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Ah, the Brazilian bikini wax. A famous way to purposefully put yourself through pain in the name of getting what you want. In this case, you want to be packing the smoothest pubes in the West. The process itself won't take very long, but prepping for it takes a little more thought. Here's what you need to know.
Brazilian waxing is one type of bikini wax, arguably the most well known and popular. It's a versatile style that can leave you totally bare or emblazon your nether regions with a little shape made of remaining hair. Most importantly, it's different from other full bikini waxes because it also goes completely under and around to the back. And not up your back as in a back waxing -- a Brazilian will be getting rid of the hair in your booty, too.
There's little harm in trying it out and then proceeding from there. Before taking the plunge, try asking yourself these questions:How shy are you?
For a Brazilian, you'll have to bare it all. All bottoms come off, and your legs will be very much spread. Remember that these are professionals, and they've seen everything, so any reservations will only be on your part. Can you overcome them to make one?
You can shave basically whenever, but waxing has to be scheduled. And if you're getting waxed for a particular event, the appointment will have to be several days in advance. Many establishments suggest coming in months in advance so that you can go through several sessions for optimal results when you need them most.
2 to 4 weeks, but 3 is average. The effects will be shorter on first or second-timers but still longer lasting than the results of shaving. (If you're wondering how long does a different bikini wax last -- or how long does waxing last in general -- the answer is that a wax style itself shouldn't impact your individual results.)How much are you willing to spend?
A bikini wax isn't prohibitively expensive but can add up if you plan on keeping the habit. Brazilian wax costs start around $35 and can go up past $100, depending on the particular establishment as well as the area it resides in. Since you won't be comparing Brazilian wax before and after pictures, it might be hard to visualize value. Know that higher prices tend to pay for experienced and licensed estheticians, high-quality wax, and a calmer, more luxurious experience.
What's the deal with those couple of days being raw and uncomfortable? You can get away with being a little flippant if the area waxed is rather small and out of the way. Upper lip? Sideburns? If you aren't in pain or having an adverse reaction, you can basically move on immediately. More involved bodily waxing, on the other hand, will require a brief recovery period. Try using post wax refreshing creams to alleviate the unpleasantness. A full body hard wax, for example, honestly might knock you out of commission altogether. For everything else, including Brazilians, give yourself 1 to 3 days following these guidelines. Area-specific guidelines exist, but most apply universally. That makes them easy to remember, no matter what you get done.
You may be visiting a professional, but knowing how to wax properly as a customer is half the battle. Expectations will be realistic, pre wax care measures will be taken, and fantastic Brazilian bikini waxes will be had. It's all straightforward, aside from what your reaction may be. That's something no amount of prep can predict -- but prep (and aftercare) may improve your chances of a lengthy, successful smoothness.
How long does a wax actually last for a newbie out there in the real world? If that's still the most pressing question you have after reading this guide, we can only suggest that you get out there and give a Brazilian a try…or maybe two or three if #1 wasn't what you were hoping for. Waxing is an activity that gets better, and easier, with time -- and now you know how to make even the first a little better.