Friday, March 20, 2009

Brazilian Bikini Wax Treatments Going South?


Brazilian bikini waxing is big business. And, this big business is in big trouble. The State Board of Cosmetology in New Jersey is making some very serious moves to ban the brazilian, aka "genital waxing," by May of this year. It has been reported that other States may follow suit.

This decision comes after two women in New Jersey were hospitalized with infections following their brazilian treatments. In the wrong hands, genital waxing can present tremendous health threats. Other than the obvious hazards with hot wax in a very delicate area, the skin can easily be torn leaving a wide open path for infections and rashes with potentially dangerous consequences. After reviewing horrifying pictures of a literal brazilian nightmare it became crystal clear that this treatment should only be done professionally by in a reputable spa with a successful track record.

If you are a die hard follower of the 'minimalist' crowd, do not fear. Regular bikini waxes will remain a favorite on most spa menus. The obvious question is, . . . what is the difference between a bikini wax and a brazilian? Here are some waxing definitions to help.

Bikini Wax - aka American Wax - removal of hair at the top of the leg, below the navel, and along the bikini line where the pubic hair is visible beyond a typical bikini swimsuit.
French Wax - aka Partial Brazilian - a wax that leaves a vertical strip in front.
Brazilian Wax - removal of everything, front to back, often leaving the small strip in the front.
Sphinx - aka The Full Monty - wax on, wax off, the entire area is waxed clean.

Bikini Wax Trivia: Why is it called the Brazilian?
It was named after a group of seven sisters who brought the treatment from Brazil to New York in 1987. The character, Samantha, on Sex and the City took care of its recent 'bare down there' popularity.