10 things you need to know before your first Brazilian wax

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I’ve been shaving my whole life and just like most girls, I absolutely hate it. I hate how often you have to do it, the ingrown hairs and the actual process but I don’t like having hair either. Waxing seemed like the perfect solution to this, but the thought of it also terrified me.  After watching Sex and the City, I was convinced that I could never stand that kind of pain.

But lately I have been having conversations with my girlfriends who wax religiously and they had amazing stories. I started thinking about how nice it would be to stop attempting to use a razor down there once a week and try waxing instead. It was very tempting and so I decided to go for it and made an appointment at with Pulane Kholane, a professional skincare therapist at Placecol Rosebank.

Here’s what she advised me on with regards to before, during and after your first wax. 

You need to have a lot of hair for your first time

I was advised to grow my hair and make sure it was the right length. I grew mine for just over a month and it worked. The reason behind this is because if you don’t have enough hair, the wax might rip off your skin since it won't have enough hair to grab onto.

The anticipation is the worst part

Because you think the pain so much, it seems a whole lot more painful than it actually is. “Usually as soon as the wax is done, clients say it isn’t as bad as they thought it would be." Says Pulane.  

Wear loose clothing

Wearing a skirt or dress will make you feel less exposed as you won’t have to take off everything before you start. You can just pull it up.  

You will feel exposed

Yes, you are going to be just as naked as you think you will be. Your wax-er is going to touch, stare at and will be very close to your vagina and butt. But when you think about it, it's like going to a gynecologist.  

The butt part hurts the least 

A Brazilian wax includes waxing your butt. Before I went in, I actually thought it would hurt the most but I was wrong, I barely felt anything! “There aren't nerve endings there, which is why it doesn't hurt, ” explains Pulane.

Consider going when you’re not on your period

There’s no rule against getting your wax while on you’re period but if you do, just make sure to use a tampon and give your wax-er a heads up. Pulane advise against it, especially if it's your first time. “A few days leading up to your period and the days of your period, most people have a lower pain threshold, so the wax could hurt more.”

Don’t indulge in hectic activities for at least 24 hours after

If you’re planning on hitting the gym or surprising your partner with your new makeover, maybe you should hold that off for a day. It’s advised not to have sex, workout or do anything that would make you sweaty down there for at least 24 hours, doing so can cause friction, which can lead to irritation.

Be prepared for redness and bumps

Your post-wax area won't look perfect straight away. You might have a few bumps or something that looks like chicken skin but it will disappear in a few hours.

Your wax-er won’t judge your vagina

Your wax-er is a professional; this is what she does on the daily. She spends days looking at all different kinds of vaginas and butts. “When we’re done here, I wouldn’t be able to remember what your vagina looks like,” jokes Pulane. That statement can put anyone at ease.

It’s not as painful as you think 

Waxing down there really doesn't hurt as much as you think it will. There is pain but it’s very quick, luckily my wax-er kept making jokes before yanking my hair out, which really did help. Your wax-er will put hot wax on you, (which honestly feels great); it's warm and soothing. When she rips it off, it stings, but that pain only lasts a few seconds. And if it’s any consolation, it gets better every time, “the more you go, the less it hurts. As you go more often, the root stops growing in and there isn't as much hair to pull out,” concludes Pulane.

A special thanks to Placecol Rosebank, your professionalism was appreciated. To book an appointment, call 011 880 6732.

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