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    Bikini and Brazilian Wax

    Everything you need to know before your first bikini or Brazilian wax.

    Types                Benefits                Preparation                Experience                Aftercare                FAQs

    Before you head in for your next Bikini or Brazilian, know the facts around waxing at European Wax Center.

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    girlfriends on a bench looking at a phone

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    Types

    The different types of bikini and Brazilian waxes

    If you've heard the terms bikini and Brazilian waxing thrown around interchangeably, then you may be confused. But don't worry - we're here to clear things up. At European Wax Center, we define our three service offerings as bikini line waxes, bikini waxes, and bikini Brazilian waxes.

    Bikini line

    is a basic tidying; we wax the sides (called your panty line) and across the top. If you're wearing a bikini, this will prevent any hairs from "peeking out".

    Price: up to $42

    FREE  for first-time guests

    Bikini full

    is the next step and allows you to take off as much or as little hair as you like from the front. If you want to leave a small "strip", triangle, square, or nothing at all, it's up to you.

    Price: up to $51

    50% OFF  for first-time guests

    Brazilian

    goes from the front, all the way to the back with an added butt strip. This is perfect for a completely nude look or you can leave a neat triangle, strip, or square on the front. Choose the style that best fits you.

    Price: up to $51

    50% OFF  for first-time guests

    Bikini line

    is a basic tidying; we wax the sides (called your panty line) and across the top. If you're wearing a bikini, this will prevent any hairs from "peeking out."

    Bikini full

    is the next step and allows you to take off as much or as little hair as you like from the front. If you want to leave a small "strip," triangle, square, or nothing at all, it's up to you.

    Brazilian

    goes from the front, all the way to the back with an added butt strip. This is perfect for a completely nude look or you can leave a neat triangle, strip, or square on the front. Choose the style that best fits you.

    Price: up to $42

    FREE  for first-time guests

    Price: up to $51

    50% OFF  for first-time guests

    Price: up to $51

    50% OFF  for first-time guests

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    girl in workout clothes stretching

    02

    Benefits

    5 reasons you'll love getting your bikini area waxed

    Getting your bikini area waxed by a professional can truly be a "treat yourself" moment. Most guests find themselves more pleased with the results of waxing than other temporary hair removal options like shaving, epilation, and hair removal creams. Our top five benefits include:

    Skin health

    Not only does waxing remove hair, it's a physical exfoliation that removes lifeless surface skin cells, which means you're receiving hair removal and skincare all in one.

    Smoother skin

    Because you are removing hair from the root and exfoliating the skin, after a wax, you'll probably find that your skin is now among the smoothest thing in your life.

    Longer-lasting results

    Since your hair is being removed by the root, it will take much longer to grow back than with shaving.

    Thinner and finer hair

    When your hair does grow back after waxing, it will grow back weaker, making it finer, softer and more sparse. Win-win!

    Minimal irritation

    Many people find hair removal methods like epilation and hair removal creams irritating to the skin. However, waxing rarely causes this problem if it's done by a licensed professional.


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    girl sitting outside doing her eyebrows in a compact mirror

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    Preparation

    Get wax ready

    For your waxing appointment, your hair should be at least a ¼ inch long (about the length of a grain of rice), to allow the wax to grip around the hair. If it is your first time waxing, then we recommend you refrain from shaving for at least two weeks before your reservation. After your first wax, it is recommended to wax every three to four weeks. Then go home and throw your razors away, because you’ll never have to shave again.

    Our top 6 Dos and Don’ts of bikini waxing

    Dos

    • Relax. Breathe. Find your special place. Think about an awesome meal you had. Pretend you’re on a beach with your favorite celeb. The more relaxed you are, the better the waxing appointment experience will be.

    • Inform your wax specialist of any medications you are taking, such as antibiotics, accutane, or topical creams you’re using, such as retin-a, which may not be compatible with waxing.

    • Wear comfortable cotton panties to avoid irritation if it’s your first time receiving a bikini wax. They don’t have to be cute, but hey, it couldn’t hurt.

    Don'ts

    • Tan the area you plan to wax 24 to 48 hours before reservation.

    • Consume alcohol or significant amounts of caffeine before your bikini wax reservation. Both can cause your pores to tighten, resulting in a more uncomfortable experience. Save the partying for afterwards.

    • Use any numbing creams. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but they do not penetrate the skin. 

