These are the most common questions I get regarding the Brazilian wax. I have answered them as truthfully as possible based on my experience the last couple years. While reading through the Q&A please keep in mind everyone experiences something different based on their type of hair, pain tolerance, amount of hair, etc…
What is a Brazilian?
A Brazilian is the removal of your pubic hair in the bikini and anal area. Most women prefer to remove all hair, while others prefer to leave a strip or more. Your preference will be discussed at the time of your appointment.
Does it hurt?
Yes, but it’s usually only painful while the strip of hair is being removed and a few seconds following. The labia area and right above it tend to be the most sensitive areas. These areas are waxed towards the beginning of the service and are only a few strips. Once these areas are done, the remaining service is easier and a lot more comfortable. For those with low pain tolerance, I highly recommend using No Scream Cream ™, which is a topical cream that numbs up to 80% of pain. You can purchase this at my studio for $19. It does require to have it on 45 minutes prior to your appointment so you can arrange a time to pick it up at the studio or you can place a phone order with me by calling me at 602-622-6221.
Also keep in mind, the first session is always the worst one! If you are enjoying the results but are hesitant to do it again because of the pain I highly recommend doing a second Brazilian 4-5 weeks after your first appointment. You will have a lot less hair every time after. The amount of hair on your first appointment will be the most hair you’ll ever have if you continue with your waxing service regularly.
How are they performed?
When you arrive for your appointment I go over any questions or concerns you have. I then step out of the room and let you get undressed from the waste down. You will then cleanse yourself with a towelette I provided, fill out the Client Consent Form, and lie on the bed with a towel to cover over you. Once you are ready I come back and go over the Client Consent Form and discuss your removal preference. I then have you sit butterfly position (feet together and knees laying out). A lot of salons use different positions. I prefer the butterfly position becomes it allows me to get to harder to reach areas and to work both sides at the same time so I can provide an efficient service. After I’m finished waxing the front I will have you pull your knees towards your ears so I can wax the back. Again if you’ve had a Brazilian done before each salon is different on how they wax the back. I have found that this is the most comfortable, least awkward position. If you have any preference on how you want your Brazilian performed please don’t hesitate to communicate that with me. After all the hair is removed, I remove any remaining wax, disinfect the area, apply a slow hair growth gel and a calming cream. I then step out of the room and let you get dressed. Prior to leaving I will provide you with After Care Instructions as well as a small sample of Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel ™ (first time clients only) . If you prefer I also offer the Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel ™ for purchase for $26. This gel slows down the hair growth to give you a longer lasting Brazilian.
How long does the hair need to be?
The perfect hair length for a Brazilian is 1/4 inch. This is about 1-2 weeks of hair growth, depending on how fast your hair grows. Basically if you can grab the hair by your finger tip and pull up on it, it is long enough. If it’s shorter than this you might experience more tweezing than normal during your service.
Do I need to trim?
The hair needs to be at least ¼ inch long. This is usually an average of 2 week hair growth. It will be more or less depending on how fast your hair grows. If the hair is too long (more than ¾ inch) the hair could break instead of being pulled at the root in which trimming will be necessary. If you are unsure on the length of the hair, I can make that determination at the time of your appointment to avoid the hair being trimmed too short. There is no extra charge for trimming.
How long does it take?
The service from the time you arrive to the time you leave is on average 20 min. Could be less or more depending on the amount of hair growth you have.
How long does it last?
Since all of your hair is on different growth cycles you will start to see random hairs appear after the first week but it won’t be until week 4 that you will have enough to get waxed again. I highly recommend purchasing Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel ™ to give you less hair growth in between your waxing appointments.
What should I expect after?
Irritation is common for first time waxers. Your skin will be sensitive to touch as well as red. Some women will also experience little white bumps a day or two after their service. Do no pick at these bumps as they will disappear in a couple days. If ingrown hairs are common for you I will provide you with some Whish Ingrown Hair Serum ™ samples to take home (first time clients only) or you may purchase a bottle at the studio for $22.
My hair grows really fast. Is there anything I can do?
Yes. Purchase a slow hair growth product. I have Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel ™ at the studio available for purchase or find another brand at your local beauty store.
Do you use hard or soft wax?
I use hard wax for the majority of the service. If your hair is thin I will use the soft wax on the top part but for the more sensitive areas I will only use hard wax.
I have an event (wedding, vacation, anniversary, etc…) coming up. How soon should I get waxed before?
Since everyone reacts differently I recommend getting waxed 4-6 weeks prior to your event so you will know how your skin reacts as well as get an early start on slowing down the hair growth. If this is not possible then 2-5 days prior to your event will leave enough time for the most common irritations to subside.
You must be off the following medications for 3 months prior to receiving a wax service.
- Accutane (Must be off for a year)
- Adapalene (Acne medication)
- Alustra (Retin A)
- Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)
- Avita (type of Retin A)
- Differin (Acne medication)
- Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
- Renova (Retin A)
- Tazarac (Acne medication)
- Tazarotene (like Tazorac)
- Tretinoin (like Retin A)
The following can cause sensitivity. Please notify your wax specialist if you are using or have used any of the following in the last month:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
- Topical Antibiotics
- Salicylic Acid
- Peels or Microdermabrasion
- Laser treatments
PRE WAX TIPS
- Stop shaving 1-2 weeks before your appointment. Hair needs to be ¼ inch long. If hair is longer than ¾ inch, I recommend trimming the area before your appointment.
- Avoid sun exposure 48 hours prior to appointment. If the area getting waxed is sunburned the service will need to be postponed.
- Exfoliate the area getting waxed the day before your appointment.
- Take Ibuprofen 30-45 min before appointment to minimize discomfort.
- Waxing can be extra sensitive to women during the menstrual cycle. Caffeine also causes sensitivity. Avoid caffeine intake the day of appointment.
- Wear loose fitting clothes to your appointment. Harsh clothing may irritate your waxed skin.
POST WAX TIPS
- You may experience the following after your wax treatment: sensitivity, swelling, redness, bumps, irritation and in grown hairs. The following tips will minimize discomfort and provide optimal results.
- REMEMBER the first time is always the worst time. Regular waxing will reduce discomfort as well as hair growth.
- Do NOT shave between services. For the best long term results, stay consistent in the beginning with services every 4-5 weeks.
- Use a slow hair growth serum for optimal results in between services. Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel ™ is available for purchase at the studio.
- Avoid hot baths/showers, sun exposure, any sweating and products for first 24-48 hours. You may apply Calming Skin Gel ® or another soothing topical to reduce irritation and swelling.
- Avoid tight fitting clothes.
- Ingrown hairs are common. To reduce ingrown hairs, lightly exfoliate 48 hours after service. For best results you should exfoliate 1-2 times a week. You may also use an ingrown hair product. Whish Ingrown Hair Serum ™ is available for purchase at the studio.