Brazils Waxing Center https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com Brazils Waxing Center Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:41:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confessions Of A Wax-A-Holic https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services/confessions-of-a-wax-a-holic/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:41:14 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=883 This is the memoir of a habitual shaver, now full blown wax-a-holic. The truth is…I started shaving way too early and wished someone would have warned me that shaving your hair makes it grow back in thicker and darker over time. However, the truth of the matter is I was not told this until about five years ago at the age of 22.

I am your typical female except I was blessed with more hair than most…a tummy trail, a bikini line that continues well into my mid inner thigh and even more. Was I always like this? No. Back when I was 18 years old I remember getting my belly button pierced and the guy telling me that I should stop shaving my tummy trail because if I kept doing it, that it would grow back in twice as thick as it was then. Well, I didn’t listen and now here I am 9 years later even hairier than when I started shaving.

I have done it all tweezing, depilatory creams, bleach, at home waxing kits, and shaving but they all have their own set of side effects or were not very effective at removing the hair. When it came to tweezing it just took too long and only really worked on small areas like eyebrows and maybe your upper lip, plus…it hurts and doesn’t last super long. Depilatory creams burned my skin and hurt in sensitive areas. At home waxing kits were another fail as one brand did not work and the other hurt so bad I couldn’t finish but one or two strips. Not to mention shaving the easiest of all…but I always ended up with horrible ingrown hairs, razor bumps and skin irritation. Plus halfway through the day I could feel the hair already growing back in and it almost felt pointless for the short term results.

At the age of 17, I had my first Brazilian wax with the permission of mom for my Spring Break trip to Panama City, Florida. I went to a fancy salon in the suburbs of Atlanta and paid over $70 for the service. I still remember how I felt that day and how long it lasted and how smooth I was without any irritation or side effects. At that time I was too young to be able to afford regular waxes at the cost of $70 a pop. I also remember wishing I could afford to do it regularly because the results were so incredible and lasted for so long!

At the age of 24, I finally had a job where I could afford regular waxing maintenance and started visiting a local waxing place in Jacksonville called The Wax Strip. Brazilian waxes here were walk-in only and they used a soft wax with traditional cloth strips. Ladies and gents…if you are unfamiliar with soft wax and cloth strips this means the technician smooths down the cloth strip it forms a bond with the hair and the skin causing the top layer of skin to be removed along with the hair. Talk about painful! I would leave and be smooth but my skin was so red and sensitive that I couldn’t go out into the sun even days after the service. About 3 to 4 days after their waxing service the ingrown hairs would appear…I tried exfoliating and using the one product they recommended to help with ingrowns called Tend Skin but this did not work and dried out my skin making it even more irritated. At this point I had reached my breaking point…I felt like I was alone with my hair removal issues and I was having such a hard time achieving great results.

It was hard not to feel down about myself and I still preferred waxing to shaving because of the long lasting results. After a year of trying soft wax and cloth strips on my skin I was finally fed up and switched back to shaving, until one day when I was searching for Brazilian waxing places in Florida and came across Brazils Waxing Center.

Apprehensive, I figured it was worth a try after reading the great reviews online. I booked my appointment over the phone and scheduled a Brazilian wax at their Jacksonville location. At the first visit to the facility I was impressed with the spacious lobby and clean rooms. The ladies at the front desk welcomed me and answered any questions I had, then walked me to my private studio wax room.

My technician for the service was Tracey and she was very gentle and thorough. Tracey walked me through the entire process and talked about Brazils all-natural, vegan hard wax and how to get the best results. The coolest thing about their wax…it’s pink! As my first hard waxing experience I must tell you this wax will change your life! It only adheres to the hair and not the skin…the wax hardens within a few seconds and then is removed – no cloth strips needed! The best part is the pain was so much less than any Brazilian wax I had ever experienced! Plus Brazils is known for being clean freaks and sterilizing their rooms so I didn’t have to worry about them double dipping their sticks or cross contaminating the wax. They bring you a fresh pot of wax into the service room every time! Plus the Brazilian wax is only $45 so it’s the absolute best quality waxing service you can get for the price!

The wax itself went by very quickly and then I went to the lobby to check out. I was told by Tracey during the service about Brazils wonderful all-natural skin care line Elate. Knowing I was prone to ingrowns after hair removal, I bought the 4 piece kit which includes a cleansing African Black Soap, a glycolic exfoliant called Prevent, a soothing serum called Repair and a moisturizing shea butter. I went home that evening and as suggested used steps one and three and when I woke up the next morning I was blown away with the results! Baby smooth skin without irritation! How incredibly sexy and confident I felt! There really is nothing like it.

