When it comes to hair removal, the term ‘Brazilian wax’ evokes equal parts awe and fear. While many people know that Brazilian wax involves waxing pubic hair, there is always a question of how to care for your skin after.
Whether you’re looking into waxing hair removal for the first time or are a professional and want to ensure that your clients aren’t getting bumps after waxing here’s everything you need to know about the Brazilian wax and Brazilian wax aftercare.
Before You Wax
People who are trying out waxing for the first time often have many of the same concerns. If you are dealing with clients who are first-timers, it’s always a good idea to let them know what to expect and what pre-wax care measures to take.. Here are some of the best tips to make the waxing experience pleasant for everyone.
Know if you want Bikini vs. Brazilian: Many people are still unclear about the differences between Brazilian and bikini wax. The bikini wax covers hair on the upper legs, as well as the top. If you’re wearing a bikini, the bikini wax helps ensure that stray hair isn’t visible.
A Brazilian wax, on the other hand, is designed to remove all hair from your pubic region and around your butt. If you are looking to go completely hair-free down under, this is the wax you want.
Grab a Pain Killer: A lot of people ask ‘does waxing hurt?’ and, the short answer is yes, it does. To make the process of hair waxing more bearable, grab a mild pain killer, such as Advil or Tylenol about 30 minutes before your appointment
Have Enough Waxing Hairs: For your hair to be waxed, it needs to be of a certain length, so you’ll want to give it a bit of time to grow out.
Keep it Clean: Make sure the area to be waxed is clean before your appointment.
Time Correctly: You’ll want to get the wax a few days before or a few days after your period for maximum comfort.
During Your Appointment
Here’s what to do during your appointment:
Be Ready: Be mentally prepared for what is going to happen. Some people feel shy or uncomfortable when having to bear their privates to a stranger for waxing. If you’re a new client, letting the tech know it’s your first time is a great idea.
Go for Quality: You should also opt for high-quality wax to help ensure the process goes smoothly. There are many high-quality soft waxes for hair removal on the market, and each offers a variety of features to help make your wax go smoothly.
Speak Up: If you have any allergies, be sure to let the tech know before they start.
After Wax Care
After your appointment, there are a few additional things that you can do during after wax care to ensure that your skin stays smooth and free of bumps or breakouts, which are some of the most common problems after a wax.
Stay Out of the Water: Newly waxed skin is vulnerable to infection, which is why you’ll want to give yourself a bit of time to heal before getting into the water. Sources of standing water in particular, such as showers and pools, are a concern and should be avoided for 24-48 hours after a wax. Showers are fine after the procedure.
Keep Your Hands to Yourself: It may be tempting to check out your newly smooth skin. However, you’ll want to wait at least a day before running your fingers down there. This is because your fingers are likely to introduce bacteria to the newly sensitized region.
Chill-Out: Because the newly waxed area is more sensitive and more susceptible to invading bacteria, it’s best to avoid heat, sweat, and friction after your wax. For at least 24 hours, you’ll want to avoid saunas, tanning beds, and even the gym.
Wait for Sex: Give yourself about 2 days, or 24-48 hours, to recover from the wax before engaging in any sexual activity.
Keep it Loose: Avoid tight and constricting clothing for a few days after your wax. This helps the area heal faster and avoids friction, which can cause sweat and bacteria buildup.
Soothe Irritation: There is a variety of high-quality products that are designed to help soothe post-waxing irritation. You’ll want to start with something that isn’t too oily, such as a soothing, menthol-based gel, and then progress to post wax refreshing creams. About two days after the wax, you can also use oils to help ensure smoothness.
Exfoliate: Two days after your wax, use a good quality exfoliant to help avoid ingrown hairs. You can make your own exfoliant or shop the variety of premade goodies such as Nacach Sugar Paste. Remember, that exfoliating too soon can cause additional irritation to your skin, so you should definitely wait for the 48-hour mark, or even longer if your skin is particularly sensitive.
- New bumps are usually from irritation, while older bumps are from ingrown hairs
- Timing is key to having a positive waxing experience. Avoid scheduling during your period, and give yourself at least two days away from the gym and from any strenuous activity.
- It’s normal to have post-waxing bumps, and they can last for a day after your wax. Although, using a soothing gel or cream can help you get rid of the bumps faster
- Avoid contaminating the area with your fingers and avoid activities that cause friction
- Exfoliating two days after your wax helps get rid of ingrown hairs
- If bumps persist or become itchy, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction. An over the counter allergy medication like Claritin may help, but if the problem persists, call your doctor. It’s also a good idea to contact the salon to get the names of the products that were used, so you know what to avoid in the future.
- Using high-quality wax and wax aftercare products will help ensure a better result.