A bikini wax removes pubic hair about 2 – 3 inches from your bathing suit line. A Brazilian wax, on the other hand, removes all the hair including from your labia, above the clitoral fold and between the buttocks. If you choose to go completely bare, that is what’s referred to as a “full Brazilian wax.”
How to Do a Brazilian Wax?
A Brazilian wax is sort of like any wax treatment: an esthetician applies a layer of wax on your skin, and then once ready, peels it off. They will use a strip wax (a hot wax), a hard wax or a combination of both. For most Brazilian waxes hard wax is used because it’s less painful. However, strip wax is better for the finer or smaller hairs left behind by hard wax.
Does It Hurt?
There’s no way around it. If it’s your first time to get a Brazilian wax, then it’s going to hurt. But the pain decreases every time you get a wax. The thing is, this type of waxing treatment is done on skin that is thinner and more sensitive, so do expect to feel some degree of pain.
To make your Brazilian wax less painful, take a dose of Advil an hour or so before your appointment. Drinking alcohol to supposedly numb the pain won’t work and will only encourage possible bleeding. You can, however, save the alcohol for after your treatment.
How Much Does It Cost?
Brazilian wax prices depend mostly on where you’re getting it and what kind of wax is used. On average, it’s about $50 – $80.
What Not to Do Before and After Getting a Brazilian Wax
The most important thing that you shouldn’t do before getting a Brazilian is shaving your hair. To get the best results, the hair should be ¼ of an inch long. If it’s too short, the wax won’t be able to grip the hair properly. You also shouldn’t drink alcohol or coffee before your appointment. Don’t use any oils or lotions down there as well. But do make sure you wash the area and dry completely.
After your waxing, it’s important to wear loose clothing. Wearing tight-fitting clothes including underwear can lead to chafing of your skin, causing even more pain and discomfort. Moreover, you should also avoid touching the area and don’t apply any products on it. Swimming, exercising, and anything that will cause you to sweat should be avoided for at least 24 hours. You also should not exfoliate down there for at least 3 days.
A Brazilian wax can last up to 5 weeks, but this could be less depending on how fast your hair grows. It’s OK to trim but make sure to give it enough time to grow ¼ of an inch before your next appointment.
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