Patricia
Dedicated September 2020

What to expect?! - First Brazilian Wax lol

Patricia, on May 20, 2020 at 8:36 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 29
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Hi everyone!

Sooo FH and I have been joking for the past 4+ years about him paying for my first brazilian wax. I've been too scared to do it, so I've been putting it off ever since. Our wedding is coming up in September, so if I want to wax then, I need to start now to make sure I can handle it.

WELL.... he just booked me one for June 6th, and I don't know what to expect. I have ZERO pain tolerance lol so I'm scared of passing out or crying. ANY SUGGESTIONS?


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Latest activity by Tara, on July 16, 2020 at 11:58 AM
  • Sylessia
    Dedicated March 2020
    Sylessia ·
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    It’s not as bad as you may think. When I first got mine I was very nervous but the I expected more pain than there actually was. I’ve been going almost every month for the last 2 years. Once you have your first one the ones that follow are easy in my opinion. Hope this helps
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  • Samantha
    Expert October 2021
    Samantha ·
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    Have you ever had any waxing done i.e. legs? A Brazilian wax is rather painful. You could try taking a painkiller before hand. Make sure you are clean and that your hair is at least 1/4" long. If you have never been waxed before, you could also start out with a bikini wax or leg wax, so you will be familiar with the process and pain. Do not go within 1 week of your period, too sensitive.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    Samantha said almost everything I was going to say. It can be a little painful in some areas, but it only last a few seconds. Make sure your hair is long enough for the wax to grab. Taking an Advil beforehand isn't a terrible idea. But the most important thing is to not go close to the time of your period! I made that mistake and will never recover lol. The pain is much worse. If you have ever had your eyebrows or other areas waxed, I would say its maybe 2 levels higher on the pain scale. It's more awkward than anything else. Totally worth it though to not have to shave for a while!

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  • Kimberly
    Expert October 2020
    Kimberly ·
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    First time I got any sort of waxing they did legs first than Brazilian. I think the front shin part of the lower leg hurt soooo much more than the Brazilian wax itself. I agree with pp in you should try out leg wax first to see if you can handle that pain first.
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  • Brianna
    Just Said Yes October 2021
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    I been getting a wax done for 7 years now. It’s not that bad as everyone thinks it is. I personally think my eye brow hurt more. Lol. If you take some medicine before you go. It will take some of the pain. But don’t take a bath, workout, or have sex after you get it done.
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  • Mrs. S
    Super November 2019
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    I did it for six months bc my husband, then boyfriend, wanted me to. And I will never do it again. The first time I cried and every time after that I dreaded it so much. I took pain medication and used the special cream but it didn’t really help. After that I got laser hair removal which was less painful, quicker, and permanent so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I’m not trying to freak you out but just being honest it’s not for everyone. I’d rather just shave than do that again.
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  • J
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    Jillian ·
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    In my experience, the type of wax they use makes all the difference. A typical nail salon doesn't always have quality wax, which makes the experience more painful. I recommend the European Wax Center, where they use beeswax. It really wasn't bad at all for me. I found it so much easier and more convenient than shaving. I only stopped because doing it regularly got pricey.


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  • Patricia
    Dedicated September 2020
    Patricia ·
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    THANK YOU for sharing your experiences. I definitely appreciate it. The only things I've gotten waxed are my eyebrows, chin and lip, so now that you guys mentioned trying first with my legs, I'm a bit nervous haha.

    Thank you for the tip about avoiding being close to my cycle! That's really good to know. Good thing my cycle falls on this week, so by then it should be 2 weeks since my period. I'll definitely make sure to take some pain killers before going! I told my FH that he MUST drive me to the appointment because I don't know how bad it will be Smiley xd haha

    I'm definitely hanging onto the hope that the first one will be the worst and then it will be easier!

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  • Patricia
    Dedicated September 2020
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    Oohh that's good to know. I'm going to check and see if we have an European Wax Center close to us and we can move the appointment. Thank you!

