My Recent Trip to Brazil
Lying spread-eagled on a table with hot wax on some very sensitive bits of my anatomy, well, let’s just say, I didn’t expect to find myself laughing. I expected to be freaked out of my mind or at the very least grimacing in agonizing pain. I’m not going to lie, getting a Brazilian wax is no picnic, but it certainly wasn’t the torture I’d been anticipating. Maybe it was because I had (literally) put myself in the hands of the professionals at Beautiful Me LLC.
In a treatment room in the Regenesis health center off South Lamar, Tracy and Navya provide a variety of skin care services, but it is their Brazilian waxes that have earned them Best of Citysearch honors for the past two years. I’d always wanted to try the Brazilian, but I was nervous. Every eyebrow wax I’d ever had ended with horrendous red marks on my eyelids that lasted for days and sometimes even scabbed. Not exactly what I want on my lady parts. But Beautiful Me came highly recommended through the local message boards on Weddingbee, and I decided to take the plunge.
From the minute I walked into the Beautiful Me treatment room, I felt a little less nervous. Or maybe it was the fact that I’d taken two ibuprofen beforehand and also skipped my morning coffee, like their website recommended. The treatment room was decked out in soothing light colors and soft music. And as soon as I met Navya, she put me right at ease. She was so warm and friendly that I didn’t feel (terribly) self-conscious about undressing in front of a complete stranger. Before we got started, she explained step-by-step exactly how the waxing would work, and throughout the entire wax, she updated me on what she was doing next, when to breathe and where to place my hands to help make the process easier. And with all this going on, she managed to keep talking, telling me stories about her life and keeping my mind distracted from the pain.
As for that pain, it really wasn’t as terrible as I had been anticipating. The first part, which Navya dubbed “the fire zone,” hurt the worst, and after that, it was all downhill. Honestly, maybe I’ve had some bad brow waxes, but every brow wax I’d ever had hurt worse than the Brazilian. So if you think you could power through a 45-minute brow wax, chances are you could make it through a 45-minute Brazilian no problem. Just be sure to take those ibuprofen beforehand.
And one last word of caution: Did you ever see the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie gets her first Brazilian? She later blames it for the fact that she nearly slept with the slimeball played by Vince Vaughn, and she’s not entirely wrong, because after you’ve taken that trip to Brazil, it’s really hard for the next few days to think about anything BUT Brazil.