If you've never had a Brazilian wax, you're probably postponing your first appointment because you fear the pain. Any veteran will tell you a Brazilian wax hurts! And they're right – waxing is a painful experience that involves spreading a sticky hot substance directly onto your skin and then tearing it off like a Band-Aid, except the sensation is much worse.
Unless you're a veteran, you're going to find it tough getting through your first time. It can also hurt a lot more for some than others, especially those with thick, coarse hair, and those who've been shaving for years. While there are products and practices on the market that promise to make your experience virtually pain free, they don't always work, and often your salon or technician may not be certified to use them. Ask in advance while (or before) you book your appointment.
You can reduce the amount of discomfort by popping a few pain killers at least a half hour before you arrive.
But as a wise woman once said, there is no beauty without pain. Smoother skin that lasts three times as long? Once you go wax, you never go bax. Considering biting the bullet and going Brazilian? Here are a few more things you might want to know...
There's More Than One Type
There's more to waxing than the Brazilian, which takes all or most of the hair off your crotch from front to back. A full-bush Brazilian removes all the hair from the vulva and back, but leaves a triangle (or other fun design) of hair in the front. A bikini wax (a great primer for first timers) removes the hair from the bikini line, leaving your lady bits untouched.
Short Hair, Don't Care
Though you may think you're doing yourself a favour, one of the worst things you can do before a wax is to shave off or down long hair. Waxing actually works best when the hairs are at least 1/4 inch long. You can either trim it yourself or leave it up to the aesthetician.
Your Technician Will See Everything
If you weren't comfortable with showing off your most private parts to strangers before your wax appointment, you better learn pretty quickly, especially if you're planning to ask them to take it all off. For a Brazilian wax, you strip to your birthday suit from the waist down and often be asked to get into compromising positions so the aesthetician can get at those hard to reach places.
Give It A Rest
If you're expecting to hit the beach straight after your wax, think again, because though your skin may be hair free, it's also going to be red and inflamed from the process. Wear loose, comfy clothing that doesn't rub, and avoid friction causing activities, which is anything from a run in the park to you know what.
Steer Clear During That Time Of The Month
There are a few reasons you should book your wax after your visit from Aunt Flo, not the least of which being no one wants to deal with your cranky pants attitude and unnecessary accidents. During menstruation, as well as during pregnancy, the sensitivity level of the public area is increased. Ouch!