Sugaring is the best way to DIY a Brazilian because sugar paste never has to be heated to more than slightly above room temperature, so there’s no burning. Plus, sugar is gentler than wax, making it ideal for use on the inner labia, allowing you to remove all the hair with less pain, giving you the full Brazilian experience. I’ve been doing my own sugar Brazilians now for 5 years, and its so liberating! It’s very empowering when you no longer have to endure those time consuming and expensive trips to the salon. Ideally, you’ll want to have some experience + success with sugaring before you attempt a Brazilian, as it can be challenging. If you’re ready to jump in + try this DIY de-fuzz, read on.
- First, select a firm paste, the bikini area is warm so you need a harder paste that won’t get soft and sticky too soon
- Heat your sugar in a warmer to slightly above room temp, (warmers are ideal as they offer consistent heat, but if you don’t have one, you can microwave your sugar, just stir to eliminate hot spots and be aware that microwaving can mess with its long term consistency). Do a test on your inner wrist first to ensure it’s not too hot, the consistency should be firm but easily spreadable
- Trim your hair if it’s longer than 1/4″ in length, this will make the whole process easier and less painful
- Lie on a clean towel (ideally after a shower when skin is soft and clean) and raise your knees and spread your legs apart so that they are in an ob/gyn exam style position and clean (if you haven’t showered) and powder your bikini area. If using a mirror, you can assume the butterfly position with the soles of your feet together so your legs don’t block your view. I never use a mirror, I go by the feel of it
- Next, grab a piece of sugar slightly larger than a golf ball, choose whichever side of the outer labial area you want to start with and begin your mold at the lowest point at which you can complete a full removal flick, you may have to raise your hips to access the back of the bikini area. The reason for starting here is that removing hair from the dampest areas first reduces your chances of getting stuck. Continue up the side using short molds that can be removed in one flick. Switch sides and proceed until the entire outer labial area is hair free.
- Once the outer labial area is hair free, go on to remove the hair from the inner labia, molding only once (due to increased sensitivity) and allowing the sugar to seep into the follicles
- As with sugaring any other part of the body, apply opposite growth and remove in the direction of growth, taking care to flick parallel to the body. If you’re having issues determining the direction of growth, a good guide is that most pubic hair grows towards the centre to protect our reproductive organs. Important: use your support hand (non-sugaring hand) to pull the skin very taut above each mold to reduce pain and ensure complete hair removal – good use of the support hand is the key to a great Brazilian!
- Once you’ve finished, use a damp towel to clean any sticky areas and cool compresses to soothe the skin if needed, and apply a toner like rose water or witch hazel to clean the skin. For the next 24 hours, don’t workout, sauna or steam to avoid sweat induced breakouts and wear only cotton undies to avoid irritation
- Continue post-Brazilian care after 24 hrs with regular applications of coconut oil to moisturize your bikini area to help prevent ingrown hairs and provide anti-bacterial action, and don’t forget to exfoliate! You can expect approximately 2-3 weeks of smoothness depending on your own personal rate of re-growth
Quick Tip: Avoid doing your Brazilian while you’re on your period (ultra-sensitive) and if you’re craving a cocktail for liquid courage before getting down to business, keep in mind that it will make you more prone to bleeding, so consider an Advil instead