brazilian waxing: frequently asked questions
Customer service is of utmost importance to us at Prana. If you are not happy, we need and want to hear about it immediately. We strive to provide blissful service and treatments, so that your experience is unique. So let’s begin shall we? Below is a selection of frequently asked questions on brazilian waxing; and remember, if your question isn’t answered here, we’d love to hear from you…
What is Brazilian waxing?
Brazilian Waxing is the full or partial removal of genital hair by the use of hot wax. You may choose to have everything taken off or to leave a shape (a ‘landing strip’ or triangle for example) on the front.
Does it hurt?
The pubic area is one of the most sensitive areas in the body and the pain involved with this procedure can be slight or severe depending on the length of hair and of course your tolerance to pain. However, in the hands of an experienced aesthetician, the process is only minimally painful.
Should I avoid waxing when I’m menstruating?
Not necessarily. We know that at least three days before or after your menstrual cycle this area is a little more sensitive. That said, the first or last day is fine… in which case we ask that you please wear a clean tampon before the appointment.
Can I use a numbing cream before I wax?
We would rather you didn’t. Numbing creams can interfere with the application of the wax or, in certain situations, cause allergic reactions around such a sensitive area full of membranes.
Will I be uncomfortable after my wax?
Absolutely not. We assure you that your skin will normalise within 12 hours and feel soft, beautiful and clean.
How long should I wait after shaving to get a brazilian wax, or a first wax?
About two weeks; allowing the hair to grow at least 1/2-1cm long to adhere properly to the wax.
How long does the treatment take?
Many salons will advise you to allow 20 minutes for this. At Prana, timeframes are not so important to us as our commitment to the principles of Ayurveda. That means that your experience with us is never hurried, never rushed… expect to be with us for 30 minutes at least, because nothing falls short of what you’d expect of us (and what we demand of ourselves). As far as we are concerned you deserve more, and that is why we precede every brazilian waxing treatment with an Ayurvedic foot massage – an experience which is all part of our wish to please, relax, and envelope you in our caring world…
Can I get a brazilian wax if I’m pregnant?
Yes! We love pregnant women. We make you extremely comfortable and provide waxing on various areas right up to the week before delivery.
What kind of wax do you use?
We use a soft, warm wax. Other establishments sometimes use hard wax or a technique called sugaring. It is simply a matter of preference. We like the reassurance that the whole hair is coming up, including the bulb, and the soft wax allows us to see this. We have tested all different kinds of wax and we stick to the one that works best for our clients. The wax we use is a very high quality bee wax with azulene – ideal for even most sensitive skins and manufactured in Australia. It doesn’t stick to the skin (only the hair!) leaving the skin soft and supple.
When should I not wax?
We cannot wax you if you fall under any of the following categories:
a. You are using any Retinol products i.e. Retin A, on your bikini line or brow area.
b. You are using Accutane.
c. You have any kind of sunburn, laser burn, pustules or breakouts on the area to be waxed.
d. You are diabetic (though we can wax you if you supply a doctor’s note saying it’s okay for you to wax).
In addition, we advise that prolonged use of panty liners can lead to serious irritation of your delicate bits. There is some evidence out there to suggest that because a lot of feminine products have been bleached, when the pad comes into contact with moisture it can cause a chemical reaction, which in turn breaks down your epidermis.
How else can I prepare?
We ask that you discreetly disclose any and all medical conditions you have before we wax you, especially any STDs. Also, please freshen up before your appointment… although we always prep the skin with an antiseptic before we wax; we ask this as a courtesy.
We look forward to making you infinitely touchable! Here’s how to prepare for your Brazilian wax.