There’s absolutely no rule that states you need to book in for a Brazilian wax ahead of your wedding, but we know that lots of brides-to-be choose to go bare down there for their big day.
Whether it’s so you feel extra amazing in your first night lingerie, or to ensure you’re confident in a tiny bikini on honeymoon, a Brazilian wax is one of the most popular beauty treatments for brides – though admittedly, it’s a little bit less relaxing than a massage or manicure…
If your pre-wedding wax is the first time you’ve had a wax, you might be feeling a little bit nervous; we spoke to the experts at Ministry of Waxing for everything you need to know about waxing, from when to go, how to prepare and how to banish in-grown hairs.
How Long Before the Wedding Should a Bride have Her Intimate Wax?
Make sure you book your wax at least 24 hours before your wedding, but two to three days before is even better.
After waxing your skin can be sensitive and red, so 24 hours gives it time to settle down and for redness to subside.
It’s advisable to avoid wearing tight clothing and underwear for 24 hours after a wax – you don’t want your first night lace lingerie irritating your bikini line.
How Long Does a Brazilian Wax Take?
Your Brazilian wax appointment shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes; we know that sounds a long time to have your legs spread akimbo with a total stranger, but an experienced therapist will put you at ease and the time will fly by.
time to have your legs spread akimbo with a total stranger, but it will fly by.
What’s the Difference Between a Brazilian Wax and a Bikini Wax?
Not for the faint hearted, a Brazilian wax removes all hair from the pubic region, front and back.
A bikini wax removes the hair that is outside your bikini line – if you feel particularly nervous about the pain of a Brazilian wax, we’d recommend booking in for a bikini wax a few months before your wedding, just so you have an idea of the sensation of waxing. It’s not so bad when you know what’s coming.
How Much Does Waxing Hurt?
Waxing isn’t a pleasant experience, there’s no two ways about it. But a good waxing place, like Ministry of Waxing, will make you feel as comfortable as possible, and it’ll be over before you know it.
Ministry of Waxing’s wax is designed to reduce pain levels and minimize discomfort, which is a big bonus!
How to Look After Skin After a Wax
There are a fair few rules to follow, post-wax. As we said, avoid tight clothing on the area for 24 hours, and don’t get too intimate with your partner during the first 24 hours either, as friction can cause rashes.
Avoid hot showers and baths too, as well as steam rooms and saunas for 24 hours.
In addition, steer clear of intense exercise, including swimming for 24 hours.
Sweating can irritate the open pores on the skin and cause bumps and in grown hairs, which is definitely not the look you’re going for when you’re lounging around your infinity pool on honeymoon.
How to Deal with In Grown Hairs
Sometimes, despite following the golden rules of waxing, pesky in grown hair still occur. Thankfully, there are ways to treat them – just promise us you won’t squeeze them, or try to tweeze the hair out.
“Apply Malin and Goetz InGrown Hair Cream in the morning and evening to the area to treat and prevent ingrowing hairs,” says Ministry of Waxing. “It contains chamomile to calm and sooth the affected area and glycolic acid to remove bacteria from the infected hair follicles.”