I personally have not mastered the art of giving Brazilian waxes. In school we only learned bikini waxing and saw one demo of a Brazilian. That is why it's on my to-do list and as an Esthetician it is your money maker. I have been asked a lot of questions from those who've never experienced receiving one. Therefore I did some research and came across a great list of tips that I wanted to share with you all.
First Time Brazilian Wax Tips
1. Research your local spas for a reputable place. An on-line investigation can be helpful, but I always recommend getting a referral from someone you know and trust. If you are unsure about a certain spa or waxer, start with a less intimate service before delving into the private areas. A good esthetician will always make your comfort level the top priority.
2. The Brazilian bikini wax should always be done using items that are sanitary and disposable. Disposable gloves should be worn by the esthetician and non-reusable waxing paper should be used on the esthetics table. Both should be tossed in the trash after your service. Any metal implements used (i.e. tweezers or scissors) should be sanitized between clients. Most importantly though, waxing spatulas should never be double-dipped in the wax.
3. Refrain from any type of shaving for at least 3 weeks before your waxing appointment. Shaving can make the hair more resistant to waxing and often times leaves it too short. Most often the esthetician will need a good ¼ inch of outgrowth. If your hair tends to be stubborn or coarse, you many need to grow it out about a week longer or more closely to a ½ inch.
4. Try to schedule your waxing appointments 3 or 4 days after your period. This time of the month tends to help to reduce sensitivities and anxiety associated with waxing.
5. Avoid Brazilian bikini waxing if you have a sunburn or have had a laser hair removal treatment in the past week.
6. Lightly exfoliate the area with a loofah or a gentle scrub 1-2 days BEFORE your appointment. Exfoliate the panty line area, as well as the area on the top of the pubic bone. Due to the abrasive nature, DO NOT exfoliate or use exfoliants inside any folds or crevices.
7. Take two Ibuprofen at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This serves as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce any discomfort.
8. Keep the lines of communication open with your esthetician. If you have experiencing extreme discomfort or embarrassment, please be frank and let her know as soon as possible. Getting a Brazilian bikini wax may be somewhat uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be torturous!
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NOTE: Avoid ALL waxing if you're taking any skin thinning medications internally and avoid waxing on areas topically treated. Click here for a list of medications.
Happy Brazilian Waxing!