What is a Bikini Wax? What is a Brazilian?

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To prepare for a honeymoon or wearing a scanty swimsuit on vacation, some people schedule a bikini wax at a salon, spa, or other personal-services business to remove a section of their pubic hair closest to the upper leg and inner thigh. A Brazilian bikini wax removes all of the hair in that area.

To perform a bikini wax, a technician normally begins by applying an antiseptic cleaner and powder to the area prior to waxing.

 Then, with a spatula or other tool, she places cloth strips across the pubic area atop the wax. Once the wax hardens, she pulls the material off the skin as quickly as possible. Sometimes, upon request or discussion with the practitioner, a small thatch of hair can be left above the vagina, sometimes in the shape of a heart or triangle.

Why Have a Bikini Wax?

For a woman with profuse pubic hair, a bikini wax will ensure she isn't embarrassed by revealing a bikini line when wearing a thong, string bikini, or other skimpy swim suit. Also, some women and their partners believe that a hairless or nearly hairless pubic area looks and feels more erotic, and say that hair removal makes oral sex more enjoyable.

The Downsides of Waxing

There are many legitimate reasons to stop or never start waxing if you are considering having it for the first time. Keep in mind that the pubic hair removal process can be uncomfortable.

Some people take an aspirin or other analgesic before an appointment to buffer the pain somewhat.

It's also expensive to pay repeated visits to a salon to undergo this process. Hair always grows back, and bumps or ingrown hairs can result from waxing. Stubbly pubic hair is itchy, and that may hook you on continuing to wax.

As an alternative, you can simply trim hair yourself around the edges and to prevent a bushy mound protruding from your bathing suit bottom. 

Some women may consider it anti-feminist to remove this evidence that they are fully grown females, as opposed to underage nymphs. While a barren pudenda may represent a pedophile's fantasy, a well-adjusted adult partner may find it a turn-off.

There's also a health reason to consider: According to a study conducted by research physicians at the University of California—San Francisco and supported by the National Institutes of Health, the frequency and intensity of pubic hair grooming for both men and women is related to an increase in sexually transmitted infections that include:

  • Herpes
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Syphilis
  • Molluscum

Do Men Get Bikini Waxes?

Some do, although it's more common for a man to wax his chest than his groin area. It's a matter of personal grooming preference. Obviously, waxing is as uncomfortable for a man as it is for a woman.