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Posted: 09 Apr 2011, 19:28
Because I have lost about ten lbs from my highest weight and can look straight down and see my cookie now, I thought it was time that I do something special for myself. Something that would kick start me feeling sexy again..

I booked a Brazilian wax for three weeks from now. (I didn't realize that you had to wait about three weeks after shaving to get one. I am still mortified at the fact that a jungle will be unfolding of which I usually do not let grow for more then a few days.)

With that said, I am wondering how my fellow FS girls (or men if it applies) get through this procedure. I get my eyebrows waxed, but obviously this procedure is more intense.

Share your stories and advice. Smile

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 10:22
The most important thing is hygiene - do make sure the aesthetician do not "double dip" - in other words, use a fresh applicator every time unless she uses a fresh pot of wax for each client.

Having said that, the pain scale varies, much depends on how thick/dense is your hair and personal pain tolerance level. As a courtesy to the aesthetician, shower before hand but time it at least a couple hours before the appointment (hair absorbs water). You may want to pop a couple pain killer/anti-inflammatory pills like Motrin 30 minutes ahead of time. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing to your appointment as you don't want to rub against tender areas and plan to stay away from the beach for a couple days.

That's all I have. If you like the results, you may want to consider laser. It is much more painful than waxing but more permanent and no issues with ingrown hair ...
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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 10:42
It hurts more if you're PMS-ing when you get it done. Are you sugaring or waxing? I'd recommend sugaring...

Exfoliating the area a few hours prior is a great idea for preventing ingrowns. Same goes for the following day.

Popping an ibuprpophen is a good idea (about an hour before you go). Don't use a tanning bed on the day of your wax. You can blister.

It really isn't all that painful. I personally think armpits are worse. I tend to babble to my esthetician during the whole procedure to take my mind off the pain.

I used to get a Brazillian every month,but after calculating how much I was spending a year on it, decided to get full-blown laser. Best decision of my life!
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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 11:14
Well if made me LMAO today reading you're post.. it's nice to see some real honesty on here..LOL I've thought about the Brazillian..takes guts...let us all know how it turns out.. lol

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 11:33
Azulene oil after your apt, and the following days will prevent ingrown hair. Good luck, it isn't that bad but if it's your first time you might experience more pain...
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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 14:56
I have it done every 3 to 5 weeks.. and have for 2 or 3 years.. it is not too bad. I am prone to the razor burn looking bumps.. I use a cream called finipil. It has a cooling effect and makes you more comfortable after the procedure. Make sure your girl wears gloves and as pp's has mentioned does not double dip. Some of them can be worse than others.. I just went to a new person (I will never go to her again) I had bruises all over my legs.. anyway here is hoping your person is competent and holds the skin tight so that you dont bruise and is fast so you dont suffer as long. The first time will be the worst after that the hair gets softer and easier to wax each time. Or you just become more tolerant. Either way it gets better. Smile

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Posted: 10 Apr 2011, 20:45
all I have to say is that you're braver than me Wink

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 05:06
I have waxed in the past but I have a problem with ingrown hairs after waxing or shaving, which no oil or lotion seems to help with. So I pluck the top area and shave the labia (which don't have the ingrown problem.) It doesn't hurt much, and it means you can keep it up every day instead of having to wait weeks for a wax. I like to stay smooth all the time Smile


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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 09:14
LOL, okay this was a great subject... Thank you for posting. My issue is being so "exposed". I've wanted to try this, but don't feel really comfortable having these areas exposed to someone I don't know. How do you handle this?

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 09:33
Go to a nice spa/salon to have it done. As stated above, take some pain killer an hour before. For me, it doesn't hurt at all. That being said, I have fine hair, so it is easy to remove. That is what I've been told by the pros. I also exfoliate the area with a product called Tend Skin. (A few days after waxing.) You can buy it at Sephora and most salons. One lady told me using a regular face toner works too. You'll love it! It is much better than shaving and stays smoother longer. Oh, the entire process takes 20 minutes for me.

