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All you wanted to know about Brazilian wax

If you have plans for a beach vacation or are eying a beach spot for your honeymoon, then Brazilian waxing becomes unavoidable to rock that bikini. If you are planning to treat your body to a Brazilian wax, here’s what you must know before going for it.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 21, 2012 12:15 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Recently, a US doctor launched a campaign to stop pubic hair removal techniques such as Brazilian wax, saying that it can lead to skin infections as well as sexually transmitted diseases (STD). "Pubic hair removal irritates and inflames the hair follicles, leaving microscopic open wounds," Dr Emily Gibson, also the director of the health centre at Western University in Washington, wrote on a medical website.



BikiniHowever, if you have plans for a beach vacation or are eying a beach spot for your honeymoon, then waxing becomes unavoidable to rock that bikini. So, even as the debate continues, here are some pointers from beauty experts in the city about things you must know before going for it.



Precautions

Knowing your skin type is most important in this case as it involves one of the most sensitive parts of your body. "Sensitive skin and hard hair, both are prone to boils and allergies," says beauty expert Aashmeen Munjaal of Star Salon. "The mucous membrane of the vulva is the most sensitive in the bikini area so a patch test is necessary, best at the uppermost part of the thigh, to test that the skin doesn’t overreact," advises dermatologist Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta of ISAAC Wellness Center. "Before waxing, take a shower, and do not use any lotions in the bikini area. Avoid tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next two days after waxing," she adds.



Pre-conditions


You need some hair growth for the wax to hold on to, so do not shave or use any kind of hair removal at least three weeks prior. "Hair growth has to be half-an-inch long. Do not take cola or sugar prior to depilation as it triggers pain," says beauty expert Raveela Sharma of Vedic Spa Mantra.

Don’t go for it if:
You are under 16
You are diabetic
You have an active infection (bacterial or viral) of pubic area. Waxing can lead to further redness and boils
You are about to menstruate, are menstruating or if you are pregnant. The pubic area becomes more sensitive during these days

Hygiene is the key
Never use the same applicator twice. Always use sanitary bed coverings, and use proper autoclaving for instruments like tweezers. The person doing it should follow all hygiene standards.