Whether you’re in the market for a full Brazilian or just want a clean slate down there, waxing services is a great way to go hairless. It can also be uncomfortable, especially if you’re not prepared. But, if you take the time to properly prepare for your appointment and choose an esthetician with experience, it can be a painless process that yields smooth results.
First and foremost, be sure to find a salon, spa, or waxing studio that employs licensed estheticians (skincare professionals). “Be careful not to get waxed in the wrong hands, as you can end up with burns, ripped skin, or even STDs, especially if the waxer uses poor hygiene practices,” says Lisette Meuse-Manuel, owner of Dermak Studio in Moncton, N.B.
Brazilian Waxing for Sensitive Skin: Tips and Recommendations
It’s also important to have at least 1/4 inch of hair growth prior to your appointment, which allows the wax to grip the hair and remove it effectively. You should also avoid tanning within 48 hours of your wax and avoid excessive rubbing or friction in the area, as this can cause redness and irritation.
Finally, if you’re on your period or a few days out of your menstrual cycle, consider rescheduling your appointment. The sensitive skin in this region becomes more prone to irritation and cramping during your period, and waxing while you’re menstruating can lead to ingrown hairs, according to Ophals. Also, be sure to use a tampon or reusable cup during your appointment.