Confessions of a brazilian waxing queen

CASSY SMALL
Last updated 11:59 10/10/2013
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REVEALING ALL: Prep and maintenance are key to a successful brazilian wax.

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WAX ON: Brazilian waxing specialist Svetlana Burckhardt.

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It's safe to say that someone who says the worst part of their job is when "clients break wind in my face" has a few interesting stories to tell. "It's all part of the job," laughs Brazilian waxing specialist Svetlana Burckhardt, director of EyebrowExperts and author of Confessions of a Brazilian Waxing Queen.

She's so good at the waxing technique that she's developed the renowned Seven Minute Brazilian. "It takes customers longer to get a carpark than it does to get their wax," she laughs. Svetlana teaches beauticians  her unique technique, and this Brazilian Whisperer says she can close her eyes and hear if the wax strip is being pulled correctly.

It was Carrie Bradshaw's "trip to Brazil" in Sex and the City in the late '90s that has been credited for the popularity of the procedure in which all the hair from the pubic area is removed. Svetlana says that popularity has slightly declined over recent years with some preferring the laser alternative, but adds that the women, and the brave minority of men, who are devoted to the Brazilian commonly say it makes them feel "cleaner" and "sexier". While it's a common misconception that women get a Brazilian to please their partners, Svetlana says that her regulars keep coming back because they personally love the way it looks and feels.

Whether you're a waxing virgin or a Brazilian veteran, Svetlana shares her advice for getting the perfect wax, and a few secrets from behind the curtain.

A bit of prep doesn't go astray

Svetlana says that many self-conscious clients make a concerted effort to come to their appointments freshly showered and occasionally with their nether-regions perfumed. "It's not necessary to go to that extent, but a quick freshen up with a body wipe doesn't hurt," she says.

Help take the sting out of your wax with a quick trim of your pubic hair prior. "Leave enough hair for the wax to grab a hold of though," Svetlana suggests.

She also adds it's a good idea to wear cotton underwear and loose breathable clothing to your appointment to reduce the risk of getting ingrown hairs.

It will hurt, but not for long

There's no getting around the fact that this is going to hurt, but Svetlana says an experienced beautician should manage to keep pain to a minimum. To help manage the pain Svetlana suggests taking a Panadol 10 minutes before your appointment and avoid stimulants like alcohol and caffeine for a few hours prior.

Don't be shy

Svetlana says most of her clients are a little nervous about baring all to a stranger, but there's not much that surprises or shocks Svetlana who sees almost 100 clients a week ranging in age from 16 to 68. "Women are beautiful no matter the age, shape or size. I love helping my clients feel more beautiful, and it's important to me to build rapport with them so that they feel more comfortable," she says.

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For the uninitiated, Svetlana reveals that for your Brazilian wax you will need to be naked from the waist down and manoeuvre your legs into different positions throughout the appointment. "Try to relax and trust the instructions of your beautician to get you the best results," she says.

You've got options

The "full" Brazilian and the "landing strip" are the most popular requests that Svetlana receives, but there are other options for the more adventurous. "A lot of brides like to have a heart shaped wax which I can also colour. Butterfly and triangle shapes are also popular," she says.

Post-Brazilian care

Ingrown hairs are the nemesis of any Brazilian waxer. Svetlana says the golden rule with ingrowns is never to pick them, as this increases the risk of scarring and infection. "Exfoliation is the secret to preventing ingrown hairs and should be done before and after your appointment. Keep the area well moisturised and if any ingrowns do appear treat with a diluted tea tree or lavender solutions," she suggests.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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