The Complete Guide to the Vajacial Treatment
When you’re having a particularly bad breakout on your face, or if your hair or nails are feeling a little dull, dry, or brittle, your first thought might be to decide to pamper yourself and your body with a nice facial or treatment to let yourself feel and look your best. So why not do the same for your vulva? That’s where a vajacial treatment comes in.
Wait...a what? You heard us right. So what is a vajacial treatment? How does it work? Do vajacials actually help the skin of your vulva or bikini line? What do vajacial results look like?
Before we send your mind racing with all of the questions as to what a vajacial is or how the latest skincare craze works, let us walk you through everything you need to know about having a vajacial treatment.
What is a Vajacial?
So first thing’s first: how do you spell vajacial? You might’ve seen it spelled in a variety of ways, including ‘vagacial’, or just referred to as something else entirely while at the salon. At the end of the day, there’s no official correct spelling of the word, but the most common form is generally thought to be ‘vajacial’ (pronounced vah-jay-shul). Otherwise, it depends on the salon you’re in!
Now that we know how to spell it, what exactly is it? A vajacial is almost exactly what you might think it is: it’s a facial for your vulva (not for your vagina!). Additionally, a vajacial can also be performed on anyone’s pubic area, including men. The vajacial treatment takes a bit under an hour and is not applied to any internal areas, so you don’t have to worry about your pH balance getting thrown off. Regular clients usually get the treatment done every 2-3 months to keep their skin feeling smooth and looking its best.
What is a Vajacial Treatment?
When you initially heard about vajacial treatments, whether you eavesdropped on talk about them in your salon, heard about them from your friends, or saw something about them online, your first thought was probably something along the lines of...what is that?
Don’t worry - you’re not alone! Vajacial treatments are the newest hot topic in a lot of salon environments, but their name or concept might be a bit confusing to those who haven’t heard of them prior.
Vajacial Steps: All the Ins & Outs
Vajacials are performed on skin that is either hairless or where skin has been removed. The steps involved in a vajacial vary depending on the salon you’re visiting, but generally speaking, it’s a fairly simple process that has a lot of benefits.
The timeline for receiving a vajacial can vary following a waxing service, and can be done as soon as directly after your wax, to 10 days after. You should consult your esthetician to see when they think it's best for you to come in for a session following your wax.
READ: How to Become an Esthetician
The Vajacial Treatment Process
The vajacial begins with a steam, usually consisting of essential oils, to loosen any ingrown hairs, dirt or blockages in the skin. This is followed by an extraction of the dirt or ingrowns from the vulva or pubic area. Your esthetician will then apply a mask to soothe the skin and draw out any deep blockages or embedded ingrowns. This will also soothe any redness or irritation that might occur following the sugaring or waxing process.
After the mask is removed, your esthetician will use a wand to zap any additional bacteria that might still be on the skin and guard against any future ingrowns, before toning the skin area with light therapy. The last step in the vajacial process is to apply a skin brightening treatment to correct discoloration or dark areas.
Is a Vajacial right for me?
If you’re intrigued by the prospect of a vajacial, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, but be sure to consult your esthetician or talk to a professional for the most informed opinion. Vajacials involve steams, masks, and the removal of ingrown hairs, and might be a lot for those with extremely sensitive skin, so talk to a professional who is familiar with your skin type.
For those skeptical about the vajacial’s actual benefits, it’s pretty simple: this treatment extracts ingrowns, cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin all during one treatment. It also gets rid of ingrowns and discoloration - professionally! It’s really like an all around spa treatment for your extra sensitive pubic area skin. If that sounds good to you, talk to a professional about having the treatment.
Overall, a vajacial isn’t a medical or invasive procedure, so there aren’t a ton of risks involved, but this is a treatment applied to some of your most sensitive skin areas, as well as around internal areas which should be spared from said treatment. Talk to your esthetician to see if it’s a good option for you.
Can I Shave Before a Vajacial?
Vajacials are only performed on clients with hairless pubic areas, so it’s a process commonly performed on clients who have been sugared or waxed just prior. However, if you have not received a wax but have just shaved completely, consult your esthetician to see if you’re a good candidate for a vajacial. No matter what you do, don’t shave over a fresh wax - it’ll just irritate the area further.
Vajacials are designed to treat hyperpigmentation, ingrown hairs, breakouts after hair removal, so consult your esthetician to learn about their requirements or general process prior to a vajacial.
A lot of vajacial treatments are done in conjunction with a separate waxing service, or are done very soon after waxing services to save you the headache of having to coordinate a wax and a vajacial within a doable timeframe, and to treat ingrowns and hyperpigmentation before they even have a chance to really get uncomfortable or annoy you.
How Much Does a Vajacial Cost?
