Mastering Etiquette for Brazilian and Bikini Waxing

As an esthetician, performing Brazilian and bikini waxing requires both skill and sensitivity. Intimate waxing can be nerve-wracking for both you and your client, especially if you're new to the process. Here, we’ll share essential etiquette tips to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience for your clients.

Pre-Appointment Tips for Your Client

1. Timing: Advise your clients not to schedule their appointment right before or during their period, as their pain threshold may be lower, making the wax more uncomfortable.
2. Exfoliation: Ensure your client exfoliates the area 24 hours prior to the appointment. Exfoliating too close to the appointment can make the skin too sensitive.
3. Clothing: Suggest wearing loose-fitting clothing on the day of the appointment to avoid irritation from tight clothes rubbing against freshly waxed skin.
4. Pain Management: For clients with lower pain tolerance, recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen an hour before the appointment to reduce discomfort.
5. Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol can thin the blood and lower pain tolerance, so advise clients to avoid drinking before their appointment.
6. Hair Length: Ensure the hair is grown out to at least the length of a grain of rice (about a quarter of an inch). If it’s too long, it may be more painful; if it’s too short, the wax may not adhere properly.

Preparing the Room and Starting the Service

- Sanitize and Set Up: Before the client arrives, make sure the room is thoroughly sanitized and ready for the service.
- Introduce Yourself: Maintain eye contact and explain the process to help the client feel at ease.
- Undressing: Step out of the room to allow the client to undress privately. Offer wipes for them to freshen up if they wish.
- Choosing the Wax: Select the appropriate wax for your client's skin type based on their intake form and a quick skin analysis. Always test the wax temperature on yourself first.

During the Waxing Process

- Skin Prep: Apply a pre-wax gel to cleanse and prep the skin, allowing it a few minutes to dry.
- Wax Application: Lay the wax strips with even pressure, holding the skin taut while removing the wax quickly. Apply pressure immediately after removing each strip.
- Check-In: Periodically ask your client how they’re feeling and if they need a quick break. Avoid asking too frequently to prevent them from focusing on any discomfort.

Post-Service and Aftercare

- Soothing the Skin: Apply a post-wax lotion to calm and soothe the skin. If you offer add-on services like a Brazilian waxing mask, now is the time to suggest them.
- Privacy: Step out again to allow the client to redress.
- Aftercare Advice: Take a few minutes to explain aftercare, including any products you offer for home use to prevent ingrown hairs and maintain smooth skin.
- Scheduling the Next Appointment: Encourage clients to schedule their next appointment before they leave.


Performing Brazilian and bikini waxing with proper etiquette ensures a positive experience for your clients. By following these tips, you'll feel more confident and prepared, making each session smoother and more professional. Your clients will appreciate your attention to detail and care, which will keep them coming back.

Remember, staying calm and confident is key. With each successful wax, you'll gain more experience and your clients' trust. Happy waxing!
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