    Dos

    Don'ts

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    girl in a one-piece bathing suit standing on the beach

    04

    Experience

    What to expect before and during our bikini waxing services, step by step

    Before

    The arrival

    When you arrive at a European Wax Center, you’ll be greeted by a guest service associate. Our guest service associate will check you in, answer any questions that you have about your waxing appointment, and inform you of any current promotions we have to help you save on your waxing service. You’ll wait in the lobby area where your wax specialist will come out to greet you and lead you into one of our private waxing suites. All of our friendly wax specialists are licensed professionals. They are also required to successfully complete our in-house training program to ensure that guests receive the same level of excellence from every wax specialist.

    Disrobing

    Your Wax Specialist will ask you to remove your garments from the waist down before hopping on the bed. This allows the Wax Specialist to work without interruption and also prevents wax from getting on your undergarments or clothing. Don’t be shy – you look great.

    During

    Cleansing

    First, we cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oils or lotions that may reduce the quality of your wax from taking place.

    Protection

    Next, we protect the skin with our soothing pre-wax oil.

    Waxing

    Then, it’s time for your bikini wax. Our Comfort Wax® is a hard wax applied at a warm, luxurious bath water temperature. However, because everyone’s skin sensitivity is different, we highly recommend that you make your wax specialist aware of any discomfort if you feel the wax is too warm. Hard wax, also referred to as a strip-less wax, gets its name from the actual wax cooling and hardening after application onto the skin. The wax itself is then removed without the use of a cloth strip.

    Rejuvenation

    Finally, we rejuvenate the area by applying our after waxing products, such as our hair minimizing body lotions or our  Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum formulated with our exclusive Comfort Blend® and antioxidants to help prevent and clear ingrown hairs and breakouts as well as calm and nourish the skin. These deluxe products  are also available at your local European Wax Center location for purchase.

    How painful is a bikini wax?

    Pain during your bikini wax appointment will be dependent on your mindset, your general tolerance for discomfort, and whether or not you stay on schedule. Everyone is different, but top magazines and beauty reviewers have said waxing for hair removal is virtually painless thanks to our exclusive Comfort Wax.™


    Additionally, once you’re done with your bikini wax, your wax specialist will provide you with some after waxing home care tips. Bikini waxing service times depend on a number of factors, but most of our guests are in and out within 15 to 30 minutes.

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    girlfriends walking together on a pier, holding ice cream

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    Aftercare

    After your first Bikini or Brazilian wax

    Your first bikini wax removes the majority of hair that has grown above the skin. Because hairs grow in different cycles, your subsequent bikini waxes will remove the hairs that were still growing below the skin’s surface but have now sprouted above the skin. After three to four bikini waxes, all of your hairs should be growing in the same cycle, resulting in longer lasting smooth skin.

    Consistency pays off


    Once your first bikini wax is out of the way, every bikini wax gets easier and easier as long as you don’t shave. If you shave, the next bikini wax will likely feel just like the first. Additionally, shaving between waxes can make you susceptible to itching, or worse… ingrown hairs. Plus, shaving is just irritating and time-consuming. So put the razor down!


    Sex after bikini waxing?

    We recommend that you wait 24 to 48 hours to give your skin time to heal and allow hair follicles to close. This will prevent any further skin irritation.

    How long should hair be for my next bikini wax?

    We recommend getting waxed once your hair has grown to be at least a ¼ inch long. Usually your bikini wax will last from three to four weeks, but everyone’s rate of re-growth is different so results will vary between guests. But remember, with the right after wax care and products, you can help your skin stay smoother, longer. Just ask your wax specialist to point you in the right direction.

    Tanning after bikini waxing?

    Tan, beautiful skin looks amazing, but we recommend waiting 24 to 48 hours after a wax before tanning. The freshly waxed skin is susceptible to sun damage if exposed too soon. If you need to go in the sun, thoroughly apply sunscreen to the waxed area.

    5 possible side effects of bikini waxing and how to treat them

    Redness after bikini waxing

    This will disappear over time. You can be red from a few minutes to a few days depending on your skin sensitivity and how your skin handles the wax.

    Itching after waxing

    We know it’s going to be tempting, but try really, really hard not to scratch those freshly waxed areas. Because the skin will be new and sensitive, you must be careful not to cause further irritation by scratching. Try to help soothe the area by using an aloe vera gel or our Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum to help soothe the skin.


    European Wax Center has developed a product to minimize and eliminate nearly every possible side effect that can come with waxing services. View our products to learn more.

