If you want to look great in a bikini this summer, then you might be considering a Brazilian wax. Brazilian waxing involves removal of all but a tiny bit of the pubic hair, leaving a small patch or “landing strip” in the center. If even that is too much hair, there’s the full Hollywood, which takes it all.
Not only do you lose your hair in the front, but also in the perianal area, from the labia all the way back to the buttocks. You’ll be completely clean and smooth, front to rear, and free to wear even the most revealing of beachwear and lingerie—or nothing at all. Many women report that Brazilian waxing enhances sexual sensation. And more men are asking for Brazilian wax treatment.
It’s recommended to find a reputable salon and have your Brazilian done professionally, especially if it’s your first. Prices vary, but are in the range of $40 to $100 per treatment, depending on geographic location and the reputation of the salon. It will take about 15- to 30 minutes.
If you’re apprehensive and don’t know what to expect from a Brazilian wax, here’s a play-by-play.
You’ll be shown to a private room and asked to remove all your clothing from the waist down. The aesthetician will spread talcum powder over the entire area to be waxed and then start work.
First she’ll snip the hair down to one-quarter inch in length. She’ll spread heated wax over small areas at a time, press a cloth strip in place, and then rip it off quickly and smoothly, taking the hair with it. Immediately afterward, she’ll apply a soothing gel to take the sting away.
It’s going to take a while to get everything, and you’ll be asked to get into some odd positions so she can reach the hard to find areas with the wax. Occasionally she might ask you to stretch your skin away from the wax while she pulls.
If you’re embarrassed by the idea of another person looking at your most intimate areas, don’t be. Aestheticians do this every day and take a clinical view of their work.
Does it hurt? It can sting a bit, but a good professional will work in a way that causes the least pain. If you’re concerned about it hurting, take a couple of ibuprofen before treatment. Don’t take aspirin, as it’s a blood thinner and can cause bleeding in the treated area.
The average length time for a Brazilian wax to last is three weeks, although if your hair grows slowly, you might be able to wait longer.