What is a Brazilian?
A Brazilian wax is a type of bikini wax. With a Brazilian wax, the hair from the vulva (outer and inner labia), perineum, anus and buttocks is completely removed. A strip of hair (in the shape of a strip or triangle) may be left on the front.
Where did Brazilian waxing come from?
As the name suggests, Brazilian waxing originated from Brazil for women who wanted to wear the new thong bikinis. Brazilian wax became famous when it was introduced into the US when a hair removal salon called J. Sisters International Salon was opened in 1987. J. Sisters International Salon was opened in Manhattan, New York by seven Brazilian sisters Jocely, Jonice, Joyce, Janea, Jussara, Juracy and Judseia Padilha.
What types of Brazilian waxes are there?
The most common types of Brazilian waxes are the standard Brazilian (or G-wax) and full Brazilian (Hollywood). With a standard Brazilian wax or G-wax, a small line or vertical strip of hair is left above the vulva. This small line or vertical strip of hair is commonly known as the ‘landing strip’. With a full Brazilian wax or Hollywood wax (also known as ’sphynx’), all hair is completely removed.
Hot tips before waxing
- Taking a warm shower before your Brazilian wax session will make you more comfortable and helps to open the pores aiding in easier removal of the hair.
- Try to schedule your Brazilian wax session a week after menstruation as the genital area is least sensitive.
- To make you feel less sensitive during your Brazilian wax session, try to avoid caffeine, stress and nicotine. Be sure to have lots of sleep so that you can relax
Hot tips after waxing.
- Apply soothing aloe lotion to the waxed areas.
- Regular exfoliation (once daily starting two days from date of wax) helps to remove dead skin and avoids ingrown hairs.
- Moisturize the area with an unscented 24 hour body lotion after every shower.
Avoid the following for at least 24 hours after your Brazilian wax session:
- heat sources, such as saunas, steam rooms, sun and heavy exercise
- exfoliating products such as AHA's and scrubs and loofas
- avoid hot baths/showers or sexual activity for 10 hours after a Brazilian wax session as your pores are open and vulnerable to irritation and infection.
How long does it last?
The results from a Brazilian wax may last between 3 to 6 weeks depending on your hair regrowth rate. Growth of hair is usually minimal during the first two weeks and noticeably increases in the third and fourth weeks. Hair growth is usually quicker in the summer months as heat stimulates hair growth. The length of time between treatments also decreases with regular waxing.