A female groin in black underwear sitting with legs crossed depicting readiness for Brazilian waxing

Preparing for Brazilian Waxing – Best Practices for a Pleasant Experience

A female groin in black underwear sitting with legs crossed depicting readiness for Brazilian waxing

In this post, you will learn how to prepare for your first and subsequent Brazilian waxing appointments for a more pleasant and less painful waxing experience.

What is Brazilian waxing?

Brazilian waxing is the removal of all hair in the pubic area (groin, private parts) till the anus or leaving only a ‘landing strip’ or triangle in front. It is a cost-effective modern beauty procedure for unwanted hair removal.

A checklist for a more pleasant waxing experience

  1. Hairs should be about ¼ inches long. The most common mistake made by women before their first waxing session is shaving.
    • Wax can’t adhere to the hair when it is too short. I recommend trimming it to a quarter of an inch, about the size of a rice grain.
    • If not sure of how long 1/4 inch is, just don’t trim it and communicate with the therapist that you might need a trim.
  2. Determine the style and shape you want beforehand. Here are two popular options, a fully bare pubic zone or leave a triangle or landing strip of hair on top.
  3. The time of the month matters: I don’t recommend scheduling a Brazilian wax within 5 days prior to your periods. The skin tends to be extra sensitive during that period and hair growth tends to increase then, so the wax results won’t last as long.
  4. The day of the week could matter: After waxing, your skin is tender and sensitive and might become red if you are light-skinned. It is, therefore, better to wax on a Wednesday or Thursday so that you are good to go for the weekend, both for bedroom matters and/or outdoor activities.
  5. Consider scheduling a first-thing-in-the-morning appointment. Anticipation is the worst part of getting waxed and you are less sensitive in the morning.
  6. Gently exfoliate the area 2-3 days before. Use a washcloth, scrubbing gloves, gentle body scrub, or homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps remove any dead skin cells and makes sure that when the wax is applied, there’s maximum wax-to-hair contact, rather than the surrounding skin, which makes it less painful to pull out.
  7. Take a shower before the session. It may seem obvious, but it’s worth a reminder. Apart from feeling fresh for your wax appointment, taking a warm bath right before opens up your pores making the waxing process less painful.
  8. Don’t wait too long between appointments. The longer you wait, the more and thicker your hair will get. And it will hurt more and take longer to wax. In the end, the more you wax, the less you will need to wax, as waxing reduces the strength of the hair follicle. Over time, hair regrowth will become sparser.
  9. Don’t trim the hair or shave in-between waxes. It makes hair not adhere well to the wax requiring more stripping and therefore more pain.

The need to prepare

Pain is the number one concern that most first-time waxers have. Yes, Brazilian waxing can be unpleasant, but this feeling lasts for a few seconds.

That said, people have different sensitivities, and what is tolerable for one may be painful for another. Also, the skill and technique of a waxing professional are vital in minimizing pain and avoiding complications due to pubic hair removal.

Being prepared and aware of what to expect in a Brazilian waxing can help overcome the uneasiness and awkwardness.

I hope that this post partially helped you feel less stressed and embarrassed about your first Brazilian waxing.

Closing remarks

Is it your first time waxing?

I recommend starting with the underarms and/or bikini line before proceeding to the Brazilian just to assess your “pain” threshold.

A mobile waxing professional with Viv's in-Houz spa in Nairobi

Most ladies say Brazilian waxing is not as painful as perceived but still, I think it’s nice to acclimatize to waxing if you intend to keep a consistent waxing regime.

Whatever your wish is, schedule your appointment now and.

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Last Updated on May 25, 2021