January 27th, 2011
by Susan Keefe · Filed Under: Uncategorized
To have a great waxing experience, I recommend you follow the tips below. It will get you acquainted with the entire process and, hopefully, put you at ease (somewhat).
- Research your local spas for a reputable place. An on-line investigation can be helpful, but I always recommend getting a referral from someone you know and trust. If you are unsure about a certain spa or waxer, start with a less intimate service before delving into the private areas. A good esthetician will always make your comfort level the top priority.
- The Brazilian bikini wax should always be done using items that are sanitary and disposable. Disposable gloves should be worn by the esthetician and non-reusable waxing paper should be used on the esthetics table. Both should be tossed in the trash after your service. Any metal implements used (i.e. tweezers or scissors) should be sanitized between clients. Most importantly though, waxing spatulas should never be double-dipped in the wax.
- Refrain from any type of shaving for at least 3 weeks before your waxing appointment. Shaving can make the hair more resistant to waxing and often times leaves it too short. Most often the esthetician will need a good ¼ inch of outgrowth. If your hair tends to be stubborn or coarse, you many need to grow it out about a week longer or more closely to a ½ inch.
- Be aware of the sensitive waxing areas. Most clients think the labia or the backside (buttocks) are the most painful areas to wax. When in fact, it’s the area right on top of the pubic bone that tends to be the most painful. Fortunately, a good waxer will usually wax the front, top area first.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking that hard wax will hurt less or cause less trauma. The type of wax (hard vs. soft) is usually the preference of the esthetician (and how they were trained). Many skilled and experienced waxers use both kinds of wax. It’s not necessarily the type of wax used to perform the service, but rather the ability of the waxer that is the key to having a good waxing experience.
- Try to schedule your waxing appointments 3 or 4 days after your period. This time of the month tends to help to reduce sensitivities and anxiety associated with waxing.
- Avoid Brazilian bikini waxing if you have a sunburn or have had a laser hair removal treatment in the past week.
- Lightly exfoliate the area with a loofah or a gentle scrub 1-2 days before your appointment. Exfoliate the panty line area, as well as the area on the top of the pubic bone. Due to the abrasive nature, DO NOT exfoliate or use exfoliants inside any folds or crevices.
- Showering before your appointment is always recommended. If for some reason this isn’t feasible, ask your esthetician for something to freshen up with. This will save you a lot of embarrassment later!
- Take two Ibuprofen at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This serves as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce any discomfort.
- Plan on coming to your appointment with something loose to wear. Steer clear of anything that may be too restrictive, tight or binding in the private areas. Cotton panties, loose work-out clothes, skirts, and dresses seem to work really well for clients. I don’t recommend wearing snug pants or jeans!
- Any good Brazilian waxing appointment will be conducted in a private room with a door. Before she leaves for a few minutes, your esthetician should give you very explicit directions of what you will need to do. If you have any questions about the service, this is a good time to have them answered.
- You most likely will be asked to remove all clothing from the waist down. Disposable panties may be offered, but usually end up getting in the way of completing the service.
- If you are under the direction of a dermatologist or are taking or applying a medication relating to your skin, let your esthetician know. Prescription medication may leave your skin extremely sensitive to waxing services.
- Until you know how your body with react, it’s best to avoid caffeinated beverages the day of your appointment.
- If you are extremely anxious about the possible pain, consider purchasing a topical Lidocaine numbing spray or cream. Products that have produced some marginal results are “GIGI Anesthetic Numbing Spray” or “Relax and Wax No Scream Cream”. Some clients swear by these products, but I think the jury is still out.
- Proper breathing can make a world of difference in reducing the pain. Try to avoid holding your breath, by just breathing and talking naturally.
- The esthetician will be getting into your VERY intimate areas and you may be asked to be put in some precarious positions. Try not to feel anxious or self-conscious. It’s no different than going to the gynecologist. This is part of the job and rather clinical in nature. Furthermore, your esthetician is a total professional and is not there to judge.
- Keep the lines of communication open with your esthetician. If you have experiencing extreme discomfort or embarrassment, please be frank and let her know as soon as possible. Getting a Brazilian bikini wax may be somewhat uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be torturous!
- Lastly, think positively about the end results. You will be amazed and back in 4-5 weeks!