Its official, I am hooked…here I am now two years later a full blown wax-a-holic. I have finally found a home at a waxing center that believes in real beauty and that it is more than just skin deep. Brazils is a body positive waxing center and they appreciate every body. Everyone is welcome and they wax men and women, young and old from head to toe.

To this day, I am still so thankful I found Brazils and that I finally have a place to go to that I can count on for consistent waxing results! Book your appointment with Brazils today and find out why everyone is ditching their razors and joining in on the #brazilslifestyle ! Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Yours truly…the wax-a-holic.

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The History of Hair Removal https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services-jacksonville/the-history-of-hair-removal/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:52:52 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=818 It may surprise you to learn that hair removal has been popular in one form or another for centuries. While these days, removing unwanted hair is as easy as booking an appointment with our waxing studio online, but for centuries women and men had to rely on some creative methods for removing the hair they didn’t want on their bodies. Over time, where and how hair is removed has varied according to different trends of the time. In this blog, we will dive into the fascinating history of male and female hair removal.

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Ancient Egypt

Many beauty trends that are still popular today began in Ancient Egypt; hair removal is no exception. The women of Ancient Egypt followed the trends set by Cleopatra, who removed all of her body hair, including on top of her head. To remove hair, Ancient Egyptians used tweezers made of seashells, as well as pumice stones, and beeswax for hair removal. Sugar wax, which is still used in some salons today, was also a common method of hair removal, using a sugar mixture to exfoliate the hair off the skin.

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Roman Empire

During this time, hair removal was a sign of wealth. Both men and women would remove their unwanted hair using razors, tweezers, stones, and creams. Even pubic hair was considered “low class,” which is why you will notice that statues of Grecian women at the time were completely hairless.

Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth I was revered and therefore set all the hottest trends in fashion and beauty. It was Queen Elizabeth who set the standard for female hair removal at the time, making in en vogue to remove it from your face, but not your body. It was fashionable to remove your eyebrows and forehead to make your forehead appear larger. Hair was removed with walnut or strips of cloth soaked in ammonia and vinegar.

1700s

In the 1700s, European and American women were not as concerned with hair removal. In 1760, a French barber named Jean Jacques Perret invented the first straight razor, which was used mostly by men, but also some women.

1800s

In 1844, the first depilatory cream, Poudre Subtile, was invented. In 1880, the first modern razor was invented and was exclusively marketed towards men; a women’s razor wouldn’t be invented for another 30 years.

Early 20th century

In 1915, the first razor marketed towards women, the Milady Decolletée, was brought to market by Gillette. Additionally, in the early 1900s, depilatory creams began to run ads to the general public. At this time, the standard was to remove hair on the face, neck, and arms. Ten years later, the first ad to feature bare underarms was run in a women’s magazine.

1940s

The first electric women’s razor was released in 1940 by Remington after they successfully marketed a male version. Because there was a shortage of nylon due to World War II, leg hair removal became increasingly popular as women had to skip the stockings and go bare-legged more often.

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1950s

In the 1950s, hair removal was more widely accepted. Depilatory creams were still largely irritating to skin, so the most popular methods of hair removal were shaving and plucking. Women would shave their underarms and legs and pluck their eyebrows.

1960s

The 1960s saw the debut of the use of wax strips to remove hair. This quickly became the most popular method of leg and underarm hair removal due to its efficiency and effectiveness and new fashion trends developed that involved showing more skin. The first laser hair removal method was introduced in the mid-60s, but because it often damaged skin, it quickly lost popularity and was abandoned.

1970s

In the 1970s, more reliable methods of laser hair removal were developed, though it was not the most popular method of hair removal due to the negative experiences people had in the 1960s. Additionally, removing hair from the pubic area became popular again as the swimsuit fad of the ‘60s stuck around and women wanted to prevent unsightly errant hairs from being seen.

1980 to today

Today, women and men alike have a cornucopia of hair removal options. These days, removing unwanted hair is as simple as booking an appointment with a waxing studio online. It is most typical for women to remove their leg and underarm hair, but there are now many options for bikini waxes as well, including the Brazilian wax. The Brazilian wax is so-called not because it originated in Brazil, but because of the skimpy bikinis that are often worn on Brazilian beaches. Now, men also enjoy the benefits of Brazilian waxes, and it is also increasingly common for men to wax other body parts, including their chests and backs.

Whether you are a man or a woman, you can benefit from waxing services from Brazils Waxing Center. From Brazilian waxes to leg waxes to eyebrow waxes and more, we can provide you with whatever waxing service you need. Book an appointment online today!

