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What Is a Brazilian Wax?

BY: EDITORIAL TEAM | 7.10.2017 |

Few beauty services are as polarizing as the Brazilian wax. The mere idea of the service is enough to strike fear into some folks' hearts, while others would never dream of putting on a bathing suit without booking a wax appointment first. But just what is a Brazilian wax anyway? And does it really hurt as much as you've been led to believe?

To help first-timers navigate the fuzzy world of de-fuzzing, we threw together this comprehensive guide to the Brazilian wax.

What is a Brazilian wax?

A Brazilian wax has a no-man-left-behind attitude when it comes to hair. In other words, it gets rid of all hair, front and back. Yikes!

Bikini wax vs. Brazilian wax: what's the difference?

Many people don't know the difference between a bikini wax and Brazilian wax and the two are often confused. A good way to differentiate them is to remember that a standard bikini wax eradicates any hair that would be visible in a traditional swimsuit. That typically means a little off the top and the sides.

As noted above, a Brazilian wax gets rid of everything. However, some women do request to leave a small line of hair (or landing strip), or a v-shaped tuff of hair on top.

Does a Brazilian wax hurt?

We all already know the answer here, right? Chances are your first Brazilian wax is going to hurt. But, according to some experts, the first time is definitely the worst, and there are three things that can help ease the pain.

1. The type of wax

Hard wax may be preferable to soft (who knew there were different kinds?) when it comes to pain. Unlike soft wax, it doesn't stick to your skin, just your hair, so it doesn't require a strip to remove.

2. The technique

After every pull, the waxing specialist applies pressure to the skin, which helps dull the pain. Most try to work as quickly as possible, as well, so the pain is over quickly.

3. Practice self-soothing

Deep breaths during the treatment will help keep you calm, but if you're really worried about the pain, take an ibuprofen or have a glass of wine beforehand to help yourself relax.

Are there any Brazilian wax tips?

Other than working up the courage to get your first Brazilian wax, there isn't really much for you to do. The only words of wisdom from waxing professionals is to let your hair grow. Because wax sticks to long hairs better than stubble, the rule of thumb is that hair needs to be a quarter of an inch long, which equates to about two weeks' worth of growth.

Also, avoid psyching yourself out over the intimacy of the situation. Remember that your waxer is a professional who's seen her fair share of undercarriages. And, depending on your preferences, she can be ruthlessly efficient to get you in and out as quickly as possible, or she can become something of a confidante, like a hairstylist. If you still have questions, check out the article below, where we ask a waxing pro about all the delicate details so you don't have to.

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What does a Brazilian wax feel like afterward?

According to Favin, our former beauty editor, the aftermath of her first Brazilian was the best part. Her technician tweezed a few stray hairs and dusted her with powder before sending her back out into the world. There was no lingering pain, and she described wearing pants as "more of an experience than usual." One day later, she was even more convinced that she'd go back for another round.

How much does a Brazilian wax cost?

Prices can vary, but on average you can expect to pay about $75 for a Brazilian wax. Be sure to check Groupon for deals on Brazilian waxes near you.

What are Brazilian wax reviews like?

Here's what some of our customers had to say about their Brazilian wax experience:

"I received a Brazilian wax and I would rate the most painful part a 2 out of 10 on the pain scale. I would definitely recommend Allure for your next waxing."- from Patrigna P.'s review of Allure Beauty Lounge in Chicago

"My experience was amazing at Fantastic Waxing Studio. I purchased the deal for the Brazilian Wax and I have never had it done so fast before. I would definitely recommend everyone go there for services and it is also very sanitary." - from Tiffany T.'s review of Fantastic Waxing Studio in New York

"Amazing! Loved my esthetician. Results are lasting since everything is pretty smooth even a month after." - from Kyle B.'s review of Lay Bare Waxing Salon in Los Angeles

Still nervous? Check out our waxing video for more information (including tips!):

Do you love or hate the Brazilian wax? Share your stories in the comments!