First things first: there’s nothing wrong with your body hair. Your body hair is a part of you, and that means it’s worth celebrating. When it comes to body hair, the choice to grow, trim, or wax should always be one you feel comfortable making.
If you’re thinking about going bare down there, the comfort factor can be a big fear. That’s why we’re here to break down those waxing worries, just in time for Face Your Fears Day. Face your waxing fears with these DIY Brazilian tips, and you’ll come out the other side smooth.
Let’s put it all out there (so to speak). Hair removal, especially in an area as sensitive as your bikini line, is never going to be fun. It’s important to assess your own pain tolerance and try to respect your body. That means preparing yourself for the experience, so you can face your fears as comfortably as possible.
Setting the Scene
Start by trimming; ideally, your hair should be about ¼ to ½ inch long for an easier wax. Applying talcum powder to your bikini area pre-waxing helps the wax stick to the hairs, not the skin. You can soothe your skin post-waxing by keeping aloe vera, olive oil, and gentle lotions handy. We recommend Key West Aloe’s creamy Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer. You can also put on a favorite album or podcast to offer comforting distraction as you prepare to face your waxing fears head-on.
If you want to make your own sugar wax, gather your ingredients. Most DIY experts recommend combining 400 g (2 cup) granulated sugar, 30 mL (¼ cup) lemon juice or vinegar, and 30 mL (¼ cup) water for a simple sugar wax.
It’s best to make your sugar wax in a larger pot, on medium heat, mixing occasionally with a metal spoon. Keep your mixture on the stove until all the frothiness disappears. Once it looks honey brown, pour it into a jar immediately and let it cool slightly so it won’t burn to the touch.
If you ditch the kitchen and opt for store-bought supplies, make sure you stock up on strips, wax, and popsicle sticks. There’s nothing worse than having to run back to the store midway through your Brazilian.
The Moment of Truth
Once your materials are prepped, and your skin is primed and powdered, it’s time for the actual business of waxing to begin. Use a popsicle stick to apply wax in the direction of the hair. Then place a strip over the wax, starting nearest your belly button.
Now comes the scary part: the pulling. Rip off your strip quickly, in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Move quickly, and don’t be afraid to get in there. If you feel pain, take breaks to apply your post-waxing soothers. You can also pour yourself a drink — it won’t really help the pain, but as long as you’re facing your fears, you might as well toast yourself for it. Strip by strip, wax and pull until the hair is all gone.
Whether or not you choose to go smooth, pat yourself on the back for facing your fear head-on. It can be painful, uncomfortable, and intense to face your fears. But once you’ve bared it all, you’ll feel all the better for it.