How to Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax

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You'll have to withstand some pain if you wish to undergo a Brazilian bikini wax.
You'll have to withstand some pain if you wish to undergo a Brazilian bikini wax. (Image: Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

If you're tired of dealing with "the hair down there," you may be considering your options when it comes to hair removal. Whereas shaving generally falls under the junior T-ball category as far as methods of hair removal go, a Brazilian bikini wax is definitely Major League. The Brazilian requires you to be completely naked from the waist down in front of the practitioner, who then dusts your pubic and gluteal areas with baby powder, applies warm wax and then strips out all pubic hair with a series of quick rips. You'll need to follow a few tips on how to get a Brazilian bikini wax so you'll be entirely prepared for what to expect and so you can reduce the ouch factor the hair removal will bring.

Things You'll Need

  • Pain reliever
  • Cortisone cream
  • Ice pack

Pop a pain reliever with ibuprofen about an hour before your salon bikini treatment. This will help to reduce pain, inflammation and any discomfort that is soon to come from your wax.

Reduce the ouch factor of Brazilian bikini waxes by scheduling treatments around your menstrual cycle. Avoid going the week before or during your period as sensitivity is at its highest.

Request a hard wax if your spa technician gives you a choice between soft and hard waxes. A hard wax will give you minimal discomfort, as thicker strips are used to remove the hair. A soft wax uses multiple, thinner strips and can be more painful, though it is more efficient at removing hair in large patches.

Bring music to distract you and try not to be self-conscious. Be prepared for the person administering the Brazilian bikini wax to ask you to lift your legs so she can access hard-to reach areas. Don't be embarrassed -- chances are great that your technician has already seen it all.

Baby the area after your waxing treatment. Don't use any exfoliating scrubs for the next 48 hours, and be sure to keep out of the sun for at least 24 hours. If you experience redness or swelling, apply an ice pack for 15 minutes or some cortisone cream.

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