Waxing has some true advantages over shaving, especially when it comes to razor burn and the possibility of ingrown hair. There are pros and cons to both type of hair removal and what works well for one person may not show the same results for another. I’ve gotten accustomed to the pain that comes with getting a full Brazilian wax but I’ve been getting them for years; if you are considering this form of hair removal there are some thing that you need to know about it before you book an appointment. Likewise, there are things that you can do before and after your appointment to better the results.

If you have friends that get waxed you can ask them about different salons or shops that offer this service. Picking out the person that will be doing the waxing is important too; the person that I see has an outstanding reputation and is often booked for two to three months at a time. In my area the cost of a full Brazilian is in the $70.00 range but could cost more if you need to have a trim first. The usual wax time is about 30 minutes depending on your level of pain; if it is your first time getting a full wax chances are you are not going to be able to book one of the elite waxers as they do tend to work fast and do not coddle clients.

Before you book an appointment you need to know what you are getting yourself in to. There are a couple different variations of a Brazilian wax so you have to know which one you want; a full and complete wax will remove all hair from the front and back genital region. You are going to have to pull your legs up and back to allow the rear section to be waxed. Some people have a problem with this but consider this, your waxer has experience and this is not the first time that they’ve seen people in this kind of a position. Feeling a little shy or embarrassed comes with the territory. If it makes you feel any better or lessens the anxiety just consider this; my waxer told me that about 25% of her clients break wind when they go into the turtle position for the rear portion of the waxing.

You don’t have to get completely naked for your wax but you are going to be bottomless. If your pubic hair is not to a certain length you may have to have it trimmed; some waxers will use electric clippers to remove the hair but some will trim it by hand. If it is your first time they will walk you through the steps of the procedure but just remember to relax. Most of the time I wear headphones and my waxer will tap me on the outside part of my leg when I need to move to another position. Once you have an established relationship with a waxer you will have no problem hopping on the table. There’s no guarantee that you are going to click with the first waxer you go to; you may have to try a couple different salons or technicians.

Pre and post care are two critical things that you need to address; avoid using any kind of perfumed lotion on or near the area that is going to be waxed. It’s a good idea to ask if you need to be trimmed to a certain length before your appointment. Wear loose clothing because there is a good chance that after the wax you are going to have mild to severe discomfort depending on your pain threshold. Don’t wear a thong or skimpy underwear, they could leave a depression in the skin and could make it harder to get to certain areas. Once you have been waxed there are a number of things that you can do to lessen the pain. Ice is what I usually use but some people like to apply a generous layer of aloe but you are going to want to use a fragrance free product.

Once you get into a routine of having a full wax you’ll get accustomed to the pain; that doesn’t mean that it won’t hurt but you will know exactly what is happening from start to finish. Maintenance is the key to getting the most from your wax. Don’t trim or cut areas until your waxer sees the regrowth. They’ll be able to tell you how often you need to come in to keep the ‘front and back porch’ cleared. Not everyone is going to want all their pubic hair removed, you can go with a couple different styles but if book a full wax you are going to leave completely bare down there.

The redness can last a few days so this is not something that you are going to want to have done the day before you leave for vacation, give yourself about three days to heal completely. While there are no written rules about tanning right after a wax, I would not suggest it because the skin is going to be sensitive. This includes hitting a tanning salon; laying directly on the tanning bed could irritate the waxed areas because of the disinfection chemicals that are used on it. Even vertical tanning pods can cause more irritation.

If you have questions about your waxing appointment make sure you ask them before you arrive. You wouldn’t want to have to wait an extra half hour for your appointment because of someone who took too long asking questions and second-guessing their decision so give everyone else that common courtesy.