These Brazilian waxing tips will help you prepare your skin, take the pain factor down, get an idea of what to expect and minimize bumps and irritation afterwards. A lot of women and men opt for this service because they like the feeling of the entire bikini area being totally, or almost hair-free. While you need to be cautious any time you remove hair, because of its specialty nature, it should be treated with extra care.
- Find someone crafty. All Estheticians and most Cosmetologists are licensed to perform waxing. You don't want someone who simply offers the service, but specializes and is skilled and experienced in waxing. It's even more important when removing hair on the genitals.
Seek out referrals or go to a Waxing Salon. You might want to first get something less invasive, like a lip wax, to make sure you're comfortable with the facility and the technician.
- Particularly for women. Your skin is often more sensitive the time near your your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn't be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. Most places understandably won't perform this service while you're on your period.
- Cleanliness. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area right before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you're extra clean.
- Skip this step. Don't use any lotions or oils in bikini area.
- Hair for now. You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto, but not too long which can make the waxing hurt more than it needs to. Let the technician trim hair down to just the right length at your appointment, or follow the salon's specific instructions for trimming.
- Pain preventers. Take a pain killer, like Tylenol 30- 45 minutes before your appointment if you're worried about pain. (Aspirin and Ibuprofen may not be the best choices as they both are known to thin blood.)
- Watch your fashion choices. Don't wear tight pants or panties for the next few days.
- Hands off. Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples (see more: prevent side effects of waxing).
- Opt for a shower. Don't take a hot bath for the rest of the day.
- Too hot. No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days.
- Short-term abstinence. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 - 48 hours.
- Exfoliate. Two full days later, if there isn't any redness use a mild exfoliator. This helps prevent ingrown hair. My pick, an Ayate washcloth, gently exfoliates skin alone wet, or can be used with your favorite body wash, but is more mold-resistant than loofahs. Compare Ayate washcloth prices.
- Fight the bumps. If you get any ingrown hairs try Tend Skin, a huge favorite for getting rid of pesky ingrowns. Compare Tend Skin prices.