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 09:39
I have to say for me this was pretty painful and I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. Taking some over the counter pain meds before hand def. helps. Good luck! Smile
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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 09:59
Your technician makes ALL the difference in the world! +1 to the advice to watch for double-dipping (and don't be afraid to speak up if you see her diving back in with the same spatula. This is your cookie we're talking about here! Razz), not tanning, and most especially for ibuprofen. But as for exfoliating, definitely DO but not the day of or the day after. That shizz is tender.

The night before (or no more than 12 hrs before, if your appointment's in the evening), give everything a good buff with one of those poofy shower things, and again maybe 12 hrs or so after. Every shower after, as well, and make sure to moisturize daily all the, erm, outside areas. That should keep the ingrowns to a minimum.

Also, 3 weeks is what they always tell you, but 1-2 (as long as there's 1/4" growth, really) is fine for most people. Just be willing to look her dead in the eye and say yes if she asks.

And best tidbit of advice I ever got: the week after TOM is your least sensitive.

Good luck to you and your hoo! Smile

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 10:56
You MUST let me know how this goes. I bought a brazilian wax on social living deals ($20!) and it's good for a year. I plan on using it around July. I am TERRIFIED! However I hear that if you start to do them frequently, the hair grows back less in general and more slowly each time. I've wanted to do it for quite some time but have been horrified. I figured doing it this way (already having paid for it) will make me take the plunge. Oh summer...

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 11:20
From my experience, it is painful, but having a good technician makes all the difference. I also find that if you help her hold the skin in some places it's easier for them to get into all your nooks and crannies (trust me-when they do the area around your clit, you get scared and you want to help) It is awkward, but most places i've been to make you wrap yourself in a towel and only expose the part they're working on at a time. Also, you can ask them to do a smaller area at a time, so that they're not removing as much hair at a time. You can also use topical anesthetic to numb the area before hand.

Tip: get your butt done if they ask. It doesn't hurt and it's worth it!
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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 11:37
weirdangel wrote:
LOL, okay this was a great subject... Thank you for posting. My issue is being so "exposed". I've wanted to try this, but don't feel really comfortable having these areas exposed to someone I don't know. How do you handle this?

I had the exact same issue! I basically just had to tell myself that it was their job, and they probably see a dozen hoo-has a day. After the first couple times, you get used to it.

Dadams is right, the hair does start to grow back more sparse, and thinner.

For exfoliating, I like to use those funny looking scratchy gloves. They're awesome to use the day before, and then the day after the wax, just to make sure the hairs don't get trapped in your skin.
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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 13:30
Just want to mention something that is critical that I haven't seen mentioned: the quality of wax. Make sure you call and ask what type of wax they use. The best wax is the one that does not require strips. Some places uses the wax that requires strips for the outer areas and uses the better wax for the more sensitive areas. I suggest going to a place that ONLY uses the better wax on ALL areas. I consider it to be less painful than using the wax that requires strips.
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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 14:33
Thank you so much for all of your responses.. I was worried no one would want to respond. I definitely am taking the plunge and am hoping for the best.. I will definitely give you an update after the fact. I have it booked for the 21st of this month at 9am!

I figured I should go early in the morning to give it time to heal as much as possible since I leave for vegas the next day. I wanted to have a nice clean cookie for vegas Smile

I am really nervous that I will get bumps afterward which will be really awkward while being in a bathing suit. I do hear that Tend works well and I think I may pick some up this week just to have it on hand.

I am going to a woman that was recommended to me by a friend. As for the pain, I am just going to push through and hope for the best. I am not going to lie, I am terrified. However I have a huge tattoo, and had kidney I am hoping the pain is less then that. My biggest fear is that I am going to have half done and wont be able to go any further...oh man, I would be mortified.

I do have to say that the exposure issue doesn't quite bother me. I kinda feel like people have seen way worse cookies. Although I haven't even seen my cookie after three weeks of no I am probably going to be frightened. Smile

I would love to hear if anyone has any funny stories.

