While many believe they were just a trend, we are happy to report that the Brazilian wax is not going anywhere. Nicky Shore of OFF & ON gives us her summer hair removal tips.
What’s new with Brazilians?
Well actually, I think it is safe to say Brazilians are the now completely mainstream and the norm. A bikini wax is almost extinct with the introduction wax being the in between at a minimum. We have definitely not seen that the ‘bush is back’ as some articles may lead you to believe. Eight years ago when we opened some people felt they needed to whisper the word Brazilian down the phone but now no one blinks an eyelid. Not a phase or a fad, the Brazilian is the wax for down there.
What has most surprised you about NZ women's waxing habits?
They have evolved quickly to appreciate the difference between just a wax and a great wax. There is some seasonality to New Zealand waxing which is to be expected but less so than you may think… generally rain, hail or shine, most women stick to a very regular 4- 6 week pattern. This has multiple benefits for results as well. When it comes to waxing the majority of our business is Brazilians, whereas for the larger areas e.g. legs women tend to make the choice between regular shaving in the shower or dealing with the issue for good with permanent options like laser.
What's your best advice for planning a tidy prior to the holiday season?
Don’t wait until just before you go! Having a regular waxing cycle is the best route to longevity and a smooth result. Exfoliate and moisturise your skin well in the week prep to your wax and time your fake tan well (not 24 hours before or after).
What must you never do pre and post waxing?
Exposing your skin or follicles to anything that can compromise them when opened from the waxing process – think saunas, swimming, hot showers, fake tan, perfumed moisturisers and sun/heat. And also don’t pick or touch the area or create excess heat or friction.
What's your three tips on the best wax etiquette?
1. Watch your body temperature – rushing around, being late, going to the gym before hand… all of these can alter your skin and its reaction to waxing.
2. The best skin to wax is clean and dry – have a shower prior to your wax in the morning or after the gym, pat the skin dry and have it free of any lotions and potions.
3. Do your homework and talk to your therapist! – your therapist asks the questions to make sure you get the best and most comfortable result. Be honest about any changes in your medical history or even supplements you take. And following the pre and post instructions really does make a difference.