One of the most uncomfortable experiences in my field is probably the first time Brazilian. I understand the uneasy feelings and I try my best to make the first-time service as pleasant as possible. To help, I have compiled a list of information that I go over with my first-time Brazilian clients, including maintenance/upkeep so you can be more prepared for your first appointment with me.
- The hair needs to be more then a 1/4 inch long in order for the wax to pull the hair out. So, if you currently shave, you have to make it 2 weeks without shaving. You can do it!
- Taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1 hour before helps with the pain. I have clients who take Advil (Ibuprofen) also. But I have found that Tylenol works better.
- Your follicles will probably bleed a very small amount. Not all of them will, but your hair grows in the live layer of the skin, meaning blood is supplied for nutrients and growth. That being said, you may even feel bruised down there or tender to the touch for a day or so.
- When we pull out the hair your follicles are now exposed to air, oil, sweat as well as Bacteria. It takes several hours for the skin to produce a protective layer and completely close that follicle up. During this time it is important to keep area as clean as possible. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_repair)
- Some people can have a reaction to waxing. This typically appears as little white head pimples. This is still a mystery to me. I’ve talked to many peers of mine in the business as well as multiple internet searches and can’t find a common culprit. Although I’m not 100% positive, it’s my belief that these people have come in contact with bacteria before their skin has formed that “barrier” within the first few hours. My advice is to stay away from dirty pools, lakes, vigorous exercise, sexual contact, and always shower the same day you get waxed.
- When you wax, the hair is being pulled from the root. This causes scar tissue to build in the follicle and hopefully enough scar tissue will form that hair is unable to repair and resurface the skin. However, we have thousands of hair follicles and not all are growing at the same time, some are dormant and will choose to appear at any given time in your life. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_hair_growth)
- It is best to get waxed every 3-4 weeks. I say this because the more often you traumatize those hair follicles the less likely they will come back (the longer you wait, the more repair time you’re giving the hair). Also, since not all hairs are growing at once, you’ll actually have less hairs to pull out if you come regularly. This means it won’t hurt as bad as the first time.
- If the hair has not been completely traumatized it will come back finer. The fine hair may not have the strength to push up through the surface of the skin and then your have what is called an “ingrown hair“. You can do your best to prevent this stubborn hairs from becoming ingrown by exfoliation. I recommend exfoliating both chemically and manually.
- Examples of chemical exfoliation are: Gylcolic acid- This ingredient will break up the bond or glue between your skin cells so the surface at the micro level will be fluffy, allowing the surface of the skin to be removed more easily when scrubbing or washing. Lactic acid is another exfoliant similar to glycolic. I find that lactic acid is more of a moisturizing exfoliant and glycolic is drying. If you have a tendency to be more oily or sweaty, then Salicylic acid will clean up the oil. It’s like DAWN soap for your skin. Some of my worst ingrown clients got the best results when using acne type washes and OXY pads daily, and yes I’m still talking about the pubic area! It’s an amazing ingredient.
- Examples of manual exfoliation are: facial brushes (soft ones), scrubbing gloves, luffas, face scrubs with beads. Stay away from nut shell scrubs, as these are too abrasive and damaging.
- There are so many ingrown hair products out there and it gets confusing. Unfortunately it becomes a trial and error process to find which works best for your skin. Here are some examples: PFB (http://www.pfbvanish.com/) Relax and Wax “Get the Bump Outta Here” (http://www.relaxnwax.com/retail), Murad “Razor Burn Rescue” (http://www.murad.com/mens-skin-care), IMAGE “Total Anti-Aging Serum”, IMAGE “Salycilic Gel cleanser, and Clarifying pads”. Luckily, I’m an authorized retailer of Image & Relax and Wax products for you.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any other questions. I look forward to helping your first experience be a pleasant experience.