Hollywood vs. Brazilian Wax: Vive la Difference

They're nearly the same, with one obvious difference

What is a Hollywood bikini wax

People often use the names of these styles interchangeably. They both involve the removal of most of the hair "down there," but there are differences in these two waxes. Brazilian waxes often leave a small strip, triangle, square, rectangle, or oval-shaped piece of hair in the front, while taking all hair in between and your backside.

On the other hand, a Hollywood wax removes all of the hair from the front, middle, and all the way to the backside.

This means it gets rid of all genital hair so the zone will be entirely bare.

The only difference between a Brazilian and a Hollywood is the shape that's often left in the front with the Brazilian. If no hair shape is desired, then it basically becomes a Hollywood, which is why many salons call it a Full Brazilian. This, in turn, leads to some confusion on why the two styles are often referred to as the same bikini wax.

Bikini Styles on Salon and Spa Menus

When a salon or spa creates its menu, you might see these different bikini wax style names listed for a couple of reasons. First of all, they want you to know generally how much you're going to pay when checking out. 

Simply cleaning up a little bit of hair outside the underwear is going to take less time and product than removing more or even all of the genital hair. Therefore, price points vary for different styles.The salon doesn't want you to be surprised or irritated when paying your bill.


The salon also wants to schedule your service correctly and block out the right amount of time for your service. A Hollywood bikini wax involves more time, than say, just waxing the bikini line. And instead of you having to explain just exactly where you want hair removed and left when you make the appointment, it makes it easier and much less embarrassing to simply request a certain style.

The salon wants to put you with the right person for the job. Keep in mind that all the technicians may not be willing to do every type of bikini wax. A couple of the techs might do Brazilians or specialty waxes, and others might not be trained for those or uncomfortable doing them. Also, some pros will do all types of bikini waxes on women, but not on men. It would be frustrating to you and the tech if she wasn't willing or properly trained to do a specialty wax at your appointment.

While there are a lot of names or styles for bikini waxes, most people customize their wax based on how much hair they want to be removed and where they want the hair to be left. You don’t need to be locked into any one kind of bikini wax; just go with your personal preference. Just be aware that the price often goes up with more hair that's removed or if it involves added time, like getting a perfect and even shape with a Brazilian.

Brazilian and Hollywood Wax: Don't Try It First

It's safest to work your way from a regular bikini wax to a Brazilian and then to removing it all with a Hollywood. Waxing your bikini area bald from the get-go might be more than you bargained for. Removing hair from the root gets easier over time.