I’m a first timer Brazilian Wax – what to expect?03 April 2018
Thinking of getting that fabled Brazilian Wax for the very 1st time? YES, it’s a scary thought and trust us, we have all gone through the 1st timer jitters but here’s the good news. You don’t have to be fearful about what’s to be cause we are to give you the low downs and secrets from the experts!
Can it really be painless?
So, are Bwaxes really less painful than your break ups as Pink Parlour, one of the region’s top brazilian wax experts claim? The pain of Breakups are as subjective to waxing as it gets. Some moan and groan about it, while others laugh off that pain, and of course, there are the braver ones that claim it’s painless too!
What is a Brazilian Wax?
Brazilian waxes differ from regular bikini waxes (hair is removed only outside of the bikini area only) because hair is removed in the front, back, and everything in-between.
There are several variations of the famed brazilian. The most popular will be the full brazilian wax, this is also often referred to as Hollywood wax, where you truly go bare! Everything is removed leaving you to feel as smooth as a baby! While the full brazilian is the most popular, there are other variations, namely, the “brazilian landing strip” which leaves a neat vertical line at the front above the clitoris. Then there is the “brazilian triangle”, which leaves the neatly trimmed hair in the triangular shape above the intimate area. Others go for the heart shape as the name suggests. Not forgetting that all of Bwaxes include the butt crack area…okay, what’s that? That’s the hair in between your butt cheeks, yup, right in there!
The Various Versions of the Brazilian Wax
At Pink Parlour, guests are charged 1 friendly price regardless of which variation you prefer, as long as you take off everything in between, regardless of the shape you leave behind. Simple remember to inform your therapist your preference before the treatment starts!
What happens in the Salon?
Some salons provide wet wipes, while others like Pink Parlour, has shower facilities for you to take a quick rinse, providing you with a disposable towel to ensure hygiene standards are kept the highest. This is to prevent any unnecessary embarrassment for both therapist and client alike.
We highly recommend visiting a waxing specialist as supposed to a regular facial salon or spa, which does some waxing as an added treatment. The reason is that the skills of the therapists and their training will directly affect your level of pain. I am sure you heard of bwax horror stories and you really don’t want to be that one!
How long does it take?
Most brazilian waxes occur in a private room with a door (for privacy’s sake) and take between 15 to 30 minutes.
When asked to open up, don’t embarrassed because your therapist has seen it all thousands of times over. By keeping them apart, you will ensure that your wax gets done not only quickly (with less chances of them sticking together and causing more discomfort), but also allows your therapist to work very quickly to reduce your pain.
What is the pain like?
Because hair is pulled from the roots very quickly, you will feel a bearable pain for the spit second. This stops then repeats again for a few more times. Ensure your therapist gently but firmly place their hands on your skin after each pull. This will reduce your pain sensation by over 70%.
On average, a good therapist divides your area into between 10 to 15 small parts to reduce the pain when separated correctly.
Any secrets to reducing the pain?
Waxing in general can be terrifying for 1st timers. However, you can do a few things to ensure you feel less discomfort.
Pop a painkiller! This helps a little, but for most, they find this unnecessary. Communicate to your therapist, most of them are experienced enough to handle new clients and know exactly how much to take off depending on your threshold for pain. Overall, it’s really quite bearable.
Book your waxing appointment at least a week after your period. Your hormones aren’t as sensitive. Also wax regularly as hair that is finer gives less sensation when removed. Most important of all, be picky about the wax used. Always ask what wax is used before you book.
What Wax or product is being used?
Today, there are various products in the market that can remove hair. There are some places claiming to use sugaring which rolls into a ball and pulls hair as it rolls over the skin. I would highly not recommend this for the brazilian area that as the rolling method of hair removal can be really really painful since the process is very slow. You also don’t want any fingers kneading at your below. Aw… leave those sugaring to DIY home fix and not in the professional salon environment, you pay more and deserve more!
Professional waxes are formulated, researched and designed for salon use. For the brazilian area, stick to only HARD WAX as this method pulls hair and not your skin. Creamy waxes contain ingredients that are more gently to the skin.
You may feel a little warm on contact, but it should not burn. These days, many waxes, including Pink Parlour’s Pink Candy Waxes, are formulated with low melting points to ensure comfort on your skin. If you feel uncomfortable at any point in time, please do highlight to your therapist.
How long should my hair be or should I shave first?
A general rule of thumb is that hair needs to be 0.5cm or longer. Any shorter and it’s too hard for the wax to grab. You’ll be sent home if your hair isn’t long enough. If you have just recently shaved, you will also need to understand that the regrowth will be much faster. Why is this so? The wax cannot remove those hairs that has not grown out of your skin (from your shave), thus this also means you will be able to feel stubbles even after you wax and they will grow out within days! A contrast from those who have not shaved before their session.
If you have a full forest, don’t worry too much about it, leave it to the therapist who will give you a quick trim before starting.
Waxing Protocols to look out for
Your therapist should disinfect her hands and wear gloves during the wax and she should never double-dip the wooden waxing stick into the wax. Instead, she should use fresh sticks for each application. If you are nervous, you ask her to tell you what she is doing so you are kept in the know.
Tweezers may be used on you to remove any strays. But some find this too uncomfortable, so feel free to inform your therapist if you would rather not tweeze.
Once the deed is done, you will be asked to flip over. But fret not, the butt crack simply feels a little warm but no pain since there is hardly much hair there.
Soothe and Calm
The waxer should spread soothing lotion over the waxed areas after the wax. Opt for Pink Parlours after care Soothing Calm Lotion which contains Australian Tea Tree that has all the following benefits:
- closes up pores
- calms the skin
- stops bleeding if any
- reduces redness
- anti-ceptic properties
- stops itching during hair regrowth
After the session is over the therapists who really care should provide you with a basic tips on how to look after your down there in the next few days. Ask for this advice before leaving because it will keep you VJJ in good looking condition vs pimples and bumps.
Before you leave the salon, be sure to ask your wax therapist for any aftercare tips. It’s best to be proactive against any potential side effects from waxing. You’ll also want to avoid anything that can irritate the skin for the first 24 – 48 hours.
If you experience bleeding (this means your pores are enlarged or swollen), you must take extra care, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours. Avoid:
- swimming (bacteria from water may enter pores)
- steam bath or sauna which can enlarge pores further
- sexual contact on the area (sweating, may transfer bacteria between parties)
How long can it last before my next session?
The downside of a Brazilian wax is that it only lasts three to six weeks. The hair will grow back—albeit finer and lighter—and you’ll have to do it again. Veterans of the Brazilian swear that the first time hurts the most and that the pain dramatically lessens with the more waxings you get.
Why every three to four weeks? That’s typically the exact time it takes for your hair to hit that magical 1 cm length. For those who want to slow down the hair growth, you may try Smooth Lotion which not only retards hair growth by a good 2 to 3 weeks, but also makes hair grow much finer.
So what are you waiting for book our trial Brazilian Waxing for $39! GET SMOOTH HERE