Your Guide to Brazilian Waxing Do's and Don'ts

Ready to embrace bare confidence, but feeling a little lost in the world of Brazilian waxing? Don't sweat it! This handy guide navigates the do's and don'ts to ensure your waxing experience is as smooth and successful as the results.

Before Your Wax


  • Grow your hair out: Aim for at least 1/4 inch (about the size of a grain of rice) for optimal grip and less discomfort.
  • Prep your skin: Regularly exfoliate with a gentle scrub to prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Manage pain: Consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or applying a numbing cream 30 minutes before your appointment.
  • Communicate openly: Inform your wax specialist about any allergies, medications, or skin conditions you have.
  • Plan for consistency: Schedule appointments every 4-5 weeks to maintain smooth results and minimize pain.
  • Wear breathable underwear: Opt for cotton underwear on the day of your wax to avoid irritation.


  • Fuel up on stimulants: Avoid caffeine and alcohol before your appointment, as they can increase sensitivity.
  • Heat things up: Skip saunas, steam rooms, intense workouts, sun exposure, and tanning beds for 24 hours after waxing.
  • Wax during "that time of the month": Your skin is already more sensitive during your period, so consider scheduling your wax for another time.
  • Tamper with ingrowns: Resist the urge to pick at ingrown hairs! Instead, address them with regular exfoliation and topical treatments.
  • Thin the skin: Avoid waxing if you're on medications that thin the skin, like Accutane or Retinoids, as they can increase tear risk.
  • Over-exfoliate: Wait 24-48 hours after waxing before exfoliating again to avoid irritating your freshly-treated skin.
  • Clog your pores: Steer clear of lotions and oils for 24 hours after your wax to prevent breakouts.
  • Shave between waxes: Stick to waxing for the best results and to avoid the regrowth cycle that comes with shaving.