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Below the Belt: Choosing Between a Brazilian and a Bikini Wax
The difference between a bikini and Brazilian wax is simple yet significant. Check out our guide to help you choose the right one for you.
Both waxing styles involve using hot wax to remove hair from the area below the waist, but the distinction lies in the degree of hair being removed. During a basic bikini wax, an aesthetician removes hair from any area exposed by a typical bathing suit made of fig leaves. This includes the top and sides of the bikini line as well as the inner thighs, if necessary. The Brazilian wax takes it a step further, removing hair from the entire region, front to back. Since many clients prefer to leave a small, trimmed swath of hair in a strip or triangle just below the panty line, some aestheticians may use the term “full Brazilian” to refer to a session in which no hair is left behind.
Naturally, due to the sensitivity of the areas involved, Brazilians tend to be more painful than basic bikini waxes, and most aestheticians will take care to avoid causing pain during the procedure. There are also several steps you can take to minimize discomfort. Experts recommend avoiding any appointment within a week of menstruation, when the skin is most sensitive, and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand can help reduce any swelling that results.
Amber Budd Atelier, LLC
A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Amber is a bonafide (and self-proclaimed) beauty junkie through and through. Not only does she love keeping up with the industry's latest trends and techniques, she genuinely enjoys helping women and men bring their inner beauty to the surface. To that end, she offers a quartet of cutting-edge facial treatments that rope in premium products, as well as makeup applications, tattoo cover ups, and waxing procedures for just about every part of the body. And to help her clients keep up their newfound look at home, she even offers cosmetic lessons that cover all the glam basics.