6 Most Common Questions On Brazilian Wax, Answered.
Of all the myriad beauty and personal care treatments us women go through, Brazilian wax is one that is often shrouded in a veil of mystery, and it’s easy to see why.
This is one treatment that is focused on an area of your body that is private and sensitive – and while the process is a quick and hassle-free one in the hands of an experienced esthetician (skin care specialist), it naturally gives rise to a lot of questions in the minds of first-timers before they give it a try.
Based on our extensive experience with customers, we have put together a list of answers to the most common questions that spring up in most people’s minds when they think of Brazilian waxing and have got our amazing expert estheticians answer them for you. So, read on and let us demystify this treatment for you!
1.What exactly is Brazilian waxing?
Let’s get cracking on the basics – most of us have a vague idea of what a bikini wax is, but we are not so sure what exactly is covered (or rather, uncovered!) in a Brazilian wax. While a bikini wax removes the hair to make sure the skin along the sides of your bikini is hair free (the V area along the sides that can be seen if you wear a bikini bottom), Brazilian wax goes a step further and removes the hair on the front of your pubic area (the fleshy area above your labia), your vaginal lips, and (if you want to) the hair in between your hip cheeks.
Some people choose to go completely bare and remove all hair from front to back (termed ‘Hollywood’), while others prefer to keep a small vertical strip (termed ‘landing strip’), or a small triangular patch (termed ‘desert island’) , on their mons pubis – you can choose how much hair to keep or remove completely depending on your own preferences – just make sure you openly discuss this with your esthetician before you begin the procedure.
2.Does it hurt?
This is the most common question we get asked, and we understand your anxiety! If you have ever got hair waxing done in any area of your body, you know that the process causes some discomfort at first, but with the right preparation and with an experienced esthetician, the process becomes increasingly less painful and hassle free after the very first sitting. The pain you feel in your session depends on several factors that vary from person to person. Good news is that you can control many of them to minimize the pain to a great degree (we will talk about how you can do this later in the article).
3.Is the procedure safe? How do I make sure that it is?
Another important concern we see amongst women is regarding the safety of such a procedure, which is a fair question to ask, given the focus area in question. Brazilian wax is a safe and hygienic procedure in the hands of an experienced esthetician, however it is very important to do a thorough check of the salon you go to, and check up on the hygiene measures they follow to make sure that the treatment remains absolutely safe for you.
Some important things to keep in mind:
1.Ensure that the esthetician you go to is a licensed professional and operates in a sanitary environment. Check the reviews of the salon or ask your friends for recommendations.
2.Make sure beforehand that the salon follows a no double-dipping policy. The spatula is to be dipped in the wax only and only once. Dipping the same spatula in the wax pot can lead to transmission of bacteria and infection. The one dip rule is an important one, ladies!
3.Make sure your esthetician wears gloves during the procedure. It is a necessary hygiene measure.
4.Ask them if they use hard wax. It is gentler on the skin and ideal for sensitive areas, in comparison to strip wax.
5.Wax should be a comfortable temperature – not too hot. Keep an open communication with your esthetician to make sure you let her know if the wax begins to feel hotter than normal.
4.What are the benefits?
No guts, no glory, right? It is important to know the benefits you reap for going through this treatment, and here they are:
Hair free skin for 4-7 weeks
Unlike shaving, the Brazilian waxing removes from the roots, keeping the area hair free for much longer – you won’t have to worry about your next visit for up to 4-7 weeks!
Smoother skin, no black stubble
While shaving or using depilatory creams can lead to your pubic skin becoming rough and the appearance of a black stubble in the area, waxing keeps the area smooth and exfoliated, minimizing the possibility of ingrown hair.
Hair grows back softer, sparser, thinner
One great thing about Brazilian waxing is that after the procedure, the hair that grow back are softer, finer and progressively sparser, making the pubic area naturally less hairy, and making future waxing sessions easier to handle.
5.How do I make it less painful?
Here is our holy grail of commandments to keep in mind to make sure your Brazilian waxing session causes you the least discomfort:
It is best to not schedule your waxing appointment between 5 days before, during, or till 3 days after your period. Your skin is quite sensitive during this time, so it is a good idea to wait it out and schedule your session out of these intervals.
Hair at least ¼ inches long
Another thing to keep in mind is that you must let your pubic hair grow back to at least 1/4th inch before your waxing session – this will make the procedure much quicker and less painful, as the longer hair are easier to remove than short ones.
Come dry and showered
While your salon will have wipes and talc handy to make sure you are not sweaty during the procedure (which can lead to wax becoming difficult to remove) it is a good idea to reach the salon showered and not after an intense exercise.
A good waxing solution
Use a good solution or product to avoid an ingrowing hair problem – ask your therapist for a recommendation.
6.Can I get some aftercare tips?
Now that you’re done with your waxing session, here are some great post-treatment tips you should keep in mind to make sure your skin is well cared for :
1.Don’t rush off to a workout afterwards: It is a good idea to avoid exercising and any activity that will case abrasion on your skin for up to 24 hours after your waxing session, to make sure that the skin gets time to recover and heal.
2.Avoid hot water/steams: It is best to avoid hot water baths and showers at least for 24 hours after a waxing session, as your skin is sensitive and vulnerable to irritation during this time.
3.Wear loose, natural clothes and fabrics: Avoid wearing synthetic materials and jeans, tight underwear, abrasive clothing for a few days after your waxing session. Allow your skin to breathe and heal.
4.Avoid regular soaps/shower gels: The chemicals in the soaps, shower gels and perfumes can be quite harsh on your pubic skin after waxing, so avoid using these for up to 24 hours after your session.
Extra question – how often should I have Brazilian Wax?
We recommend 4-6 week gaps between the treatments. That is the optimal time to keep the area maintained, and the treatment is way more bearable due to the length of the grown hair!
With the right precautions and preparation, Brazilian waxing can be a quick, effective and hassle-free addition to your hair removal routine.
Would you like to give it a try? Check out our waxing page.
Got any more questions? Don’t hesitate to drop in a comment and call us, we will be happy to help!