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Brazilian waxing is a procedure involving the complete removal of hair from the bikini area including
buttocks and adjacent to the anus, perineum and vulva.
It can be thought of as a more thorough form of bikini waxing.
The majority of types of Brazilian waxing leave a small line of pubic hair above the vulva, commonly
known as the "G-Wax" or just "Brazilian".
Waxes that completely remove the pubic hair are either termed 'Hollywood' or 'Sphinx' depending on
the salon visited.
Sometimes the term Full Bikini Wax or FBW is used.
While mainly associated with females, the practice is engaged in by males as well.
In the male version of the Brazilian wax, men will sometimes leave a triangle-shaped patch above the
The male version is sometime being referred to as the “boyzilian”.
Full body waxing, including genital waxing, has been increasingly popular among man especially in the
bodybuilding and fitness community.
The Brazilian wax originated in Brazil for women wanting to wear then-new bikinis thong, which was
not widely popular inside the United States at the time.
Waxing gained in popularity through the 1990s with increased use of G-strings or thongs.
The client is asked to disrobe. Occasionally, for females, a paper g-string is provided to protect the
The procedure starts with baby powder, talcum powder, or oil being spread liberally over the area to be
waxed. This prevents the hot wax from sticking to the skin.
Then, as in other forms of waxing, hot wax is spread over the area from which hair is to be removed.
The wax is allowed to harden briefly, then one edge of the wax strip is pulled up and used as a 'tab' to
quickly pull off or "zip" the rest of the wax, usually in the direction opposite of hair growth.
The Esthetician then works her way around the body systematically removing the hair from the
genital area, buttocks, and anus.
This procedure removes the wax, hair, and any dead skin cells lying on the skin surface.
The person performing the wax will then finish with tweezers to remove any stray hairs that the
Finally, the remaining pubic hair (the so-called "landing strip") is either trimmed with scissors, or
waxed off if the client requests it.
The remaining hair may even be in a particular pattern (hearts are a popular option), or dyed. The wax
used is often a mixture of natural beeswax and tall oil rather than the more common synthetic 'waxes'
used for regular leg waxing. It is felt that beeswax is stronger, and more effective at removing the
thicker, coarser pubic hairs. The pain involved with this procedure can be slight or severe and can
continue for quite some time (from several seconds to minutes). Some claim to perceive less pain
during subsequent treatments. Many products are available to lessen the pain, such as topical
anesthetics. Some advise following the procedure with an application of a hair inhibitor, which will slow
the regrowth of hair and may halt regrowth completely.
The results can last up to two months. The benefits are similar to those of other types of waxing, such
as lack of razor burn and soft hair regrowth.
The disadvantages are also similar, though since it is performed on an extremely sensitive region of
the body, the pain can be more acute. It is recommended that one get a licensed cosmetologist or
Esthetician to perform this procedure. Burning sensation involved in wax hair removal can be greatly
decreased by skillful professional.
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