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What Excess Facial Hair on Women Means https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-salon-gainsville/what-excess-facial-hair-on-women-means/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:26:26 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=816 At Brazils Waxing Center, we help a lot of women who have excess hair growth on their faces. While every woman has some hair on her body, it is generally fine and light. Some women experience a condition called hirsutism, which means the hair that grows on their body is coarser and darker than is typical, and grows in areas where hair usually only grows on men. It is associated with higher levels of androgens, the male hormones. Hirsutism is different from hypertrichosis, which increases hair growth on everywhere on the body and isn’t associated with androgens.

Hirsutism affects roughly 10 percent of women, and seems to be genetic. It runs in families and women of certain heritages, such as Middle Eastern, South Asian, or Mediterranean, are more likely to develop it. While there is nothing harmful to your health about having excess facial hair, there are a couple reasons not to ignore it. For one, many women feel self-conscious about their facial hair, and there is a simple solution: our waxing services! At our waxing salon, we can provide you with the facial waxing service you need to feel more confident in your skin. Additionally, excess facial hair can be an indication of several health conditions. In this blog, we will go over the most common causes of hirsutism, and what you can do about them.


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Causes

Excess hair on a woman’s face or body where men normally grow hair is caused by high levels of androgens, including testosterone. While every woman produces androgens, normally, these hormones are at very low levels in the female body. There are several reasons why a woman might produce excess androgens, leading to facial hair growth and other symptoms. Here are some potential causes of excess hair growth.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of hirsutism, responsible for 75 percent of hirsutism cases. PCOS is a condition in which a woman forms benign cysts on her ovaries, which impacts hormone production which can lead to symptoms such as irregular periods, acne, infertility, and excess hair growth.

Menopause

The hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause several side effects, including mood swings, hot flashes, skin changes, and excess hair growth. As women get older and go through menopause, their estrogen levels drop and their testosterone levels rise, contributing to the development of unwanted facial hair.

Cushing’s syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome is a hormonal condition that is caused by high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone in the body. Cushing’s syndrome develops due to the use of corticosteroids, which are used to treat autoimmune disorders. Symptoms include weight gain, easy bruising, muscle weakness, low libido, and excess hair growth.

Obesity

Being overweight or obese can often disrupt the hormone levels in the body, which can cause hirsutism. If you are overweight and are concerned with excess hair, losing weight can sometimes reduce the symptoms of hirsutism.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

This is congenital condition that impacts the adrenal glands, which are the glands that are responsible for hormone production. A woman with congenital adrenal hyperplasia may have excess hair growth and other hormonal symptoms (such as irregular periods) because their androgen production is affected.

Certain medications

There are also certain medications that may cause hirsutism. For example, anabolic steroids may spike testosterone levels, causing hair growth. Additionally, if you take testosterone due to a testosterone deficiency, it may cause you to grow excess hair. Minoxidil and cyclosporine are examples of other medications that could cause unwanted hair growth.


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Talking to your doctor

If you find that you are experiencing excess hair growth on your face when you hadn’t before, it’s important to talk to your doctor because it indicates that something is going on with the hormones in your body, particularly if you are experiencing other symptoms. While hirsutism in itself isn’t harmful, it is an indication of several health conditions that may need medical intervention. To determine the cause of your health concerns, your doctor will ask you questions about your medical history, and may test your blood to see your hormone levels, which can help them determine the cause. Depending on the cause of the hirsutism, the doctor may prescribe birth control to regulate your hormone levels, or suggest that you lose weight to address your symptoms.


What we can do for you

Regardless of the cause of unwanted hair, we can help you remove it. At Brazils Waxing Center, we understand that excess hair growth can be embarrassing for women. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with unwanted hair, especially with such an efficient and effective method of hair removal at your disposal. Our waxing salon can provide you with your facial waxing services you desire, whether you are plagued with chin hair, upper lip hair, or unwanted hair elsewhere on your face. Book an appointment online today!

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The Problems with Depilatory Creams https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-salon-gainsville/the-problems-with-depilatory-creams/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:18:26 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=770 Because so many people prefer a smooth, hairless appearance, there are many different ways to remove hair. One method of hair removal that is readily available is hair depilatory creams. These products seems to offer several different advantages: they’re inexpensive, easy to use, and can be found in most drugstores, making them easily accessible. However, there are several reasons why depilatory creams aren’t worth it, and may even be harmful to your skin.


How depilatories work

First, to understand the problems with depilatory creams, you need to understand how they work. The word “depilatory” is really a term for hair removal in general. Depilatory creams such as Nair or Veet are chemical depilatories, and may also come in gel, lotions, or aerosols. They use alkaline chemicals, such as calcium thioglycolate and strontium sulfide, to cause a chemical reaction to eliminate the hair. Once applied to the skin, these chemicals break down the chemical bonds of keratin, the protein in hair. When the keratin dissolves, the hair becomes weak and loose from the follicle. It turns your hair into a gel-like substance, which you can then rub off with a damp cloth or wash off in the shower.


