Before you bare all, bear with us for some
There are very few things we do without
extensive research. Getting an oil change in the car requires weeks of trolling
Yelp, calling friends and vetting sources. Doctors, restaurants, doggie
daycares have been extensively looked into and verified. And when we think about getting a Brazilian
wax, we would never, ever do it on a whim.
A Brazilian, if you aren’t familiar, is when
you wax your precious private area completely bare. Done right, it can be
fairly painless, all things considered. However, if it’s done wrong, it can
become a disaster zone. Here are few
tips to ensure down there gets the best care.
Don’t Just Trust the Salon, Trust the Waxer
Just because a salon or spa is highly rated, it
doesn’t mean that their waxing services are up to the same quality. Waxing could be an afterthought–or they may
not have the most talented waxers. So look for a location that specializes in
waxing and has great reviews. A little research will save you weeks of painful
bruising and rashes. Yuck!
Also, if you have signed up for the procedure
and something doesn’t seem right, listen to your gut and speak up. A Brazilian
deals with some very sensitive areas so you don’t want to subject it to pain
just because you didn’t want to be “difficult.”
Check Out the Room
A clean and sanitary spa or salon is crucial
for a great Brazilian wax. If the room is dirty, then you are not going to get
quality service. Keep an eye out for
some warning signs. If there is any wax on the floors or walls or if the waxing
stick is already in the can of wax, speak up or leave. A waxer should NEVER
double dip their wax stick, meaning they apply wax once and then dip the same
stick back in the wax for more. If you see this, get out of there.
Prepare Your Hair
There are a few things you can do to ensure a
painless and high quality Brazilian. Avoid getting a Brazilian four days
before, after or during your menstrual cycle. And take a pain reliever like
aspirin and apply pain-relieving cream a half hour before your wax.
During your wax, your licensed esthetician is
largely in control of how painful the procedure will be. A good quality waxer
will usually offer towels to cover up parts that aren’t exposed and wear
gloves. She will also work on small zones rather than doing too large an area
at once. This will help with any pain.
After the Brazilian, apply healing lotions and
razor burn cream to your skin for two days afterwards to sooth the skin and
prevent ingrown hairs. Also stay out of the sun for two days after the Brazilian,
as your newly exposed skin will be very sensitive
to UV rays. (As you can imagine.)
There are other methods to remove unwanted
hair, including shaving (look out for razor burn), hair removal creams (risk of
infection) and laser hair removal (permanent and expensive). (Threading works best on eyebrows and facial
hair.) Waxing is the most common method
to get a Brazilian and lasts about two weeks; find locations near you here.
This summer, whether you are going full bush or
Brazilian, be aware of whom you let tend your hair. It will lead to a happier,
more carefree summer, which is exactly what we all ultimately want.
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