Brazilian Waxing, Everything you need to know…
• This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation.
• If you are on Accutane you cannot get waxed anywhere on your body. If you were on Accutane and recently stopped taking it, you must wait 6 months before you can get waxed.
• Certain medications such as Antibiotics can make your skin very sensitive. Antibiotics can stay in your body for an additional week after you stop taking them so no waxing until you are antibiotic free for a week! Also, ask your doctor if it is ok to be waxed while taking any medication.
Some helpful advice before making your appointment:
Do take two Advil one hour before your appointment. Better safe than sorry.
Do consult Mother Nature before booking your first waxing appointment. Schedule an initial waxing appointment several days after menstruation, when you are less sensitive to discomfort. Menstruation can cause your pain to be heightened 1 week prior and during.
Don’t shave between waxing appointments. This makes the hair more resistant to future waxing.
Do let the hairs grow for about two weeks before your appointment. (If the hairs are very long, trim them to ¼ inch. This ensures a faster, much less uncomfortable procedure not to mention cleaner and smoother results!)
Do go to an esthetician/waxer you feel you can trust. Pick someone based on referrals or establish a relationship with the technician first by trying a less intimate treatment and build your comfort level.
Do Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! Starting 2 to 3 days after being waxed, exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times per week in the shower. Exfoliation will help get rid of the dead skin cells and help “lift” the hairs growing out. Recommended exfoliant: Crystal Peel Exfoliating Bar. Follow your exfoliant with (Get the Bump Outta Hea) to prevent ingrown hairs.
Frequently asked Questions and some great tips!
WHAT IS BRAZILIAN WAXING?
Brazilian is the waxing of everything from the vagina, including the labia, to the anus. Not one hair is left standing. Some people opt to leave a little on top.
HOW MUCH DOES WAXING HURT?
Well it is a little uncomfortable when it comes to the sensitive areas! But as soon as it is over...it is over, but it depends on the customer, some people say it is almost painless and some say it hurts. I think the anticipation is the worst.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A BRAZILIAN?
It takes 20-30 minutes. It all depends on the customer. The first time usually takes the longest. The second time is much faster.
FIRST TIME HAVING A BRAZILIAN?
Expect a little skin irritation. If you get waxed regularly, your skin will become accustomed and you should not have as much irritation as your first time. If you only do it once or twice a year expect to go through the “first time pain” each time. It is normal to get tiny blood dots or whiteheads after your first or second time of being waxed. This too shall pass if you keep waxing. The more you wax, the softer the hair will be, the sparcer the hair will grow, and the longer the hair will take to grow back. After the first few times getting waxed, you may feel like you got “beat up” down there but this too shall pass within a day. You can use an unscented soothing lotion for a day or two until it passes but most do not need anymore than what was applied in the treatment.
DOES WAXING CAUSE INGROWN HAIRS?
No. Waxing prevents ingrown hairs. Some women have serious problems with ingrown hairs, though, so it doesn't matter what kind of depilation you use on them. You can manage them better by exfoliating and using Get the Bump Outta Hea to help prevent them if you’re prone.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO GET WAXED?
Typically you will need to get waxed every 4 to 6 weeks... go any sooner and you will remove some of the hairs but not all of them which will throw off your waxing schedule and will not give you clean wax results. Let it grow too long and you may need to trim. It all depends on how fast your hair grows. That varies from person to person.
WHAT STEPS ARE TAKEN TO GET THE BRAZILIAN WAX DONE?
After cleaning the area to be waxed, you will be asked for assistance in holding the skin taught. Wax is then applied a little at a time and muslin strips are used to remove hair quickly. After all hair is removed from front to back we apply a special calming lotion/oil to the area, which reduces redness, soothes and softens, and acts as a natural antiseptic.
WHEN WILL THE REDNESS BE COMPLETELY GONE?
Most redness is gone as early as 30 minutes to an hour after the procedure. It may take until the next morning for people with sensitive skin. It varies from person to person.
WHY IS WAXING BETTER THAN OTHER FORMS OF DEPILATION?
Every time you get waxed, your hairs become weaker, almost like training the hair not to grow back. No razor burn, or itching when it grows back, it is fast, and the skin looks and feels softer as well as lasts longer than after any other method of depilation.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF WAXING AND HOW CAN THEY BE MINIMIZED?
Although we cannot predict or guarantee who may react, most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster, this will get better the more you wax.
Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible break outs.
• Avoid the sun and tanning salons immediately after waxing and please wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun or UV light.
• Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing.
• Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.
• Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas for at least 48 hours after waxing as they might further irritate your skin.
• Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs
• Unfortunately, no hot bath, hot shower, sex, or oral sex for 12 hours after a Brazilian. While your pores are open, they are vulnerable to irritation by the extreme temperatures and infection by bacteria.
Don’t just go anywhere for your wax! Make sure your waxer is wearing gloves and not double dipping the wax!
And most of all………. Enjoy!