Brazilian wax and you!
1. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING A BRAZILIAN WAX
Getting your first Brazilian wax will be like many of your other first times: it hurts, you are either a little or super nervous, but in this case, it's over before you know it.
A good 'waxpert' will help you to relax - this usually expedites the procedure.
One should bear in mind that an ideal length of hair is about a quarter-inch.
You are usually draped for the service to provide some modesty, but you can wear a skirt and keep it on (having removed underwear), as this might make you feel more comfortable having some coverage.
An engaging waxpert often engages you in mindless chatter, but you, too, can initiate conversation as it gives you something else to concentrate on.
Deep breathing often helps as well; momentary exhalation has been proven to help make the experience more exhilarating.
2. HOW IT WORKS?
Waxing bonds to the hair shaft and not the skin. The hair is then removed from the root by the mechanical action of removing the wax, using hard wax, or more commonly applied to a fabric strip, from the skin.
3. DOES IT HURT?
The experience will vary from one individual to the next for the first time. For some women, it will, over time, become a nice sensation and others have opined that it is as painful as getting a tattoo. It's really a wax-virgin thing and the result is worth the experience.
For the first-timer, the bulb of the hair is usually larger than the pore you're whisking it from. Over time, regular waxes will make the hair finer and the bulb smaller.
Just in case you're wondering what is the hair bulb, the root (end) of the hair ends in an enlargement. Its structure is whiter in colour and softer in texture than the shaft. This part is lodged in a follicular convolution of the epidermis known as the hair follicle.
4. IMPORTANT TO CHECK THE SKIN
A wax should only be performed on healthy skin. It is important that you are honest so as not to compound any existing conditions that will contraindicate treatment. In the event conditions such as STD, acne medication, eczema, psoriasis, extremely dry skin and others that cause sores exist, postpone your treatment until your issues have been resolved.
5. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Depending on your skin type, race and the quality of the service, post-waxing conditions may result in soreness, redness and lastly, being a little bumpy. There are various ingrown hair serum that can be applied to the area - some work very quickly (in minutes) and afford you an even smoother feeling.
6. MAKING IT LAST
Amazingly, waxing is one of the procedures of hair removal that is best kept exclusive. A hair-inhibiting cream is a good choice application. It's best not to use hair removal creams between waxing. Hair usually takes about four weeks to grow - it is important that the hair is at least quarter-inch long so that it can be removed from the root properly.
7. BE MINDFUL
Repeated waxing can damage the hair bulb. In extreme cases, it can result in hair eventually not growing in that area.
Another question that you're probably wondering in your mind: Can I Brazilian wax during my period? I wouldn't recommend waxing until after your period. Research has shown that a woman's skin is very sensitive during her period. However, some 'waxperts' don't mind waxing that time of the month (clear it with them first). In the event you decide to, it's best to wear a tampon.
• Robert-Karim Besnier is a TVET educator, licensed aesthetician, sports massage and bodywork practitioner, skills instructor and lecturer at the HEART College of Beauty Services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org