French, bikini or Brazilian wax? What's the difference? If you want to try some hair removal down there but aren’t sure how much hair you want to get rid of, then you need to get yourself acquainted with the three most common kinds of waxing regimes available to you. If you thought that a bikini wax was all you could choose, take heed. We tell you the difference between a French wax vs a bikini wax vs Brazilian wax - and all their pros and cons. Which one is for you?!
Your typical bikini wax removes much less hair compared to the other two. It basically involves the removal of hair around your panty line - the sides and top of your thighs as well as below your navel - leaving you with an inverted triangle shape of hair.
This type of wax is great before heading off on a beach holiday for a hair-free bikini line when you slip on your swimsuit, or just to stay tidy down there. You can request your aesthetician to go a bit deeper on the sides if you would like some more taken off.
When to get it: A bikini wax is ideal when you are looking for a cleanup, or if you’re a first timer and want to gradually move onto the more painful, full-fledged Brazilian.
You don’t need to take your underwear off for this type of wax.
This is the most common type of bikini wax around the world and also the most severe. It involves the removal of hair from the entire pubic region, including your bum fuzz. Naturally, it is the most painful and requires you to spread your legs wide, or to bend and raise your knees to your head so your waxer can reach your most private of parts.
If you’re a seasoned bikini waxer who is well accustomed to the experience and pain, then we recommended this for you. If you’re trying it for the first time, don’t worry so much, the aesthetician is a professional who has serviced hundreds of women before so there’s no need to feel shy or awkward.
When to get it: If you want to get rid of all the hair down there, the Brazilian wax should be your preferred option.
You need to have your underwear off throughout the procedure.
It is similar to the Brazilian wax, except you get to keep the hair between your buttocks. A French bikini wax will typically leave behind a small, vertical strip of hair so you will be bare down there, but not beyond the anus.
It has all the advantages of the Brazilian Wax, except in the derriere department, of course, which means you won’t need to stretch and spread your legs as much.This method is great for those who want to go bare but not as extreme as with a full-fledged Brazilian. It’s perfect for a first timer as you can experience the treatment without having to go all the way up.
When to get it: If you’re planning on wearing a thong, or want to be clean and bare down there minus the terror of getting your butt waxed.
You will need to have your underwear off for most part of the procedure but not during the entire time.
Trim: The perfect length for your wax is a couple of centimeters so it can come off easily and isn’t too long to cause more pain. Make sure to trim down to this length before your appointment.
Exfoliate: Use a loofah before and after your wax to get rid of any ingrown hair and to keep it smooth.
Breathe: Exhale every time she pulls and control your pelvis from jerking with every yank, which will just intensify the pain.
After-care: Use aloe vera gel on the area for a couple of days after getting waxed to sooth, and reduce irritation and red spots.