The problem with depilatories

If you have ever used one of these products, one of the things you probably remember most about them is the smell. The smell of hair depilatory creams comes from the chemical reaction, so even products that try to address the smell problem with added fragrances cannot mask it entirely. Many people find it difficult to breathe when faced with this intense scent, which often limits where it can be used (i.e. upper lip, or any larger surface areas). Additionally, both the chemicals and fragrances in these products can cause severe allergic reactions. The manufacturers of these products warn that you should test a small patch of skin 24 hours before full application so that if you do have an adverse reaction, it isn’t as bad as it would be if you had applied it over a large patch. Some side effects that people have reported from using these creams include burns, stinging, peeling, itching, or blisters.

If that’s not enough to scare you off depilatories, consider how messy they make hair removal. In order to completely remove hair, the cream must be applied perfectly evenly. If you don’t, you end up with patchy hairs. Even if you do successfully apply the cream evenly, removing both the cream and the broken-down hair can be difficult. After all of that work, for some people with more stubborn hair, depilatory creams simply don’t work. If you have coarse or thick body hair, a depilatory cream probably won’t be effective for you.

In short, despite their apparent convenience, depilatory creams are not worth the investment because they are potentially harmful, messy, and ineffective. If you’re looking for a method of hair removal that actually works, try our waxing services from Brazils Waxing Center. You can book an appointment with our waxing salon online today!

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Why Waxing Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services-jacksonville/why-waxing-should-be-your-new-years-resolution/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:22:17 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=767 Now that it’s 2017, it’s time to buckle down and decide on your new year’s resolutions. Many people resolve to lose weight, save money, or other committing other habits that improve their lives. One resolution that could be quite beneficial to you would be scheduling regular professional waxes at Brazils Waxing Center! The benefits of waxing may not be immediately apparent to you, but here are some reasons why you should consider getting regular waxes this year.


Self-confidence

The goal of the new year’s resolution is to make you happier, healthier, and more confident. Many people struggle with self-esteem, particularly when it comes to their body hair. Waxing is a hygienic, effective, and long lasting way to address your body hair insecurities. When you commit to regular waxing, you don’t have to worry about other people noticing your unwanted hair. You can expect to be smooth for weeks on end, and when the hair does grow back, it will grow finer and lighter. Resolving to get regular waxes can give you the self-esteem boost you need to start 2017 off right.


More time

Many people resolve to spend more time with their families, making new friends, or doing hobbies that they love. When you commit to regular waxes, you don’t have to spend as much concerning yourself with hair removal. For 15 to 30 minutes every few weeks, you simply come into Brazils Waxing Center and have us take care of it for you. Compare that to shaving, which takes 15 minutes every few days, and it really adds up. Waxing is the least time-consuming method of hair removal, so if you want to spend more time on your other resolutions, be sure to include waxing as one of them!


Healthier skin

Many people resolve to become healthier in the new year. Why not start with healthier skin? When you get regular waxes, an integral part of your routine will be both exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, letting new skin cells grow and replace them, which is why your skin looks healthier and feels softer. Additionally, a hydrating moisturizer keeps your skin smooth, supple, and from drying out. For best results, use a dry brush to exfoliate your whole body before bathing, then use an exfoliating body scrub in the shower. Afterwards, use a moisturizer on slightly damp skin.


Bond with a friend

Many people resolve to deepen their friendships or make new friends. Waxing might not be the first bonding activity that comes to mind, but you would be surprised how nice it is to head to the waxing salon with a friend! Many of our customers book appointments at the same time so they can experience their first Brazilian wax with a friend there for moral support. If you end up liking it, you could always make it a regular excuse to meet up and practice a little self-care with our waxing services.


Spice up your love life

Waxing doesn’t just bring friends closer together; it can also help your romantic relationship! If you want to spice things up with your partner this year, waxing is a great way to do so. Whether you both get waxed or you surprise your loved one with a bikini wax, our waxing services can open up a lot of possibilities for your romantic resolutions.

At Brazils Waxing Center, we have resolved to continue to provide you with the high-quality waxing services you expect from us, and always work to improve our waxing services. Ready for regular waxing services? Book an appointment with our waxing salon today!

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The Best Brow Shape For Your Face https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-salon-gainsville/the-best-brow-shape-for-your-face/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:43:53 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=765 Just like there is a haircut that flatters your face the most, there is an eyebrow shape that looks best on your face. The right eyebrow shape adds symmetry and gives you a better rested, younger-looking, healthier appearance. So how do you determine which is the best eyebrow shape for you? When you come in for an eyebrow wax from Brazils Waxing Center, we can help you determine what will be best based on your face shape, but if you would like to know for yourself right now, this blog can help. In this post, we will go over how you can determine your face shape, and which brow shape is best for every face shape, so when you do come into our waxing salon for eyebrow waxing, you can already know exactly what you want.


