What She Said: How To Get A Brazillian Wax

April 29, 2020

Navigating life as a woman in the world today is incredibly difficult. From Nigeria to Timbuktu, it’ll amaze you how similar all our experiences are. Every Wednesday, women the world over will share their takes on everything from sex to politics right here.

Every Wednesday, women the world over will share their takes on everything from sex to politics right here.

We are living in insane times. When I’m not thinking about the fact that coronavirus might just wipe out half the world’s population, my mind drifts to more mundane things. Like when next will I be able to get a pedicure or get my hair done? Turns out I’m not the only one. Amidst all the craziness in the world, a fight erupted last week on a girls group chat I’m in on the pros and cons of getting a Brazilian wax.

I’m pro Brazilians nothing beats that baby smooth finish but I’ve never been able to hack the pain. So I thought I’d ask 6 women who swear by it what their best tips are. 

Sugar wax only

Stop getting strip waxed. I can’t believe I have to say this in 2020 especially when sugar waxing has literally existed for decades. Sugar waxing is faster, way less painful, will leave you with fewer ingrown hairs and is even cheaper in most places in Lagos. Strip waxing doesn’t have a single advantage over sugar waxing. 

Ada, 26

Cough as they pull

A couple of years ago a wax technician told me to cough at the same time she’s pulling the strip. I can’t say that it makes it a hundred percent less painful but at least 20% less painful. Actually it doesn’t make it any less painful it just kind of distracts you from the pain. 

Uche, 28

Only wax after the third date

Here’s my own pro-tip. If you are in a comfortable long term relationship stop stressing yourself and just shave sis, the pain isn’t worth it and your partner won’t go through the same thing for you. However if you are still out on these streets here’s when to wax – after the third date with a guy you are 50% sure might not be a fuckboy. Because you can never be 100% sure.

Why not after the first date?

You have to go on three dates before sex. I thought we all knew this. The first date is all fluff the both of you are just lying to each other everyone has a glossy veneer up. The second date is a little less guarded, the third date is when you know for sure you can tolerate seeing him for another couple of months. 

Nora, 27

Trim down before you go in

Trim before your appointments. Most beauty technicians in Abuja here don’t bother helping you trim for some reason. The hair down there will be long enough to plait didi and they’ll just start yanking at it with hot wax. When it’s not punishment. Actually waxing is like being punished for being a woman but the results are worth it. 

Adesola, 26

Get it done once a month

Go at least once a month. First of all you get used to the pain. It’s not like it won’t still hurt but you won’t feel like you are dying. Second of all the hairs grow back sparser and finer at first, when you live it too long they start to thicken again. 

Fadeke, 25

Take a couple of painkillers

I take a couple of pain killers or get a little drunk just before it definitely helps with the pain because the first time I skipped the painkillers I cried blood. The stupid woman waxing me was now asking me if I was a baby I wanted to deck her. 

Shola, 25

You don’t need to wax everywhere

I don’t wax the top of the lips. Actually, I don’t know how to explain this to you without using a vagina picture. Ok, so the first time I got a Brazilian it hurt like shit. Like tears in my eyes kind of hurt and I swore never to go back but the smoothness was sweet and it took forever to grow back so I went back. What I noticed about the first time was that even though everywhere else hurt this particular section felt like hellfire

Nothing hurts more than that. Ironically the most important parts hurt the least which is this section.

It’s the most important part to me because I only wax for sex. So what I do now is only wax there and my bikini line. Then I trim down all of the rest with scissors. Best decision ever. 

Gboremi, 27

You'll like this

July 21, 2020

Being tall means you always automatically stand out. This could be a good or bad thing depending on the circumstances. Here are 9 different times when it’s kinda annoying: 1. Shoe size. All the fine shoes come in smaller sizes. Do they think tall women don’t deserve fine shoes? 2. Clothes being too small. Tops […]

Toketemu Ohwovoriole

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

Watch

Now on Zikoko

October 20, 2020

Earlier today, the Lagos government declared a 24-hour-curfew starting 4pm. However protesters and people who couldn’t go home on such short notice remained at the Lekki toll-gate. News have however reached us that peaceful protesters and people at the toll-gate are being shot at. Here’s what’s happening: To watch it live, click here. For more […]

October 20, 2020

If the president is not moving fast with police reforms, we can submit a petition to the National Assembly. 24-hour Curfew Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of Lagos State as from 4 pm, 20th October 2020. He also added that only essential service providers and first responders “must be […]

Recommended Quizzes

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already. QUIZ: Why Do You Have […]

December 11, 2019

In the past month, we’ve made quizzes that guessed the last time you had sex, how many people you’ve slept with, and just how good you are in bed. For our latest attempt, we will use your taste in Nigerian music from the 2010s to ascertain what you’re like in bed. Take to find out:

November 28, 2019

There are so many talented and stunning Nollywood actors that make it hard not to fall in love with them. So, while we all know the likelihood of us ending up with any of them is super low, it’s still fun to imagine a world where we actually stood a chance, and that’s why this […]

More from Her

October 19, 2020

Women have been said to be at the forefront of this protest. Although some people say women should not join the protest, they did anyway. We asked six Nigerian women why they joined the #EndSARS protests. Linda, 21 Every day I spend on the road, is for the women and the queers. Police brutality affects […]

October 16, 2020

The feminist coalition is a body run by a group of women with their main focus being fighting injustice. They do not organise. Rather, they’ve assisted, structured and dispersed funds for the #EndSARS protests. Here are some of the things they have done. 1) Feeding Some of the money has been used to pay for […]

October 14, 2020

When the women in Agbaja area saw a decrease in domestic animals and observed an increase in female mortality, they stayed away from home for a month in protest. These women left their husbands’ villages and went to either Umunumu or to Orie Ekpa (market) with their mats so they could sleep wherever night met them. When their husbands went to ask the reason for their withdrawal, they said too many women were dying.

October 10, 2020

In different locations all over the world, people are holding protests to call for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. During these protests, people are demanding their right to live freely without being profiled. However, female protesters are announcing incidences of sexual violence from protesters. Sexual harassment is one of the most prevailing forms […]

October 8, 2020

Using a cab service as a Nigerian woman seem to be an extreme sport. From drivers who try to touch you to those who try to harm you because “tHey hAvE yOuR tYpE aT hOmE” women have been through it all. These five women in the city’s capital share their worst cab ride experience.

October 8, 2020

Have you ever gotten a message so weird you did not know how to process it? Well, these seven women to tell us the weirdest messages they have received. Jane, 32 A picture of his penis. No introduction, no nothing. Just a picture of his phallus. Amaka, 19 A man once told me he wants […]

October 7, 2020

Navigating life as a woman in the world today is incredibly difficult. From Nigeria to Timbuktu, it’ll amaze you how similar all our experiences are. Every Wednesday, women the world over will share their takes on everything from sex to politics right here. The subject of this week’s What She Said is 26-year-old Busayo. She talks […]

October 6, 2020

Female sexual pleasure comes in different ways. For some women, squirting is how they know they have reached peak sexual pleasure. So, 7 Nigerian women talk to us about their first time squirting. Angel, 20 So, there I was masturbating and exploring my body when all of a sudden, there was this intense feeling that […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.
January 27, 2020
Nigerians Talk is what happened when a motley crew of young Nigerians were put in front of a camera and asked a bunch of apparently random questions about life, love, money and more.
September 24, 2019
A group of Zikoko staff go on a road trip to every mainland country in ECOWAS West Africa

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X