What exactly is a Brazilian wax? This is the complete removal of hair from the pubic area all the way back to the buttocks. For female clients this also includes the area surrounding the labia as opposed to a Bikini wax which follows the bikini line but does not cross inwards from it. The bikini wax is a much less intimate version of waxing.
Many female clients choose a bikini wax to start off and as they begin to feel more comfortable with the procedure, they eventually find the Brazilian wax to be the most hygienic and thorough type of waxing. With male clients the Brazilian wax includes the testicles and shaft of the penis. With male Brazilians it is advised to speak with your esthetician prior to your wax to ensure they perform a full Brazilian as described above. Some estheticians feel less comfortable with male clients and do not include all areas widely acknowledged to be included in a full Brazilian wax.
TOP TEN things you need to know before getting your Brazilian wax
- Tylenol an hour before your wax can cut the discomfort in half
- Erections are common and expected during a male Brazilian
- Double dipping is using the same applicator multiple times ( not recommended )
- The average Brazilian wax takes about 15 minutes to complete
- The area surrounding the anus is waxed, not just the cheeks
- Hair returns within 2-4 weeks
- Brazilian waxing is performed on more heterosexual males than homosexual
- Caffeine and alcohol consumption prior to your wax increases discomfort
- Tanning prior to your wax adds to discomfort
- Your partner will more likely enjoy giving you oral sex as odor is decreased
Why get waxed when you can shave? There are several benefits to choosing to wax over shave and they include:
- You're less likely to experience unsightly ingrown hairs
- Results of a waxing can last at least twice as long
- No cuts or scrapes from a dull blade or hasty technique
- Waxing pulls from the root of the hair whereas shaving simply cuts the hair
- There is complete smoothness as opposed to stubble
5 Steps to a Brazilian Wax
- Clothing removal - Obviously this can be difficult for the more modest of individuals but in order to wax the private areas they do need to be exposed. You may request a small hand towel or be provided with what looks like paper underwear to wear. It is more common to be bare and allow the esthetician to view the areas that need to be waxed as well as view their progress. Seen one you have seen them all, right?
- Hair length - It is important to have a certain amount of hair growth for a successful Brazilian wax. You want enough hair for the wax to adhere to yet not over about 1/2 inch. If you have greater than this amount you may want to use a trimmer or your esthetician may be able to trim you as well. If you shave and are thinking of trying a wax it is recommended you wait about 3 weeks to allow a minimum of a 1/4 an inch of growth or else the wax will not bind to some hairs and result in a poor outcome with stray hairs.
- Preparing the skin - To prevent the wax from adhering to the skin and only allowing it to adhere to the hair follicle, the esthetician will apply either baby powder or some prefer to use a thin coat of oil. This is especially important with men when waxing the testicles as the skin is thin and can easily be torn without the use of oil.
- The waxing - There are three common types of wax that are used and include; hard wax, soft wax and sugaring. The most common of which is soft wax as it is the quickest and most efficient. The wax will be warmed in what looks like a mini crock pot and can be quite warm when applied to the skin. An applicator that looks like a tongue depressor will be used by your esthetician to obtain wax from the pot and apply it to your skin. A small amount of wax the size of about 2 half dollars is applied to the desired area. Your esthetician will then use a white strip of what looks like thick paper to rub onto the wax. This white paper allows the wax to bind to it while the hair is bound to the wax. The esthetician will with one hand hold the skin above where the pull will be made and with the other quickly pull off the white strip against the direction of hair growth. Immediately afterwards she will apply firm pressure for a few seconds to the area where the wax was just removed in order to decrease the discomfort. This is repeated several times and is typically started from the front and ends with your backside.
- Finishing procedure - You are almost done! The esthetician will then apply an oil which facilitates the removal of any lingering wax resulting in you feeling much less sticky. Estheticians that are more detail oriented will at this point use a magnifier with a light to find any stray hairs that have been left behind. This is quite common and they can be simply removed with tweezers. At this point its time to get dressed, pay up and head for home!
Is a Brazilian wax painful? There is a certain degree of discomfort experienced during a wax and each time you receive a wax it seems to be easier. A great recommendation is to take Tylenol 1 hour prior to your waxing to help decrease sensitivity.
What aftercare is required? Here are a few things you need to following your waxing;
- avoid tanning and any activities that may result in you sweating as your pores are wide open and most susceptible to infection at this point.
- exfoliating for a few days following your wax removes dead skin cells that may clog up your pores.
- your skin may be irritated and dry following a Brazilian wax so using a lubricating lotion is a great idea.
What is an ingrown hair? This typically occurs after a hair follicle has been cut and the sharp edge of the hair grows into neighboring skin or turns inwards on itself. This results in a small yet painful red bump that can become quite large if it is not treated properly. It can become infected and can be removed by a professional esthetician with a small gauge needle which is recommended. If gone untreated, it can change in color to purple and become less painful yet remain for months before resolving on its own.