Post # 1
SO and I are going out of town for a romantic getaway this weekend and silly girl that I am, I decided to spice things up with a Brazillian. Problem is, I’ve never had one and I’ll admit I’m a little scared of the pain. Booking the appt was easy and they sound nice, but now I’m laying awake in bed thinking about how much it’ll hurt. Do any you have advice on reducing the sting or how to feel more relaxed? :-/
Post # 3
I’ve never had one, but I read that it’s a good idea to pop a few advil before you go. And it’s a little late, but I also read that it hurts less if the hair is a little longer.
And remember, this is their job! I’m sure they see tons of women every day!
Edit: Sorry hit enter to soon!…I’m sure they know the best way to make it as painless as possible!
Post # 4
i’ve also never had one, but i’ve heard if you take a steamy shower it’ll hurt a little less…
Post # 5
Drink lots of water the day before and the day of. It seems to help the hair come out more easily.
I agree with taking a few advil or ibuprofen. Some waxers also have a numbing spray that they use. I’m not sure if it actually helps but it doesn’t hurt.
Don’t worry, it’s only the first pull that hurts that bad. 🙂 I also prefer sugaring over waxing, but that’s me.
Post # 6
Take an aspirin beforehand and tell the lady that it’s your first time. And this will sound delicate, but it makes ME feel more secure if I bring along one of those “personal wet naps” and ask to use the restroom right before so I can be assured I don’t smell and all that. Sorry, if that’s TMI!
And beware that it is not a time for modesty! But a PP is right–it’s their job; they’ve seen it all (hell, the ladies I go to just recently had a preggers lady on the table!).
Post # 7
Ditto on the Advil. Take it about 45 minutes before your appointment and it does take the edge off a little bit. Also, this probably doesn’t apply to you since you’re going tomorrow, but for it’s best NOT to get a brazilian the week before your period because the region is most sensitive during that time.
Post # 8
Great advice mentioned above, but I wanted to add that you shouldn’t book the appointment a few days before or after your period as your skin will be more sensitive than the rest of the month. Also you may want to ask the technician if there is an alternate to the standard yellow honey version. My technician uses a purple wax that is way more gentle. It was about $10 more but worth it.
Post # 9
Same recommendation as the others, take some pain meds about 30-45 min beforehand. I usually take extra strength or 3 pills, if regular strength. It isn’t nearly as painful as you’re imagining, I promise! And it’s pretty amazing; most girls I know who do it once never go back.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I’m getting my first Brazilian soon too! I’m quite nervous. Let me know how it goes!
Post # 11
Last bit, don’t freak out if your hair starts growing back in a couple of days or a week. With your first Brazilian wax, it won’t last as long. Generally the more you get wax, the longer it’ll stay away.
Post # 12
I get them regularly. Honestly, the first time is the worst – I’m not sure if it’s b/c you don’t quite know what to expect or if it’s b/c there’s the most hair to rip out. If you get them regularly, it gets easier and barely hurts. I had one today and my skin is a little tender, but that’s it. I can’t take Advil or Ibprofun (I take a prescription NSAID already, but skipped it this morning on accident), but if you can, take some 30-60 min before your appt. It really will help with the pain. I know people who say to have a drink, but I honestly think it makes it hurt WORSE. These people are professionals and you won’t be their first time. My girl keeps me talking (if you need distraction, tell her this ahead of time and she’ll keep you talking!) so I don’t even focus on what she’s doing. Plus, my girl is super quick. I think I spend more time taking off my clothes than her waxing.
If you’re okay with this, stick w/ looser bottoms. I wore some looser sweats (a skirt will also work). You just don’t want anything rubbing up against that sensitive skin if you don’t have to. Also, don’t do anything the day you get waxed – wait 24-48 hrs to be intimate (helps reduce irritation and reduce chances of infection). I like having something like Bikini Zone or TendSkin to put on my skin after teh wax (I do it usually after I shower).
All this said, I really think the anticipation is always worse than the actual wax for me. Like I said, my girl goes QUICK. Keep breathing! if you tense up, I think it hurts worse (at least for me)
Post # 13
Thanks for the advice ladies!! I’ve got another week and a half until my period so the timing worked out perfectly, I guess lol! Popped two tylenol this morning and held off on coffee and breakfast. It was quick but definitely not painless–luckily she didn’t mind me yelling obscenities during the more, um, intimate wax areas. She said I did really well and I scheduled a followup appt at the end of June.
It is a litte tender still and quite red, but I’m trying to hide it from SO until Saturday when our getaway begins, so that’s all for the best. It feels soooo smooth and amazing that it was definitely worth it! I think the best part of waxing is that I have no cuts or razor burn…yay! 😉
Post # 14
@stace0616: you should be fine by Saturday 🙂 Just baby the area – my lady says if you don’t have TendSkin (or the like), a little dab of Neosporin works well too. After a few days, I gently exfoliate (just using my shower poof) to help avoid ingrowns. I rarely get ingrowns when I wax, which is super nice. I just really hate having to grow it out for the next wax. On teh bright side, you made it through the first one! The next one will be MUCH easier. I had my wax yesterday and no more tenderness or redness today (and I have fairly sensitive skin made worse b/c I’m on Prednisone again right now, yuck yuck yuck)
Post # 15
@stace0616: don’t do it ouch
Post # 16
They sell numbing cream that you can apply beforehand