What should I expect during my first Brazilian?

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What should I expect during my first Brazilian?

Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
After a couple years of contemplation (and finally having funds), I'm scheduled to get my first Brazilian wax during the end-ish of February.

I did educate myself of course; I know that I need to have my hair grown a bit before I got it done, and I also need to ensure that my nether regions are clean as well. It should last for about 3-4 weeks, and it will be somewhat painful

My question is: is there anything else I need to know before I walk in the door, and if you got a Brazilian, what did it initially feel like? Also, what kind of creams, salves, etc. did you use to prevent or alleviate ingrown hairs, unpleasant bumps, and redness.

Also, I would like to direct this towards those who have some knowledge of Brazilian waxes, please. You don't need have had one, though! Thanks, Edenites!
12/31/2011
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Antipova Antipova
I used some grapeseed oil (available in most middle-eastern grocery stores, and some plain'ol supermarkets as well, it's just a flavorless cooking oil) the first ~three days after I got Brazilians to avoid ingrown hairs, because that's what my lady recommended.

For me, it was only slightly painful, except for the labial V around and over the clit itself---that hurt a lot, but it was only two strips' worth. My lady typically did from the furthest corners and then down, avoiding that spot, then getting the labia majora (which was practically painless), and then finishing off the front with those two that hurt. Take a deep breath and they'll be over soon. Luckily the pain fades almost immediately. Then you flip over to get the few perianal hairs, which is the least painful part of all, you just barely feel a tickle.

The only other things I can think of to say---if it's your first time, tell your waxer and ask questions, and they'll be glad to help. I used to see a lady who had a little license and a home practice. If you can find someone like that it's all the better.

I don't get them anymore because I moved away, and my first experience in my new city, the lady reused the strips to apply the wax. That's a health risk and it squicked me out. I asked around to see if anybody knew of any place where they get a fresh strip each time (like my home practice lady did), and nobody knew of one, so it seems like the climate in my new city is to not care about spreading herpes (?). So, my final bit of advice is, read google reviews or ask friends to see whether the place you've booked your appointment follows good health habits.
12/31/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by Antipova
I used some grapeseed oil (available in most middle-eastern grocery stores, and some plain'ol supermarkets as well, it's just a flavorless cooking oil) the first ~three days after I got Brazilians to avoid ingrown hairs, because that's ...
Sweet! Thank you for the speedy response. I'll look into the grapeseed oil for sure and I'll be weary of reused strips as well. I'll continue reading Google reviews and study up on proper hygiene practices as well.
12/31/2011
potstickers potstickers
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
I used some grapeseed oil (available in most middle-eastern grocery stores, and some plain'ol supermarkets as well, it's just a flavorless cooking oil) the first ~three days after I got Brazilians to avoid ingrown hairs, because that's ...
Wow, I never knew that waxing places reused strips. I definitely didn't think you could get herpes from waxing as a result. I wasn't planning on getting waxed any time soon but I'll definitely have to keep that in mind for friends.
12/31/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
You actually can't get herpes from waxing. The virus can't really survive without a human host, so it dies pretty quickly. It's kind of like the toilet seat myth to be honest.

However, if they do reuse strips, there is a possibility of getting a nasty infection, so that's why it's necessary for new strips to be used every time you wax.

Just thought I could clarify that!
01/01/2012
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by potstickers
Wow, I never knew that waxing places reused strips. I definitely didn't think you could get herpes from waxing as a result. I wasn't planning on getting waxed any time soon but I'll definitely have to keep that in mind for friends.
Yeah, I put the (?) there because I wasn't exactly sure what the health risk was, but it does seem like putting something on someone's labia, and then putting it into a body-temperature pot of wax, and then putting the same wax onto a different person sounds kinda sketchy. It wouldn't fly in a restaurant, anyway, so I didn't like it for my vagina either.

This is just from about.com ( link ), not actual research, but :


There is very little recent data about the transmission of the herpes virus from objects, instead of from person to person; however, studies in the 1980s found that the virus could survive for several hours on plastic surfaces in a humid environment. This suggests that herpes transmission from infected exercise equipment is possible, even if the mat is not the most common source of mat herpes.


Whether herpes or not, though, body-temperature pots of wax are no place to be putting strips that have already been used on the body!
01/01/2012
Illusional Illusional
It was a bit painful, and the lady I see is very medical about it. And it was a little weird having some random woman rubbing oil down there, it was... something else. LOL.
01/01/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
y'all have been super duper helpful.

Antipova, if I see that the strips are getting recycled, I'll defintely make a complaint. Whatever the health risks may be, I don't want to risk my personal health and safety so I can be hairless lol
01/01/2012
Taylor Taylor
I'm not an expert at waxing, but I do work at a spa so maybe I can help.

I think as long as they aren't re-using the sticks there shouldn't be a contamination problem. They generally dip a wooden stick in the wax, spread the wax on, then put a cloth or paper strip on, and pull. So the strips should really only be touching you and are thrown away at the end (at least where I work) So I think since they are only touching one person, that's why they will sometimes use the same strip for more than one pull. They definitely should be using a new stick each time they dip into the wax though.

Also, you can usually either buy a cream or be given one to put on after the wax to make it not be as tender afterwards. The one we sell is called finipil, but I'm sure there are others.
01/01/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
You are brave, brave people. I don't think I will EVER get my lady bits waxed. Or, I'd do it myself.
01/01/2012
marriedlady123 marriedlady123
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Originally posted by Taylor
I'm not an expert at waxing, but I do work at a spa so maybe I can help.

I think as long as they aren't re-using the sticks there shouldn't be a contamination problem. They generally dip a wooden stick in the wax, spread the wax ...
There really is no way that strips can be reused between people, but sticks can easily transit germs
03/02/2013
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