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  • Natalie
    Super November 2020
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    I got one a few years ago with a few friends. I was really nervous, so I went first to get it over with for fear that if I saw them in pain or heard them scream I’d chicken out! It honestly wasn’t as painful as I’d imagined. I agree with the painkiller beforehand! It’ll help take the edge off!
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  • Sarahphillips
    Dedicated June 2021
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    I got my first one in March before everything closed down. The worst part for me was how awkward I felt. The lady was super nice & walked me through everything. It wasn’t even that painful! I made sure to exfoliate and soak in a warm bath beforehand as it was suggestion I kept coming across. She even asked me if I had exfoliated because it was waxing really well. Just relax and breathe through it. I’m going June 2nd for my second one with a new lady so I’m hoping she’s just as good as my last one.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Advil. The last time I had it done the wax was too hot and I was red and sensitive for days! Not the look or feeling I wanted. Never did it again. Shaving is fine.
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  • Aimee
    Super July 2021
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    European Wax Center also gives a discount on first time guests. So a Brazilian might end up being ~$25
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Yes, 100% agree. I never got a professional wax before getting a Brazilian for my wedding, so my waxer may have just been a really good salesperson, but I go to European Wax Center and it is not bad at all because of the wax they use.
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  • Belle
    VIP August 2022
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    Same! I hate shaving. Made me have those bumps and redness. I tried waxing and in specific area it hurts!! I splurged on buying laser treatment afterwards. It was $$$$ but it has been 2 years and I still have no hair to shave! It’s worth every penny. Laser hurts a bit in that tiny area, but it’s tolerable to me.
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  • J
    Dedicated August 2021
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    Happy to help! The beeswax hardens fast, so it's more of a peel than a rip. It's not painless, but definitely better than regular wax!

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  • Taran
    Expert September 2020
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    Brazilian waxes are not painless. There are definitely areas that hurt more (for me it's right across the pubic bone region that's the most painful), but the whole process is much quicker than you would think. I'm normally done in 20 minutes. The first wax is the worst, because you don't know what to expect, but after that the hair is much thinner so all subsequent waxes are quicker and hurt less. If you're really worried take some ibuprofen before (that's what was suggested to me). The other tips that I have read is don't schedule it around your period because everything is far more sensitive and avoid working out the day of the wax (something with blood flow and follicles, I didn't read the whole article). I get one every month and it is so worth it, just don't psych yourself out

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  • FutureMrsHadi
    Dedicated May 2021
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    It’s really not that bad and it happens super fast. You’ll be fine! You can take a couple ibuprofen before hand if you want and that does help a decent amount!
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  • Kate
    Devoted August 2020
    Kate ·
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    I’m gonna be totally honest and say that if you don’t have much tolerance for pain, it is probably going to hurt a lot. It’s possible that you’ll also have a lot of redness and swelling afterwards, so you might want to purchase something topical to soothe that. I recommend a product called Finipil. I will say that I love waxing and prefer it much more than shaving, now that I have done it for so long, but it took months for the pain to get better for me. I now go every month (when I’m not quarantined) and the hair growth is not near what it used to be, so the level of pain is so much lower now. Just a warning that the top hurts the worst in my experience - not the lower areas that are typically more sensitive! I think everyone should give it a try once. Worst case scenario you’ll decide that it’s not something you want to continue. Good luck and like everyone else has said...it’s over pretty quickly so try not to worry too much. Have a drink first. 😆
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  • Kasey
    Just Said Yes May 2021
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    I get waxed regularly and never shave any more and I will never look back! Since we have been in self isolation, I also recently performed my own Brazilian and it when great lol, although I wouldn’t recommend this AT ALL for newbies! I know a lot of people are saying take Advil before but that doesn’t do much for me. Honestly, I take about 2 shots of whatever alcohol I have laying around before I get waxed and that eases the pain quite a bit haha, so that could be an option for you if you are willing. Waxing makes me feel so feminine and clean and lasts way longer than shaving for me, so it’s definitely worth the pain (which I truly don’t think is as bad as you would imagine!) good luck!
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