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The Big Body Hair Debate

You don’t seem to be able to open a magazine or paper without some trivial article about body hair, whether it is in vogue to be waxed within an inch of your life, or au natural and as hairy as you can be.

Why is it such a hot topic for debate whether women shave, wax, epilate, depilate or not their hairy bits? Legs, bikini line, under-arms, eyebrows, facial hair (don’t think I’ve missed anywhere!)

When did it become par for the course to remove unwanted hair? Was it the 20th Century, or earlier? I have absolutely no idea.

When is it acceptable for girls to start removing body hair?

I vividly remember being 15 years old, at an all-girls school, and some rather spiteful girls making fun because I hadn’t shaved my legs – that was the first time I actually thought about it.

Teenage me did kind of resemble Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries before she got ‘beautified’ and Drew Barrymore’s teenage self in “Never Been Kissed” – gawky, geeky, braces, hair in plaits, definitely not cool.

Anyway I did initially shave my legs.

Then I moved on bought an ‘Epilady’ – ouch! And in-grown hairs were a nightmare – made a serious mess of my legs.

Finally I moved on to waxing – only a half leg though – below the knee, I’m blessed that I do not have obvious, noticeable hairs on my thighs. Certainly less painful than the ‘Epilady’ and cleaner than shaving – no chance of cuts (and I am seriously clumsy!)

I did briefly go back to shaving when I was a student, but I got an infection in my hair follicles, and ever since it has been waxing.

The only drawback to waxing is having to wait between sessions as the hair needs to grow in order for the next waxing to work, whereas with shaving you can do it as and when you please.

But it is a cleaner method of hair removal.

I have my underarms done too – I did once try to wax my own underarms, but realised you need 5 pairs of hands, and eyes on stalks to be able to see what you are doing – made me go seriously cross-eyed ;-0

Bikini line – well, I’m a convert to Hollywood. Like everything neat and tidy in the lady garden and to be honest it feels a lot cleaner when there is nothing there! And no, despite rumours it doesn’t feel like my ‘pants are lined with pins’ after a while as the hairs start re-growing.

Eyebrows – have had them waxed, and tried threading. The only thing I can really say about eyebrow waxing is that it is the only form of waxing where you cannot see what is going on. I’ve lain there on the beauty table as the beautician is waxing my eyebrows thinking “Oh, my God, she’s taking them all off, I’m going to have to try and pencil eyebrows in!” Seriously, because you can’t see what is going on, you can only feel the waxing and then the tweezing of stray hairs. When you find a beautician you really trust then you are on to a winner.

But enough about my waxing habits.

The real question is what do men think about waxing?

Do you prefer your ladies buff or au natural?

 

 

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Stripped Bare

…or we could call it “The Hollywood (Part 2)”

I’m doing something in next month which requires me to wear a very skimpy outfit, so I decided that this would call for the ‘lady garden’ to be, not just pruned, but stripped bare.

Now, considering my only other Hollywood wax was when I was 8½ months pregnant, I was a little bit apprehensive. After all, then I was left bruised, sore and unable to walk without pain for 2 days!

With this in the back of my mind, I didn’t want to wait until the last-minute to have it done, just in case.

But this morning it was all whipped away with the minimum amount of fuss and, more thankfully, not much pain. I have legs, underarms, eyebrows and bikini line waxed – and there is always some degree of pain. Obviously the more you have this done, the less the pain becomes as you become used to the treatment. But, apart from a couple of ouches, it was not a horrendous, unpleasant, never-to-be-repeated process.

I have to say, I think it probably has something to do with the person doing the waxing – after all if they are experienced, then they know what they are doing and can tell you exactly which way to stretch, where to put your leg, etc – and yes, it can resemble a scene out of ‘Sex and the City’.

…and yes, I probably will have it done again now 😉

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Let’s talk waxing – The Hollywood

Right, let’s get stuck right in shall we?

It’s a necessity in today’s society to primp and preen ourselves to within an inch of looking like the bride of Frankenstein – fake this, fake that and fake everything in between.

Now, much as I loathe the “you’ve been tangoed” look, along with artificially enlarging God-given bodily bits, or piercing anything that moves, the one thing I do agree on, is the removal of unwanted bodily hair.

As I’ve blogged before I wax legs, underarms, eyebrows and bikini line.

And I will admit to having a Hollywood … once!

