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First Bikini or Brazilian Wax? What you need to know before you arrive!

Sabrina Carelli Real World Skincare, Why Go With A Professional

You’ve decided that you’re going to go get a Bikini (or a Brazilian Wax) instead of mess with shaving this year.


You’re going to love the results.

But first, let’s have a brief chat about what you need to know and do to get the best results.

I’ll be straight with you: Yes, it will hurt. The first wax is by far the most painful, but luckily subsequent waxes will be more tolerable. The pain is over as soon as we’re done with our session – although you may be a bit tender in that region for 24 hours the first time. But the results will last 2-3 weeks.

Lots of first time clients are nervous or embarrassed. That’s understandable and completely normal.

But please understand that I am a professional. I’ve probably done thousands of waxes at this point in my career. What happens in my room is private, and I’m here to make the experience as comfortable for you as is possible.

Please remember that your body is beautiful the way it is, but if there is anything I can do to make you feel more comfortable – please do mention it to me. I always try to accommodate your needs when I can do so safely.

Before You Arrive

Let the hair you want to have waxed grow out to about one-eighth to one-fourth of an inch above the skin. This is approximately three weeks of hair grow if you’ve been shaving above the skin. Why this long? If hairs are left too short, the wax won’t be able to adhere to them strongly enough to pull them out.

Refrain from working out or from taking a shower/bath before the treatment. Here’s why: Damp moist skin will soften the hair. This means the hair to break more easily, and makes waxing less effective.

Don’t take any alcohol, caffeine, or any other stimulants  prior to waxing. Stimulants tighten the pores and may make you feel more pain. You can however take one ibuprofen or Tylenol 30 minutes before your session to help with pain.

After Your Session

To ensure maximum comfort and benefit after the treatment, it is important to follow the steps below at home.

Avoid applying heat to the waxed area for 12 to 24 hours. This includes hot baths, sauna, and steam.

Avoid suntanning for 12 to 24 hours. This includes any strong ultraviolet (UV) light exposure or tanning bed treatments.

Avoid applying highly fragrance products to the waxed area. This includes, perfume, scented body lotions, anti-antiperspirants, cosmetics, or feminine hygiene sprays. Only use professional products, recommended to you by the skin care therapist who performed the waxing service.

Avoid using harsh abrasive or exfoliates in the waxed area. However if you are prone to in-grown hairs,the day after your waxing treatment, exfoliate newly waxed area with a loofah to avoid future problems.

Avoid applying any SPF sunblocks to the waxed area for 12-24 hours after the waxing service. Sunscreen chemicals can be irritating to the newly waxed skin. This includes self-tanning products and tan accelerators.

Any pinking of the skin should disappear within 6 to 8 hours after the waxing treatment. Slight pinking is normal, and indicates that the hair was removed from the root, rather than superficially broken off, as in shaving. This is the reason that professional waxing lasts so much longer.

For best results, repeat your professional waxing every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area and your individual hair growth rate.

Some Other FAQs

Can you get a Bikini or Brazilian during your Period?  Yes. However, if you are sensitive during your menstrual cycle you might want to avoid a Bikini or Brazilian wax during those days. Please avoid coming in on your heaviest days, and please note, you must wear a tampon NOT a pad.

How far in advance should you wax before a special occasion?  For most women the day before the event is fine. But if you know you have extra-sensitive skin, or it’s your first time, my suggestion would be 3-5 days prior. For “Brides-to-be” I would recommend beginning a waxing regimen approximately 6 weeks prior to the big day, so that you can have 2 appointments before your wedding.

I hope this information is helpful. If you want to read even more information about waxing, then I would recommend that you check out the The Wax Bar in Seattle’s Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have an unanswered question, then leave me your question in the comments below. By leaving a question here, it allows other ladies to learn from it. And if you’ve made it through your first wax, feel free to share your experience in the comments below – again, so others can learn from it.


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About The Author

Sabrina Carelli


Sabrina Carelli is a Dermalogica skincare therapist and licensed esthetician who works at the Kim and Co. Salon in San Luis Obispo, California. In addition to helping her clients with their skincare requirements, she also offers brow shaping, waxing services, and massages. If you want to stay in touch, please find & like her on Facebook. In her free time, you might find Sabrina on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/buonaknit/) where she pins and shares a ton of beauty and home organization boards. She also enjoys reading fiction books and knitting in her free time, and dreams about owning a Boston Terrier dog. (It's gonna happen soon!)

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