Svetlana Burckhardt, Director of EyebrowExperts in Sydney, www.eyebrowexperts.com, is known for being a deft hand with hot wax. Here, she spills her top tips on how to get the perfect hair-free experience.
What is Brazilian waxing?
“Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal around the anus, perineum and vagina. To some people, it means removing all the hair from the bikini area, and to others it means removing everything but a strip in the front.
“The Brazilian technique has gained in popularity and involves removal of most hair from the bikini area, leaving only a small strip of hair. This is a very intimate type of waxing and should only be performed after careful consultation. Make sure you and your therapist are on the same page about exactly the result you are after.”
What should you do to prepare for a Brazilian?
“Have a nice hot shower if you can; this will open up the pores and make waxing less uncomfortable. If possible, wash your bikini area shortly before your appointment. Your pain threshold is reduced while menstruating, so you may wish to avoid waxing during this time. However, it is possible if you wear a tampon. Good personal hygiene will make the therapist's job easier."
“For waxing to be effective, your hair should be 1/8 to 1/4 inches long, depending on the thickness of the hair. If possible, do your own trimming prior to your appointment."
“Try not to rush to your appointment as this increases stress levels. Caffeine should be avoided as it increases sensitivity. You might also like to take a pain killer as a precaution.”
What should you do for aftercare and to prevent ingrowns?
“To prevent uncomfortable and ugly ingrown hairs, use an after care oil with tea tree or lavender, and exfoliate regularly.”
How often should you wax?
“This depends on the client's growth, usually between 4-7 weeks.”
What should you avoid before or after a wax?
“I recommend that you wear a comfortable pair of full cotton panties following your wax. Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sunscreen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyper pigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun too soon.
“Avoid tight clothing after waxing as it may result in irritation and ingrown hairs. Products are available that can be applied topically to avoid ingrown hairs and condition the skin for better waxing results. Your therapist will be ablew to recommend what product is best for you.”
Any other tips to ease the pain?
“When you go to a salon or spa for a wax, you should pay attention to your surroundings to make sure that safety and sanitary precautions are followed. You should feel safe, clean and comfortable at all times. Keep an eye out for unsafe or unsanitary looking equipment or wax and make sure the therapist wears a new pair of gloves. Try to remain as relaxed as possible as this will ease pain. And try to picture the end result!”
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