FAQ on Waxing:
Q: WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN WAXING?
A: For women, a Brazilian wax is the removal of hair from the vagina, including the labia, to the anus. Not one hair is left standing! For men, a Brazilian wax, or “Manzilian”, is the removal of hair from the penis, the ball sac and the anus. Some men will experience an erection, but typically men because the service isn’t exactly a pleasurable experience. Don’t worry if you do have an erection, that’s when you can more easily wax the shaft.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES WAXING HURT?
A: It is a little uncomfortable when it comes to sensitive areas! But as soon as it is over…it is over. Ultimately, the amount of pain depends on each customer. Often, the anticipation is the worst but Monika will always talk with customers, keeping their minds busy with fun conversation. That way, they don’t concentrate on the pain.
Q: BUT...DOES WAXING REALLY HURT?
A: Again, it all depends. If it is your first time receiving a body waxing, it can certainly be uncomfortable because after shaving for years, the hair grows extremely coarse. The good news is that the more frequently you receive body waxes the more the hair will begin to grow thinner and many customers experience very little pain at this point. Removing hair directly from the follicle is never comfortable but, since Monika is highly skilled, it is likely that your waxing experience will be more comfortable than most. If you are especially sensitive to pain or you are a first-time waxing client, you may want to take an anti-inflammatory (such as Ibuprofen) 1 hour before your appointment, or you can apply numbing cream 45 minutes prior to service.
Q: WHY SHOULD I WAX INSTEAD OF SHAVE?
A: When hair is shaved, within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface of the skin and coarse stubble can be felt. Shaving commonly results in ingrown hairs, bumps and ongoing skin irritation. When waxed, hair grows back slower, softer and without stubble. When appropriate post-waxing home care is followed, waxing leaves virtually no ingrown hairs, bumps or ongoing skin irritation. Waxing over time will make hair growth finer, and hair will become less in volume; but there will always be some re-growth.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A BRAZILIAN?
A: It takes 20-30 minutes for a Brazilian wax. The first time usually takes the longest. The second time is much faster.
Q: HOW DO I PREPARE BEFORE GETTING A BRAZILIAN WAX?
A: Let the hairs grow for about 2 weeks before your appointment. If the hairs are very long, trim them to about ¼ inch. This ensures a faster, much less uncomfortable procedure and cleaner, smoother results. If you have time prior to your appointment, please shower so that hairs are more easily picked up by wax.
Q: IT’S MY FIRST TIME HAVING A BRAZILIAN. WHAT SHOULD I DO OR EXPECT?
A: Expect a little skin irritation. If you get waxed regularly, your skin will become accustomed to the process and you should not have any irritation. If you only do it once or twice a year expect to go through this each time. It is normal to get tiny whiteheads after your first or second time of being waxed. This too shall pass if you keep waxing. Just lightly exfoliate with scrub to avoid pore blockage after 24 hours and use a soothing lotion for a couple days.
Q: HOW DO I PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS?
A: Starting 2 to 3 days after being waxed exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times per week in the shower. Exfoliation will help get rid of the dead skin cells and help “lift” the hairs growing out. Pubic hairs are curly and will either come out and grow right back into the skin or will try to embed themselves under the layers of dead skin cells. Either way, your skin does not recognize them as being part of your body. It views them as invaders, just like a splinter and will send the antibodies there to try to destroy it. You can also get yourselves a great pair of pointed tweezers not to pluck, but to lift the ends of the hairs out. It is very important that you do not pluck or shave in between waxing if you want optimum results! A body brush is recommended. There are also products on the market such as an organic scrub which can also aid in reducing bumps and ingrown hairs.
Q: DOES WAXING CAUSE INGROWN HAIRS?
A: No. Waxing prevents ingrown hairs. Some women have serious problems with ingrown hairs, though, so it doesn’t matter what kind of depilation you use on them. One way to prevent ingrown hairs is to use a pumice stone with organic scrub to exfoliate waxing area to avoid dead cells accumulated.
Q: HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO GET WAXED?
A: Typically you will need to get waxed every 4 to 6 weeks. Any sooner than this timeframe and you will remove some of the hairs but not all of them which will throw off your waxing schedule and will not give you clean wax results. Any longer than this timeframe and you may need to trim and waxing may also be a little bit more painful. But still it depends on how fast your hair grows. That varies from person to person.
Q: WHAT WAX WILL BE USED?
A: For a Brazilian, a hard (no strips) wax will be used. It is often less sensitive and less painful. For all other body parts a strip or soft wax will be used unless hard wax is requested.
Q: WHAT STEPS ARE TAKEN TO GET THE BRAZILIAN WAX DONE?
A: After cleaning the area to be waxed and dusting it with powder, wax is applied a little at a time. We apply our organic hard wax on sensitive areas and soft wax on bigger areas with muslin strips to remove quickly. I apply a special calming lotion and oil to the area, which reduces redness, soothes and softens, and acts as a natural antiseptic.
Q: WHEN WILL THE REDNESS BE COMPLETELY GONE?
A: Drawing from Monika’s own experience, all redness is gone as early as 30 minutes after the procedure. It may take until the next morning for people with sensitive skin. It varies from person to person.
Q: WHY IS WAXING BETTER THAN OTHER FORMS OF DEPILATION?
A: Every time you get waxed, your hairs become weaker, making the process easier and faster over time. It is fast, and the skin looks and feels softer as well as lasts longer than after any other method of depilation.
Q: CAN I DO A BRAZILIAN AT HOME?
A: Not a great idea unless you are already an experienced waxer. Being inexperienced can lead to bruising and/or the loss of skin. Let a professional do it. But if you feel like you must try it practice on your upper leg first until you get the hang of it and feel confidant putting hot wax on your genital area.
Q: HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN AFTER WAXING?
A: After waxing, avoid tanning and extended sun exposure for 48 hours. You will want to avoid hot showers or baths, sauna and steam room use immediately following the service. Scented lotions, perfumes, or colognes should be avoided for 48 hours. Don’t allow direct heat on the skin for at least 24 hours after waxing: sunbathing, solarium, hot shower, sauna or steam room use. This can traumatize & burn new skin, as the dead skin layer has been removed with the hairs during waxing.
We also want the pores to close, not open. Use a tea-tree based oil on the waxed area – it is a natural antiseptic and will help reduce the likelihood of getting ingrown hairs & small pimples (follictilitus). Exfoliate with a pumice stone with organic scrub, but only when the skin has calmed down after waxing and the new growth begins to penetrate. This could take from 4 to 7 days. Don’t use deodorant, perfumes or alcohol-based products for at least 24 hours after waxing. It is recommended to use sun protection lotion for the 1st day after the waxing, to avoid hyper-pigmentation.
Q: WHAT KIND OF SITUATION SHOULD I NOT RECEIVE WAX SERVICES?
A: Before you begin the treatment, there are a few things you should tell your esthetician, if you:
Have varicose veins
Have thyroid condition
Are using products/medications that are contraindicated for waxing:
Accutane, Retine-A, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, Tazorac Avage, Differin, Strivectin, Renova, Proactive, Avita, benzoyl peroxide & salicylic acid.
These are only some of the products we are aware of that may cause a problem and new ones can come along daily. Your skin is important to you and us – so please check with your doctor if you have any doubts.