Visiting the spa for a Brazilian wax is only half the battle. Before you go in, you'll need to prepare, and after you've left, you'll need to take specific care of the area.
Learning Brazilian waxing tips will help you prepare your skin, take the pain factor down, and give you an idea of what to expect at your appointment (all while minimizing bumps and irritation). Many men and women opt for this service because they want the entire bikini area almost or completely hair-free. You need to be cautious whenever you remove hair from any area, however. Thus, the specialty nature of the Brazilian means that it should be treated uniquely.
Brazilian Waxing Tips
Preparation is everything. The first thing you'll want to do is find someone that you can work with well. All estheticians and most cosmetologists, depending on your state, are licensed to perform waxing. You don't want someone who simply offers the service just because they can. Rather, you should choose a technician that has good experience, skills, and considers bikini waxing their specialty. Finding an expert is very important when it comes to removing hair from your genitals.
There are several more ways you can prepare for the perfect Brazilian wax:
- Seek out referrals. Whether it's from friends, family, or reputable review sites, finding someone by referral is a great way to ensure you're working with a professional. Waxing salons are another great place to start, as this is their specialty. You might want to get something less invasive first, like a lip wax, to make sure you're comfortable with the facility and the technician.
- Go to a women-specific spa. Your skin is often more sensitive around the time near your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. Make appointments at least a few days before or after your period. Some places will not (or prefer not to) perform this service while you're on your period, so it's best to call in advance.
- Make sure you're clean. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area right before your appointment using warm (not hot) water. Make sure you're extra clean and have gotten in between all the nooks and crannies. When you get to the salon, there are baby wipes that you can use right before it's wax time.
- Don't use any lotions or oils. Skip any extra add-ons when it comes to your bikini area. Moisturizers can interfere with the wax process by not allowing the wax to adhere well to the hair.
- Make sure you have enough hair. You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto it, but too much length can make the waxing hurt more than it needs to (or cause breakage and missed hair). Let the technician trim your hair down to just the right length at your appointment, and follow the salon's instructions for trimming moving forward.
- Take a painkiller. Take Advil, Tylenol, or a similar medication 30-45 minutes before your appointment if you're worried about discomfort. Aspirin and Ibuprofen may not be the best choices, however, as they both are known to thin blood. Numbing creams are another option to make skin less sensitive during the process, but avoiding moisturizers is suggested.
During Your Wax Appointment
Know exactly what you want. This service often removes hair from the behind and between your legs. Sometimes a strip of hair or triangle is left in the front. Don't be afraid to communicate exactly how much hair you want to keep and be removed with your technician. Remember, you can always create your own style.
You also want to be prepared. If you've never had this type of service, you may not know that you might be asked to help to hold skin and move around so that the tech can get to every last hair. Additionally, you'll need to expect a little pain. Everyone is different in their tolerance and perception to pain, but some discomfort is generally expected.
Once you're done, you'll want to engage in some post care activities. For example, you'll want to watch your fashion choices. This means not wearing tight pants or underwear for the next few days. Additionally, following the next few tips will help move things along nicely:
- Keep hands away. Don't touch your freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
- Opt for a shower. Don't take a hot bath for the rest of the day, as soaking in water could cause unnecessary irritation or pimples.
- Don't be around too much heat. Avoid tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days.
- Skip sex. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours.
- Exfoliate. Two full days later, if there isn't any redness, use a mild exfoliator. This helps prevent ingrown hair. You can use an Ayate washcloth, for example, which gently exfoliates skin alone. It can also be lathered up with body wash and is more mold-resistant than loofahs.
- Fight the bumps. Tend Skin is a great brand for getting rid of pesky ingrown hairs.