Men like to think of ourselves as pretty tough creatures, but the mere mention of waxing our bodies makes our brows start to sweat.
The most taboo place that one could get waxed, which is down there, has also become of the most popular and it’s no longer something reserved for the super brave and adventurous.
What is a male Brazilian wax exactly, and what can you expect if you get one?
The male Brazilian is a type of body waxing that focuses specifically on removing hair from the nether regions including the scrotum, perineum, and anal area.
It’s named the same as its female counterpart as it aims to remove all hair from the genital area and leave nothing behind.
This type of waxing has never been more popular and the way that society thinks of men who prefer it has changed in recent times.
If you’ve always been curious about what goes into a “bro-zilian”, we’re going to tell you all the gory details, and possibly turn you into a reformed Brazilian lover for life.
How Common is Male Brazilian Waxing?
There was a time when waxing was some that women did exclusively. To go for waxing, even of your back, would be considered feminine, and for that reason many of us avoided it.
Times have definitely changed though, and there’s a good chance that you or at least a few men you know get regular waxings, but what about going the full distance with a male Brazilian?
According to an interview in women’s lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan, waxers state that around 30 percent of their clientele is male. Men come to get all different body parts waxed, mainly their backs, but the Brazilian wax is becoming more popular.
It’s estimated around half of all men partake in some form of manscaping, and it seems that the Brazilian wax is the best way to remove all of the hair in one quick go.
What Is Included in a Male Brazilian Wax?
A Brazilian wax refers to a wax that removes the entirety of the hair in the pubic region. For men, this means that the waxer focuses on areas like the scrotum, perineum, and anal region and removes every single piece of hair from there.
Some men go further and add their legs or stomach here, but this is generally not part of a standard Brazilian wax.
When you go for a Brazilian wax at a professional waxing salon, you’ll be asked to lay down on the table and remove your pants and underwear.
A towel will be placed over you to cover those areas that you want to keep private and the waxer will work around the different parts, moving the towel as needed so you stay covered in the areas they’re not working on.
The waxing professional will usually start at the front of the pubic bone and remove the hair from that area.
They’ll work their way down from here towards the anal region, doing small parts at a time. You’ll be asked to turn onto your back or side for this area, as it allows them to get in closer and work faster.
Once they’ve finished waxing the main areas, they may go back over and do smaller patches that were left behind.
If there are only a few hairs they might use tweezers to pluck them out, and if you have ingrown hairs that need to be treated then they sometimes remove these as well.
When it’s done, you’ll receive a special gel or powder on the area to help reduce swelling and redness.
Does A Brazilian Hurt?
There’s no way to sugarcoat the fact that getting waxed hurts, and this is especially true for a Brazilian due to the sensitive body parts involved.
However, the hype about how much it hurts is usually what does the most damage, because men go into the salon expecting the worst.
The good news about Brazilian waxing is that not all areas are painful, so while there might be a few strips that leave your toes curled, most of it will be manageable.
It’s true that the more often you go, the less this pain will be, so if you can keep up with it you’ll be rewarded with a much gentler experience each time.
As there’s a lot of loose skin involved with male genitalia, your waxer will pull the skin tight at various times to help with waxing. This helps to keep the surface taught so they can see better but also takes out a lot of the pain for you.
When the skin is left loose, you’re more likely to feel the hair being pulled out but also a lot of pain from your skin being ripped as well.
How much a wax hurts all depends on the person doing it, so take recommendations from friends and reviews seriously.
Someone with more experience will usually know the tricks to make it less painful, and of course, having the frame of mind that it’s not going to be that bad will help to reduce the pain you feel.
Preparing for Your Wax
To ease some of your mental anguish and make it less painful, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself for a Brazilian wax. Check out these tips from professional waxers about how to make the whole deal a lot easier on yourself.
- If it’s been a while between hair grooming sessions, you might want to consider trimming your pubic region first. Hair should be at least an inch for the wax to grip onto but if it’s grown too long that can make it more painful to remove.
- Have a shower before you go so that you’re fresh and clean for the waxer. The heat and moisture of the water can also help to loosen up the pores and make it easier for hair to be removed.
- If you’re really worried, take some minor pain relief before you go in. Even just the placebo effect can be helpful if you’re feeling fretful, and then you’ll see it wasn’t as bad as you thought.
- Get some baby powder ready for after the wax to apply when you’re done showering. Invest in a loofah or other exfoliating glove or sponge to treat the area and prevent ingrown hairs.
Where and How to Get One
You might be feeling a little anxious about booking an appointment, but there’s really no need to be. Male waxing is common these days and especially the nether regions, with men of all ages and backgrounds embracing this hair removal trend.
Local waxing salons and beauticians will have information available about their services so you can check out websites and Facebook pages to find out more.
If you don’t want to speak to someone over the phone, you’ll find that most places now accept online bookings or you can message or email them.
As a female dominated career field, there’s a good chance that your waxer will be female, but not always.
Men might feel comfortable seeing a male technician so if this would make the process easier, don’t be afraid to ask specifics about who will be doing the treatment.
Whatever makes you more comfortable is the right approach, and waxing salons understand this completely.
Booking in your first male Brazillian wax can be a daunting time, but in this day and age, it doesn’t have to be.
If you have questions you’ve always wanted to ask about male waxing then we can help, so check out our answers to give you the basics on the male Brazillian.
How Often Do I Need to Wax?
Waxing is recommended every four to five weeks to keep hair growth minimal and reduce the pain of the following session.
As everyone’s hair growth occurs at different rates, this number may change by a week either side, but as a general rule once a month is sufficient for waxing.
Does Less Hair Grow Back After Waxing?
One reason why Brazilian waxing is such a popular choice of hair removal is that it promotes a reduction in hair growth.
With regular waxing, you’ll find that less hair comes back each time, and over a few years, there should be noticeably less hair that returns to the pubic region.
This makes it easier to manage and also less painful when it does have to be waxed, as there’s less hair to pull out.