Summer has officially arrived.
By now, you must be counting the days 'til your beach trip, ready to flaunt the fruits of all your healthy eating and hard work in the gym. Everything has been set except for one tiny detail that you haven't really decided on yet—getting bald down there.
One of the most-read posts in my old blog, World of Womanity, was about Brazilian waxing such that a follow up version had to be made in 2009 after the original was written in 2007. That was also the same year that I first got bald!
My first time to get a Brazilian wax was not all that easy. First, I did not have much options then compared to the smorgasbord of salons that offer waxing services. Society at that time was not that cool about waxing; it was reserved for the liberated, a kinder term for loose women. Anyway, despite having given birth via normal spontaneous delivery, the mere thought of exposing myself to another person gave me jitters.
When I finally mustered the courage to lay bare, the procedure was excruciating. No kidding. There were no anesthesias or sedatives that made the experience wee-easy but later, I learned that popping painkillers an hour before helps (which I have not tried). It was no less than sheer vanity that helped me lie on my back for a full hour of pouring and stripping hot wax, and plucking on my most sensitive area. I had to wear a white bikini in two days!
My motivation changed afterwards upon realizing that being hairless made wiping after urinating easier. During my period, I was also less prone to itching. For a while, I booked myself for a Brazilian every 2 to 3 (or even up to 6) months. Hair grows back in just three weeks but the growth becomes slow and the hair, soft. Shaving, although painless and easy, definitely cannot match the comfort of maintaining a Brazilian, which becomes tolerable when I got used to it.
So if you'd like to finally give Brazilian waxing a try, here are some tips and useful information for you to consider:
- Shy of "opening up" to the aesthetician? Just think of her as someone who's pretty much like a gynecologist. As a pro, seeing naked women is part of her daily routine. She's probably seen hundreds. So...
- if thinking about self-waxing instead, I'm afraid it's not possible.
- Trim the hair to about 1-2 cms. before your appointment It lessens the pain.
- Taking painkillers an hour before the appointment is an advice I'd heard and read about but never actually came to try. (Do watch out if you have allergies.)
- Wash before spreading your legs. Bring a feminine wash and an extra underwear just in case the salon does not have them.
- Brazilian waxing ranges from Php 500 to 1,000, depending on the procedure and the salon. Cold wax (honey wax) is the cheapest.
- Believe it or not, men do book themselves for a Brazilian.
- Contrary to popular belief among first timers, it does not take a single peel to remove all the hair down there. It takes a lot, if not a couple!
- Waxing ladies normally begin at the topmost bikini area moving towards the anus.
- Sometimes, plucking is necessary to remove the strands of pubic hair that wax could not peel off.
- Ask for the procedure called stripping. Here, hot wax is spread on a portion of your bikini area then later on, a piece of cloth is pressed on it then peeled off with all your unwanted hair. This is the fastest, cleanest, and easiest method I've ever tried. Opt for this if you prefer the one time, big time ouch.
- Never ever ask the waxing lady to stop after she has spread the wax. Once wax has cooled, it becomes hard to remove and yes, painful.
- Do bring stress balls or anything that can be grasped as this will help stifle your screams.
- The salon should use disposables and put antiseptic cream or liquid on the waxed area after the procedure.
- Do not wash your feminine area for at least 12 hours after the procedure.
There you go, ladies. Happy waxing!