Full Bikini vs. Brazilian

by Barbie Carpenter ; Updated September 28, 2017

Before your waxing appointment, decide how much hair you want to remove. A little beforehand research will help you determine whether a bikini or Brazilian wax is right for you. A Brazilian wax removes more hair -- and hair in more intimate areas -- than the full bikini wax.


  • Choose a clean salon that is staffed by licensed estheticians. Ensure the salon uses disposable sheets, disposable gloves and disposable sptaulas or sterilized metal ones. Your esthetician should never "double dip" into the wax and must use a disposable spatula for more than one wax application.

Full Bikini Wax


A full bikini wax allows you to thoroughly remove hair that may be exposed along your bikini line, without having to bare all to your technician. You can usually keep your panties on during this wax, which makes it preferable for modest ladies. Plus, since full bikini waxes require less work, they are typically more efficient and less expensive than Brazilian waxes.

Brazilian Wax


A Brazilian wax can give you confidence when you wear a bathing suit, as you don't have to worry about any unruly hairs peeking out from under your bikini bottoms. If a hair-free bikini area is your preference, a Brazilian wax can be supremely convenient, helping you avoid shaving for weeks at a time. Finally, you may enjoy the cleanliness that a hair-free bikini area brings, especially during your period.

Disadvantages to Waxing

Bikini area waxing -- both a full bikini wax and a Brazilian -- present a few concerns.

  • Skin tenderness: Immediately following a full bikini or Brazilian wax, your skin may be red, inflamed and tender for a couple of days.

  • Ingrown hairs: Freshly waxed skin exposes pores once covered by hair. These pores can get clogged, resulting in an uncomfortable ingrown hair.

  • Infection risks: Attending a poorly sterilized salon or using a technician who does not adhere to hygienic practices may lead to infection.

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.