Commonly Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions/after care tips
Will waxing hurt?
That depends. The first time is always a bit uncomfortable, but we will prepare you, take you through the process, explain why we do what we do, where and how, and make you feel at ease. Our clients always say the second time is a breeze. For those worries about pain, we sell a numbing cream but most clients say they do not need it.
Why is your wax better?
Viva Brazil! exclusively uses the best imported soft waxes from Europe as well as our organic custom made hard wax, which our skin specialists have been extensively trained in. This wax is naturally soothing due to the added natural extracts like chamomile. We also ensure it is the right temperature so that it actually leaves your skin more supple and soft than when you came in. As great as that sounds, that’s just part of our secret.
Is your wax for sale?
It will be in the future.
A lot of people say they do “Brazilian” Waxing. What makes you guys different?
Many Brazilian waxers use soft wax, (the kind you use on your upper lip which is usually done with a strip of cloth or paper). Soft wax (with the strip) takes away more layers of the skin no matter how gentle the waxing technique. This is what causes bumps, burns and marks. Hard wax takes away less skin, and is generally more sanitary (since you don’t need cloths, and usually results in less pain. Our technique, combines age-old Brazilian secrets with the latest trends from South Beach as well as our own knowledge and experience (heck, we’ve been at this for over six years). The results are less pain and discomfort for our clients as well as leaving the skin intact, trauma-free, smooth and supple.
Is your facility clean?
We come from a background where we worked in hospitals and research labs. Maintaining sanitary conditions is an absolute must at Viva Brazil!. We use only sanitary equipment specially design for us, and enforce a strict disinfection/ sterilization policy with our implements and utensils.
How long do you have to wait between treatments?
You should wait between 4-6 weeks between treatments ideally, but time varies based on the individual’s hair growth.
Can I wax when I’m pregnant?
Absolutely. We know there’s a point where it’s hard to see over your belly button, making shaving a bit difficult. Pregnant women come in all the time sometimes up until the last happy moment!
What if I am embarrassed?
We were too when we first started waxing, but PAHHLLEEASSE, by now we have seen it all.
Is there anything I need to do/bring before I come in?
Make sure you are clean and avoid drinking caffeine right before as it stimulates the nervous system.
Important Aftercare Acknowledgments
After waxing, your skin is more sensitive and can be prone to irritation.
At Viva Brazil!, we advise you to:
Gently wash the waxed area with an antibacterial soap
Hold off on taking hot baths (for at least 2 hours)
Avoid ultra-violet rays from tanning beds and sunbathing (for at least 48 hours)
Resist the sauna and steam room (for at least 48 hours)
Working out or excessive sweating (for at least 24 hours)
Abstain from use of any products containing acid, i.e. alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc. (for at least 48 hours)
Ingrown Hair Prevention Tips – Outgrow Your Ingrown Fears! –
After waxing many clients panic about the possibility of ingrown hairs. For this common concern, Viva Brazil! recommends exfoliation! (But please wait at least 24 hours before you begin your exfoliating regime!)
Use your normal soap/bodywash/cleanser with scrubby gloves.
Scrubby gloves, can be used like a washcloth to help gently remove the outer layers of dead skin that can trap hairs from growing outward. These cloths appear to be very similar to loofahs, but are actually better since they are more flexible as well as machine washable (prevent the growth of bacteria). Loofahs are often breeding grounds for bacteria, and can actually increase your risk of infection if used since it is near impossible to properly disinfect them.
For a deeper exfoliation, try products containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
Glycolic acid helps to shed dead skin cell that can clog pores and hair follicles: a major cause of ingrown hairs.
Salicylic acid is excellent for preventing inflammation and the buildup of bacteria in pores, another cause of ingrowns.
PFB VanishTM is a unique, elegant roll-on formulated for ingrown hair, and razor burn designed for the best results. This product is available at our location.
Surely, if you’ve read this far, you know that Viva Brazil! only wants to make you happy and we take all precautions and do everything to make your waxing experience an enjoyable one. We want our clients to know what others in our field may try to hide or deny…
Even though we are all about sterilization, there is still a miniscule chance that waxing can result in minor bumps, etc. for super sensitive skin types. For most, such irritations can be soothed and treated with over-the-counter topical treatments like Cortizone gel. If such irritation persists, we urge you to immediately see a dermatologist.
We love doing our part so that you are happily hair-free, but we also strongly encourage that you love yourself as much as we do.
Please do not wax if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes, varicose veins, phlebitis, recent scar tissue, acne, sunburned skin, moles, or any other dermatological ailments.
Also if you are using any of the following medicines or products (which make your skin ultra-sensitive), we recommend not waxing: Retin-A, Accutane, Tetracycline, Glycolic Acid, and Alpha Hydroxy products; if using Retin-A, Glycolic Acids or Accutane, please stop the use 72 hours prior to waxing (Accutane for 3 months).