Here is one I found about a home wax kit... Smile Enjoy

All hair removal methods have tricked us with their promises of easy, painless removal. The epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now.... The Wax!!

My night began as any other normal weekday night. Come home; fix dinner; played with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours; "Maybe I should pull the wax out of the medicine cabinet?"

So I headed to the site of my demise; the bathroom. It was one of those cold wax kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand and then they get warm and you peel them apart, press it to your leg (or wherever else) and hair comes right off!

No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm no girly, girl, but I am mechanically inclined enough that I can figure it out. *YA THINK!!!*

So I pull one of the thin strips out. It's two strips facing each other, stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. Cold wax my rear end (Oh, how this phrase haunts me!). I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

OK... So it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this!!! Hair removal no longer eludes me!! I am She-Ra, fighter of all wayward body hair and smooth skin extraordinaire!!

With my next wax strip, I move "north". After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of the bikini line, covering the right half of my vagina and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (Yes, it was a long strip). I inhale deeply and brace myself.... RRRRIIIIIIPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!

I'm Blind!!!!! Blinded from pain!!!!!!... OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half of the strip. S**T!! Another deep breath and RRIIPP... Everything is swirly and spotted. Do I hear crashing drums????? OK, back to normal. I want to see my trophy - A wax covered strip with my hairy pelt that has caused me so much pain, sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip! There's no hair on it!

Where is the hair?? WHERE IS THE WAX? Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair... The hair that should be on the strip. I touch. I am touching wax. S**T!!! I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair.

Then I make the next BIG mistake . . . . . . . Remember, my foot is still propped up on the toilet. I know I need to do something, so I put my foot down. DAMN!!! I hear the slamming of the cell door.

Vagina? Sealed shut! Butt?? Sealed shut!!! I penguin walk around the bathroom, trying to figure out what to do and think to myself, "Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off."

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right?? *WRONG!!!!*

I get in the tub - The water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit. Now, the only thing worse that having your nether businesses glued together is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub. In scalding hot water!! Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax. So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub!!! God bless the man what convinced me I should have a phone in the bathroom!!! I call my friend, thinking surely she's waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter, "So my butt and who-ha are stuck to the bottom of the tub!" There is a slight pause. She doesn't have a secret trick, but does try to hide the laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located on bottom, "Are we talking cheeks or hole or what?"

She's laughing out loud by now... I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH!!! Right!!!!!! I would be the joke of someone else's night. While we go through various solutions, I resort to scraping the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better then to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water, and then dry shaving the sticky wax off!!!

By now, the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I slip into glazed donut land. My friend is still talking with me as my hand reaches towards the saving grace... The lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point. I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids, scared the dickens out of my friend, but I really don't care!!

"IT WORKS!! IT WORKS!!" I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice, to my grief and despair... THE HAIR IS STILL THERE... ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I shaved it off. Heck, I'm numb at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair color . . . . . .


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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 15:10
OMG - I seriously don't remember when I last laughed so much that I actually started crying Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy What a story - and what a brave girl Wink

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 15:46
LMAO! Great story! One of my friends told me she does her own Brazilians and I stared at her like she had two heads. I can't even imagine that.

I've been reading this tread all day and I just have to share this finally. I got my first brazilian last year. Fantastic idea. EXCEPT! I went to the country bar the night before, got really bored, and decided to have the guy running the mechanical bull teach me how to ride well. I rode that stupid bull until my legs were shaky. The next morning I awoke to find that my inner thighs/butt were sore and bruised. I couldn't hardly walk normal and sitting wasn't exactly comfortable. But being the trooper that I am I went to get the wax job done anyway. Luckily I thought the whole thing was hilarious because otherwise having someone constantly poke your bruises while they rip all your hair out is not that pleasant.

So my suggestion to you is to not do that ^. Very Happy

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Posted: 11 Apr 2011, 16:00
Yep, my girlfriend does it herself on her bathroom floor with a pot of wax and a mirror. I think she's bat s##t crazy!

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