A Brazilian Wax: All you need to know

If you’re contemplating a Brazilian wax for the first time, but you really don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, here’s a little guide and some frequently asked questions to get you on the road to being bare ‘down there’.

You must first expect excruciating pain, especially if it’s the first time. While a standard bikini wax will leave a modest amount of hair there, a Brazilian bikini wax will leave you entirely bare from front to back. It’s called the “Brazilian” wax thanks to the ultra-skimpy bikinis worn by Brazilian women that call for extreme grooming.

How long should the hair be?

Hairs should be about 1/4 inches long. Do not shave beforehand! Wax can’t pick up your hairs when they’re too short.

When should I do it?

The time of the month matters. Don’t schedule a wax within three days prior to your period, because that’s when your skin tends to be extra sensitive.

Will I be naked?

Your lower half will be fully exposed. Before your wax, you will have to take off your pants and underwear. Some places have disposable underwear for simple bikini waxes, but if you are having more hair removed than just on the sides, you will likely be completely naked.

Will it hurt?

Oh yes! Unless you have the thinnest hair on the planet or zero pain receptors (or use a numbing cream beforehand!), having hair ripped out (especially there) is painful. Friends who have been getting waxed for years, and are therefore desensitized to the pain, will insist that it doesn’t hurt. It does… until you have been doing it for years too.

Will there be any hair left behind?

Oftentimes, there are hairs leftover from the wax that are removed using tweezers.

What happens afterward?

After getting a wax, your skin is often red and irritated. Wear loose clothing to your appointment so you’ll be comfy afterwards. The redness should go away overnight.

Can I go to the beach afterwards?

This is why, you should get a Brazilian wax for the first time in winter, so you won’t be tempted. Let your skin heal before you hit the beach.

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