Hey there, beautiful! We know waxing can be a little mysterious if you’ve never tried it before. We’re here to share a little information with you so you’re prepared for your first Brazilian or Bikini wax!
Here’s Why We Love It:
It’s a semi-permanent hair removal solution that will leave you feeling smooth for weeks, rather than few hours or days. The convenience factor is super nice and you don’t have to worry about pesky razor burn during summertime.
- Your hair needs to be at least 1/4 of an inch long (about a grain of rice or the size of the nail on your pinky finger). It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to grow it out to that length.
- Do your research. Find a salon with quality reviews that specializes in waxing. We cannot emphasize this enough! There are big differences between waxing at home, going to nail salons, and going to professional waxing studios. At professional waxing studios, specially trained estheticians are there to complete your service — much different (and less painful!) then trying to do a Brazilian at home or going to a nail salon. While you might be okay with getting your eyebrows done at a nail salon, consider the service you’re asking for.
- Don’t shave before hand. Resist the temptation! Not only will it mess with your hair growth cycle, it will make your hair more coarse. You don’t need to trim ahead of time (unless you’ve been growing it out for months and months and months). They will let you know if you need to trim.
- Exfoliate ahead of time. Exfoliating clears dead skin and encourages hair to fully break through the surface of your skin. You’ll have a cleaner wax if you do this ahead of time. Plus it will be quicker and less painful if your skin is prepped correctly. We’re huge fans of using a body brush. Our favorite reasonably-priced body brush on the market right now is the Mio Skincare The Mio Body Brush. It helps to deeply exfoliate and guard against ingrown hairs. We also like the Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Brush and the Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush. If you dry brush, make sure to moisturize after with some coconut oil or another light moisturizer. For exfoliators, most waxing studios will have a product they recommend using ahead of time. You can use a body exfoliator like Franks Coconut Coffee Body Scrub or Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish.
- Plan around your period. While most technicians don’t mind doing your wax during your period (obviously check before hand and wear a tampon!), you’re more likely to be sensitive around the time of your period. If you need your wax done and can’t wait, you’ll be fine. However, if you can wait a week you’ll be in less pain.
- Check your skin. If you have broken or irritated skin, you need to let this heal before your wax. Let your esthetician know ahead of time if you have any moles or birthmarks.
- Skip tanning a day or two before your wax.
Day Of Pre-Waxing Tips
- Take an ibuprofen 30 minutes ahead of time. It’ll help with the pain so you have a more comfortable experience.
- Avoid sweating, caffeine, and alcohol prior to your appointment. You’ll be happy you did pain wise!
- Take the baby wipes seriously. We recommend taking a quick, warm shower right before your appointment (Don’t make the water too hot!) If you’re in a hurry and coming from work, you can always throw some feminine wipes in your bag like these L Organic Cotton Feminine Wipes with Cucumber + Aloe or the Cora Bamboo Feminine Wipes with Plant-Based Moisturizers and essential Oils. Once you get to the waxing studio, they will have baby wipes there for you to freshen up.
- Avoid thick creams, lotions, and oils before you’re appointment. Using moisturizers can affect the waxing process so leave it for another time or moisturize the night before.
During Your Appointment:
- Take a nice deep breath and relax. We know if can be stressful and intimidating the first time you get a Brazilian or bikini wax.
- Talk it out. Let your esthetician know about any medications you’re taking / any special products you’re using. Sometimes medications aren’t compatible with waxing and can damage your skin so it’s important to let them know ahead of time. Certain anti-aging creams or medications like Acutane are not suitable for waxing.
- The first time is the worst, it’s only up from here girl! The first time is always the most uncomfortable and the most painful. The experience is totally tolerable, don’t listen to waxing horror stories from friends — find a great salon with a solid reputation, relax, and you’ll be just fine. It’s easy to psych yourself out. We promise, you will be okay!
- Know what you want. There as lots of different styles and services offered. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your esthetician and let her know how much hair you want left, what style, etc. They’re there to make sure you’re pleased in the end so have an idea of what you’re looking for.
- Be prepared to butterfly. During a Brazilian or bikini wax they will have you lay on the table with your feet together and knees apart in a butterfly position. For the back, some salons will have you on all fours or will have you life your knees to your chest depending on where you go.
- If you have a few stray hairs post wax, it’s okay to tweeze them, but avoid shaving!
- Don’t touch it! Leave your skin alone. The more you touch it, the more likely you are to have breakouts, ingrown hairs, or irritation.
- Take a shower. Skip the bath. Warm water is okay, hot water is a no go. Soaking in the tub can lead to added irritation so stick to the shower for a day or two.
- Skip sex, working out, saunas, and steam rooms for 24-48 hours. It’s also much more comfortable wearing loose clothing afterwards to avoid rubbing and irritation.
- Avoid tanning for 24-48 hours post wax.
- Wait 24-48 hours before exfoliating, your skin may be irritated. After this period of time, exfoliate 3 times a week to avoid ingrown hairs. Again, huge fans of body brushing. Check out the Mio Skincare The Mio Body Brush, Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Brush, or the Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush. Tend Skin is a great, affordable option for curing bumps and ingrown hairs post wax. You can also use something like Bliss Bump Attendant. Ask your esthetician if they have any particular favorites when it comes to exfoliating!
- Do not pick at your ingrown hairs or bumps! Use Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns. It will help clear up your skin and won’t cause scarring or infection. Trust us!
- When they give you sanitary wipes to use before your wax, take it seriously. Not only will you feel more comfortable, your esthetician will also appreciate it and it’s important to keep everything clean
- Consider what service you’re having done while you’re tipping — We recommend tipping 18% to 20% while tipping after a Brazilian or Bikini Wax. After all, we’re trusting this esthetician to do a great job and take extra care. You want them to continue doing a great job when you come in for your next wax! We’re not talking about a quick and easy brow treatment here.
- Don’t go to the gym and sweat for an hour before your appointment. Not only is it gross for your esthetician, it’s also not great for your skin!
- Let them know it’s your first time. They will talk you through it so you aren’t feeling lost and will give you lots of aftercare tips.
- Show up on time or a few minutes early for your appointment. You don’t want to stress yourself out — you want to feel calm and relaxed.
- If you don’t ABSOLUTELY need to wax on your period, don’t do it. Some places are okay with it — you should call and confirm ahead of time and always wear a tampon. Keep it sanitary for your esthetician! (Plus it hurts more on your period like we said before).