We usually recommend a basic bikini wax for waxing newbies because they tend to be less painful and allow you to dip your toe in the water, so to speak. But if you're ready to jump all in and get a Brazilian bikini wax, here's what to expect.
What Happens When You Arrive
Most waxings occur in a private room with a door and take between 15 and 30 minutes. You'll be left alone to remove everything from the waist down and lie on a table covered in clean paper or sheets. It is possible that you may be provided with a paper thong and if not, you can ask for one.
The paper thong may make you feel more comfortable, but with a Brazilian, your modesty is going to be tested. The waxer is going to see everything, so you may choose to forego the paper thong. We like to think getting a Brazilian can't be any more embarrassing than a typical visit to your gynecologist's office. These technicians have seen it all before.
How Much Hair Should You Have?
A general rule of thumb is that hair needs to be 1/4 inch (about the length of a grain of rice) if it's fine, a half-inch if it's coarse, according to Cindy Barshop, owner of NYC's Completely Bare spas. Any shorter and it's too hard for the wax to grab onto. You'll be sent home if hair isn't long enough.
The Brazilian Waxing Process
Your waxer will be wearing gloves during the wax and will never double-dip the wooden waxing stick into the wax. Instead, they will use fresh sticks for each application. Waxing usually starts in the front and moves toward the back. You may be asked to help hold skin taut. Let your waxer know if you want a landing strip or everything off.
Here's how the process using soft, melted wax works (hard wax is a slightly different process):
1. The waxer will liberally apply talcum powder to the skin. Talcum powder keeps hot wax from sticking to skin.
2. The best waxers are fast, which means less discomfort for you. The waxer will dip a wooden waxing stick into a pot of hot wax and then spread it onto your skin and hair in the direction of hair growth.
1. Since the Brazilian means everything off except for a "landing strip" in the front, don't be surprised when the technician removes the hair between the buttocks. Yes, hair grows there. You may be asked to turn over and lie on your stomach or you may be asked to kneel on the table. The good news is, this part isn't painful for most people.
2. Once the waxing is complete, the waxer will tweeze any stray hairs and she may trim the remaining landing strip, or even create designs. Some women even opt to dye the remaining pubic hair.
3. The waxer may spread soothing lotion over the waxed areas.
4. If, after the wax, you later develop bumps, redness or ingrown hairs, gently exfoliate the area with a body scrub and then smooth on a lotion or cleanser with alpha hydroxy acid (the word "acid" makes it sound like it will sting, but it doesn't). We also hear great things about Bliss ingrown hair eliminating pads (buy them online). To keep ingrown hairs at bay, exfoliate the area in the days leading up to your appointment.
The Importance of Regular
The downside of a Brazilian wax is that while it lasts 3-6 weeks, the hair will grow back -- albeit finer and lighter -- and you'll have to do it again. But veterans of the Brazilian will swear to you that the first time hurts the worse and then the pain dramatically lessens the more waxings you get.
According to Melanie Gilliland, European Waxing Center’s education director, there are few things more important than sticking to a regular waxing schedule. Gilliland suggests you get waxed every 3-4 weeks,
"Getting waxed religiously every three to four weeks — throughout the entire year, not just during the bare-all summer months — is the secret to both less pain and better results,” says Gilliland on the Website Refinery29.
Why every 3-4 weeks? That's typically the exact time it takes for your hair to hit that magical 1/4th inch length. If you have coarser hair, or hair that doesn't grow fast, you may be able to hold off up to 6 weeks.
(site reference: https://www.liveabout.com/the-brazilian-bikini-wax-or-what-to-expect-when-you-book-one-346383)