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As much as we would like to avoid painful beauty treatments, Brazilian waxes are one we can’t seem to part with. With the chance of ingrown hairs and irritation, it’s easy to see why some people prefer a bikini wax or choose to skip hair removal down there altogether. But really, the more you know—and the more Brazilian wax tips you have in your back pocket—the less intimidating waxing it all off is. To get you ready for your first Brazilian, we’re giving you the 4-1-1 on everything you need to know, from what a Brazilian wax is to how much they cost.
First thing’s first—what is a Brazilian wax? A Brazilian wax is a hair removal method that involves removing all of the hair from your bikini area. While this type of wax typically involves no hair being left behind, you can consider leaving a small strip of hair (a landing strip) or even a design—it’s all up to you!
Some people believe that a bikini wax and a Brazilian wax are the same thing. And while both of these methods cater to your bikini zone, there are key differences to each technique. A bikini wax consists of removing hair around the perimeter of your bikini line area, making it a much quicker process. This means that you’d be able to wear a bikini, and no hair would stick out from the sides. This method is great for those who are not comfortable removing all of their hair but still want a clean-cut look.
On the other hand, a Brazilian wax removes all of the hair from your bikini area. Every strand of hair from the side, front, top, and back are removed. However, you do have the option of leaving a small strip of hair. Think of it as the next step up from the traditional bikini wax. If you prefer your bikini area to be completely bare, this option may be your perfect match.
When it comes to getting a Brazilian wax, there are two wax types that may be used during your session: soft wax and hard wax. Soft wax is typically used with cloth strips to remove hair from your body. This type of wax is often used to remove hair on the armpits, legs, arms, and bikini area. During the waxing process, the wax adheres to the skin and hair, which some people can find uncomfortable.
On the flip side, hard wax is applied to the skin with thick layers at a time. Once the wax hardens, it’s removed without the need of cloth strips. Hard wax is known to only grip hair, making it a great option for those who suffer from sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs.
We won’t lie—this beauty treatment has a little bit of discomfort involved, so you’re probably wondering, “How long does a Brazilian wax last?” It needs to last for a bit to make it worth it! You can expect your Brazilian wax to last for around four to six weeks before the hair starts to grow back. Keep in mind, everyone’s hair grows at different rates, so don’t be surprised if your hair starts growing back at week four while you’ve heard others don’t have to worry about hair until week six.
Like it or not, pricing varies based on where you’re located. Some people can spend around $40 for a service where others may be paying $60. However, it’s important to know that pricing shouldn’t be the driving factor when you seek a Brazilian wax. You always want to make sure you go to a reputable waxing specialist to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
While you may want to save a few bucks and take care of hair removal all on your own, we’d advise against DIYing a Brazilian wax. For starters, you likely don’t have the expertise, knowledge, and resources that professionals have. Not to mention, you may not be able to wax hard to reach areas all on your own. Keep it simple and rely on a licensed professional to get the job done.
Now that you have the full scoop on Brazilian waxing, it’s time to prep for a wax! Follow our six tips below to get and keep your skin in fabulous shape!
One of the best things you can do to prep yourself for a Brazilian wax is to relax. While it may seem easier said than done, having your mind at ease will help make your experience better.
Just as it’s super important to exfoliate as part of your skin care routine, the same rule applies here. You want to slough away all the dead skin cells from your bikini area.
The goal for your wax appointment is to remove all of your hair, but if your hair is not at least a ¼-inch long, it can be difficult for the wax to adhere to it. Allow your hair to grow out fully so you can achieve your desired result. Don’t worry if you think your hair is too long; the wax specialist will trim your hair before the wax.
To help keep ingrown hairs and irritation at bay, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin. However, exfoliating too soon after waxing can have adverse effects. To stay in the clear, you can begin exfoliating your bikini area two to three days after your wax session. And even after waiting a few days, you'll want to be gentle!
Once your skin is waxed, it’s super sensitive for the first 24 hours. Your best bet is to wear loose clothing before and after your wax appointment to allow your skin to breathe. Tight clothes can easily irritate the skin and may cause an infection to occur.
While we all love to feel how soft and smooth our skin is post-wax, you’ll want to keep your hands above your waist. Since your hands are regularly exposed to dirt, oil, and bacteria, it’s best to steer clear of the area to avoid transferring bacteria down there. After all, it’s not worth having to tackle irritation as a result.
Next up: You’re officially a Brazilian wax expert! Ready for your next hair removal lesson? Head on over to our article, Girl Talk: Your Guide to Removing Unwanted Facial Hair, to get started.
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