    Bumps after waxing

    Some bumps are a result of post wax irritation and will go away on their own within a few hours to a few days. To help calm your skin, you can use our Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum to help soothe and treat any ingrown hairs, bumps or breakouts.

    Ingrown hairs after bikini waxing

    To prevent ingrown hairs or further skin irritation, we recommend that you use both our Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum and Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Wipes. The serum is infused with our Comfort Blend™ and antioxidants to help prevent and clear ingrown hairs and breakouts as well as calm and nourish the skin. Our Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Wipes are formulated with alpha and beta hydroxy acids and our Comfort Blend ™ to help clear and prevent bumps and ingrown hairs as well as help to slow the regrowth of hair between waxing appointments.

    Stubble after waxing

    If you’ve just gotten waxed and are already seeing a “5 o’clock shadow,” just know that our hairs grow in different cycles. It’s possible that the hairs just below the skin’s surface have sprouted after your wax service, resulting in a stubbly feel. Moisturizing daily between services is a must; dry or brittle hair can easily break during a bikini or Brazilian wax service. But don’t worry, just go with the flow - allow these hairs to grow so we can remove them next time we see you.

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    girl and boy in workout clothes smiling

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    FAQs

    The answers to your frequently asked questions

    Can I get a  bikini wax or Brazilian if I’m having my period?

    Sure, we can absolutely wax you when aunt flo’s in town. Just be aware that the area is often more sensitive during this time, so you may experience more discomfort than usual. In order to successfully complete the service, you will need to wear a tampon.

    Can I get waxed if I have a sunburn?

    We will not perform body waxing services on sunburned skin or skin that is irritated or unhealthy. Believe us, you wouldn’t like it if we did. When your skin has healed, you can call or click here to book a new waxing appointment.

    Can I get waxed if I’m taking medication?

    It's always best to refer to your doctor if you have any questions about bikini waxing services. For prescribed creams such as retin-a or differin, we advise that you stop use seven days prior to your reservation and do not resume use until seven days after your bikini wax. We will not wax you if you are on accutane or have been in the past 6 months. It's very dangerous to wax while on accutane and a doctor's note will be needed to receive services. It's very important that you inform our guest service associates of what medications you may be taking so we can provide you with a safe waxing experience.

    Is it safe to have a Brazilian wax while pregnant? 

    First, congratulations! Second, yes, you can still bikini or Brazilian wax. However, you may experience more skin sensitivity due to the hormonal changes your body is going through. Our wax specialists will make you as comfortable as possible during the service. We recommend checking with your doctor during the last two months of pregnancy.

    Is there an age limit for waxing appointments? 

    At European Wax Center, we require guests under 16 to have parental consent for bikini waxing services. Each location has their own young guest policy when it comes to providing bikini line waxing services on minors. You will have to inquire with the center directly to see what their age limit is. (oh, and just in case you were wondering…there’s no upper age limit, either. We welcome everyone!)

    How long is long enough for my hair to get a bikini wax? (I can’t wait any longer!)

    We say, let the hair grow to about ¼ inch so the wax can grab the hair.

    I'm one of those super organized people: Do I need to prepare for my bikini wax?

    No, our Wax Specialists will take care of everything and walk you through our 4 Steps To Smooth process. We just ask that you kindly arrive on time.

    How old do you have to be to get waxed?

    Well, it really depends on the guest. For first-time waxing, we'll wax guests of any age if our wax specialists feel they are prepared for the experience. If our guest is overly apprehensive, we believe it's best to wait until another time. Waxing should be a luxurious experience after all!

    The hair down there: What’s the difference between a bikini line, bikini full and bikini Brazilian wax?

    Bikini line waxing is a basic tidy; we wax the sides (called your panty line) and across the top. If you’re wearing a bikini, this will prevent any hairs from "peeking out."


    Bikini wax (full) is the next step and allows you to take off as much or as little hair as you like off the front. If you want to leave a small "landing strip," triangle or nothing at all, it’s up to you!


    Bikini wax or Brazilian waxing goes from the front, all the way to the back with an added butt strip. This is perfect for a completely nude look or you can leave a neat triangle on the front. Choose your style!

    What if I have piercings and tattoos? Will it hinder my experience in any way?

    Waxing areas with tattoos will not cause any problems to your art, or your skin. In fact, waxing will help brighten your tattoo by removing the dead surface cells on top of it. We recommend that you remove your piercing. If you cannot remove your piercing, the wax specialist will have to go around it and may leave a couple of hairs that are too close to touch.

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