razilian waxing (or the sphinx wax[21]) is the removal of all pubic hair from the pelvic region, vulvalabiaperineum,[22][23] and anus, while sometimes leaving a thin strip of hair on the mons pubis.[4][15][16][17][24] It can be used by those who wear thong bikinis.[25] Brazilian waxing is also known as a full Brazilian wax, full bikini wax, or the Hollywood wax.[4][16][17] This style was first called the Brazilian wax by the J. Sisters salon in Manhattan, founded in 1987 by seven sisters named Padilha from Brazil.[26][27]

Brazilian waxing is more controversial than other types of waxing.[28][29] Like all waxing, it can be a physically painful experience during and after waxing.[22][29][23][30] Some believe it is more unpleasant to receive cunnilingus from a bearded partner after getting a Brazilian wax.[29][30] American actress-model Lisa Barbuscia commented negatively on her first experience getting a Brazilian at a Los Angeles salon popular with porn stars: "It was so painful I collapsed. I only fainted, but I was nearly carted off to hospital and I have vowed never to try it again."[31] Some critics of the procedure believe that Brazilian waxing can contribute to making an adult woman look underage, claiming that this may be one reason for its popularity in the sex industry.[24][28][30] There is also a health risk involved if it is not done properly, as well as a risk of infection if done on a person with a weakened immune system.[32]