Everything you need to know before getting a brazilian Wax

Brazilian etiquette

Keep it clean. Pack towelettes for a quick cleanup. You'll feel more confident. Tip up. If you're a 15 percent kind of girl, opt for the standard 18 to 20 percent. We're talking lady parts here. Wear a tampon. If you have your period, that is. Most techs don't mind waxing at that time of the month (clear it with them first) and can work around the string. Check for irritation, sunburn or breakouts. If you find areas that are distressed, treat them and wait until they are healed before waxing. Take note of moles and lesions. Do not wax over moles, skin tags, or lesions as they could rip off during the waxing procedure. Put a small band-aid over them as a reminder, and be sure to point them out to your aesthetician before waxing begins.

Prepare your skin.

Cleanse. Use a gentle soap to clean the area you want to wax. Avoid using very hot water as this may irritate your skin. Exfoliate. Use a loofah, exfoliating cream or washcloth and rub in circular motions. You want to remove any dead skin cells that may clog the hair follicle and cause ingrown hairs. Avoid irritating your skin by rubbing too hard.

The wax.

Practice your butterfly pose. After I ditched my undies, I hopped on the table, and Nadia asked me to assume the position: feet together, knees apart. Then we got started. Prepare talking points. Mindless chatter and deep breathing gave me something else to concentrate on. Know it'll hurt. For me, it was as painful as my tattoo! But Nadia said it's a wax-virgin thing. "The bulb of a first-timer's hair is larger than the pore you're yanking it from." Regular waxes make the hair finer and the bulb smaller. And ... there's more yoga. To go totally bare — crack included! — I had to give Nadia full access by bringing my knees to my chest. Yes, it was as awkward as it sounds. But amazingly, I barely felt a thing there.

Hair should be about 1/4 inches long.

A big mistake many women make before getting their first wax: shaving. Wax can't pick up your hairs when they're too short, so Queen Bee Salon & Spa owner Jodi Shays recommends trimming it to about a quarter of an inch. If you're unsure of how long that is, just leave it alone. You can call beforehand and let your waxer know that you will need her to trim your hairs before your wax.

You should determine what kind you want beforehand.

Here are a few of your options: A simple bikini wax, which only takes pubic hair off the sides, a Brazilian wax that removes all or nearly all of the hair from front to back, or a full-bush Brazilian that removes all hair from the vulva and back but keeps a triangle in the front. You don't necessarily have to decide right away — personally, I've changed my mind halfway through a wax — but it's good to think about your desired results prior to the appointment.

Take a shower that day.

This may seem obvious, but it's worth a reminder. You'll feel less self-conscious and your pro will thank you.

Your lower half will be fully exposed.

Before your wax, you will have to strip off your pants and underwear. Some places have disposable underwear for simple bikini waxes, but if you are having more hair removed than just on the sides, you will likely be completely naked. The important thing to remember is that your waxer has probably seen hundreds of people's pubic areas. This is just business for her, so don't worry too much about exposing yourself.

Your waxer will get up-close and personal. Very personal.

Depending on how much hair you're having removed, the experience may involve a lot of — for lack of a better term — spreading. In order to give your waxer access to all the spots you're getting waxed, you occasionally may need to assist or move into awkward positions.