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Wax On – Wax Off

“I let a complete stranger pour hot wax on my fanny!”

She Said’s intrepid Body and Soul editor headed off to The Harem in Sydney to experience the latest hair removal sensation, The Brazilian, first hand. Read her blow by blow account.

Stepping into the Jeanie-bottle that is The Harem, I felt immediately at ease in my exotic, sumptuous surroundings. Dimmed lights, sheer drapes, gorgeous aromatherapy oils wafted and soothing but sexy music played pleasantly distracting me from the nail-biting nervousness I felt.

Rita Paul, salon founder explained the range of pampering treatments on offer – all sounding delightfully luxurious – Venus Beauty package, Cinnamon Queen body treatments. At the end of her list were the words I was dreading. Brazilian Wax.

My mind was filled with images of gaffer-taped-skin-ripping-eye-watering-savagery. Pain and no pleasure what so ever. It was going to take some sweet-talking, or a lot of drugs to get me to relax into the idea of having my private parts preened to a pre-pubescent state. The Harem have prepared answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. And I know you have questions.

Taking the time to explain the before, during and afters of this most delicate and intimate process is as much of an art as the actual waxing itself. This is crucial to the client who is, for the first time at least, understandably nervous about the idea of flashing her fanny to a complete stranger while being covered in hot wax. I usually need a few wines before I’m up for something like that!

My therapist Susie, ushered me into the treatment room in where the sensuous docor of the reception is carried over making you feel like every bit of the pampered princess that you are.

Susie gets to work making me feel at ease, explaining everything, step-by-step. And as if by magic, ‘the fear’ (and my inhibitions) starts to evaporate.

“With the Brazilian, we usually leave a little landing strip here. Did you want to do that, or do you want the Full Monty – which we call the Hollywood,” she asks.

Now, to be honest, I don’t really see that much difference between the two options, but my inner nerd tells me the landing strip option would be far less shocking an option.

“We take the whole lot off. We go all the way to the back. We take everything off the lip area and we just leave this little strip,” says Susie explaining the first step to becoming a virtually hairless Brazilian Goddess.

I get my gear off, leaving my shirt on to grasp at some shred of modesty, then position myself as instructed on the treatment table, covering my bits with the hanky-sized loincloth provided. This is to make me feel less exposed. As if.

As the wooden spatula laden with deep aqua-coloured Aloe Vera wax comes closer to me, I get ‘the fear’ again. I’m not sure how some of my pinkest bits are going to cope with having hot wax poured on them and ripped off. I cry when I have to take a Band-Aid off for heaven’s sake!

“Well, you’d be surprised. Actually, I think the worst area is the top triangle. This is where it can be most sensitive. I supposed because we’re made for having babies, the lip area is actually quite resilient. I mean, it’s not going to be like ‘Oh, I didn’t feel that,’ but it’s usually up here that people complain about the pain and down there, they get quite a surprise,” says Susie as she gets to work with the wax.

As if reading my mind, Susie, with the tone of a consummate professional is quick to assure me that the sight of people’s girly bits doesn’t even register with her anymore.

Wax On – Wax Off (Cont’d)

“It’s funny because it doesn’t even enter my head now, seeing people’s vaginas. It’s like eyebrow wax / Brazilian. Same thing,” she says matter-of-factly and with that the first of the wax is off. The pain is sharp, but short and it certainly awakens my senses.

Realising that I was half-naked on a table with a complete stranger and now in a position that was usually reserved for gynecological examinations or advanced practitioners of the Kama Sutra, ‘the fear’ is nagging at me once more.

“I did my first Brazilian a long time ago, probably about 5 years ago. They weren’t that popular. It’s only since I’ve been here that they’ve become more popular. Here I do about 5 a day,” her experience with the process is both obvious and comforting. “Everyone has different hair growth cycles. Some people’s hair grows back very quickly and they can need a touch up in three weeks. It’s nowhere near as painful,” she assures me.

I try to focus on the colour of the wax, soothing, cooling blue. I know the lower parts are about to be tackled. I breathe deeply, in and out. I try to be brave as Susie lets rip.

“How was that?”

My tongue might as well have been ripped out too because I seem to have lost the ability to speak. Feeling like the world’s biggest Band-Aid has just been ripped off less than taut skin will do that to a girl.

Susie takes my mute silence as an opportunity to explain the crucial home care routine for my newly depilatoried body.

“The most important thing is tea tree wash, it’s a very gentle wash with a very high grade tea tree oil and use it for about seven days after you’ve had your Brazilian because what it does, it prevents any infection. The other thing we recommend is Bikini Saver and what that does is prevent ingrown hairs. Also it stops that itching feeling of hair growing back. It’s very good and everyone raves about it, says it’s fantastic,” she says.

“So we’re nearly finished. We’ve done one side,” she says proudly and I look down to survey the damage. It’s certainly smooth and very pink and it looks well, very tidy.

The second half is over much faster than the first and hurts surprisingly less, partly because I now knew what to expect and partly because the salon atmosphere has kicked up a notch, the music a little louder and funkier, the place buzzing with the Rio vibe.

The results are quite amazing. But don’t take my word for it. You go girl! Go to Rio!

By Sally Schofield

And to make it even easier for you to ‘Go To Rio’, SheSaid have secured some complimentary waxing sessions at the salons below. See our Competition for more details.


The Harem

Level 6, 99 York Street,

Sydney, NSW.

Phone 02 9262 3466

Email feelgood@theharem.com.au for a full list of treatments and prices


Devine Decadence – a place for people who love themselves

150 Greville Street,

Prahran, VIC.

Phone 03 9529 4355


Mosaic – Hair, Body, Skin, Make-Up

Shop 3, 59 Hardgrave Road,

West End, QLD.

Phone 07 3846 2777

Thanks to Lycon Cosmetics.

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