Finding your face shape

Knowing your face shape is good information to have for a variety of reasons. It can help you with everything from determining the most flattering hairstyle to identifying which pair of glasses is best for you. It is also the first thing you need to know when deciding what brows are best for you. To figure out your face shape, first you will need a measuring tape.

STEP ONE: Measure your forehead from the top of the arch of one of your brows to the other. Take note of the measurement.
STEP TWO: Measure your cheekbones, starting at the bump below one eye to the bump on the other. Write down this measurement as well.
STEP THREE: Measure your jawline from the bottom point of your chin to the angle of your jaw right under your ear. Multiply this number by two.
STEP FOUR: Measure your face length, starting at the center of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.

You can use these numbers to precisely understand your face shape. Now, look into the mirror and observe for any of these features.

Oval

For an oval face, the forehead is wider than the chin. Oval faces have prominent cheekbones and then their face narrows around the chin. The angle of the jaw is rounded.

Round

When your face is round, it is nearly as wide as it is long. The widest measurement on your face is between the cheeks. The length of your face and the measurement between your cheek bones are likely very similar.

Long

When you have a long face shape, your forehead, cheekbones, and jawlines are roughly the same width. Like the oval shape, the chin is narrower than the rest of the face.

Square

Square face shapes feature square jawlines, which is the most obvious tip off. As far as your measurements go, just like with a long face shape, chances are your jawlines, cheekbones, and forehead are roughly the same.

Heart

Heart-shaped faces are quite similar to oval shapes, but the chin tapes to a point, like the bottom of a heart.

Diamond

Diamond shapes are less common. Usually, diamond shapes have very angular faces with short foreheads. Distinct from the other face shapes is the fact that the widest part of the face is at the temples.


Best brow shape for every face

Now that you know your face shape, you can determine which brow shape is best for you.

Oval

Oval shapes are lucky because their faces are well-proportioned, making it easy to rock a classic eyebrow look. Go for a soft-angled eyebrow shape, going straight up to a gently round arch, then tapering off to a point at the tail.

Round

For round face shapes, the goal is to make the face look longer and less round. A great way to accomplish this is with high arches. Additionally, stay away from round brow shapes, which only serve to emphasize the roundness of your face. Ideally, your brow will go straight up to the point of the arch, then taper off at an angle.

Long

When you have a long face, your goal is to make your face look shorter so it is more proportional. The best way to accomplish this is with a flat brow shape. The horizontal shape of the brow creates the illusion of a shorter face.

Square

Because of the strength of a square jaw, the goal with shaping the brows is to balance out the jaw or soften it. If you like the strength of your jaw, you can balance it out with strong brows by opting for angled brows with a high arch. Alternatively, if you are looking to soften your look, go for a curved brow shape instead.

Heart

With a heart shape, you want to soften the angles of your jaw and chin. If your chin is the bottom of the heart, your brows are the top, so they should be rounded like the top of a heart. For a more natural look, go for a low arch, and for a more dramatic effect, go for a high arch. Either way, go for a round shape to emphasize the soft, feminine heart shape.

Diamond

When you have a diamond face shape, the goal is to soften the angles of your face and make it appear less wide. Curved brows accomplish this well. Alternatively, round brows can soften a diamond shape well if you are looking for a softer eyebrow.


Rules for every face shape

Regardless of your face shape, there are certain considerations you should keep in mind.

  • Your brow should start at the bridge of your nose. You can find this by holding a pen vertically on either side of the nose.
  • The arch should be roughly two-thirds of the way, not in the center of your brow. A centered arch looks unnatural.
  • Make sure your brow isn’t too short; the end should at least be in line with the outer corner of the eye. The best way to lift the eye is to make sure the end tapers to a defined point.

At Brazils Waxing Center, we would love to help to achieve the brows of your dreams. Book your appointment online at any of our Florida locations!

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6 Biggest Waxing Fears https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-salon-gainsville/6-biggest-waxing-fears/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:55:00 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=761 At Brazils Waxing Center, we have helped many people conquer their fears and get their first professional wax. More often than not, these people end up becoming regulars because they can’t believe how they missed out on the many benefits of waxing until now! Whether you have heard a horror story from your friend who went to a low-quality waxing salon, or the sound of having your hair ripped out simply scares you, you are not alone in your fears. Over the years, we have heard every concern in the book, and we have an answer for all of them. Read on for some of the most common fears people have about waxing, and why you shouldn’t stress about them.


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It’s going to hurt!

