I know what your thinking… OUCH! (Lady! What are you thinking!?!) I choose to do a brazilian wax because, #1- I saw a great deal on groupon. #2- Not only was it an affordable great deal but the spa company uses a numbing agent, #3- I had the time and money to go and figured why not?!
I’ve had experience getting a Brazilian wax done before, a few times and each time I go, I always leave happy, but the process is a little painful. When I spoke with the esthetician and talk with her about my concerns, she was VERY helpful and answered all my questions and made sure I will be OK, she also stated she’s had experience waxing pregnant women before, so I went to my appointment VERY relaxed and ready to get it done and over with.
5 Reasons why I choose to get a Brazilian wax:
- It is fast. (The first time, can be longer, so you should allow up to an hour or so, but it normally takes 20-50 minutes.)
- Maintenance can be done monthly (as opposed to shaving, which needs to be done almost daily).
- I prefer the “clean” feeling I get, when hair is removed
- My husband LOVES it!!
- I feel pretty when I get it.
So…Exactly what is Brazilian waxing?
It is a type of waxing involving the bikini area. This procedure normally involves the complete removal of all hair in the bikini area from front to back. Some types of Brazilian waxing leave a small line of hair. (Your choice) It is named after Brazil, the country because it is often where the modern practice originated.
In Brazil, it is not called Brazilian waxing, It’s called: depilar (to wax, to pluck hairs). In Middle Eastern societies, removal of the body hair is considered a proper form of hygiene.
When I arrived at the spa company I completed a Wax Questionnaire. (If this is not done where you go – run! The lack of a proper paperwork involved, will show the level of care the salon takes in general).
I removed my clothing from the waist down. I then used a wipe to clean the area. The esthetician normally uses Lidocaine – a topical anesthetic during this time but did not on me because she did not want to risk it getting in my pores and into the blood stream. I had no problem with that, but I asked if I can get a little bit. Some esthetician will tell you to take Tylenol to ease the pain, before coming in but I choose not to, even though its safe to take during pregnancy.
The procedure starts with the waxer applying a light application of oil over the area to be waxed. This prevented the wax from sticking to the sensitive skin.
Next, Stripless wax is applied in sections over the area from which hair is to be removed. The wax is allowed to harden briefly, then one edge of each wax is pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
The waxer then worked her way around the body. This procedure removes the wax, hair, and any dead skin cells lying on the skin surface.
Finally, a soothing and healing post-wax essential oil is applied, as well as an antibiotic ointment.
The skill and experience of the service provider is key. The first time you do it, you may need “breaks” and a slower pace to adjust to the new experience. Most women say they have less discomfort during subsequent treatments. There are over-the-counter products available if you are very sensitive. Esthetician don’t recommend any waxing immediately before (or during) your period when you are generally most sensitive. About a week after your period, if you can time it that way, is the ideal time.
During this procedure I did feel the need to jump, took breaks, and talk with her during the session, I asked her if I was one of her “most sensitive” clients and she stated no, there are clients she’s had that was sooo sensitive they had to make another appointment.
There is a time limit to getting a wax done and Esthetician need to work on you for a certain amount of time. On her website it’s even stated: “Extremely sensitive clients that require extra time should notify staff of their special needs at the time of scheduling to prevent scheduling conflicts.”
If the thought of going to get a Brazilian wax is too painful, Always ask questions, I know during pregnancy everything is super sensitive but for me it wasn’t TOO bad, of course always talk with your esthetician, ask questions until you feel comfortable. There are creams, and medicine you can take to ease the pain as well.
If you have any questions or comments let me know!