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Brazilian wax etiquette
I get a lot of questions about Brazilian wax etiquette. If you have never been for waxing services or don’t know anyone who has, you might have some questions about how you should prepare.
Here are a few Brazilian wax etiquette tips:
•Make sure you know the address you are going to. Many people neglect to check this and then, 20 minutes before their appointment, realize that they aren’t going where they thought they were and arrive late.
•Read over the information on the website about some specifics that some waxers request you show up 10 minutes before your appointment.
•Read over the spa or salon policies’. Familiarize yourself with the late policy and cancellation policy.
•When booking your appointment, they may ask you to leave a credit card number or a deposit. This is now standard practice to ensure that clients will show up to their appointments.
•Many places now offer consultation forms online for you to fill out beforehand. Do this to ensure you know about any contraindications or reactions you might have to waxing.
•Usually, before you get a wax, most estheticians require 3-4 weeks hair growth. Some may also ask you to trim or not to trim. This information should be on the esthetician’s website.
•It’s best to exfoliate the areas every other day with a scrub mitt (←we recommend this one)and body wash to make sure all the hairs have come to the surface and to release any ingrown hairs. Moisturize with an unscented lotion every day. Clean, healthy skin gets the best results.
•If you can, shower right before your wax, but sometimes you can’t always do that. Ensure you are clean (front and back) using wet paper towels, baby wipes or feminine wipes. <- This one is made specifically for women and is safe in the vulva area.
•Most estheticians or waxers will still wax you if you have your period. But double-check with them first. You can wear a diva cup or fresh tampon and tuck the string as far in as possible. Make sure you mention to the waxer you have your period.
•If you have numbing cream, you can apply this usually 1 hour before. Check the manufacturer’s instructions about the requirements. Again, let the waxer know that you have numbing cream on.
•If you tend to “run a little warm,” wear loose-fitting clothing and a tank top. The warmer your body temperature, the harder the wax to set up properly.
•When you enter the room, the waxer asks you to undress. Most prefer if you don’t wear any panties (they will see your bits, anyway, right?) Ask your esthetician where she would like you to place your clothes. (Don’t leave them on the floor or in front of the bed for them to pick up). Also, avoid putting on the panties you came in. If you can, go commando or put a fresh pair on.
After your wax
When your wax service is completed, you can get dressed and talk about aftercare requirements.
Your esthetician will guide you through the wax. It will be a lot easier and less painful than you think. Your esthetician sees more naked women than most doctors, so try to relax and not worry about that part.
As a professional waxer for over 15 years, I have seen every type of lady bit (and man bits). Nothing surprises me. If I seem to be studying the area, it’s because I want to look closely at hair growth patterns so you get the best wax results.
If you have questions, this is a good time to ask them.
Waxing is a service, and if you think your waxer did a good job, then let her know with a gratuity. The average now is 15-20%. Another thing people don’t know about is that most small businesses have to pay credit card fees when a client uses their credit card. Consider bringing cash to help keep the salon’s costs low if possible.
Going into a waxing salon can be a nerve-racking experience. Hopefully, this will give you more confidence to get your first wax!
These are some of my recommendations for pre and post-waxing care.