Brazilian Wax – All Laid Bare

brazilian wax - ouch!Brazilian Wax – It’s the word out on the street, the hype beneath the sheets, the freedom to strut your stuff – out with the big knickers and on with the thong.

Brazilian bikini waxing is definitely not just for the rich, the lean, the porn stars or the Demi Moores and Gwyneth Paltrow’s of today. This ‘clean sweep’ of hair in the pubic region has become increasingly popular since the late 80’s. Women (and men) are screaming for it, it’s mainstream and readily available at many beauty salons.

What exactly is it?

Simply put, after a Brazilian all that remains on your genitals is a tiny heart, triangle, rectangle or ‘landing strip’ of hair. This means you have a bare bikini-line, labia, and vaginal/buttocks region (and no embarrassing fluff floating out from your skimpy swimsuit) for weeks to come.

What is left after a Hollywood?

Absolutely nothing. It’s probably slightly more daring, but the advantage of being totally pubic hair-free means you can get artistic, and beautify yourself with body art or jewellery.

What can a ‘virgin’ expect from their 1st visit at a Salon?

  • Waxing your genitals may be painful and you may feel a little self-conscious, but it is bearable, and the results are certainly worth it. Dollar-wise you’re looking at spending approximately between $25 and $100. Time-wise you’re looking at about 45 minutes. Fine hair will begin to grow back within a few weeks; it will be fuller and coarser after 4-5 weeks. Before you get a Brazilian Wax or Hollywood, it’s useful to know that when your pubic hair begins to grow back, the prickly stubble can become itchy and uncomfortable, sometimes causing ingrown hairs, and thus encouraging you to keep getting it done …
  • Expect to bare it! Although some Salons have thin paper thongs that you may be able to hide some of yourself behind, most require ‘The Full Monty’. You will be asked to move into all sorts of strange positions without any pants on. The best advice is just to take a deep breath and relax. Remember, this is your beautician’s profession – to her this is routine.
  • Your beautician will start by smoothing warm wax over your pubic area. She will then place cotton strips on top of the wax and rip them off once the wax has set. Any stray hair left behind may be plucked out with tweezers.

Anything else I need before I dare to bare it?

  • Get your Brazilian Wax or Hollywood Wax no less than 7 days after your period. Your skin won’t be as sensitive this way.
  • Take out your scissors and a trim any fluff you may have to about 1/8th of an inch before your appointment. This will make it easier for the wax to get right down to the hair follicles.
  • There are products available that soothe sensitive skin, inhibit the development of in-grown hairs, and cause hair to grow back more slowly. This means you don’t have to get under the wax as often, so the pain is lessened.
  • If you find waxing really painful then you might like to visit our page on pain relief, or read below for my personal recommendation of the hair removal cream Revitol.
  • Celebrities do this all the time (we can all become celebrities too!).

The golden rule?


Remember, it’s not the cost that matters as much as the experience and credentials of the Beautician. Choose a salon wisely. Rely on word-of-mouth recommendations, and check that the salon is licensed, clean and professional. An expert Beautician knows how to minimize pain and give you the results you desire.

Many women agree that once you’ve dared it, there’s no going back. Every stride is a glide, and even if you’re still not brave enough to throw on that thong, you sparkle with confidence, and your sex life? Surpreenda!

Alternatives if it seems a bit intense?

My personal recommendation for pubic hair removal is using Revitol Hair Removal Cream. Read my review to find out why it was awarded ‘Editors Choice’ for best product.

Last Thoughts?

Let’s get some conversation going! Tell me about your experiences with Brazilian Waxing in the comment box below.


16 Responses
  1. Joni says:

    Feel free to leave your thoughts ….

  2. seema says:

    i am seema frm india i want to know how to exactly go for removing pubic hair for sexual purpose
    iam 29 years old

    • Joni (Hairchick) says:

      Hi Seema,

      Please see our review for Revitol hair removal cream at

      This product works very well for pubic hair removal.

  3. nina says:

    Hi there,

    I’m too chicken to try getting waxed. I usually shave. I’m just wondering if there are salons that would shave for the client?

    Also, how to keep it looking as smooth and stubble free on a regular basis, like you get the first day the hair is removed? within a day or two, i get stubble and it feels and looks unattractive.

    • Nicki says:


      There isn’t a way to slow down hair growth after you shave, because the razor is only removing the hair that is on the surface and it will grow back after you shave it off. It gets more stubbly quicker because pubic hair is much more coarse than leg or armpit hair.

  4. Shannon says:

    Hello! I love your blog! I have a product that I think you should check out. It’s called Serious Serum. The website is It is an amazing 10% AHA serum that is the perfect remedy for everything from ingrown hairs to keratosis pilaris to acne. Seriously. I would love to get a bottle into your hands so you could see for yourself. Please let me know if you like me to send you a bottle or any more information!
    Thank you for your time!

  5. Fiona says:

    I am getting a wax for the first time! I am very nervous. i’ve had mylegs waxed and it wasn’t bad at all and i heard that getting our legs waxed is worse? am i going to be in pain after?

  6. Jaunita says:

    I had mine today for the first time…it hurt like a b****! and it hurts after too.. 🙁 only if the hair removal was permanent.. 😐

  7. cheryl says:

    Hi joni, i”m cheryl…wanted to know if revitol and other pubic hair removal creams like veet,etc. will work for the chest area as well..the cleavage to be specific. Also, what will be the approximate cost of ordering it online, if it is unavailable at retail stores?

  8. Athena says:

    Had my first brazilian 2 days ago and I LOVE IT! I am 47 and quite active with athletics (swimming, running, biking) and didn’t want all that shaving in the bikini area. Plus, I have a wonderful lover and wanted to please him. He loves it BTW!!!! Oh, the physical sensations of sex are way heightened and I was able to orgasm very quickly! Did it hurt? Yes….but really only in the labia area…and it was not too bad. I flinched a few times. The bikini area, the anal area and the mons were all relatively mild pain.

  9. angela says:

    Hi I’m angela
    21 I’ve had my first brazilian wax ever.
    To be honest I felt hardly any pain and the only thing
    That’s scary is the beautician being able to see your genitals :s
    But that’s because I’m shy

  10. Siobhan says:

    HI! i’m planning to have my Brazilian done a week before i head off to Ireland. As it’s my first time, i thought i’d leave a bit a gap incase something goes wrong like i get burnt or i’m randomly allergic to the wax ( knowing me, this might happen :P)
    Is this a long enough time?

    Thankyou for all the help!

  11. aussie says:

    If you come to Australia make sure you know that if you ask for a “brazillian” it actually means a “hollywood” as in everything off.

  12. mary says:

    Hi i just want to use a removal cream for a brazalian, just put on and wash off. Can u please tell me what is the best to buy.

  13. James Morrow says:


    any parlors for men for removing pubic hair in Asia ? i want to go for brazilian, pls inbox me



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