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19 Incredible Tricks To Make Waxing Less Painful

Go forth and be hairless. Minus the excruciating pain.

1. Start small. Like really, really small.

2. Take a yoga class before getting a Brazilian.

3. Before waxing your own eyebrows, mark the section with white eyeliner.

4. Let the wax cool way down before doing anything to your bikini zone.

5. This numbing cream really works.

6. About 30 minutes prior to a wax, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

7. While you're waxing at home, have something to distract you.

8. Beforehand, use an exfoliating scrub on the areas you'll be waxing.

9. Let your hair grow to one-quarter of an inch before waxing, and don't be afraid to ask for a trim if necessary.

10. Put a lightweight, soothing lotion in your fridge the night before your wax.

11. Ask your esthetician for a cold compress if your skin is extra sensitive.

12. Once you decide to jump on the waxing train, you should stop shaving.

13. Steer clear of any topical treatment with fragrance or alcohol for at least 24 hours post-wax.

14. During an eyebrow wax at the salon, you shouldn't be sitting completely upright.

15. If you feel awkward or uncomfortable making conversation with your esthetician, grab a magazine.

16. Have realistic expectations about the at-home products you buy from the drugstore.

17. After your wax, avoid tight clothing, scented lotion, and direct sun exposure for about 24 hours.

18. During your at-home wax, use one hand to hold skin taut and the other hand to pull the wax strip...especially if you're doing a Brazilian.

19. Never get waxed right before or during your period.