Have you decided to get a Brazilian wax, but you’re not quite sure what to expect? This post is for you!
So you’ve scheduled an appointment for a Brazilian waxing, and while you’re excited to try something new, you’re also a bit nervous about the whole process. What should you do before you go? What is going to happen during the waxing? Is someone really going to be seeing and touching you “down there”? If you are asking yourself any of these questions, keep reading for these answers and more! (NOTE: these tips are also applicable to a bikini wax, which is similar but removes less hair.)
Before your Brazilian wax
In order for the wax to work properly, your pubic hair needs to be about 1/4″ long. If you are getting waxed after shaving, make sure you let your hair grow out long enough. If your pubic hair is already longer, you can trim it down to 1/4″ before you go. However, it’s better to leave it a little bit too long than too short. If your pubic hair is too long, the esthetician can quickly trim it up before she starts waxing, but if it is too short you’ll have to come back another day.
I recommend using a hair trimmer rather than scissors, so you can easily get an even length with less chance of cutting yourself. (Something specifically made for pubic hair is ideal – other trimmer/shaver combos can have a bigger head that is awkward to use for delicate work.)
On the day of your Brazilian wax appointment, make sure you wear comfortable underwear and loose-fitting pants or a skirt. Underwear made from a breathable fabric like cotton are best. You definitely want to avoid any chafing or rubbing on your tender skin when you are done! If you are nervous, do something calming to help relax yourself. Try a few yoga poses before you go, listen to soothing music, or have a nice piece of chocolate to calm your nerves. Deep breathing exercises are also a good way to relax your body. If you’ve never gotten waxed before, or you know you have a low pain tolerance, take an ibuprofen (Advil) an hour before the appointment to help with the pain and swelling.
When you get to the waxing salon
When you arrive at the salon for your Brazilian wax, you’ll meet your esthetician and she will take you to a private room to prepare. This is a good time to ask the esthetician any questions and make any requests. Make sure to let her know if you want to leave a landing strip (or other pubic hair style), and whether you want her to remove the hair around your anus. Removing all of your pubic hair, front and back, is often called a “full Brazilian wax” or a “Hollywood wax” (although the names of waxing styles are different at different salons, so be sure to ask!)
There will be a small table in the room (like at a doctor’s office) and you will be asked to strip from the waist down. The exact process varies from salon to salon, but you will either lie on your back with your knees up and apart, or you will get on all fours on the table. At this point, you may feel somewhat awkward or embarrassed because the esthetician will be intently studying your vulva to make sure she gets all the hair. Don’t worry! It will feel weird at first, but she’s seen hundreds of other women and she is just doing her job.
You may be surprised at how quickly your Brazilian wax goes. It doesn’t take long for each cycle of applying the wax, applying the cloth, and yanking the wax (and hair) away. In 20 to 30 minutes you will be done, and your skin will be smooth and clean. Once she’s done waxing, your esthetician will clean up and often apply baby powder to soothe and protect your skin.