What is a Brazilian Bikini Wax?
What Do I Need To Know Before Booking?
A Brazilian bikini wax is a process that removes all the hair from the entire pubic region – including below the belly button and surrounding the anus. Rest assured that Gia has extensive training and experience for your safety and comfort and she will ask questions to allow your control over the end result. You have the option of leaving a small strip of hair in the front, or you may remove it entirely. You may also elect to leave a small amount shaped into a design such as a heart or star. Initials are a popular option for your wedding or honeymoon. And if you do not wish to have the back door wax, that is also an option.
Brazilian waxing has become increasingly popular for all ages and for many reasons, ranging from hygiene to aesthetic appeal. Many consider Brazilian waxing hygienic because it doesn’t absorb sweat or odor. It’s not just for vacations or Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly it is the most popular waxing service at the salon, second only to eyebrows.
Waxing, in general, is preferred over shaving because it doesn’t grow back as stubbly or coarse. The reason for this is when you shave, you are cutting and blunting the hair at its widest point, just as it passes through the skin. With a wax, you are removing the hair all the way down to the root. The papilla is attached to the hair when it comes out and it has to regrow before the hair can come back. This process takes a few weeks. In clients that regularly wax every 4-6 weeks, the hair re-growth is typically much finer and about 30-40% less dense.
At this time, Gia only does Brazilian waxes on women. Although she does have training in the “Bro-zilian” she is not offering them at this time. She can, however, advise a good place to get one if you so choose and are willing to drive an hour.
What is the Brazilian wax process?
- We ask that you arrive with your hair trimmed to approximately 1/4″ (the longer the hair, the more it hurts and the less likely you are to have a perfect service. But do not cut it less than 1/4″ or it may be too short to wax)
- If you are sensitive or very fair skinned, we advise you to apply a lidocaine-based numbing product 30 minutes prior to your appointment. We typically have one for purchase. Otherwise 1-2 ibuprofen can be effective if taken 20 minutes before your appointment.
- When you arrive, you will be offered a chance to use the restroom and then escorted into the wax room. Gia will offer you a drape for modesty, and then ask you to remove your pants and undergarments. She will then leave the room for you to do so.
- A pre-wax lotion is applied to prepare your skin.
- A thick layer of wax is gently applied in systematic sections. For first timers, Gia has different techniques to get you acclimated and to preserve your modesty as much as possible.
- The hair is completely removed, one section at a time, working from side to side and front to back. Gia will wear gloves, and will direct you into certain holding positions to maintain tautness of skin. She does not actually touch your parts. You do.
- Stray hairs may be tweezed and a post-wax spray is applied to the newly waxed area to calm the skin and sooth any irritation.
Brazilian “Do’s & Dont’s”
- Do not expect this process to be pleasant, although many women say it is less painful then they expected.
- Do wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tight jeans or wide elastic bands on your panties are miserably uncomfortable following a Brazilian wax.
- Do take two ibuprofen 20-30 mins prior to your appointment. Better safe than sorry.
- Do consult Mother Nature before booking your first waxing appointment. Don’t attempt waxing the three days prior to, or during your menstrual cycle. You skin is much more sensitive at that time, and waxing will be much more painful.
- Do pre-book you appointments and plan to return every 3-6 weeks.
- Do exfoliate the area the day of, and every day after your waxing service to avoid ingrown hairs and impacted pores. The new hair will be very fine and it doesn’t take much to block its path through the follicle.
- Do NOT shave between waxing appointments. This makes the hair more resistant to future waxing.
- Do NOT take any aspirin or alcohol prior to your service as this may actually encourage bruising.
- Do choose an experienced esthetician and ask if they are formally trained in Brazilian waxing. The best practitioners are the quickest, most thorough ones. A Brazilian bikini (no legs, no underarms, just the bikini) should take about 30 minutes.