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Posted: November 25, 2008, from the December 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The first thing most spa professionals learn about the Brazilian is how much pain is involved. Horror stories about experiences gone awry may make you never want to get a Brazilian, let alone perform one on your clients. The truth is, Brazilian waxing doesn’t have to be as painful as the tales that have been told about it. A Brazilian isn’t pain-free, but it can be a lot less painful, especially when you are depositing that money into your bank account. But to do the Brazilian right, make the client happy and make more money, you have to know and understand the basics.
There is a lot more to performing a proper Brazilian than the basic techniques learned in school. Using the correct product and technique are imperative to performing a superior Brazilian. Experience teaches you how to hold the skin, where and how to apply the wax, and what to do when things go wrong. And they will go wrong.
Brazilian waxing is uncomfortable—period. You know it. Your client knows it. If you become overly concerned with the pain aspect of the Brazilian, you will be stressed every time you perform one. Your nervous energy will make your client nervous, thereby magnifying and prolonging their discomfort. Not only that, it will make them think twice about your capabilities.
Running a close second to pain on the discomfort scale is the intimacy factor. Let’s face it, unless you’re a gynecologist or a midwife, you aren’t used to spending a lot of time in that area. Most will agree that holding a spatula of hot wax over a stranger’s pelvic region isn’t your normal day at the office.
These mental barriers are normal and natural, and you will overcome them in time.