Brazilian waxing has grown into one of the most popular waxing services ever! More bare than a traditional bikini wax, a Brazilian will remove all of the hair, front to back, from the entire bikini area.
Our New Orleans guests often have questions about this type of hair removal, so below, please find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Is it painful?
If you have never been waxed before, the first time will always the most painful. But, if you continue to receive a waxing service on a regular basis, you will find that each visit will be more and more comfortable. Eventually your hair follicles will adapt to the hair removal process and your hair will grow back thinner, more sparse, and occasionally not even at all. Each appointment will be faster and easier.
One thing that can help reduce some of the discomfort is scheduling normal bikini wax first, and then scheduling a Brazilian wax for a few weeks later. This will help prepare your skin for the process before diving in for a completely baring experience.
Other things that can help reduce pain:
Limit caffeine intake on the day of your appointment.
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your visit.
Take an ibuprofen or Advil about 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
Can I get waxed when I am on my period?
Yes, you can, but please know that your skin will be more tender during this time, and you will likely experience more discomfort. Premenstrual bloating and hormones tend to make your skin more sensitive. You can take an anti-inflammatory like Tylenol, Aleve or Advil an hour before your visit.
I’m worried about ingrown hairs. How can this be prevented?
Exfoliation is the key to a positive experience. Exfoliate your skin prior to and following your visit to help prevent ingrown hairs. During showering and bathing, use a body brush, loofah, or even a gentle body scrub to remove dry dead skin to keep ingrown hairs from occurring.
Can I swim, get in a hot tub or take a hot bath after a Brazilian wax?
While a hot bath may sound incredibly relaxing, you should avoid taking one for at least 48 hours after your appointment. The hot bath can cause your pores to open and lead to problems with your newly waxed skin. For similar reasons, stay out of hot tubs, saunas and chlorinated swimming pools for the first few days as well. Opt for a warm shower instead.
After your bath or shower, you should also avoid using perfumes, feminine hygiene sprays, or perfumed lotions or oils for a couple of days until your skin is less sensitive to irritation.
Can I tan afterwards?
Your skin will be sensitive following your hair removal, especially to the sun's rays. For the first few days, avoid tanning beds and sun exposure as well as self-tanning lotions and sprays.