This week we have put together a Buyer’s Guide to Brazilian Waxing, tackling those questions we are often asked: Where does the Brazilian Wax hail from and what makes a great Brazilian Wax?
This year’s extra dose of late summer sun means our skin is on show for that little bit longer; so our Summer waxing routine is continuing for that little bit longer. This week we have put together a Buyer’s Guide to Brazilian Waxing, tackling those questions we are often asked: Where does the Brazilian Wax hail from and what makes a great Brazilian wax?
The History of the Brazilian Wax
The modern Brazilian wax was brought to New York by the J Sisters, who having learnt their waxing techniques in Brazil, started to offer their own Brazilian Wax service to New Yorkers in 1987. Despite the ouch factor the treatment’s popularity spread fast and quickly found its way onto salon service menus across the city.
By the late 1990’s this new treatment had landed on British shores. The use of strip wax and poor technique meant popularisation of the Brazilian wax was slow. But as the industry developed modern wax and techniques the treatment became more and more popular. And now 20 years later, we are hooked. We love Brazilian waxing, for its clean finish, its long lasting results and because if you get it right, it really doesn’t hurt so much.
So What Makes an Excellent Brazilian Wax?
An excellent Brazilian wax is quick, relatively painless and leaves skin smooth and without redness after the initial settling period. There are 3 key ingredients to an excellent Brazilian wax.
Firstly and most importantly, your therapist’s skill. The therapist needs to be experienced in Brazilian waxing and to have been trained by the best teachers. All our therapists have been trained by the very best waxing schools in the UK, using the most modern techniques. And it shows.
Next comes the wax. Strip wax is not suitable for Brazilian waxing as it sticks to the skin, giving a higher chance of bruising if the wax is applied too thickly, and tearing if pulled too hard. Strip wax is also more painful. Hot wax dries only around the hair and not onto the skin removing the hair directly from the root, leaving a smooth finish.
The final ingredient is regularity of waxing. Book in every 4-6 weeks and your waxing will be less painful as the hair will not be too long. Any time before that will cause hair to break off and possible irritation to the skin.
In between waxes keep away from the razor as you are not removing the hair directly from the root. Our hair is nourished through blood supply you will only cause the regrowth to come back with a vengeance, making your wax uncomfortable.
What About After Care?
There are things that can’t be avoided like for example: The gym. Its part of your routine, that’s fine.
But after having a wax it is recommended that you avoid intensive exercise, hot showers, and heat treatments such as sunbeds and steam rooms, perfume, scented or harsh products. Our pores can take up to 24 hours to close after having a wax so it is important to follow this aftercare advice for this time to avoid redness and possible skin infections (such as Folliculitis).
Our final top tip is Exfoliate!
Exfoliate two days after your wax. Exfoliating will encourage the removal of dead skin cells and most of all tame your ingrown hairs.
This should be done at least twice a week and with a mild textured scrub. A harsh scrub doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing a good job, if anything you’re actually irritating the ingrown hairs. And don’t be tempted to use those exfoliating gloves they’re too harsh for such a sensitive area. Just be gentle.
By Simone Smith, MILK Beauty Team Simone is a waxing specialist and member of the MILK Beauty team. She is known for her fast and gentle waxing technique. Book a Brazilian Wax with our team now.