Within seconds, there’s a strip of warm, hard wax on my bikini line, and I’m flinching with every move she makes. “Don’t worry, I’ll tell you when,” Gosia says soothingly. She then assured me my ultra-sensitive skin would be fine. “For bikini waxes, it’s better to use hard wax,” she explained. “It’s created for sensitive areas, and it opens up pores and follicles to ensure hair comes out easier, prolonging the results.” Before I could register any of that, Gosia counted to three and ripped off the strip in one swift move. She immediately applied pressure with her hand to keep the pain in check (which worked!) and, in an attempt to distract me, offered an explanation as to why everyone so sadistically says the first Brazilian is the worst. Shaving, she said, is like getting a haircut — you’re cutting off the weak ends, leaving the follicle in tact, and thereby making the hair stronger. I was in the middle of an “aha” moment when I feel Gosia spread the wax on my labia majora.