So you've finally decided to have your pubes waxed. Good for you! While it is certainly not necessary, a Brazilian wax can help make you feel a lot fresher down there as you give your pubes some breathing room. It also comes in handy during the summer months when all you want is to make sure that no unruly hairs are sticking out of your immaculately white bikini.
But what you probably know by now, getting a Brazilian wax is no easy feat, more so if it is your first time. If you are not well prepared, you might find yourself wanting to just get out of the waxing salon while in the middle of a session without experiencing the joy of being hairless and carefree down there.
That is why you need to prepare yourself accordingly before you decide to get a Brazilian wax. Here are 13 things worth knowing before your baptism of fire.
13 You Can Decide On The Kind Of Wax You Want To Have
Since it is your first time, you don't have to go all the way Brazilian. Brazilian waxing means removing all hair from front to back, including the butt, which can be very intimidating for first-timers.
You have an option of trying the simple bikini wax first, which only takes the pubic hair on the sides. It's still perfect for a beach trip because it removes all the exposed hairs in your bikini.
Another option is a full-bush Brazilian, which removes all the hair from the vulva and butt but keeps a triangle in front, sort of a landing strip. Choose the option that makes you feel comfortable.
12 Prioritize Hygiene Before Waxing
Even if you're sure that your waxer has seen pretty much enough vaginas to last her lifetime, yours doesn't have to be her most memorable because it looked gross.
Before you go to your waxing appointment, take a shower and wash your most intimate parts just to make sure that it smells nice and looks clean. Trust me, your waxer will thank you for going the extra mile.
Furthermore, not only will showering make you feel fresh, but it will also lessen your anxiety and make you feel less self-conscious about your first Brazilian wax. That's hitting two birds with one stone.
11 It Is Going To Be Up Close And Personal
Having your legs spread open while a stranger pours wax onto your vagina can be really awkward, but that's part of the process. The waxer is just doing her job without any judgments (at least nothing that she would say out loud), so no need to feel self-conscious. You may even make small talk if it helps you relax.
Brazilian waxing also includes your butt, which means that you're going to have to lie on your stomach and spread your butt cheeks to let the waxer reach and remove those butt hairs. Again, it's going to be pretty awkward at first, but that's just how it works. If it's any consolation though, the butt part hurts the least because there are no nerve endings there.
10 You Can't Wax During Your Period
There are waxing salons that allow you to get a Brazilian during your period, but overall, it is not advisable, especially if you have low pain tolerance. Your skin tends to be extra sensitive right before, during, and after your period, so it is better to steer clear of waxing at least three days before up to three days after your period.
If the pain is not a factor for you, just imagine how unhygienic it would be to wax while you're having your period. Sure, you have the option to use a tampon to plug it up, but if it is not absolutely necessary, just don't wax during your period. Surely you can wait for a few more days.
9 You Have To Grow Your Hair First
In order for a Brazilian wax to work, you have to make sure that your pubic hair is, at least, a quarter of an inch long—about the size of a grain of rice. Trimming your hair too short means that the wax will have little to nothing to grab onto, so it's not really going to remove those tiny hairs.
That being said, avoid shaving or trimming your pubic hair at least five days before your Brazilian wax appointment. Make sure that you plan this ahead of time so that you're surely bikini ready for your next beach trip.
8 You're Going To Take It All Off
Well, not exactly everything, just the clothes from the lower part of your body. How can the waxer remove all your pubic hair if you're going to keep your panties on?
This is pretty much common sense, but most people who get a Brazilian wax for the first time can't help feeling all exposed and awkward during their first time. Yes, it's terrifying like your other first time, but once you get used to it, you'll be taking your pants off even without your waxer telling you to do so.
Plus, there's no need to worry because waxers are very professional. They won't cringe at the sight of your forest-like pubic hair.
7 You Might Need Take Something Beforehand
If you have low pain tolerance, you may need to take some precautions before your first Brazilian wax. You can take ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment to help reduce pain and discomfort.
You might also want to take note of some medications and products that can affect the sensitivity of your skin down there. For example, if you are taking Accutane, then your skin might be more sensitive to pain. If you are using any exfoliating products like scrubs or anything that contains ingredients like retinol or alpha hydroxy acids, make sure that you stop them a week prior to your waxing appointment so as not to increase skin sensitivity.
6 Leftover Hairs Will Be Plucked
Most of the time, there are hairs left behind that can't be removed through waxing, probably because they are still too short to be waxed. That's when your waxer might start plucking them off with or without asking you first. This can also sting, especially when she starts tweezing those hairs on your inner labia.
It is a good thing to ask your waxer beforehand if she is going to pluck those individual hairs so that you are prepared for it. You may also opt not to get them tweezed and just leave them be for your next waxing session.
5 You Should Wear Comfy Clothes
Your nether regions will feel sore and swollen right after getting a Brazilian wax, so you need to make sure that you're wearing extra comfy clothes that will lessen the feeling. Now is not the time to wear those lacy panties and skinny jeans. Instead, think cotton undies, skirts, and loose sweats, especially if you're planning to do errands the rest of the day.
Also, if you are just going to get a bikini wax, you might be asked to don some underwear to serve as a guide for how much hair will be removed. Use old panties rather than your favorite ones because the wax will surely cling to it.
4 You Should Do Some Aftercare
Just because you're devoid of pubic hair doesn’t mean that you won't take care of your pubes anymore. In fact, your intimate area needs to be taken care of more than ever.
To prevent irritation, you can use a soothing cream for the first few days after getting a Brazilian wax. Hydrocortisone cream is a good choice since it lessens inflammation, reduces redness, and quells itchiness. You also need to exfoliate the area a week later to prevent any ingrown hairs. Applying an ingrown hair serum twice a day will also help if you already have ingrown hairs due to waxing.
3 You Can't Do The Deed For At Least 24 Hours
Just because there is no more hair down there does not mean that you can dive into the beach or onto the sheets right away. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid doing the deed, working out, swimming, or anything that gets your pubes sweaty for 24 hours after having a Brazilian wax.
Remember that your skin is super sensitive right after waxing, so doing these activities can apply too much friction in the area and hence cause irritation and redness. Make sure that you schedule your Brazilian wax at least two days before said activities. The redness is bound to go away overnight.
2 Waxing Makes Your Hair Finer Over Time
If your mom told you that waxing will only make your pubic hair thicker, don't believe her. That's a totally shady old wives' tale made to shelter you from unnecessary pain and suffering.
In fact, people who've been undergoing Brazilian waxing for some time will tell you that their pubic hair becomes finer over time. That means that as time goes by, it will be easier, faster, and less painful to wax your pubes because it won't take as much as effort as when your hair was still coarse and thick. Perhaps that's enough motivation to make Brazilian waxing a monthly habit.
1 It Is Definitely Painful
You've definitely heard this before, but I'll say it again: Yes, it will hurt. People who've had Brazilian waxes for a long time might already be desensitized to the pain, but first-timers should manage their expectations well and know that this is not going to be easy the first time. There is no totally painless way to get a Brazilian wax, even if you have the thinnest of hairs down there. At most, it will still sting.
The good news is, you'll get used to it as you repeat the process every month and as your pubic hair grows finer over time. If having bare pubes is what you really want, then the pain will be totally worth it.