Monday, April 13, 2009

Bikini Wax Theater

Brazilian bikini waxes have been "all the rage" since the late 90's,(This is how I paid my bills for the better part of the 90's) But they're certainly not new in the United States. Brazilian waxing was introduced to New York in 1987. So how does it differ from a regular bikini wax? Basically, with the Brazilian, hair is removed in the front, back and everything in between. Most of the time a "landing strip" is left in the front, but some clients opt for everything removed.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 15-30 minutes

Here's How
Most waxings occur in a private room with a door (although I have heard of some with just a curtain between you and others). You'll be left alone to remove your pants and underwear and you'll be asked to lie on a table with clean paper or sheets. It is possible that you may be provided with a paper thong and you can certainly ask for one.
Because you only need about a quarter-inch of hair for the wax to grab onto, your waxer may trim pubic hair to the correct length.
The waxer will then liberally apply talcum powder to the skin. Talcum powder keeps hot wax from sticking to skin.
The best waxers are fast, which means less discomfort for you. The waxer will dip a waxing stick into a pot of hot wax and then spread it onto your skin and hair. She will then apply a cloth strip over the still-warm wax, pressing firmly so the cloth, hair and wax adhere to one another. When the wax has cooled, she will pull the strip off, in the opposite direction of your hair growth, pulling the hairs out by the root.
Most likely, your waxer will tweeze any stray hairs.
Waxing usually starts in the front and moves toward the back. You'll likely have to move around in all sorts of odd positions in order for the waxer to do her job. You may be asked to help hold skin taut.
Once the waxing is complete, the waxer may trim the remaining landing strip, or even create designs (if there are patterns for this, I do not know where they exist). Some women even opt to dye the remaining pubic hair.
The waxer will spread soothing lotion over the waxed areas(sometimes ice packs). You should ask what to do in case of bumps, redness or ingrown hairs. Your waxer should be trained in this.
Don't forget to get the name of the waxer so when you make another appointment you can get the same person so you don't have to bare all for another complete stranger (wink).
The procedure, like any waxing, can be very painful at first, but frequent visits usually cuts down on the pain . I suggest taking a couple Advil at least 15 minutes (preferably an hour) before your procedure or have glass of wine ,beer or any cocktail. As for the embarrassment factor - I say getting a Brazilian can't be any more embarrassing than a typical visit to your gynecologist's office. Aestheticians have seen it all before. Like I said... when I was living in L.A. in the 90's I must of waxed every exotic dancer in town. Talk about seeing it all ...I'm talking piercing ,tattoos,bright pink muffs ect...!!! ( I'm not even mentioning the "BRO"ZILLIANS)Done a few of those too .

The downside of a Brazilian wax... while it lasts as much as 3 weeks, the hair will grow back and you'll have to do it again.
Hair has to be a certain length before it can successfully waxed.
You might experience red bumps or ingrown hairs.


Zoe said...

I get massive amounts of red bumps when I get I used to get it done... I really didn't like it

Dina said...

if brazilian bikini needs to be done at least once a month, How about if I get a laser hair removal, how many sessions do you think it'll require before the hair will be completely gone? hmmm.... just curious :D

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