Out with the old and in with the new. Shaving with a razor has become a thing of the past. More and more women are choosing the Brazilian wax option when it comes to obtaining silky smooth skin.
If you don’t know precisely how the waxing process works or the things that you need to know ahead of time, don’t worry. In this guide, we will give you everything you need to know and consider before having a Brazilian wax done.
Continue reading to find out these coveted tips.
What Is a Brazilian Wax: Why It’s the Best Option for You
When you’re choosing between shaving and getting a wax, there are reasons that waxing is the better option. When you shave a couple days later, the hair starts to grow back, but when you get a wax, the skin stays smoother longer.
The reason your skin stays smoother longer is that the process of waxing altogether removes the hair follicle. Before the hair can grow back, it has to start at square one.
Meaning that the hair will grow back slower than if you were to shave and not as prickly as new stubble may feel. You will have a bit of pain when you get waxed, but as they say, beauty is pain.
Waxing Doesn’t Immediately Create Smoothness
One thing that people are confused about when getting waxed is how quickly you’ll get the smooth skin that you’re yearning for. It will take a couple of waxing appointments before your skin is as smooth as you’d like it to be.
You may notice some skin chaffing and irritation on and around the waxing area, along with not being entirely smooth. This is entirely normal and will subside with time.
Think Pain Management
As mentioned, some pain comes with getting a wax, and you need to know how to manage it. Some things can be done beforehand to make the process less painful than it could be.
We recommend moisturizing your skin before your appointment. This will make it easier for the hair to be pulled from the skin. Also, taking an anti-inflammatory will reduce the swelling of your skin after you’ve gotten the wax done.
Trust us, you’ll be thankful that you took medicine and put on some extra lotion afterward.
Your Hair Has to Grow
Before you get a wax done, your hair has to be a specific height. To be waxed by most estheticians, your hair has to at least be a half-inch high.
Your hair has to be this height because if it’s shorter, the wax won’t be able to grab the hair. Meaning the wax isn’t able to do its job, leaving you unsatisfied with the results.
And on the adverse side, if your hair is excessively long, it can make waxing take longer and more painful to do.
Refrain From Doing It Yourself
There are times when saving a little bit of money, and doing something at home yourself is a great idea. A Brazilian wax isn’t one of those things.
Not only can doing it yourself make the process more painful, but you also won’t have the equipment you need to do the wax correctly.
You also won’t be able to properly reach every area that you need to reach, leaving you with an uneven waxing job.
Wait Before Moisturizing After Waxing
After you get a Brazilian wax, you’ll find that your skin is sensitive and inflamed. Therefore, we recommend waiting for the inflammation to settle before you exfoliate the area again.
If you exfoliate before your skin has had a chance to calm down, you may risk irritating your skin further and cause your skin to feel raw. When you’re finally able to exfoliate again, do so gentle with a soft washcloth.
Don’t Wear Tight Clothing
After you’ve gotten a wax, you should avoid wearing tight clothing at all costs. When you wear tight clothing, it rubs against the skin and causes more irritation to an already irritated area.
To keep from causing more irritation to the area, wear clothes that fit loosely until the inflammation has calmed down. This is crucial especially if you’ve got sensitive skin.
Timing Is Key
There are times when you shouldn’t get waxed. When you’re on your period, waxing should be the furthest thing from your mind.
The reason you should refrain from getting waxed on your period is that this is when you are at your most sensitive. If you choose to get waxed during your period anyway, you need to call ahead of your appointment and let them know.
This is because, depending on the salon, they may require you to cancel your appointment and reschedule.
How Does a Brazilian Wax Work?
It’s essential that before your waxing important, you know what to expect when you get there. When you arrive, the person performing your wax will first apply some type of powder to the area to remove all moisture that could cause issues during the waxing.
Removing excess moisture from the skin gives the wax the ability to pull the hair from the area quickly. Next, your esthetician will use a utensil that resembles a popsicle stick to apply wax to the cleaned area.
After applying the wax, they will take a strip of paper and press it on top of the wax. They will then rub in the direction that your hair grows to ensure the wax has grabbed every hair.
Then they will hold your skin and pull the strip of paper in the other direction. This process will be repeated until all of the hair has been plucked from the area. In some cases, a lotion to help calm the skin will then be applied.
Time to Get Waxed
Now that you know everything you need to know about getting a Brazilian wax, it’s time to schedule your appointment. It’s crucial that you take care of your skin before and after you’ve gotten wax to achieve the results that you truly want.
If you’re looking for a trusted place to get waxed, set up an appointment with us today. We have multiple locations that can service you.