I didn't particularly want to blog about my first Brasilian wax in Brasil by a Brasilera... (Dad, don't read this!!). But when I was researching more info when we came here on holiday in 2006, and before we moved here this time I couldn't find any information so wanted to make sure there was something out there for the next person. For me, what was nerve wracking, was the language barrier so I had to make sure I was prepared.
I had the chance to ask one of my new friends on the weekend. So here's the lowdown - you can get them done at most cabeleireros (hairdressers), and for a 'completo', which is everything as in legs, brazilian, underarms it should cost about R50-70. A brazilian wax should only cost abut R15-20.
I had picked out a cabeleireros around the corner on one of our daily walks. My portuguese is basic enough to ask if I could have a depilação, and after waves of portuguese rattled off at me and me nodding my head and smiling I was ushered into a small room in the back. Sophie was being 'muito linda'd' at by the receptionist so I left her there. First bonus, she used hot wax rather than strip wax (evil evil strip wax!). Secondly, she was super fast and thorough. Thirdly, I learnt some new portuguese words (see below).
The wax cost R30 - ok, so I got ripped off a little - but I haven't learnt how to complain in portuguese yet. And Sophie was still there with the receptionist when I came out. I'll put the extra down to the cost of babysitting for me! So I have survived my first (but certainly not last) brasilian wax here in Brasil. It's essential... particularly as we are going on holiday next week to Parity with some Paulistanos. Now I need to go and buy a brazilian bikini...
Eu gostaria - I would like
depilação - depilation
quente - ow, hot!
ligne - line
pinçer - tweezer
anus - anus (not 'anos', I thought she was asking me how many anos (years) we were going to live in SP..)
p.s. I have recommendations for hot waxers in NY, Singapore, Wellington and London. Email me if you need one!