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Surviving the Brazilian: Tips on having the best waxing experience

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A trip to the salon for an intimate waxing is not something to fear. While it will never be a pleasant experience, a bikini, Brazilian or even a Sphinx waxing doesn't have to be a nightmare. Being prepared for a hair removal service can help make the experience more bearable.

Consider the following waxing survival tips when making your next appointment:

Know what you want.
Know what you want. via internet

Know what you want.

Just like going into a salon, it is of the utmost importance to have managed expectations. It is key to know in the end result style of the waxing experience. Is it a simple waxing of the bikini line? Is it one of the various Brazialian styles? Or the Sphinx - is everything coming off? There is usually a difference in price from bikini line to Brazilian and for smoothing the entire pubic area. Be prepared to pay more for removing more - the waxing technician will be using more product and taking more time. 

Shaving makes waxing more painful.
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Shaving makes waxing more painful.

From time to time, in between waxes, the need for a quick fix may arise. Know this: repeated shaving makes waxing more painful. While it is important to trim pubic hair before a waxing session, the coarse, blunt-tip hair left from shaving makes the process more difficult. Hair that does not lift with the wax may need to be tweezed. Shaving often results in hair that has been encased tightly by the follicle. If being waxed after a long absence from waxing, and shaving has been the hair removal practiice of choice during that time, expect more discomfort in the first waxing session. 

Preventative steps for pain.
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Preventative steps for pain.

Take an anti-inflammatory at thirty minutes before the waxing service. Taking two 200 mg ibuprofen tablets before being waxed will help to relieve pain and curb inflammation of the skin. Ask the waxing technician if they use a numbing spray. It may be a good idea to drop by a beauty supply store to buy a personal spray, which can be applied by the technician before the service. Taking steps to curb any possible discomfort will make for a better service. 

Tea Tree Oil is a gift from the gods.
Tea Tree Oil is a gift from the gods. via the internet

Tea Tree Oil is a gift from the gods.

Tea Tree Oil is a common post-service product in most waxing rooms. This cooling, soothing ingredient is found in various forms - oils, lotions, etc. It alleviates swelling, burning and helps to cool, calm and soothe irritated skin. Again, ask the waxing technician if they use a Tea Tree product, or bring it a personal lotion along to be applied after the waxing. 

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