This is probably the fear that stops people from getting waxed the most often. When you haven’t been waxed before, it’s easy to buy into the idea that waxing is extremely painful because of the way it is presented in the media. We aren’t going to pretend like waxing doesn’t cause discomfort, because after all, you are ripping your hair out; there is no way that is going to be completely painless! However, at Brazils Waxing Center, we have done everything in our power to reduce the risk of our waxing services causing you extreme pain. First, we use a special vegan wax that we formulated ourselves to be minimally painful. Additionally, our trained technicians use a technique that reduces the amount of discomfort that comes with waxing. Also keep in mind that waxing is a highly efficient method of hair removal. Because it doesn’t take very long, you are only experiencing discomfort for a matter of seconds, while you get to enjoy weeks of smooth, hairless skin until your next appointment! While waxing may be uncomfortable, it simply isn’t as bad as you think, and in the end, it is worth it. Just ask our regulars!


I don’t want ingrown hairs.

This is a common scenario for us: a new customer describes how their friend got waxed and got a million ingrown hairs, which is why they have never come in for a wax before. Yes, ingrown hairs are possible when you get waxed; however, they are much less common if you use the right precautions. Chances are your friend failed to exfoliate before their waxing service, or wore tight clothing in their appointment, or chose to work out right after they got waxed. If you do not take the proper precautions, ingrown hairs are inevitable. Here at Brazils Waxing Center, we do everything in our power to set you up for success by educating you on proper aftercare. If you prevent ingrown hairs, you are unlikely to develop them.


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Waxing is too expensive.

You know what is really expensive? Razors! People don’t think about it because they only have to pay 15 dollars or so for new razor heads, but this expense really adds up. Think about how often you shave, whether it is every day or every few days, and how many razors you really go through. Compared to the cost of getting waxed every few weeks, waxing is actually a less expensive option over time. That, coupled with how much more effective waxing is, makes it clear that the cost is worth it.


Waxing will damage my skin.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. First off, at Brazils Waxing Center, we use hard wax, which only adheres to the hair; you don’t have to worry about it damaging your skin. Additionally, an integral part of waxing is exfoliating and moisturizing, which are extremely beneficial to your skin. If you are concerned about damaging your skin by waxing, rest assured that this is not something you need to worry about.


Waxing is awkward.

We hear this most often about Brazilian waxes, though some people feel uncomfortable having someone perform any waxing service on them. We understand that some people feel awkward when strangers touch them, but we would like to reassure you that our staff at Brazils Waxing Center is extremely professional and friendly. We are “people people,” so we are great at putting you at ease during your waxing service.

At Brazils Waxing Center, we want to ease your waxing fears by showing you how great visiting our waxing salon can be. Book your first waxing service online today!

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The Best Way to Remove Facial Hair https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services-jacksonville/the-best-way-to-remove-facial-hair/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:33:53 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=759 If you are a woman with unwanted facial hair, you know how frustrating, embarrassing, and annoying this problem can be. Once you notice the hair on your upper lip, cheeks, or chin, you can’t think of anything else when you look in a mirror. If you are self-conscious about your facial hair, there is good news: you don’t have to live with it! There are several ways you can remove facial hair. In this blog, we will go over them, as well as why waxing is the best choice.


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Shaving

Far and away, shaving is the worst option for women when it comes to removing unwanted facial hair, but it has seen a recent surge in popularity. Many women are under the impression that shaving your face is a good way to remove hair and exfoliate at the same time. However, razors can be extremely irritating to your skin, and when it comes to the delicate skin on your face, this problem is exacerbated. Razor burn is inevitable, and you can get ingrown hairs. Additionally, if you have any acne, shaving can open these pimples and cause even more irritation. Finally, shaving just isn’t an efficient way to remove facial hair; you will have to shave every other day or so to prevent obvious hair regrowth, and when you shave, the hair grows back as thick stubble.


Plucking

Using tweezers to pluck facial hair out is another common facial hair removal method. Plucking is a better option than shaving for several reasons. First of all, it actually removes the hair from the root, so you don’t have to pluck as often as you would shaving. Additionally, if you only have one or two stray hairs, plucking allows you to precisely remove hair. However, if you have more than that, plucking is an extremely time-consuming process. Also, because you have to remove each individual hair, it is much more painful than waxing.


Depilatories

Some women choose to use depilatory creams such as Nair to remove their facial hair. The main benefit of depilatories is that they are inexpensive, but the positives pretty much stop there. Depilatories are not the best method of hair removal for several reasons. First off, they can be very messy, and do not offer very precise hair removal. Additionally, depilatories emit a strong chemical smell that can be bothersome, particularly when it is on your upper lip. Many people have allergic reactions to these strong chemicals, especially on the sensitive facial skin. Finally, the results of using a depilatory don’t last very long.


