Tips For Your First Brazilian Wax

Tips For Your First Brazilian Wax

If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you’re getting ready for your first Brazilian Wax or Bikini Wax. I totally understand that you’re nervous, so I’m going to help you get prepared with some things you need to know and the basic Brazilian Wax Etiquette guidelines so your first Brazilian Wax can go as smoothly as possible. Here are great Tips For Your First Brazilian Wax!

Pro Tip:

Experimental Series by Mermaid Wax is Best For Brazilian Waxing

Ask your wax salon if they use Hard Wax or Soft Wax for Brazilian Wax.  You want them to use Hard Wax, which sounds weird, but is much SOFTER.

For the absolute best results ask them if they use Mermaid Wax Signature Series or X Series as they're both hypoallergenic and excellent for sensitive skin.

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First of all, what is a Brazilian Wax?

A Brazilian Wax is when all of the hair is removed from your bikini area in the front and the butt strip in the back. Of course, you can opt to leave a landing strip, triangle, etc, but in general all of the hair is removed.

You should understand that we (as Professional Estheticians) have seen thousands upon thousands of vaginas, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or shy! We aren’t judging you. We do Brazilian Waxing everyday. To us, it’s just another vagina that we’re going to remove hair from, that's it.

Here's a couple of things you should know before getting waxed:

Ensure Your Hair is Long Enough

The hair needs to be at least 1/4th of an inch long for a Brazilian Wax. This length takes around 3-4 weeks, depending on your hair growth cycle. If the hair is too short, the wax won't be able to grip the hair and pull it from the root, resulting in the hair breaking. If the hair is too long, it will be difficult for the wax to reach the base of the hair and could get tangled and break.  The "safe zone" to get waxed is between 3-6 weeks of growth. Anything shorter than 3 weeks is too short. Anything longer than 6 weeks is too long.


If at all possible, clean up before coming in for a Brazilian Wax. It’s best to shower before your appointment to ensure there’s no sweat, dirt, oils, etc before getting waxed. We’re going to be removing hair from the root which means that the follicle will be open and exposed after getting waxed. The last thing you want is to expose that follicle to any kind of bacteria or infection. Don’t come in for a wax right after going to the gym. Again this has to do with cleanliness and also body oil, sweat and lotions which will create a barrier between the wax and your skin. This is not good when getting waxed. It will cause the wax to not adhere to the hair properly so it’s going to make your wax more painful.

Use The Restroom

Use the restroom immediately before you walk into your wax appointment. This sounds silly, but when you’re getting waxed, it’s easy to tense up when the waxer is removing the wax strips. Thus it makes it feel like you have pressure on your bladder, making you feel like you need to go to the bathroom. Nothing is more disruptive during an appointment to have the waxer stop what they’re doing, you put your clothes back on so you can run to the bathroom in the middle of your appointment. So go before! Even if you don’t feel like you have to.

No Drinking

Skip drinking before your Brazilian Wax appointment. I totally understand being nervous and wanting to take the edge off. However, alcohol can tighten your pores which will cause the hair to be more difficult to remove, which makes it more painful.

Bring Clean Panties

For all Brazilian Wax appointments, not just your first Brazilian Wax, please wear clean clothes and underwear to your waxing appointment AND BRING A SECOND PAIR TO WEAR HOME. The worst thing you can do is put on dirty or sweaty clothes AFTER your skin has been freshly waxed. This will introduce bacteria and infection to your hair follicles that are now exposed. The best clothes to wear are loose fitting clothes. We recommend either a dress/skirt, sweatpants, loose fitting jeans, etc. Breathable fabrics like cotton are best (especially for underwear) or you can even opt for not wearing underwear to help avoid friction.

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Shower Soon After, Not Too Soon

It's best to wait at least 4 hours after getting a Brazilian Wax before you shower. We want the post wax care to fully absorb into the skin while your hair follicles are open. However, you definitely want to shower before the end of the day to ensure you go to sleep with clean skin. Again, we don't want to introduce any bacteria, infection, sweat, dirt, etc to your skin after getting waxed.

Plan, No "Plans" For 24-48 Hours

Refraining from activities that can cause extra friction or rubbing are a must. Riding a horse, marathon running/walking, working out, swimming, or even extra curricular bedroom acts can all lead to irritation, ingrowns, and pain.  Make your Brazlian Wax the best experience possible and avoid these "no, no's".

Post Wax Care

This is a 2 part-er. First, be sure you have ingrown hair serum onhand before you leave your Brazilian Wax appointment, if not before you go. For 99% of those who wax for hair removal, ingrown hair serum is a MUST.  It's HUGE and cannot be overstated. Second, X FO LEE ATE (to be phonetic). Exfoliation is just as HUGE as ingrown hair serum.  The difference is ingrown hair serum is used in the few days following your wax whereas exfoliating primarily comes after.  Exfoliate to help the new hair growth push through the surface of the skin.  Again, this is key to avoid ingrown hairs which are not fun to look at and are PAINFUL!