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The How-To Lounge: All About the Brazilian Wax, Part 2

Now that you know how to prep for your Brazilian, here's everything you need to know for game time.

  • If you're embarrassed about being pretty much naked in front of an aesthetician, try to remember she's a professional who sees many naked ladies all day long. It's personal and private to you, but it really is just work for her
  • Be sure your waxer does not double-dip the wax stick. They should use a new stick with every application of wax
  • You need a quarter inch of hair growth for a good wax, so it's best to wait 3 to 5 weeks between waxes, depending on your growth rate. Use your best judgement, but there does need to be enough hair for the wax to grab

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  • Brazilian waxes can be painful, especially the first few times, so I recommend taking an anti-inflammatory (like Advil) an hour before your appointment. As with your eyebrows and lip, the process is fast and the pain is fleeting. Frequent visits will cut down on the pain factor, but I won't lie to you: the first time hurts
  • If your skin appears a little red and swollen after your wax, don't be alarmed. Removing the hair at the root can 'shock' the area; however, after a few hours, the redness goes away
  • After she's finished, your waxer should give you a cream to apply immediately, which will help soothe the skin. Definitely use it!
  • Be prepared for the bill: Brazilians can cost up to fifty dollars, depending on where you live and where you go. Don't forget to add a gratuity; a good waxer definitely deserves it

I hope I've eliminated some of the anxiety and the mystery around the Brazilian. Thanks to everyone for the comments on Part 1; it's really helpful to have as many points of view as possible!

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Bekah75 Bekah75 10 years
Thank you so much for this advice! It definitely helps any jitters that I once had! Bikini here I come!
rocknrollmaw rocknrollmaw 10 years
I'm so happy i read this!!! I want a brazilian so bad i just dont know anyone who has gotten it or actually maybe they have and they're just not telling but i really want one, i used to wax myself but its really hard and if you wait too long to take the wax off .... hahhha... it's not fun hahhaah.. so it's easier to have someone do it i would think, thanks for this info!!!
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 10 years
I have always wanted to get a Brazilian Wax but I was scared it would hurt too bad! Shaving is really a hassle since you have to do it every day. Anything is better than shaving and $50 is'nt bad at all!
jathemelis jathemelis 10 years
It's really not that bad, if you do it regularly. In fact after you get used to it, it can be less painful than eyebrow wax. I'd recommend going during the middle phase in your menstrual cycle as it is more painful if you go in the week leading up to your period and who gets a bikini wax on their period?
andaman andaman 10 years
Honey go for it! Tell me about it later.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
i've been debating on getting this done.after reading this-i'm not AS scared. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
andaman andaman 10 years
You know i think i will try it soon. I think it's sexy. Though I need to get a little tipsy first perhaps :)
sunshine sunshine 10 years
found this to be all very interesting and very inspiring.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
this seems like something they shoul dhave you pay for in advance. after having hot wax ripped off your who-ha are you feelin the $50? how long should you have the red "rash"/bruise? last time i got a mommy version of this (very tame) i had a rash for 48 hours :(
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