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Threading

Hair threading is a hair removal method that has been growing in popularity recently and is similar to waxing. Like waxing, you need to go to a salon to have it done, as it requires a special technique. Additionally, threading lasts around the same amount of time as waxing, and the hair grows back finer, as it does with waxing. However, threading is significantly more painful than waxing, and because it is more specialized, it can be difficult to get an appointment to be threaded.


Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a newer method of hair removal that sounds great in theory. After all, who wouldn’t want to permanently remove the unwanted hair from their face? However, in practice, laser hair removal presents some issues. First off, this procedure often requires expensive sessions with a dermatologist. This cost is prohibitive to many, especially since laser hair removal isn’t guaranteed to work; some people do still experience hair regrowth after paying for what they thought was permanent hair removal. Additionally, laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone; if you have darker skin, you are advised to refrain from laser hair removal because you run a greater risk of burns. Depending on how many sessions you need, laser hair removal can take quite a long time to complete and can be an extremely painful process as well.


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Waxing

To us, the choice seems obvious, but to each their own. Waxing is the best way to remove hair from your face for several reasons. First of all, waxing lasts for weeks, ensuring that you don’t have to waste your time constantly worrying about your facial hair. Additionally, when done properly, waxing isn’t as painful as other methods, particularly after you have started getting regular waxes and the hair begins to grow back lighter and thinner. Waxing is also a quick method of hair removal; a facial waxing service shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, if that. Whether you want to wax your chin, cheeks, or upper lip, come in for your waxing services and see for yourself the benefits of waxing!

With all this in mind, it is clear that coming into Brazils Waxing Center for our facial waxing services is the best choice for removing that unwanted hair. When you are ready to enjoy smooth, hairless skin on your face, book an appointment online!

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Eyebrow Styles Throughout American History https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services-jacksonville/eyebrow-styles-throughout-american-history/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:43:46 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=757 At Brazils Waxing Center, one of our most popular services is our eyebrow waxing services. You may not have put a ton of thought into it, but eyebrows have been an important part of women’s (and some men’s) beauty routines for decades. Throughout time, different eyebrow styles have come and go into vogue, depending on the fashion and beauty trends of the time, as well as the social, political, and economic environment. Here, we will briefly go over eyebrow trends through the ages.


Eyebrows Styles Timeline

1910s: In the early 20th century, women preferred defined but natural looking brows. The goal was to appear as though nothing had been done to the brows, as too much attention to your appearance was considered immodest. Women would often dye their eyebrows, making them darker when they had light hair, and lighter when they had dark hair.

1920s: As motion pictures rose to prominence and movie stars became fashion icons, the style of eyebrows changed drastically. Silent movie stars like Clara Bow would shave their eyebrows in order to draw them back on so they would look more expressive on screen, and regular women adopted the practice in response. The stylish shape was long, thin, and downturned, making the eyes appear larger.

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Greta Garbo

1930s: In the ‘30s, brows remained thin, but became more rounded and arched. A good example of this is Greta Garbo, whose U-shaped eyebrows inspired many women to adopt this dramatic look.

1940s: The occurrence of World War II had women taking on traditionally masculine roles while their husbands were overseas, so beauty trends responded by emphasizing a more feminine look. Eyebrows took a turn for the dramatic, with big, bold, thick, arched brows dominating the trends, as exemplified by Joan Crawford, one of the most famous stars of the time.

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Marilyn Monroe

1950s: In the 1950s, women’s beauty trends focused on returning to traditional gender roles, which shows through the cat eyeliner, round lip shape, and rosy blushes of the time. The brows that were adapted to accommodate this renewed focus on femininity. Marilyn Monroe is a good example of the predominant eyebrow trend of the time: short, arched, light, and wide set, creating the appearance of larger eyes.

1960s: By 1960, with mod fashion, beauty trends shifted from looking pretty and feminine to an emphasis on self-expression and adopting your own personal style. Bold colors and big lashes were all the rage, and so brows changed to frame the face properly for this look. Thin, long, and rounded eyebrows like Twiggy’s were all the rage, and eyebrow bleaching became a common practice to create an almost alien-like effect.

1970s: The 1970s saw the beginning of eyebrow waxing, opening up the possibilities for shaping. The shape du jour at the time is one you have probably seen around today, as it remains a popular style among older women. The center of the brows near the bridge of the nose are squared off, then the rest is long and thin. This can be seen on Donna Summer, a style icon for many during this time.

1980s: The ‘80s saw a surge of women going to work and becoming more powerful professionally, so their eyebrows had to follow suit. Women grew their eyebrows out to be full and bold. Actress Brooke Shields is the perfect example of the strong brows that were popular at the time.

