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Brazilian waxing is the epilation of body hair around the pubic region. This kind of waxing is usually done by women and by the use of wax. The Brazilian waxing differs from the standard bikini-line waxing since it involves removal of all hair in the pelvic area, front and back. The origin of the name probably dates back to a letter written by Pêro Vaz de Caminha documenting Pedro Álvares Cabral's trip to Brazil in 1500 AD. In this letter, Pêro Vaz de Caminha wrote: "their private parts were so exposed, so healthy and so hairless, that looking upon them we felt no shame".

Brazilian waxing technique

Most of the women are removing even their pubic hair that is normally covered by the bottom part of the swimsuit. Reasons behind this practice may differ, but most of them decide to have Brazilian waxing for aesthetic reasons. In some societies, removal of the pubic hair is considered proper hygiene. Pubic hair can be removed by waxing, shaving, sugaring or using chemical depilatory creams, but Brazilian waxing always includes the use of wax. 
Brazilian waxing is also known under the names full Brazilian wax, full Bikini wax, Hollywood wax or the sphinx. Brazilian bikini waxing usually involves the removal of all pubic hairs. Some women prefer to leave a thin strip of hair on the pubis, also known as the “landing strap”. The technique involves the complete removal of the hair from buttocks, anus region and around the vulva. During the procedure, warm wax is applied on the skin surrounding the genital area and topped with thin strips of cloth. When the wax hardens, the cloth should be pulled off quickly to remove the hair from the roots. The procedure is usually very painful and the general discomfort lasts for a couple of days. Natural beeswax is most commonly used since it is a bit stronger than the synthetic variations, and makes it easier to remove hard pubic hairs.

Brazilian waxing side-effects

The biggest bad point about Brazilian waxing is that it usually hurts too much. This is a physically very unpleasant experience. Moreover, a certain health-risk is associated with Brazilian waxing since it imposes a risk of infection on a person with a weaker immune system, especially if it is not done correctly. Sometimes, bumps or in-grown hair can result from this procedure. Infection around the hair follicle, also known as folliculitis, is one of the common side effects of Brazilian waxing. The infection can develop into more severe abscesses that require an incision with a scalpel, drainage of the abscess, and antibiotics.

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