It is often not a fun experience getting your brazilian wax for the first time. It takes longer time than shaving. But it is a good option for summers when you do not want to remove hair with a razor. But before you go for a brazilian wax, it is important that you have a fair idea about what you are getting yourself into.
First Time Brazilian Wax Tips:
Hair should be about ¼ inch:
This is a big mistake that many women do when they go for their first brazilian wax. When your hairs are too short, wax will not be able to adhere to the hairs and pull out the hairs from their roots easily. So, queen bee salon & spa owner says that you should trim hair to about 1/4 of an inch. If you do not know how long your hair is, just leave it. You can call in advance and tell your waxer that you may need a trim before you start waxing.
You must decide best waxing method beforehand:
Make sure what kind of wax you need before you go to the salon. Some of the options are simple bikini wax, which means pubic hairs on the sides only are removed, Brazilian wax that helps in removing all or almost all hairs from the front and back, or a full-bush Brazilian wax that helps in removing all hair from the vulva and the back, keeping a triangle in the front.
If you cannot decide in advance, you can go to the salon and then decide, or decide it as you have the wax. But it is better if you can decide prior to your appointment.
Waxing times also matters:
The time of the month also has an important role in your waxing. Make sure that you do not go for bikini or brazilian wax three days prior to your periods. Marta Camkiran, senior aesthetician at Haven Spa in New York City says that this is the time when your skin is very sensitive. So, the pain you experience may be more compared to other days.
Take a shower before waxing:
Take a shower before you go the salon for brazilian wax. This helps in relaxing you and you will feel less self-conscious this way. Your pro will also feel thankful this way.
Before you have the brazilian wax, you will have to take off your pants and underwear. Some places offer disposable underwear for the customers when they do simple bikini wax. But if you want to remove more hairs than just on the two sides, then you will have no other option that take off all clothes.
This can be very embarrassing, especially if you are going for the brazilian wax for the first time. One thing to keep in mind is that your waxer has seen hundreds of people this way. This is just a business for her. So you need not worry much about being exposed.
Does brazilian waxing hurt?
When you visit the beauty parlour, you can see numerous treatments and that claim to be painless or totally pain-free. You might have consulted your friends who have been waxed for years. They claim that it does not hurt at all, because they are used to it and do not feel the pain. But to be be honest, brazilian waxing hurts as well. You will feel the pain unless you have the thinnest hair possible. Ripping off the hairs from the skin can be very painful, especially for the first time. With constant waxing for years, you will feel the pain lesser and lesser.
Brazilian wax side effects:
Brazilian wax is always a painful experience for most people. But for some it is worse. Coarse and thick hair can be very stubborn and hard to remove. So, people with this type of hair may experience more pain and redness in the area waxed.
Because genital-area skin is more delicate, women may get fever and acute pain in the legs due to swelling and infection. Irritation on the genitals after the waxing procedure can lead to itching and scratching there by leading to infections and side effects.
Waxing awkward positions:
Depending on how much of hair is to be removed, the experience may involve lot of spreading. To help your waxer get access to all the spots you are going to wax, you may at times need to assist or move into embarrassing positions. So be prepared for such awkward situations before you go for waxing.
Tweezing hair that’s left behind:
Most often, after the waxing is complete, some hairs are left behind. These have to be removed using precise tweezers. Your waxer may ask you if you want to tweeze these hairs. Sometimes she may start plucking the hairs without asking you. So, it will be better to ask her and confirm, so that you can be prepared.
After waxing, You will look like a plucked chicken:
If you think that you will get a smooth and bikini-ready skin by the end of your appointment with the waxer, you may be wrong. After waxing, your skin will be red and even irritated. Remember to wear loose clothes when you go for waxing, so that you will feel comfortable after the waxing is over. For the rest of the day, try to avoid too much friction on the area. The redness will go off by the next day.
Hydrocortisone cream for itching:
According to Marta, the best and fastest way to treat irritation felt on the skin after waxing is to apply a hydrocortisone cream on the area. This helps in calming the inflammation and the itchiness felt, and reduces the redness.