and open your pores.
- Apply a numbing cream before your appointment.
- Take an over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen 45 minutes to an hour prior to your scheduled time. Do not use aspirin, because it thins your blood.
- Avoid caffeine the day of the wax,it causes your skin to be more sensitive.
What to expect at the salon
Once you arrive at the salon, you’ll be greeted by the receptionist. Your esthetician will come get you, give you a towel to cover yourself, and then leave you alone in a room to remove your pants and underwear. Once she comes back in the room it is time to lay back and get waxed!
Be prepared to ignore your dignity for the duration of the wax. This can get particularly difficult when the esthetician asks you to hold your legs in certain positions so that she can make sure to remove all the hairs. However, keep in mind that she isn’t scandalized in the slightest. It’s highly unlikely that you have anything down there she hasn’t seen before. If the
esthetician doesn’t care, why should you?
Don’t be afraid to express discomfort when she begins ripping off the hair but make sure to keep breathing. Holding your breath tightens up your muscles, which will only increase the pain. You may want to bring a stress ball to clutch during the procedure. If it helps, talk to the esthetician to distract yourself and help the time pass more quickly. Before
you know it, the worst will be over. The esthetician will use tweezers to remove any stray hairs, apply lotion to the area, and then leave you alone again to put your clothes back on. Your skin will be a bit red and inflamed, but don’t worry; it’ll calm down over the next few hours.
Afterwards, make sure to tip your esthetician. Tipping protocol is similar to tipping in restaurants – 15% for standard service, 18-20% for above-average service. The salon may let you put the tip on your credit card,
or they may only take cash, so make sure to ask the receptionist
You just had hair removed from a sensitive area. It is normal to be sore for a few days. The area you gad waxed is also more at risk for irritation. Here are some things you should avoid for the next 48 hours.
- Direct Sunlight
Your pubic area is more sensitive and at risk for sunburn and hyperpigmentation for a period of time after waxing.
- Avoid steamy environments such as hot tubs and saunas
Steam will open up your pores and provide a warm wet environment that increases the chance of a bacterial infection. You should also avoid swimming pools as well.
- Avoid hygiene products that contain harsh chemicals and fragrances
Opt for lotions, soaps and shower gels that are labeled organic, fragrance free or for sensitive skin.
- Avoid sex for 48 hours.
- Wear loose clothing
You can take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back – you’ve now had your first Brazilian bikini wax, and chances are,
it won’t have been nearly as bad as you thought it would be. If you decide you like the look, you may even end up scheduling a follow up in two months.
Are you inspired to schedule your first bikini wax? Let me know in the comments below.