When it comes to hair removal, Brazilian waxing is one of the most popular waxing styles for the bikini line, especially among women. You like the idea of having a hair-free bikini area but don’t want to be spread eagle on a table while a total stranger removes hair from your private parts?
The good news is, you don’t have to because you can do it yourself!
In this article, I am going to introduce you to some DIY Brazilian waxing tips in case you are new to this hair removal method.
First Off: What Is Brazilian Waxing?
Brazilian waxing is a hair removal method of all the hair down there, which was introduced to New York in 1987 by the 7 Brazilian J Sisters, who came to the United States as illegal immigrants and became successful self-made women.
Although Brazilian waxing can be really painful, it removes unwanted hair very effectively. It works by applying hot wax to your bikini zone. You can opt to leave a “landing strip”, a triangle on top or you can go fully bare by opting for the “Hollywood Wax” if you like.
This method differs from other regular bikini waxes because the hair is removed in the front, the back and even in between.
Things You Should Do Before Getting Started
The Prep: Before you start, you shouldn’t shave for about three weeks to let your hair grow a quarter-inch long. If you are afraid of having too much pain, taking a few sips of wine may help you relax.
If you are a waxing-virgin, it’ll probably be very painful at first. Try to distract yourself from the pain by focusing on something else. Breathing exercises or doing yoga before you get started can be helpful as well.
The Waxing Part: Start at the least sensitive area and work your way up to your most sensitive parts.
The Aftermath: Your skin may be a little sore after the waxing session, which is why you should make sure to apply a soothing serum to your skin.
Do NOT Wax If You…
- … have a sunburn!
- … you’re about to hit the beach!
- … you take isotretinoin!
How To Give Yourself A Brazilian Wax
1. Buy A Sugaring Wax: You can find one in retail stores or in beauty supply stores.
2. Buy Or Create Waxing Strips: You can either buy the strips, use a piece of cotton fabric or an old t-shirt.
3. Clean Your Bikini Area: Your hair should ideally be trimmed to 1/4 – 1/2 inches. You will then want to apply either baby or talcum powder to the areas that are going to be waxed. That way the waxing will stick to the hair and reduce the amount of pain.
4. The Right Waxing Technique: Start at the least sensitive area near your navel and slowly work your way down. Always make sure to apply the waxing in the hair growth direction. Rip off the waxing strip in the opposite direction to hair growth.
5. Use A Mirror: By placing a mirror between your legs you will be able to see the hidden areas.
6. Keep Waxing Until Most Of Your Hair Is Removed: Some areas are easier to waxing than others. The thicker your hair, the harder it is to remove it, which is why you can use a tweezer to pluck out remaining hairs.
In case you should notice a redness, it’s probably better to take a break until the redness subsides.
7. Wash The Area With Warm Water: After washing your waxed skin, apply a soothing oil.
Brazilian Wax Mistakes You Should Avoid
1. Don’t Exfoliate: While exfoliating your skin may be necessary to remove ingrown hairs, it can cause inflammation and redness if you do it before a waxing session.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be allowed to exfoliate your skin again. Just try exfoliating two days before you layer on the Brazilian waxing.
2. A Gentle Rub Instead Of A Rough Scrub: Don’t scrub your skin as it will be sensitive after waxing. Gently rubbing your skin with a washcloth will do just fine.
3. The Right Hair Length: Before you start waxing, make sure your hair is a quarter to a half inch long. Otherwise, the waxing won’t attach to the hair properly.
4. Pulling The Wax Off: Pulling the waxing off slowly won’t reduce the pain. Instead, the pain will only get worse and the waxing strip will leave your skin with patches of hair. Ripping it off is the best and only option you have if you want to see effective results.
5. Don’t Go To The Gym Right Away: Since your pores will be open after waxing, your skin is more susceptible to infections.
6. Avoid Using Scented Lotions: Fragranced lotions and moisturizers can irritate the skin, which is why you should avoid applying them to your skin right after the waxing session. The same goes for hot showers, sunbathing or fake tanning.
7. Don’t Skip The Aftercare: After waxing, you can apply an aloe vera gel or a hydrocortisone cream to reduce the redness and stop the inflammation.
8. Don’t Wear Tight Clothing: Wearing tight clothes straight after waxing can irritate the skin as well.
So, is DIY Brazilian waxing yay or nay? On the yay side, you can save a lot of money, time and eventually embarrassing or humiliating moments by waxing your bikini zone all by yourself without anybody’s help.
On the nay side, you will experience a lot of pain, make a huge mess and remain in awkward positions in order to get rid of hairs in hidden places.
If you think doing it yourself is the better option, I’d say go for it. But if you’d rather let a professional do all the messy work, you’re probably better off keeping your hands off the Brazilian waxing stripes.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution