In need of a new digital camera or MP3 player, consumers often spend 12 hours researching, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
But booking a Brazilian wax, which involves the nearly complete baring of private parts (front and back), and the application of hot liquid to said parts, doesn't get near the same level of research. There's something wrong with that, ladies. Not to worry, this week we've done our homework for you, rounding up the waxing facts (WAQs) you simply must know...
Whether you are a waxing virgin or veteran, pre-wax prepping is a must. First, take a warm shower at home and exfoliate skin well with a body scrub. Don't shave just before a wax, but do trim hair to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch in length. This will likely be two to three weeks of hair growth if you shave; if you wax, allow about four weeks between waxing appointments. As you head to your appointment, pop an Advil for discomfort and apply a numbing cream, such as BareEase.
For waxing virgins, that first appointment can be awkward. If it's your first-ever wax, let your esthetician know. Once you've checked in at the spa or salon, expect to be given a disposable paper G-string, a towel and, oftentimes, a wipe. Remove your underpants, use the wipe to freshen up down below, put on the disposable G-string and lie down on the treatment bed using the towel to cover you.
Your esthetician will likely ask you to get into a frog position as she removes errant hairs around the inner thighs and labia.
And, if she asks if you want your "back" done, she's not offering a massage. Say "yes" if you want the hair at the bottom of the inner butt cheek and anus gone, too.
Read our WAQs...