14 May Before and after-care tips for a Brazilian wax
Getting a Brazilian wax isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. But it’s one of those things that has to be done. Like when you go on holiday, for instance. Booking a Brazilian wax beforehand can be the difference between feeling confident at the beach or hiding under a towel on your sun lounger.
If you’re thinking of getting a Brazilian wax, there are a few points to bear in mind. Such as the following…
Tips for before your Brazilian wax
Make sure that you leave enough time between treatments for the hair to grow. Around 4-5 weeks is the recommended amount. Also, try to resist the urge to shave during this time if you can. Not only can shaving your pubic hair lead to infections, it distorts the hair growth cycle, making your wax more painful when the time comes.
Speaking of which, if you’ve never had a Brazilian wax before, you might not know how high your pain threshold is. Some people find it extremely sore; others barely feel it. It often depends on the person, and on timing. For instance, getting a wax in the few days after your period can be more painful. It can also be more painful if you’re sleep-deprived, or if you’ve had alcohol the night before. So arrange your Brazilian wax for a time when you’re in better physical health… and you’ll find it a much easier process!
(If you’re still nervous, you can always take a painkiller half an hour before the treatment. That will certainly take the edge off!)
On the day of your treatment, wear loose-fitting clothes to avoid any discomfort upon leaving the salon. This will also reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs occurring after the wax.
Tips for after your Brazilian wax
Most good salons will give you aftercare advice regarding your wax but just in case they don’t, here are some factors to bear in mind.
Avoid bathing for 12 hours after your Brazilian wax. If you must, do so with mild soap and cool water to avoid any irritation. Keep the skin around the area moisturised afterwards – tea tree oil is great but steer clear of any unnatural or perfumed chemicals. These could damage your follicles, which are left open after the Brazilian wax, and could lead to infection.
The same goes for saunas, steam room, sunlight and any other form of direct heat. Protect the sensitive skin around your bikini area from these elements in the first 48 hours after your Brazilian wax. You’ll be glad you did!
Hopefully these pointers will help to make your Brazilian wax a far more pleasant experience. And you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty, without the pain!