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Brazilian Wax: What You Need to Know

        Health | Hair Removal

Brazilian Wax Procedure

As soon as you utter the word "Brazilian" at the spa, you may be handed a strange, underwear-like garment -- a strip of paper attached to a string of elastic. This underwear is supposed to hide the hair you don't want waxed, and there's a reason it doesn't cover much: You're there to have everything except for a tiny strip of hair removed.

The majority of salon professionals who perform Brazilian waxes are women, but it's probably best to state a preference either way when you make your appointment. Whoever you choose, that aesthetician will most likely ask you to remove all your clothing from the waist down, and lie on a table in your new disposable G-string. Depending on the length of your pubic hair, you may first require a trim to prepare the area for waxing. Longer hair is not easy to remove with wax.

Next, you'll move your legs to expose the area to be waxed. It's likely that your aesthetician won't prep your skin with any pain medication. (You can address the pain before your appointment, if you need to, by taking an anti-inflammatory or using a doctor-recommended topical anesthetic.) But he or she may apply baby powder to keep the wax from sliding [source: Goins].

The aesthetician will spread wax on your genital region in even strokes, starting on one side and then the other, followed by the buttocks. After each application, he or she will cover the wet wax with cloth strips. When the wax is set, the strips come off the skin with a quick pull of the cloth. The aesthetician may ask you to help by pulling the skin with your hands and keeping it taut -- this makes it easier to remove the hair [source: University of California, Santa Barbara].

Now that you know what happens when you go in for a Brazilian wax appointment, read on to discover the benefits of having little-to-no hair in your bikini area.