Did I hear a sharp intake of breath when you saw the title of this post? :)
Not to worry, every time I see the words “Brazilian Wax” I make a face, close my eyes and give a little shudder. Why they call it a “Brazilian” makes no sense to me, considering a large part of Brazil is covered by the Amazon forest :P Still, it was the women (and men) there who popularized the art of waxing the hair off the pubic area. Partly for vanity (those string bikinis leave nothing to imagination!) and partly for hygiene.
Now I, like many of you are a Brazilian Wax virgin but its been one of those things I have on my bucket list. “Get a Brazilian Wax before you’re 30” it says there at Item No. 50 so I bit the bullet :P
Before we go further, this post is about my experience having a Brazilian wax. I’m not going to review the salon(s) I went to in this post, but I’ll leave it for another post. Instead this is to tell you how I felt and to give some pointers if you too will like to let ‘er rip… as it were.
My Brazilian Wax Experience
When people asked me how it was, my answer was “Like that lah!” It was actually a LOT less painful than you imagine. I fell down recently in public, skinned my knee and have a giant bruise that is taking weeks to go away. And that is more painful than a Brazilian wax. In fact, get a paper cut and drop lemon juice on it. THAT is worse than a Brazilian wax :P
What I felt was not so much pain, as it was smarting. If you imagine ripping out your hair by its roots, yes that’s painful. But if it is done in 2 seconds your body has no time to react, before a soothing lotion is placed on the sore spot. So, after the first two rips where I was a little tense in anticipation, I relaxed. And that is really the key thing – relax. The therapist usually will do a little countdown before they rip off the wax so I find it helps to take a deep breath when she goes “One, two” and at “three” breathe out. It helps me :)
I had the full Brazilian i.e. everything off from the front and back. I call it the “slash and burn” leaving nothing in its wake :P Other than a gynaecologist, the lady doing the waxing is probably the only other female allowed to get that close to my nether region, and that intimate :P
I did find that immediately after having my waxing done, the skin at the pubic area was red and smarted a little. It didn’t hurt or anything, just felt a wee bit uncomfortable. It was alright the next day though. Now for the tips I’d share :)
Where to go for a Brazilian Wax?
Go to a reputable salon. If you want to try it out, go somewhere that has got trained staff and good reviews from people who have been. If you don’t like it, at least you know its been a good experience. If you plan to do it regularly, you might then want to shop around for prices and packages. But for the first time, go somewhere reputable. Three places I know of are Strip, Apronbay and Glitters. I might have a review or two coming up once I get my thoughts sorted out :P
What to wear for a Brazilian Wax?
Not a strange question because you will have to get naked waist down. My suggestion is to go with a loose dress. You then only have to remove your panties and leave everything else on. Also, after the session, if you are sensitive, wearing pants might chafe and you might feel uncomfortable. So wear a dress or a loose skirt.
What should I do during the Brazilian Wax?
Err… nothing. You can chat to your therapist if it makes you feel better. Or you could be like me and stare at the wall or at some points, feel sleepy. But that’s me. I think I have a high pain threshold :P
Does it hurt?
Told you it didn’t “hurt” in a sense, for me. It didn’t bring tears to my eyes at all although it smarts and the moment they rip off your hair can be “painful”. However, they immediately slap on some cooling lotion so it stopped smarting almost immediately. I read somewhere that if you want to dull the pain, take 2 Panadol or painkillers before you go for your wax, which will make it more bearable. I thought of doing so, but didn’t so I’d get the full experience. I’m glad it was less painful than I thought.
Is it embarrassing?
Well if you are easily embarrassed, yes it can be. For my first time, the therapist laid to with a pair of scissors to trim the hair to an acceptable length. That bit was really weird. But when the waxing starts, I didn’t feel too weird because my mind was otherwise preoccupied in dealing with the pain and smarting and activity going on “down under”. Oh having to move your legs around and bend your knees to allow better “access” to your hair is also quite weird :P
Does the hair regrowth itch and do you get ingrown hair?
Valid question! I actually did thereafter have some bumps on my skin which looked like ingrown hair and there was a little bit of itching. But here are some tips I was taught to prevent this potential problem:-
- Apply baby oil around the waxed region regularly to soften skin
- Use a scrub off and on around the area. You can use your facial scrub or body scrub to remove the dead skin cells and avoid ingrown hair (I tried it and it works – the bumps went away)
- I found aloe vera gel helps if your bare skin feels sensitive initially
Is there anything I can’t do after a Brazilian wax?
Well for the first 24 hours you aren’t advised to swim, suntan, go for a sauna or steam or rub, pick, scrub etc at the area. This probably includes having sex. Your skin is still sensitive from all that trauma of getting the hairs ripped of after all :P
Why would I want to go for a Brazilian wax?
Good question. Why not? :P Here are some reasons:-
- Curiosity – come on, don’t say you aren’t curious about how it feels during or after the procedure! This is my primary reason
- More Sensual – some people feel more sensual with everything taken off and some people’s partners prefer it that way.
- Hygiene – Without the hair getting in the way, it would be cleaner especially during menstruation
- Easier to wear bikinis/swimsuits – If you wear mini bikini bottoms or high cut swimsuits, having hair peep out from your bikini line is not pleasant.
- Perfect for G-string or thong wearers – You don’t have accidental hair sticking out where it shouldnt but I personally find these garments uncomfortable anyway.
What if I don’t want to go all the way?
Sure thing! There are various designs or shapes you can go for. I’m told that the term “Brazilian Wax” actually means everything off. And they mean every single bit, front and back. If they can’t get at it with the wax, they’d tweeze it out :P Its not painful though. After a wax, you can handle anything :P
Would you recommend having a Brazilian wax done?
Having now done it (and crossing off an item from my to-do list which includes bungee jumping) I can speak with authority :P I say, do it if you are:-
- want to try something new
- particular about hygiene in that area
But don’t do it because you are being pressured by others to. You should be comfortable in your own skin, no matter how hairy or not you might be.
Do you have tips to prepare for a Brazilian wax?
Yes I do :D
- Go a week before/after your period is due. It is apparently less painful then as your skin isn’t so sensitive during this period.
- Ask questions of the salon and your waxer if you are uncomfortable.
- Take 2 Panadol or painkillers before the wax and relax.
- If you feel uncomfortable, tell the person doing your wax to slow down between waxes.
Would you do it again?
I might. But I probably will not. I get the hygiene bit, and I’ve satisfied my curiousity. But this isn’t something I’m ready to commit to on a regular basis, because I see no other benefit for myself. Also I feel a little odd rocking the prepubescent look because I believe the hair is probably there for a purpose :P Speaking personally of course.
Now have YOU had a Brazilian wax or any wax in the nether regions done? Do you have a tip to share?
Or perhaps you are thinking of trying this, and have a question? If I can’t help you, there’ll be others who can! :) Fire away!