What is a Brazilian Wax? Well you've asked a direct question so we'll give you a direct answer...
We’re guessing that anyone who needs to ask why a Brazilian wax is called a Brazilian wax has never visited the beautiful shores of Brazil and seen the size and type of bikini bottoms worn by women over there! As the vast majority of the Brazilian population live close to the coast, the Brazilian wax was invented by Brazilians for Brazilians so they can wear their beloved “dental floss” bikinis as they’re also called (!) without fear of showing any stray pubic hairs.
A true Brazilian wax for a woman is where all hair is removed from the labia, perineum and anus. Or to put it another way – from your undercarriage and behind. Only a small amount of hair is left at the front with a Brazilian wax (on top of your pubic bone/on your mons pubis) so you’re not left completely bald (being left completely bald is a Hollywood wax).
The remaining hair that is left with a Brazilian wax is informally referred to as the “landing strip” (due to the rectangular shape that most clients prefer). If you want, we can leave you a triangle of hair instead though. At nkd, we generally measure landing strips in terms of finger widths and we will always ask you how wide you would like the strip before we start to remove the hair from around it (we’d need to know at this stage if you’d prefer a triangle!).
As you might expect, a male Brazilian wax takes much the same form, with all hair removed from the pubic area apart from a landing strip/triangle on the mons pubis. To read about male Brazilian waxes, click here.
Different Salons, Different Interpretations about What’s a Brazilian Wax
The reason we say that a true Brazilian wax is all hair removed from the labia, perineum and anus is because different salons and different beauty therapists can have different interpretations of what is a Brazilian wax. For example, a lot of therapists do not feel comfortable removing hair from your perineum and anus as standard, and instead will either only remove it on your special request or may ask you first whether you want the hair removing from there as well.
At nkd, we understand that this is not a conversation that most clients wish to have and in any case there’s no need to ask the question if the treatment inherently includes it (which it should). Therefore, unless a client specifically tells us that she does not want the hair removing from those areas (in which case we’d generally recommend that a G-String wax may be the more suitable treatment for her), we remove the hair as standard.
How long does a Brazilian wax take?
A standard female Brazilian wax appointment at nkd is 30 minutes long. This allows enough time for you to get unchanged and freshen up at the start of your appointment, and to get dressed again at the end of your appointment. Regular clients who come for a Brazilian wax every 4 – 6 weeks, and as a result have sparse regrowth, may be in and out within 20 minutes.