Can’t live with it, can’t live without it!
If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the same boat that I was leading up to my first Brazilian wax. My year teaching in Korea was coming to an end and I had an anniversary trip planned with my boyfriend, whom I haven’t seen in over a year, that also included a beach visit. I knew I needed to be snatched (literally) and shaving just wasn’t going to cut it. The only other option was a Brazilian wax. I had heard stories from my friends who’d had it done before and all they talked about was how PAINFUL and AWKWARD it was.
So, in my mind, I’m thinking holy sh*t, this is going to suck, but I’m SO tired of struggling with shaving my lady bits that I’m just going to have to suck it up. I mean seriously, there are so many negatives that come with shaving: razor bumps, razor burns, discoloration, nipping yourself, catching a cramp from bending over, you get my drift, that a few seconds of pain is totally worth it…right?
The one source of comfort that I got was knowing that I wouldn’t have a COMPLETE stranger down there, it would be my best friend. That’s right, ladies, my first Brazilian wax was done by my best friend who is a licensed esthetician. We couldn’t possibly get any closer at this point! So, being the total professional that she is, she gave me some tips to prepare.
A few words of advice to prepare yourself
- The first thing you should know about waxing is that you do need to have enough hair to pull. However, you don’t need to have a Wild Thornberry bush down there. The ideal length for first timers is ¼ to ½ an inch, AKA no shaving!
- Take a nice, warm shower and exfoliate to help open up your pores & soften the skin, which makes the hair easier to remove.
- To avoid that sweat-inducing moment of worry, you can also take some wipes to freshen up before getting on the waxing table, just to give yourself some peace of mind.
- Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so it might be best for some to take aspirin for later relief.
- Make sure the panties that you wear are soft and comfortable, preferably cotton to avoid the material rubbing and causing irritation.
- If you have a date night coming up, let your partner know that there won’t be any sexy time. Your vajayjay needs 24-48 hours of rest afterward.
- RELAX, RELAX, RELAX! Everything is 10x worse when you’re tense.
The moment of truth: the process
I arrived at European Wax Center about 10 minutes prior to my appointment and not even 30 seconds after checking-in (your first Brazilian wax at EWC is $25, btw!), my best friend Chelsea poked her bright pink head out of the door that leads to the waxing rooms with a mischievous smile on her face. She beckoned me to follow her and we went to the 3rd room, which was hers. She told me to strip from the waist down, set my clothes on the little stool in the corner and to lay on my back on the waxing table.
To keep myself distracted from thinking about what the hell I’d gotten myself into, we chit-chatted about our friends, which made me laugh and helped to calm me down. She then got started, explaining every step to me and giving me the run down on the type of wax that’s made exclusively for European Wax Center, Comfort Wax™. It’s a black, hard wax, which is preferred over soft wax. Hard wax is pretty much what it sounds like, it goes on in a gel state and hardens up so it can then be pulled. Soft wax is used with cotton strips. She used a cleanser which helped to get rid of dead skin cells, oils or anything else that might make it harder for the best wax possible and then she went right into it, telling me to take deep breaths.
I’m proud to say that I only screamed once.
I’m someone with a high pain tolerance and yes, it hurt like hell (especially the lips), but only for a few seconds. She would go over the area a second time and apply pressure to alleviate the sting, which was pretty helpful. After taking care of my entire front side, it was time to wax my backside. Jesus, that was awkward and the wax was oh so warm. However, the butthole is definitely the easiest and quickest to deal with. For that process, she had me flip over onto my stomach and place my hands on each cheek to spread ’em. So, after about 45 minutes, the entire process was over and Chelsea rubbed on a serum to prevent ingrown hairs and soothe the skin. It was very refreshing and much appreciated.
The verdict: To shave or not to shave?
The answer to this question is very simple: not to shave.
The results from the Brazilian wax were just too amazing. Once you go wax, you never go back! I mean come on, 3-4 weeks of not having to worry about hair? With shaving, my hair is practically waving at me within 3-5 days! As with most things, the more you do it, the easier it will be, and that is also the case with a Brazilian.
I’m currently a little over 4 weeks since my first appointment and I’ll be booking another one soon. Unfortunately, I just moved to Austin, Texas, so it’ll be a stranger down there instead of my best friend, but I’m still looking forward to it! It can be a little expensive, depending on where you choose to go, but I definitely think the cost is justified with the time and effort saved.
And that ladies, is the story of my first Brazilian wax of many.
What was your first waxing experience like?
Comment down below because I’d love to hear all about it!
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