How much your individual vajacial service costs depends on the salon or esthetician you visit, but generally speaking, a vajacial will be in the range of $50-$60.
If it’s your first time, make sure to properly and thoroughly research the salons or estheticians in your area to get a general idea of what people are charging near you, so that you do not end up paying too much, or paying too little and receiving a sub-par vajacial treatment.
Does a Vajacial Include a Wax?
Most vajacials only include the general steam, extraction process, and mask in their overall treatment. However, a lot of salons or estheticians will allow you to book a wax prior to your vajacial to make sure that your skin is completely hairless and to make sure the waxing you’ve received was done properly and professionally.
READ: Brazilian Waxing Etiquette
Though there’s no such thing as a vajacial wax, the two often go together in the professional sphere. Many salons offer a brazilian wax with a vajacial treatment as back to back appointments to apply the vajacial treatment as a form of post wax care. This approach nips ingrown hairs in the bud (literally!) and works as a sort of post wax pampering session for your vulva.
Call your local esthetician or professional salon to see if they offer vajacials or something similar, and what that might include. Some offer waxing services with a seperate vajacial service directly after, and some might allow you to schedule them, but might ask you to leave some time in between the two treatments.
If you don’t want to hit the salon twice, you can also utilize one of Starpil’s waxing kits that are suited for at-home use if you want to skip a professional wax and skip straight to the salon for a vajacial.
READ: Bikini/Brazilian Waxing Guide
Can I Do an At-Home Vajacial?
It’s pretty easy to come across an at home vajacial kit or vajacial products purported to be safe for self application whilst online shopping or at a local beauty store. However, it is not recommended to try and perform an at-home vajacial treatment. Though not an invasive or medical treatment, vajacials are performed on very sensitive areas of your body, and with specialized instruments.
Vajacials should only be performed by professional and licensed estheticians who are experienced with the treatment, process, and with hair removal. If not done professionally, you can easily run the risk of getting a mud mask or other vajacial products in internal areas where they should not be, or applying products that are not professional grade to your vulva.
This can easily cause reactions or adverse effects to your sensitive, freshly bare skin. Do your research and find a reputable esthetician or salon near you to perform your wax and your vajacial - don’t take the risk!
If you don’t have the time or money to commit to a vajacial treatment, there are safe, at-home alternatives to the professional treatment. For a safe, at-home vajacial-esque treatment without the time commitment or risk of misapplication, use Starpil’s Brazilian/Bikini Waxing Max after your waxing treatment.
What Are the Benefits of a Vajacial?
There are a lot of benefits to getting a professional vajacial treatment following a wax. The main benefits of a vajacial include having clearer, less irritated skin following a wax. Additionally, vajacials aid in getting rid of existing ingrown hairs and preventing new ones from forming after a waxing treatment.
Those aren’t the vajacial’s only benefits, however. Vajacials also allows for clients to correct skin discoloration or darkening in hard-to-reach areas without having to deal with complicated at-home application. Vajacials are also an excellent way to pamper yourself and your private regions after a waxing session. You’ll leave the salon feeling smooth and refreshed!
Vajacials are an excellent extra little treat to give yourself following a wax, and are a good way of taking care of irritation around your pubic area. However, what’s the real final summation as to whether or not a vajacial is worth it for you or not? Let us briefly summarize the ins and outs for you.
Choosing to go for a vajacial treatment isn’t as simple as just throwing on a face mask at home. You’ve got to commit both your time and money to receiving the treatment, as well as getting treated to a wax or hair removal service either directly before, or some days prior.
Overall, the vajacial has a lot of benefits. It is a treatment that’s been growing in popularity, especially recently, but isn’t always a usual go-to following hair removal. If you often experience ingrown hairs, or if your pubic mound is very sensitive and gets irritated easily after a waxing session, it can always help out to soothe and ease irritation to give yourself a bit of a spa treatment afterwards.
Plus, the vajacial overall is a great help in jumpstarting the exfoliation and moisturizing process again once the hair has been stripped from the area. Since your pubic area is especially sensitive, if you think it could use some extra attention from your esthetician, go for it!
If you’re inclined to want to give yourself a full service wax and spa treatment back to back, and want to take it to the next level to help protect yourself from uncomfortable ingrowns or breakouts, a vajacial can be a good choice. Otherwise, or if you don’t feel like shelling out the extra money, you can always use Starpil’s Pre and Post Wax Care Accessories Kit or Brazilian Waxing Mask to protect yourself and get your skin in the best condition both before and after a waxing service.
For those with extra sensitive skin, we offer our disinfecting Calendula formula and hypoallergenic Starsoft Pre and Post Wax Care Accessories so even the most delicate skin can stay in its best condition following a full bikini or Brazilian waxing service.