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[NSFW] Attention ladies who wax down there, any tips on how to make it painless?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) July 3rd, 2011

Any one of you that get a Brazilian wax done, is there any technique you know on how to minimize the pain?

One thing I do know is to be hydrated. I drink a couple of glasses of water some 30 minutes before the appointment.

Any other helpful tips.

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krrazypassions's avatar

Typically, you’ll need to wax every 2 to 4 weeks and the more you do it, the less painful it becomes.

JLeslie's avatar

I would assume you can use some Emla cream? Try to avoid your vulva, it will puff it up.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I take Aleve about 20 minutes before.

JLeslie's avatar

Not sure about how fast Aleve acts, but Ibuprofen and Tylenol typically take 50 minutes to reach high enough levels to be doing anything.

Can I suggest laser treatemens instead? The new machines are pretty much painless. Make sure it is one of the painless lasers.

Judi's avatar

The advice above might make it less painful but painless? I doubt it. One thing that helps is to go to someone who really knows what their doing. The girl I go to ONLY does waxing. She gets it right fast so she doesn’t have to keep going over it again and again.

Supacase's avatar

I agree with @Judi. Going to someone with experience is key. They will get the job done with as few strips as possible and they now how to stretch the skin for the smoothest pull. Typically they will apply a quick bit of pressure to the just pulled area, which does help.

Waxing has never been painful for me, more of a discomfort, but I have gone to some inexperienced people who made it a very unpleasant experience. Several tiny strips and going back over the same area more than once because they didn’t get it right the first time.

It is worth paying extra for someone who knows what they are doing!!

Maybe you could try a topical pain spray before going or maybe even in the room before the aesthetician comes in. There is some made specifically for that area – the hospital gave me some to take home after I gave birth.

kateums's avatar

First, make sure you exfoliate the area you plan to wax well, for a few days leading up to your wax.

Take Ibuprofen 30 minutes before your wax.

Also, there is a great product on the market called No Scream Cream, which is a topical numbing cream. It’s important to know how to use this correctly. Make sure to apply 30 minutes before you wax, and put it on like night cream (massage into the skin, but don’t try to rub it in like lotion. the majority of it should still be sitting on top of your skin).

The quality of wax used can also make a difference. Going to a reputable salon doesn’t mean they have great wax. I’d say shop around until you find an establishment you trust and are comfortable with. Many times salons have loyalty programs that can help you save money too!

Plus, a normal regimen of waxing helps. Most people need to get waxed every 4–6 weeks. If you plan on waxing more than that, make sure your efforts aren’t fruitless! The hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long, but more than an inch will lead to breakage (where the hair breaks off at the skin. this has the potential for ingrowns!!)

MissAnthrope's avatar

@JLeslie is right. I’ve had laser hair removal treatments at two different places, several years apart. The difference in technology is astounding. The first time, it hurt so bad that I couldn’t stay still.. and I’m pretty stoic about pain. I just started a set of new treatments and I was floored.. I honestly couldn’t even tell she was doing it. There were maybe 2 or 3 times where I felt a small pinch like when you pluck, but other than that, if it weren’t for the occasional whiff of burnt hair, I wouldn’t have even known it was happening.

Jellie's avatar

@MissAnthrope You can get laser treatment for your pubic region too? How effective is it? And does it take a lot of sittings?

aprilsimnel's avatar

@MissAnthrope – One has to be super pale and the hair relatively dark for lasers to work, still, right?

MissAnthrope's avatar

I am assuming you can do the bikini area, considering you can do underarms and face, both with very delicate skin. Not positive, though.

And yeah, the best candidates for laser hair removal are people with fair skin and coarse, dark hair.

plethora's avatar

Here’s the most painless suggestion…from the male side. DON’T DO IT.

It’s an awful look…at least to real men, it’s an awful look. You girls can take your pick. It belongs to you.

Jellie's avatar

@plethora “It’s an awful look…at least to real men” There’s many thing wrong with that statement.
That’s a generalization and a terrible one at that. Liking or disliking hair doesn’t make a guy less of a man.
As far as I know most men like it hairless
I don’t get waxed for the pleasure of MEN. I do it because I feel better and cleaner.

JLeslie's avatar

You don’t have to be “super” pale for laser. The newest lasers you shave completely before the treatment, it used to be you had 2 days of hair growth. I am not sure how safe it is to do the entire area, because I only do bikini, not brazilian. After 6 treatments the difference is very dignificant, but remember it is permanent hair removal, although it never gets all the hair 100% permanently from what I can tell, maybe it does if you touch it up a couple of times a year? When you get the treatment all the hair is gone for a few weeks though.

The best way for permanent hair removal on the bikini in my opnion is laser, and then electrolysis for the stragglers. But, you did not say you want permanent hair removal. Personally I would not want all my hair gone down there permanently.

JLeslie's avatar

@plethora I like that you said that, because I think most men who like a Brazilian watch porn too much. The idea of going back to a body of an 8 year old for a man’s visual pleasure bothers me. However, I respect the OP’s opinion for her own body, she likes it better, and I can see the positives of not having hair there, but I think during sex better to have some hair in the region, probably less friction?

plethora's avatar

@JLeslie I agree. It is interesting to me that about the time porn went hairless, shortly thereafter the “fashion” became a requirement for all women. The hair we are talking about is a very erotic part of a woman’s body and removing it does anything BUT make her more desirable. A woman can suit her own preferences. I, personally, have never known of a man who liked it.

JLeslie's avatar

@plethora I definitely do know men who like the area very trimmed, with very little hair, not sure about competely bare though.

Jellie's avatar

Since for me, cleaning down there is a cultural thing (almost everyone here does it) we never really relate the bareness to porn or 8 year olds…

JLeslie's avatar

@sarahhhhh Where do you live?

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