What Can I Expect From my First Brazilian Wax?

Updated 03/22/19
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Getting a Brazilian wax when you haven't gotten one before can be daunting. It's difficult to know what to expect, particularly given the fact the service varies from place-to-place. However, the most painful part should be the actual wax, not the fear of it. 

Hopefully, you will have a referral from a friend or family for a good technician. Going to the right person will have a huge impact on your experience. If you don't have a referral, you should seek out salons and spas that specialize in hair removal—not ones that just offer it on the side. Call and ask exactly what hair their particular Brazilian wax removes, so you’re not in for any surprises. Some facilities won’t remove hair from your behind, and others won’t perform a Brazilian on anyone with a penis.

Before going, you should know that hair needs to be at least ¼” long for the wax to grab onto. If the hair is really long then the tech will have to trim it down a bit with scissors or clippers. Waxing hair that is too long will make it more painful, and also has more of a tendency for breaking hair above or below the skin’s surface, instead of coming out of the root.

If you've never visited the salon or spa for any type of waxing, you should be asked to fill out a questionnaire to make sure you don’t have any circumstances or conditions that would make you a bad candidate for waxing. You'll then led to a private room and asked to remove your pants and possibly your underwear. Some salons will give you disposable thong panties to make you more comfortable, and others will have you nude from the waist down. A styrofoam cup is often given to men to cover their genitals.

The technician will leave the room to let you get ready and lie on a facial bed.

Once the technician returns, they will go over how the process works and what your expectations are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or voice your preferences if you want to stray from the traditional Brazilian. Like, for example, if you don’t want hair removed from your behind. The tech will cleanse the area, and powder or oil will be applied to your skin. Most technicians use hard wax at least on some areas as it works great on coarse hair, so oil will be applied because it helps protect the skin.

Otherwise, powder will be put on the skin to absorb any oils and help the wax not stick as much to the skin for soft wax.

Wearing gloves, the technician will then apply warm wax on the hair with an applicator. Hard wax doesn’t require a strip, so it will take some time to dry before it’s removed. With soft wax, a strip of cloth or muslin will be put over the wax. A good technician will hold your skin taut before removing the wax in a quick pull so it’s less painful. They will then continue to work in sections until hair is removed. Some technicians will use a towel to cover the area they’re not working on if you’re not wearing disposable panties, to give you more modesty—others find it gets in their way.

 You will have to lift your legs up, (possibly to your chest) or even get on your knees so the tech can get to all of the hair. The technician may even ask for your help to hold skin firm at some part of the process. Because wax shouldn't be applied over skin more than once, any stray hairs missed will then be cleaned up with tweezers. A special product to help remove residue will be applied, and then something to help calm the skin. An experienced person will make you feel relaxed, and perform the service professionally.

Don’t worry, they aren’t thinking about how you look. 

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