Brazilian Bikini Wax in San Francisco
How does it work?
The wax is applied with a spatula and taken off with a fast jerk, against the direction of hair growth. The keys to a successful and relatively painless wax are to take Advil and to get the treatment done regularly – with no shaving in between treatments.
Is it painful?
Depending on your sensitivity to pain and how coarse your hair is – it can be painful. The coarser the hair, the coarser the root of the hair and pulling thicker (actually any) hair is going to be uncomfortable–no way around this, really. For most though, the pain is not as bad as imagined and becomes more tolerable over time.
Suggestions and tips prior to your waxing service:
- Advil 30 minutes prior to treatment can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Grapeseed oil works wonders to remove excess wax.
- Try to relax! Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Tensing up will constrict your follicles causing more resistance and potentially more pain.
- Prior to menstruation or during menstruation, you are more sensitive so you will most likely want to avoid treatment then.
- It is normal for those who have coarse hair to bleed a little, so don’t worry if it happens.
Try to wear loose-fitting clothes for a few days after treatment to give your skin a chance to breathe and to reduce moisture. The bikini, lip and underarm areas are where we tend to perspire, and perspiration creates moisture which can cause bacteria to grow. Once these areas have been treated, the follicles are open and are susceptible to bacterial infections. It is important to keep the treated area as clean and dry as possible within the first few days.
To aide in the prevention of ingrowns, regular exfoliation is recommended. Using your choice of a natural fiber loufa, sponge, or granual scrub, exfoliate 2-3 times a week after your service and leading up to your return visit to ensure your follicles are open and softened.
Regular “clean up” visits are encouraged. Your esthetician will recommend a return visit in 4-5 weeks and if your visit is completed in the suggested time frame, you will be eligible for a discounted clean up rate. Inquire for details!
Frequently Asked Questions:
The bottom line:
You will have to be in the buff in front of a stranger, and this can be either somewhat uncomfortable or very embarrassing depending on your modesty. You will be naked at some point with your legs open and you will be touched virtually everywhere. However, please keep in mind that your esthetician is a trained, experienced professional who has done this treatment more than you can fathom. Your best approach to the bikini or Brazilian treatment should be to relax. Before you make the leap, keep in mind that this is not a procedure for the easily-embarrassed or anyone that is uncomfortable exposing their “privates”.
How long does my hair have to be?
A 1/4 of an inch is ideal for better, longer lasting results, but it can be shorter. If your hair is any longer, you or your esthetician will need to cut the hair before waxing.
Will my skin become red and irritated?
For some people, there are no signs of irritation. Others (depending on the sensitivity of their skin) will experience redness and or small bumps, but this condition is temporary and typically fades within 24 hours.
Will this treatment make my hair grow back thicker or darker?
No, absolutely not. It does not cause your hair to grow thicker nor does it create more hair follicles. If you become a regular waxer, you will notice that your hair will become less coarse and sparser over time.
Will treatment change the pigmentation of my skin?
No, waxing does not cause dark spots. However, if you spend time in the sun after waxing you can more easily burn your skin, which can result in sun damage and ultimately dark spots (from the sun, not the wax). If you are tan, the wax can strip your tan because the waxing exfoliates the out most layer of the skin. You may experience some lightening if you have a dark tan from sun or sunless tanning products.