The first step in getting a Brazilian wax is to let the hair grow out until it is about a grain of rice in length. This is necessary so that the wax can grip the hairs.
Consuming a lot of water is a good idea to keep your skin and hair hydrated before your waxing session. Also, avoid wearing tight clothing.
Preparing for the Wax
As an esthetician, I’ve heard countless clients complain about how much they hate waxing. There is yet hope for the future – it depends on your pain tolerance level, what area is getting waxed, and whether you get a hard or soft wax.
For a smoother waxing Long Island NY, you should take several steps to prep your skin before the appointment. You should avoid exercise (or any sweating) and the morning or evening before your workday, take a shower. Skip the self-tanners and body spray, too, as these can interfere with the wax’s grip.
You should also wear loose-fitting, breathable underwear or bottoms. Some people also feel taking an over-the-counter pain reliever about 30 minutes before their wax is helpful. This will ease any discomfort afterward.
During the Wax
After cleansing the area, your esthetician will apply a pre-wax treatment, which helps the wax adhere to the hair. For maximum comfort, you can take ibuprofen before your appointment.
After applying the wax, your esthetician will use paper or cloth strips to remove the hair. The skin will feel silky and smooth after this. Your esthetician may also apply a post-wax serum to prevent ingrown hairs or to soothe irritation. In the first 48 hours following your wax, you should avoid sweating, friction, and hot showers. The sweat can clog pores and introduce bacteria to the vulnerable skin. It’s also important not to touch the skin since doing so can transfer bacteria from your hands and into open follicles. This can cause painful bumps and infections. In addition, you should wait a couple of days to swim in salt or chlorine-filled water because this will damage the delicate skin. Instead, you can soak in a warm tub or apply a soothing gel.
Slight redness, irritation, and bumps are a normal reaction to waxing and should fade over the next 24-48 hours. Avoid heat (hot showers, baths, saunas) and friction in the area. Using a gently exfoliating scrub and moisturizing regularly is a good idea. Avoid picking at ingrown hairs, which can introduce bacteria and lead to an infection.
Lastly, clients should drink plenty of water before their appointment and wear loose-fitting clothes. Alcohol should be avoided as well as caffeine, which can cause the pores to tighten, making the skin more sensitive.
Clients should also avoid shaving, tweezing, or plucking the area until after the wax has completely melted and dripped off the skin. Clients should inform their specialist immediately if any questions or concerns arise. They will be able to guide them through the process. This is especially important if it’s their first time getting waxed, as it’s their job to make the experience as pleasant and painless as possible.
The good news is once you get over your first bikini wax, it gets easier every time. You’ll also notice that it lasts longer each time you do it, so if you want to keep your bikini line smooth for the long term, you should schedule appointments about once a month.
The key is finding a salon with high-quality wax and a reputable esthetician. That’s why it’s a great idea to ask for recommendations from friends and check out local reviews online.
Finally, remember that while you might feel self-conscious during your appointment, your beauty therapist has seen it all before. It’s just business for them; they don’t judge you for getting your vulva waxed. They’re also there to help you make the best decision for your body and comfort levels. Whether you go au natural or remove all your pubic hair, it’s entirely up to you.