Your Wax Will Only Be As Painful As The Prep You Didn't Do
Updated: Aug 6, 2021
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Brazilian Waxes are obviously going to be one of he more painful services you can have done, and the truth is that the pain level you experience has a lot to do with the condition of the bikini area when you come in. First of all, I need for you to understand that the Brazilian is 10 out of 10 the most difficult waxing service for Estheticians to perform. So it's extremely important that you come in with both your skin and the hair ready to go! Personally, I have a detailed list of the prep located on my website, and Instagram in the highlights.
Hair length should be no longer than 3 months worth. To be sure, shave or buzz down, and schedule for 14 days from your cut back.
Exfoliate your skin 24 hours before. The best way to do so is to use a DRY BRUSH. It's a specific type of brush with a natural bristle. While your body and brush are both dry you'll brush in an upward motion.
Caffeine should be avoided immediately before waxing.
Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol 24 hours before should be avoided.
Hair Length: You should make sure that your hair is no more than 3 months worth, or less than 14 days. Coming in when the hair is super overgrown, makes it more likely that the different directions of hair growth (In the bikini area you may have hair growing in all 4 directions in extremely small areas) may clump the hair together. The result of that particular situation is an extremely painful removal. A combination of cutting the matted area free with scissors, waxing the matted sections away in tiny sections, and tweezing will have to be employed. You can also expect to have breakage occur which will create situations with ingrown hairs in the future. *A less experienced Esthetician is going to have a real problem here by the way.
Coming in too short is only slightly less offensive! If the hair is less than 1/4 inch, the wax wont be able to grasp it, and you'll be left with an incredibly spotty wax. It isn't fair to the Esthetician or yourself to end up needing a full tweezing. The best course of action here is to reschedule the service! The rule of thumb is that you need 14 days of regrowth from the last time that you shave or buzz the hair down. This is one situation where "almost" isn't going to cut it. Coming in at day 12, as silly as it sounds, is just going to end with you having a wax done, followed by a lot of tweezing, which is going to be more painful for you. So please, just come in after day 14!
Exfoliating is one of the most underrated portions of the prep list! Dead skin will make the wax stick more than it needs to, resulting in a sharpness to the sting of the removal. It can also create a situation where the wax is simply stuck to the skin and can't come off. This will particularly be a problem in the inner thigh area. Be sure to exfoliate any part of the area to be waxed. Excessive dryness and dead skin can also create bruised skin.
Caffeine wakes us up, including our pain receptors! Caffeine before your wax is a particularly bad idea, especially if you already have sensitive skin. You'll have a much more painful experience than necessary if you down that coffee the morning of your appointment! I think that it's one of those things that people find hard to believe will make that big a difference- it does though!
As for alcohol, I know it may sound like a fun thing to pound a shot before walking through the door. ITS A BAD IDEA!!! Alcohol will thin your blood making it more of an issue for you to bleed or end up badly bruised. The same goes for drinking excessively the night before your wax! The idea is, we just don't want to have alcohol in your system at the time of your wax.
I know that some of you may have been waxing for years and never heard of any of this before, but just because your previous practitioner didn't educate you doesn't mean they aren't really valuable tips! And if you've never had a Brazilian before, I want you to have the best experience possible, so please try to take the time to follow the prep!!!