A Brazilian wax is different from a bikini wax because all your hair is removed from your bikini area except a small strip on the front. This means all the hair is removed from the front, back, everything in the middle and even between your buttocks. There are some things you should know before you set up your appointment for a Brazilian wax and what to expect during your appointment.

Waxing can be a very painful experience especially in such a sensitive area. Keep in mind that the most painful area that is waxed is the part right over the pelvic bone. This is usually just the first time as with more visit the pain threshold will lower. If you want, you could try just a regular bikini wax first to see how you will feel during that procedure and see what your pain tolerance might be.

Before you book your appointment it is best to wait at least a week after your period. An hour before your scheduled appointment take two anti-inflammatory pills like Advil or Ibuprofen. If you are still a little concerned about the pain, there are topical anesthetic creams that will help numb the area. You should apply this 45 minutes before your appointment. Also, wear loose fitting clothing and underwear so there is no unnecessary rubbing after the procedure.

Now you need to know what goes on during your waxing. You will be lead into an enclosed room with a door. The waxer will leave you some privacy as you take off your pants and underwear. When you are undressed you will lie down on a table. But don’t worry, the sheets or paper will be clean. When you are on the table you will keep you knees up and apart.

Usually some maintenance will need to be done with your pubic area before the waxing can actually start. The wax only needs to grab on to about 1/4 of your hair so it may have to be trimmed. If your hair is fine, then it should be a quarter inch but if it is coarse then it should be a half inch. In any case, the waxer knows what she is doing and your hair will be trimmed accordingly.

The waxing generally starts in the front and makes it’s way towards the back. The waxer will apply some kind of powder, typically talcum, to your skin. This will keep the hot wax from sticking to your skin. Then she will dip a wooden stick like the size of a tongue depressor into a bowl of hot wax. She will then spread it onto your skin and hair.

A cloth strip will then be applied over the wax while it is still warm and then be pressed firmly. This is so the cloth will adhere to the skin and the hair. Soon after the cloth is ripped off in the opposite direction of your hair growth. This will pull all your hairs out by the roots. But remember, if it is extremely painful let the waxer know. She can then go on to a different area and come back to that one later or try a new method altogether.

Once the waxer starts getting towards the middle areas she may need your help to pull your skin taut for better hair removal. This should also help to be less painful for you. When the front and middle are done you will be asked to get on your stomach and spread your buttocks. For most women, there is hair in that area that needs to be removed.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to have a strip of hair in your front. You could also ask for a design like a triangle or go completely bare. It is entirely up to you. When all the waxing is finished, stray hairs will be tweezed. Then the waxer may spread a soothing lotion over the areas that were just waxed.

Your Brazilian wax should last about 3 to 6 weeks before you have to have it done again. But at lest your hair will come back lighter and finer each time. If you get ingrown hairs or red bumps, then you should exfoliate the area regularly. And a scrub that contains Glycolic or Salicylic acid would help also. And lastly, try to get your pubic area moisturized with lotion that is unscented for at least 48 hours after your appointment.