ETC Magazine article


ETC Magazine Issue 4Article ETC Magazine Wellington May 2008 If you are into waxing then you will know what a Brazilian is. But what most people think is that a Brazilian wax is the complete removal of all of the hair, well it’s not! We at ETC wanted to find out more.

So where did the name Brazilian come from and why is it different from other bikini waxes?

Bikini waxing can be classified in four types and even they have variable names depending on which salon you visit. It has been claimed that Brazilian waxing, the most renowned form and was named after the Brazilian sisters who delivered their services in New York.

What are the four types?

American waxing is removal of hair at the top of the and under the navel when wearing a bikini. It is also known as a basic bikini wax.

French waxing leaves a vertical strip in front, two to three finger-widths in length. It is also known as a partial Brazilian wax. Hair of the peri-anal area and labia may be removed. Removal of hair from these areas is also known as the Playboy wax or G-waxing.

Brazilian waxing refers to a removal of almost every thing, front to back except for a thin strip of hair on the pubis. An extreme form of bikini waxing, it involves complete removal of hair from the buttocks and adjacent to the anus, perineum and vulva. Waxes that remove all of the pubic hair are known as a full Brazilian wax, full Bikini wax, Hollywood wax or the Sphinx.

Full Brazilian where everything is removed. Full Brazilian waxing is not as popular as a Brazilian wax in Brazil, where it is considered extreme to remove all the hair. Brazilians prefer to leave a little run way down the centre..

So how do you find a real Brazilian wax? Easy get a Brazilian to check them out for you!

Our Brazilian model tester rang around until she found the perfect Brazilian waxer Andrea from Brazil. Andrea had all the correct answers to our tester’s questions. Firstly, she asked if they did Brazilian, next what that entailed and so on. Andrea was correct with all her answers. An appointment was made in her Johnston Street salon and only time would tell what the results would be. No guys we are not going to print the photos!

Our tester was first given a consultation about how much hair she wanted removed, did she want an actual Brazilian or Bikini wax. How much of a strip down the centre. How sensitive was her skin to products? How much time did she have, as some methods take longer than others do? Had she had any waxing done before and if not, what methods of hair removal had been used if any in the past? Where was she in her monthly cycle, as this can make the process more painful, glad she asked.

Types of waxes used are sugaring, hot wax and strip wax.

Hot wax is used mostly for quick results, it’s an all in one product you have the hot wax applied and when it’s dried, it’s pulled off in one quick pull.

Strip wax is applied in a similar way but a sheet of material is then pressed down on the wax and the fabric is then pulled bringing with it the wax and hairs.

Sugaring is a longer process that uses natural products which eradicates ingrown hairs, removes the hair from the root and also great for people with sensitive skin.

Andrea does both sugaring and hot wax, our model was in her lunch break, so was recommended the hot wax method.

The results were definitely one of the best waxes she had received in Wellington, with no stray hairs left behind. Any that remained had been hand tweezered under a bright light. The remaining strip of hair was both even and exactly the right width and length.But the best part was it was completely smooth around the back too, a true Brazilian wax I am told.

Our model also like the fact that Andrea told her if she was nervous, she could help by pulling her own skin taught. This allows the customer to feel when the actual wax was being stripped off. I think a lot of people tense up because it’s the unknown, being able to predict when it going to happen makes it less painful as you are relaxed. A very comforting technique, for a first time waxers.

Would she go back there again? Most certainly, in fact she tells me that she has already booked her next appointment.

If you want to have a real Brazilian wax, then call Andrea 021 230 0041.

Posted ETC Magazine Aug 2008