Brilliant Brazilian – Muddy bares all
Summer's here and the bikini's going on (even if it is just in the garden for now), but not before some serious de-fuzzing. After years of using razors and hair removal creams, I signed up to my first. ever. wax... Read on to find out more.
I have a confession to make… I’ve never had a professional wax. Not even a leg wax. Nope. Never. Call me a wuss (or a bit lazy in the self-care department) but somehow I’ve managed to reach my mid 30s without ever having experienced this personal preening rite of passage. My trusty Veet and Venus have served me well enough for years, so why break the habit of a lifetime?
But, when I was invited to try out the ‘virtually pain free’ bikini wax at Brilliant Brazilian I thought ‘hell, why not!’ I’ve given birth twice, so how bad could it be?! And with summer in the air and a seaside staycay in the calendar, what better time to ‘woman up’?
Owner, Sarah, is a gem. She made me feel completely at ease from the moment I booked, with her encouraging emails… despite my inner prude squirming a little when she emailed ahead of the treatment to enquire about my ‘hair length’ (it should be no shorter than 1cm for a successful result, appaz! No pre-shaving or trimming before your appointment then, ladies)
Sarah’s road to waxing wasn’t a traditional one. She left her demanding job in marketing twenty years ago to care for her disabled son, wanting a career that would allow flexibility and minimal stress. Initially she studied holistic therapies with a view to helping other stressed-out mums, but soon found that more traditional beauty treatments were more in demand and re-trained.
She admits she didn’t warm to waxing instantly (excuse the pun!) but quickly grew to love it and went on to set up Gorilla Warfare, providing waxing services for men (rather you than me, Sarah!), which she ran for nine years before launching Brilliant Brazilian for women.
Brilliant Brazilian caters for everyone, including women who are pre and post birth, and those who suffer with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, who tend to have more easily aggravated skin and coarser, tougher hair. There’s a salon in London and a brand new one in Sandy, too, but I was invited to Sarah’s home studio in Stotfold, near Hitchin.
The cute little cabin in Sarah’s front garden (complete with modesty blinds in case the DHL delivery guy pops round with a parcel!), makes up for its teeny size with funky décor featuring orange neon lighting and a wall of greenery. And when I say teeny I mean there’s literally room for a bed and chair plus the waxing paraphernalia. It’s really no different size-wise to a treatment room in any salon though, and immaculately clean and calming.
Sarah talked me through my options from a Brazilian (leaving a triangle or strip) or a Hollywood (all off!), to a Bikini line which just takes from the inner crease of the thigh, or an Extendend Bikini (designed for those high-leg Rio Carnival-style getups).
She uses hot wax (none of those fiddly paper strips required) which turns to a rubbery texture and just peels straight off. First though, she applies an oil, which helps the wax stick to the hair and not the skin, as well as preventing the skin from drying too much. Then we had a good giggle about the yoga-style positions I had to get into as she quickly whipped off the hair in all the right places.
I’ll admit, it wasn’t pain free – I mean, of course it’s not! – but after the initial sting it died down within a minute or so. And, being a thorough professional, Sarah made it all as quick and straightforward as possible.
We nattered and giggled throughout the whole thing and I can honestly say there wasn’t an iota of awkwardness. I mean, Sarah really has seen everything so there’s really no need to be coy.
Despite the initial ‘plucked chicken’ look as Sarah described it, the redness and puckered pores calmed quickly and within a day the skin was completely smooth.
As diehard waxers will probably know, waxing goes in a 5-7 week maintenance cycle. Sarah assures me that it also gets a little less toe curling each time as the hair follicles weaken and some might eventually give up the ghost altogether.
She packed me off with some tips on aftercare (if you’re wondering, you shouldn’t put anything on the waxed area, just keep it cool and clean!) and a promise to get in touch if I had any questions or concerns.
So am I a convert? The jury’s out on waxing (ask me in a few weeks!), but for my first experience, I don’t think I could have asked for a better, more thorough and relaxed treatment.
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