Brazilian: What You Need To Know About Waxing Down There
Dreading having hot wax down there? Have a million questions? This is just the place for you.
Gosh, what have the Egyptians not invented? Paper, make-up, black ink, sundial, breath mints, wigs, and waxing! Around 60 BC, which is long, long ago, they invented sugaring, a process wherein they used home-made sugar solutions to entangle and then strip hair away, laying the way for modern-day waxing. However, bikini and Brazilian waxing gained popularity only in in 1987, when J. Sisters International Salon was opened in Manhattan, New York by 7 Brazilian sisters, *deep breath* – Jocely, Jonice, Joyce, Janea, Jussara, Juracy, and Judseia Padilha. Since then, the J. sisters have acquired quite a celebrity clientele from all over the world. Wait, before we go ahead, do you understand the difference between a bikini wax and a Brazilian? A bikini wax, traditionally, removes only the hair that is visible around the bikini area i.e., the top and the sides. Most salons will have you wear disposable underwear that you keep on, while they remove all the extra hair. A Brazilian wax, however, focuses on the complete genital area, and involves the removal of hair from the areas in and around the vagina, perineum, and anus. And yes, for this one, you will have to go sans your underwear. With that out of the way, let’s get some facts straight about any waxing down there. If you’re considering getting it done for the first time, it sure can seem like a daunting job. Here are the things you should know in advance, along with some tips, that will help you sail through it easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy (cannot believe I just said that).
- It will hurt, but you won’t die – You are basically ripping hair out from the root, and that is bound to hurt. Depending on your pain threshold and the thickness and quantity of your hair, it will hurt more, or maybe less than others. What you can do, is scrub and apply baby oil a few hours before the wax, to soften the hair follicles. But know this – the more you go, the less it hurts, because with time, the hair that grows back will be finer, and hence easier (read: less painful) to pull out. There may be a day when waxing down there will become virtually painless for you!
- The time of the month makes a difference – Yes, it is the time that makes all the difference. Depending on where you are on your cycle, the pain you feel will vary. A week before your periods, your body tends to be more sensitive overall, and so, waxing may cause more pain and irritation than usual. Generally, beauticians suggest that the week after your period is the best time to go clean.
- Make up your mind – Please don’t be like me and change your mind halfway through a wax. It's good to think about your desired results prior to the appointment, because that way you are mentally prepared to face the procedure and the outcome. It is also advisable to tell your beautician beforehand if you will also need a trim before the procedure.
- You will need to be flexible...sometimes a little too flexible – Your beautician has the tricky job of getting out hair from the usually ‘inaccessible locations’, and it’s never easy. Be prepared to get into positions that may require a little flexibility, and a lot of spreading. Don’t just lie there stiff, and please assist your beautician if you want a silky-smooth lower hemisphere.
- The no-shave week is back! – This might make you happy – it is suggested that you don’t shave, starting about 5 days before your appointment. This gives the ingrown pubes sufficient time to grow out and get removed. The ideal minimum hair growth is about 0.25 centimetres; anything lesser than that will never get caught in the wax. If you’re unsure, just leave the hair there, and let the beautician trim it for you in case it’s too long.
- No shuffling between the sheets for 24 hours – Planning to give your boyfriend a little surprise tomorrow? Shave; don’t wax, because professionals advise against any activities that get you sweaty down there for at least 24 hours, post-wax. Doing so would only irritate the already irritated skin. Thou shalt also not expose that area to harsh sun for around the same time.
- Rocking the plucked chicken look – You are not going to start looking like a wax model right after the appointment. In fact, everything is going to be a little red and inflamed, sort of like a plucked chicken. The good news, though, is that all such symptoms subside overnight, and everything will be back to normal the next day.
- Wear while going in what you would like to wear while going out – I recommend cotton undies and loose sweatpants. Why, you ask? Because you would want to keep your lady bits away from any friction at all after the wax, as they’re in a particularly sore state then.
- How about a shower beforehand? – Common sense, right? Granted, but I might as well say it since we’re on the topic. Shower for no particular reason, but one – to keep it clean for your hardworking beautician. Last thing you need is her running out of the salon because of all the stink. So, clean up, before and after!