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Kate Moss

1990s: Once the ‘90s rolled around, eyebrows took a dramatic turn in the opposite direction. Fashion was all about being small, from heroin-chic, rail-thin fashion models to skinny eyebrows. Pencil-thin brows came back into style, leading to a lot of over-waxing and over-tweezing of eyebrows. You can see this style on actresses such as Drew Barrymore or Pamela Anderson.

2000s: In the 2000s, style focused a lot of sex appeal: low-rise jeans, thongs, and cleavage were necessary staples in a starlet’s wardrobe. Therefore, brows had to be sexier to match the fashion of the time. Think of Angelina Jolie’s brows, which mimic Marilyn Monroe’s in that they are arched and short, but with a bit more edge.

Today: Today, brows are one of the most important parts of your look. Full, sleek brows are all the rage, à la Cara Delevingne and Kim Kardashian. Everyone wants eyebrows that are #onfleek, as can be seen in selfies all over the internet.


Clearly, what is in vogue for eyebrows has evolved over time, and soon, there will be a new style that everyone prefers. The important thing is to shape your eyebrows in a way that flatters your face and reflects your own personal style. Regardless of how you prefer to shape your brows, we can help you at Brazils Waxing Center with our eyebrow waxing services. Your wax technician will work with you to ensure that your eyebrows frame your face in a flattering way. Book an appointment online today!

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Getting Waxed For Vacay https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/blog/waxing-services-jacksonville/getting-waxed-for-vacay/ Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:42:59 +0000 https://www.brazilswaxingcenter.com/?p=763 bwc-gettingwaxedforvacay-blogimg1

Because of the holidays, many people get time off from work to spend time with family and travel. If you are headed on vacation this holiday season, it’s a great idea to prepare for your trip with waxing services from Brazils Waxing Center. Whether you are heading south to catch a tan or you are off to the mountains to hit the slopes, before you hop on the plane, don’t forget to book an appointment with our waxing salon first! There are many reasons why it is a good idea to come in for waxing services before you head out on vacation.


Reasons to get waxed

Use your time for relaxation

When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is waste your time worrying about hair removal. When you shave, stubble begins to appear almost immediately, so you have to spend more of your precious vacation time tending to your unwanted hair. When you get waxed before your trip, it won’t even cross your mind because you can expect smooth hairlessness for three to six weeks afterwards.

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Feel comfortable in your skin

When you’re on vacation, you want to minimize distractions so you can be present and enjoy yourself in the moment. When you are dealing with body or facial hair that makes you feel self-conscious, you can’t let loose and truly enjoy yourself in this new place. These insecurities can be exacerbated if you are wearing a bathing suit during your trip and more of your body is showing. Feel more confident in your skin with our waxing services. No matter what your area of concern is, Brazils Waxing Center can help.

Get more effective results

Not only is shaving time consuming, it is significantly less effective than waxing. When you shave, not only does your hair grow back in a matter of days (or even hours!), you are more likely to experience ingrown hairs and razor burn. When you get waxed, you are smoother for longer and with proper preventative measures and aftercare, you are significantly less likely to develop ingrown hairs.


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Tips for Waxing Before Vacation

Before you come into our waxing salon for a Brazilian wax, lip wax, leg wax, or anything in between in anticipation for your vacation, there are special considerations to make.

  • Grow your hair out. It might be tempting to shave before your appointment at Brazils if you feel your hair is too long, but resist that urge. If the hair is too short, the wax will be more painful to you, and less effective. Give yourself at least two weeks to grow about ¼ of an inch of hair.
  • Exfoliate before your appointment. Exfoliation ensures that you get rid of any dead cells on your skin, so the wax can be most effective. You are at higher risk of infection and ingrown hairs if you don’t exfoliate before waxing. Exfoliate daily every day for the week leading up to your appointment, but not the day of, as this could cause further irritation to your skin.
  • Schedule your appointment for two to three days before your vacation. When you get waxed, it is very important that you let the waxed area breathe, and refrain from physical activity. It is normal to experience some redness and swelling for the first 24 hours afterwards. Any side effects should be subdued by the time your vacation rolls around if you use this strategy.
  • Take an ibuprofen before your waxing service. If you have concerns about discomfort during your waxing appointment, taking an ibuprofen about thirty minutes beforehand can be very helpful.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize afterwards. About 48 hours after your appointment, you should exfoliate your skin to avoid ingrown hairs. Also be sure to hydrate the skin using an aftercare serum or moisturizer, like our Elate Moisturize.
  • Do not shave between waxes. If you find that you have a few errant hairs here and there (which is normal the first time you get waxed), do not shave them off. You can pluck them instead, or come into our waxing salon for a touch up.

At Brazils Waxing Center, we would be proud to provide you with our waxing services in our pristine salon before your next trip. Book an appointment online before your vacation!

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