Brazilian or Bikini Wax? How to Decide?

Have you been scouting the web, wondering what is the difference between Brazilian Wax and Bikini Wax? Have you been confused as to which one to get? If yes, then don’t worry. You are not the only one. Many women in their teens as well as women in their middle years alike are trying to find answers to this question. Because there is no correct age to get one of the two waxes. Your pubic area and hair removal preferences are yours alone, and as a respectful spa, we can only help educate you on the differences, pros, and cons of waxing. 

So here’s a blog on Brazilian Wax V/S Bikini Wax to help you decide.

Whats the Difference Between Brazilian Wax & Bikini Wax?

The basic difference between Brazilian Wax & Bikini Wax is the amount of hair that is removed from your pubic area. 

In Brazilian Wax: The whole of your labia is stripped bare, including the split of your buttocks. Basically, all the hair down there is removed unless you want to leave a small landing strip or triangle on the mound of your labia (preference).

In Bikini Wax: As the name suggests, your bikini or bathing suit line is waxed. Which means, that all the hair that falls outside of the bikini bottoms you wear is waxed. This mostly involves the periphery of your labia and inner thighs. 

Types of Brazilian Wax:

  • Hollywood Wax

In this waxing, all the hair is removed. Which means you go completely bare down there. It is also called the Full Brazilian Wax as the hair from your pubic bone, your labia, buttock split, as well as upper thighs, is removed. This one is also called ‘honeymoon’ wax as it is famously gotten by brides before their honeymoons.

  • French Wax

This is a slightly modified variation of Hollywood Wax, where a small aesthetic portion of hair is left on the pubic bone. It is either a rectangular strip, a triangular strip, or a thin landing strip. Some women go as bold as to leave the hair in the shape of initials too, but that’s a matter of preference. In French Wax though, the hair from your buttocks is left alone. 

Types of Bikini Wax:

  • Bikini Line Wax

In this waxing, only the hair along your bikini line’s edge is removed. So that when you wear your underwear or bathing suit, no hair is seen.


  • Bikini Full Wax

In this type of method, the hair from your labia and pubic bone is removed, but the hair around your anus and buttocks slit is left alone. At most spas, this type of waxing is an add-on to your regular bikini wax. 

What Kind of Wax is Used?

1. Hard Wax: Hard wax is used often in Brazilian Wax as it sticks to your hair and not your skin. This helps reduce the pain as it hardens only on the hair. Hard wax is removed without the need for a fabric or waxing strip.

2. Soft Wax: Soft wax on the other hand is your ancient way of doing things. This wax sticks to your skin, and pulls hard when removed. But the benefit here is that soft wax removes even the smallest, finest hairs that hard wax may not be able to. Therefore soft wax is used in smaller portions to supplement hard wax. 

How to Decide Between Brazilian and Bikini Wax?

-     If you are only planning to go to the beach, then a bikini wax might suffice. 

-     But if you have a preference, and enjoy smooth, bare skin down there, then a Brazilian is what you should go for.

-     The best advice at this point may be to go for a Bikini Wax if this is your first time. Then once you are comfortable with waxing down there, take the bolder step and opt for Brazilian. Because once you are used to the waxing, it’s like any other body part.

Things to Take Care of before Bikini or Brazilian Wax:

  • Research your spa/salon/waxing center well to ensure their hygiene. 
  • If you are going for a soft wax, make sure that your aesthetician does not double dip the applicator.
  • Don’t exfoliate your skin very aggressively before your appointment. This could be counter-productive as the exfoliation may leave your skin surface looser and prone to ripping. 
  • Make sure that your pubic hair is long enough to be waxed. It should ideally be a quarter of an inch or as long as a grain of salt. If it is longer, your aesthetician will trim it for you. 
  • If you shave regularly, then hold it off for at least 2 weeks before your waxing appointment. This is enough time to get the required growth.
  • Before you walk in for your waxing appointment, do wash the area gently with soap and water.
  • You can take an OTC painkiller like Advil about half an hour before your appointment. 
  • Last but not the least, prepare yourself mentally, and keep your muscles relaxed during the waxing. 

We hope you are now sorted on both Bikini as well as Brazilian Wax. Once you have decided on which one you want, just get online and book your appointment with Savarnas Beauty Spa. We have skilled and experienced aestheticians to wax your most sensitive and tender areas. And there are also amazing deals for our members!