Brazil brought us the flip flops, dark chocolate candies, Pele, Samba and in 1987, they gave us the Brazilian Wax. Seven sisters from Brazil introduced this method of hair removal in the 80’s. It started in New York, followed by a speedy rise in popularity throughout the western world. Up to this day, Brazilian wax has remained a very popular way to deal with unwanted hair, especially during the summer months when wearing a bikini becomes a wardrobe staple.
To have a Brazilian wax is not for the faint-hearted. As far as hair removal goes, it is often seen as the most extreme and a tad on the painful side but the pain didn’t put a stop to many women who are willing to give it a try. If you are keen on freeing yourself of hair not only around the bikini line, but from the front, back and all that grow in between, the Brazilian wax is your best bet. If being completely bald is not your thing, you retain the right to keep what is known to be as the landing strip.
It is really impossible to perform such a task by yourself, unless you happen to be one of the seven sisters, so seek out a professional who will perform this in the least painful way possible and give you the best results.
A professional will allow you to go through this ritual in a private room, where you will lie down on a clean and comfortable bed. Before you can get a wax, there is a general rule that the hairs are at least 1/4 of an inch for fine hair and 1/2 inch for coarser hair. If the hairs are any shorter, there would be a problem with the wax getting a proper hold, and you may be sent home until they reach in the minimum required length.
Before applying the wax, a coating of talcum powder is used to prevent any hot wax from sticking to the skin – without this preparation, your skin could be very sore. After that comes the wooden stick, smothered in hot wax and applied to the areas in need. The person who applies the wax will then take several strips of cloth and press them down so that the wax, hair and cloth can stick together. Once the wax has cooled down, in several quick movements, the cloth will be ripped away to leave you hair free. The cloth will be pulled in the opposite direction of the hair’s growth, allowing removal of the hair right down to the root.
It is really a quick process so you will not be submitted to too much pain. Any stray hairs will be removed using tweezers, and if you opted for what they called as the landing strip, this will be trimmed down to perfection. Last but not the least, the welcoming sensation of a cooling gel or lotion on your newly waxed skin, usually with aloe extracts will follow.
However, it is advisable to take care the newly waxed area by gently exfoliating the skin to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and continue to use a cooling gel for at least few days. Hairs tend to begin growing back after two weeks, but the more often you go, the more accustomed you will be to the pain and the less it will feel hurt.