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The How-To Lounge: All About the Brazilian Wax, Part 2


Now that you know how to prep for your Brazilian, here's everything you need to know for game time.

  • If you're embarrassed about being pretty much naked in front of an aesthetician, try to remember she's a professional who sees many naked ladies all day long. It's personal and private to you, but it really is just work for her
  • Be sure your waxer does not double-dip the wax stick. They should use a new stick with every application of wax
  • You need a quarter inch of hair growth for a good wax, so it's best to wait 3 to 5 weeks between waxes, depending on your growth rate. Use your best judgement, but there does need to be enough hair for the wax to grab

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  • Brazilian waxes can be painful, especially the first few times, so I recommend taking an anti-inflammatory (like Advil) an hour before your appointment. As with your eyebrows and lip, the process is fast and the pain is fleeting. Frequent visits will cut down on the pain factor, but I won't lie to you: the first time hurts
  • If your skin appears a little red and swollen after your wax, don't be alarmed. Removing the hair at the root can 'shock' the area; however, after a few hours, the redness goes away
  • After she's finished, your waxer should give you a cream to apply immediately, which will help soothe the skin. Definitely use it!
  • Be prepared for the bill: Brazilians can cost up to fifty dollars, depending on where you live and where you go. Don't forget to add a gratuity; a good waxer definitely deserves it

I hope I've eliminated some of the anxiety and the mystery around the Brazilian. Thanks to everyone for the comments on Part 1; it's really helpful to have as many points of view as possible!

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