Just as there are countless hairstyles you can wear, there are also different ways to wear your hair down there. Whether you opt for a natural look or completely bald, the way you style your private parts says something about your personal aesthetic. Brazilian depilation became popular in the 90s. We explain below what exactly Brazilian waxing is and what you should expect. Be prepared for the summer!
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What is Brazilian Waxing?
Most people are hairy. Often, pubic hair grows a bit down the thigh where it can peek out of a bathing suit or underwear. Sometimes they grow in a line up toward the belly button. In a bikini hair removal, the hair is removed from the edge of the bikini area, along the thighs and below the belly button. A Brazilian wax goes even further.
This waxing method removes all pubic hair – above, behind and around each corner (also known as Hollywood wax). Depending on where you go, your esthetician will use different types of wax (both hot and cold wax). But all waxes stick to the hair so it can be pulled out at the root. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to remove all the hair in the area or leave only a small strip in the form of a rectangle, a small oval or a triangle in the front area.
Brazilian waxing – advantages and disadvantages
It’s not unhealthy or unhygienic to go natural (read: hairy). But if you prefer a more groomed look, waxing has some advantages.
Advantages of this hair removal
- Less irritation
If you prepare well, waxing can cause less rashes and bumps than shaving.
- Long lasting
Waxing pulls hair out at the root, so skin stays smooth longer than shaving. Eventually, hair will grow back – but Brazilian hair removal can keep you hair-free for three or four weeks. Then it’s time for another visit to your esthetician.
- Less hair in the long run
When hair grows repeatedly, it often becomes softer and thinner. Over time, waxing becomes easier and less painful, and you may be able to lengthen the intervals between treatments.
Disadvantages, or side effects, of Brazilian waxing include
It really depends on what your individual pain tolerance is. The first appointment is usually the worst in terms of pain, so keep that in mind. The second appointment may feel drastically different.
It’s normal to get bumps and redness, especially right after waxing. This is temporary and usually goes away on its own.
Your waxed skin may itch as it heals. Try not to scratch, as this can irritate the skin.
How should you prepare for Brazilian waxing?
If you want to try Brazilian waxing, these tips will help you prepare for the best result. If you have a sunburn or very sensitive skin, it is better to skip Brazilian waxing. Hair removal carries a risk of infection or injury if not done correctly. Read reviews and ask for recommendations to find a trustworthy beauty salon. To achieve the best results, you can prepare before your appointment by taking a few simple steps.
* Make sure your hair is at least half an inch long – about the size of a grain of rice. If it’s longer than an inch, shorten it a bit so the wax can grip better.
* To prevent ingrown hairs, gently exfoliate a few days before your appointment.
* Refrain from alcohol and caffeine on the day of your appointment. Both can cause your pores to contract and make waxing more painful.
* Wear breathable cotton underwear or loose-fitting shorts to your appointment for comfort.
* Take an over-the-counter pain reliever about 30 minutes before your appointment to help ease the pain.
Can you get a wax during your period?
If you are on your period, you may want to reschedule your appointment. During menstruation, the skin around your pubic bone is a little more sensitive and you are more prone to cramping.
After Brazilian Waxing.
* If you experience pain, redness or discoloration, apply a cool compress.
* Wash with a mild cleanser to soothe the skin and remove any wax residue. Shower instead, as a bath can cause irritation.
* Avoid tanning for at least 24 hours afterwards. Waxing can make the pubic area more susceptible to sun damage.
* When choosing skin care products to use after Brazilian waxing, look for the following ingredients:
- Diluted tea tree oil: keeps pores and skin clean.
- Aloe vera: anti-inflammatory , can soothe the skin
- Chamomile: has been shown to soothe the skin and reduce redness
- Green tea: proven to nourish the skin, has anti-inflammatory and calming effects
- Glycerin: helps moisturize the skin