Self Isolation and the DIY Brazilian.
In my 15 years as a beauty therapist, never did I imagine I would be sitting down to write a How-To guide to give yourself a Brazilian! During these days of isolation our choices have either been to go el-naturel or to roll-up our sleeves and get the job done ourselves. Personally, I prefer to keep on top of my beauty routine because it makes me feel better and gives me a sense or normality and consistency.
Clients have asked me for some tips to DIY their favourite (or at least essential!) treatments, so that they too can stay on top of their maintenance and feel good.
I must add a DISCLAIMER! This is a guide only. Of course, you must use caution when dealing with hot wax and waxing yourself. Read the information and instructions carefully on the wax you buy.
With the right preparation, a few deep breaths and this DIY guide, doing your own Brazilian won’t be as daunting or as painful as it sounds!
So here goes:
THE DIY BRAZILIAN – HOW DO I WAX MYSELF?
Home waxes are a bit more gentle than professional salon wax, and for good reason.
The wax that I use in the salon does not come off as easily and I don’t recommend using it at home - it could end in disaster, sweat, blood and tears! Store-bought, home-use waxes will come off easier with a carrier or vegetable oil.
BUY THE RIGHT WAX
I recommend the Waxxxie Salon Wax which is great for delicate areas and easy to use. You’ll also receive an applicator to apply the wax, so no need for the kitchen knife!
MAKE SURE NOBODY IS HOME OR CAN SEE YOU
Even If you they’re your soul mate, kids or BFF (ok, maybe your BFF can be there for the laugh) no one needs to see you waxing your vagina! In this day and age when every Tom, Dick and Harry has a Smartphone, nothing is private or sacred anymore so keep that door locked!
SET UP YOUR AREA
This is an important part of the process- it gets you in the right frame of mind and prepares the space.
Cover the space you’re working in with a large bin liner by cutting it down the seam to create a drop sheet. Lay this on the floor, preferably in front of a mirror, and hold it in place with either masking tape or something weighted on each corner. You could also dust a little bit of baby powder on to the drop sheet to help stop yourself sticking to the plastic.
I recommend using gloves whenever you’re waxing your vagina.
MAKE SURE YOUR HAIR IS THE RIGHT LENGTH
½ - 1cm is the ideal length to work with. Too short and the wax won’t be able to grab the hair enough to pull it out at the root. Too long and you’ll be in massive amounts of pain because you have little-to-no control over which tangled and unruly hairs the wax grabs onto as you apply. If the hair is too long you can trim using small scissors (please be careful doing this).
HEAT AND TEST THE WAX
Follow the heating directions of the wax you purchased. You’ll usually heat it up in the microwave. Be careful taking the wax out of the microwave. Place it on a flat surface and give it a stir with the applicator, making sure it’s not to runny or hard. You want a honey like consistency.
1. Stir the wax in the pot.
2. Lift and scrape off one side of the spatula.
3. Test the wax on a small patch on the inside of your wrist to check for temperature. You don’t want the wax too hot for obvious reasons - ouch! - or too hard as this could drag the hair when applying, which is equally uncomfortable.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND HERE WE GO…
Now that you’ve set up your space and area (and by area, I mean vagina) let’s get to work.
Make yourself comfortable by either sitting on the drop sheet or you might like to stand or squat.
APPLICATION – WORK IN SECTIONS
1. Stir and lift the spatula above the pot, scraping the back of the spatula to remove any excess wax.
2. Start with the top, flat pubic area above the vagina. Using approximately the same thickness as if you were icing a cake, smear the wax on a small section. You can smear around in circles or up and down in an oblong shape.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you leave a thick edge on the wax – this gives you something to grab when you rip off.
3. Leave for about 30 seconds or until it’s not too soft and not rock hard.
NOW WE RIP!
1. Using your index finder, flick up the thicker edge you created.
2. Pull the section off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Do your best to try to hold the skin beneath the section taut while you pull away, to lessen the pain.
3. Get a firm hold of the edge and 1, 2, 3… Go! Make the rip swift and fast.
4. Repeat and complete the top section.
Now that you’ve done the top, work your way up from the bottom of the lip area of your vagina.
Again, creating circular or oblong shaped sections, smear an ‘icing the cake’ amount leaving a thick edge. Work against the direction of your hair growth (hair grows downwards so you’ll work upward). Leave it for approx. 30 seconds and rip upward towards you, quickly and without hesitation.
Repeat these steps until your happy with the result.
IMPORTANT: Do not wax over an area more than twice. If you still need to remove hair after the first or second removal, use tweezers. Some of my clients hate the tweezing more than the waxing so this part sucks too!
The key to this is to be patient and work in small sections.
DOWN AND AROUND
If you need to get into the bum area, you might want to lay a small mirror down on the ground and squat above it (I can’t believe I’m writing a How-To on this! Haha)
This is where a bit of stretch ‘n flex and those yoga sessions come in handy! It’s not the most natural manoeuvre but a bit a patience and the right angle will get you there.
Breathe a sigh of relief… YOU. ARE. DONE!
You can wipe the sweat off your forehead, give yourself a pat on the back and have a little chuckle. You have completed a DIY Brazilian. You should be very proud of yourself.
If you feel sticky or have some residual wax left on the area, remove it with Waxaway After Care lotion or a bit of vegetable oil.
Waxing not only takes out hair but can also remove the protective barrier for our skin, leaving this area susceptible to pathogens and possible infection. Use an after-care lotion or oil to protect the area but DO NOT USE FRAGRANCED LOTIONS!
If you are showering afterwards, make sure the water isn’t too hot and, again, do not use fragranced soaps or body wash. Pat dry and for the next day or so wear only cotton underwear to allow the skin to breathe.
In time, doing your own Brazilian does become easier but let’s hope you wont’ have to do too many of these on your own and I’ll be seeing you soon at The Secret Retreat.