For those of you that are unfamiliar with waxing terminology, here’s my layman’s interpretation:

  • Bikini line – just removal of the pant moustache;
  • Extended bikini line – removal of the pant moustache – plus a little bit in case you’re going to be wearing a bikini or high-cut swimsuit;
  • Brazilian – removal of pant moustache leaving a landing strip only, plus removal of the lady garden underneath
  • Hollywood – everything off!

So, there you have it.

So, yes, I had a Hollywood. I was 8 months pregnant at the time, so in hindsight it probably wasn’t the best thing in the world to have done – but to be honest, if a  miracle happened, I would pretty much do the same again.

Why? I hear you cry.

Well, being a practical sort of gal, I didn’t like the idea of baby having to fight its way through an undergrowth to get out. I had visions of Indiana Jones with his big knife swiping at the tall pampas grass-type plants to get them out-of-the-way. So I decided to go the whole hog, so to speak.

Hmmm!

The first thing I was told when I booked it was that it was best to get the ‘hair’ to a length of approximately ½ an inch.

Seriously! I was 8 months pregnant, I couldn’t see my feet, let alone anything higher!

Cue 1 very large mirror.

See, I thought it would be easy. How wrong could I be? Not only do you have to sit in a very strange position to actually see what you are doing – due to a large bump being in the way, but you are also having to try to ‘trim’ back to front. Rather than watching what you are doing on yourself, you have to look in the reflection and try to use a pair of scissors! Try it, it’s quite difficult.

Anyway, in the end I just gave up – certainly didn’t want to give myself an episeotomy!

So, the following morning, there I am at the beautician’s, lying on the table, bump rather active, waiting.

ow! Ow! OW!!!!!

Bikini waxing is generally OK, I find. Not a big deal. BUT. When you’re pregnant, things down there get a little more sensitive. And, by golly gosh, it hurt (OK not quite so much as labour pains), but actually pretty close.

So the first couple of strips were OK. More stingy than usual, but pretty much within the pain threshold.

Then we got on to the lady garden area.

Oh, sweet mother of Jesus. That did smart.

Actually, what didn’t help, was that I had forgotten to switch my mobile to silent and it rang. In my rush to grab the phone I hurled myself off the table and bump gave me a real big squeeze, in the form of a nice Braxton-Hicks. I thought the beautician was going to have a fit, I think she thought I’d gone into labour. Ooops!

Profuse apologies and phone on silent we got back to the job in hand. The remaining bits!

Now, unbeknownst to me, a fact which I have been told since, the further across you go with the hair removal (on the frontage, not the undercarriage) the more sensitive and therefore painful it gets – which is why I was told hot wax is more effective than warm wax.

Mmmm. I was being given a warm wax treatment.

I think I bit my finger so hard at one point I actually drew blood!

Anyway. pain over, Hollywood ‘look’ achieved and no hacking through undergrowth for little Indiana!

What I hadn’t expected, was that I was actually so bruised ‘down there’ I found it difficult to walk for a couple of days!

Result – nice, would definitely go the whole hog again – pregnant or otherwise.

Note to self though – will turn phone off first 😉

 

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Review – VEET EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit

Removing unwanted body hair is a nightmare! Over the years I have tried many hair removal techniques for various body areas:

Epilady– do you remember those? I tried this in my teenage years after I got a ribbing at school for not having shaved my legs. The contraption effectively pulled the hairs out as circular metal bits rotated around. It certainly lasted longer than shaving, but resulted in many in-grown hairs. Result? It got binned.

Shaving – quick and easy, until you use it one day and it gives your hair follicles a nasty infection. Result? Something worse than in-grown hairs – redness, scabs, a very unattractive look. To be avoided at all costs – it took over 2 years for the infection to finally heal. The other downside of shaving is the frequency. You, sometimes, end up having to shave pretty much every day (not that I ever had to, I hasten to add)

Hair Removal Cream – another Veet product I use, mainly for underarms and Bikini line. Very effective, bit of a faff waiting 10 minutes for the cream to do its job though. Standing there in the buff pretending to be a broad bean, so you don’t get cream anywhere else!

Waxing – at a salon. A very effective, long-lasting, clean method of hair removal. Trouble is that it is expensive. OK, so you don’t have to have your ‘bits’ waxed every week, but even so on a limited budget £50 a month can be a bit of a stretch (½ a leg, bikini and underarm)

There have been some very good home waxing solutions over the years. Aside from the hair removal cream, Veet wax strips, are also very good. I also tried various microwaveable systems, they were all pretty useless though.

So, to date, nothing has actually been as good as going to the local salon to be de-furred, so to speak…

Until now. When I saw this in Boots, I was intrigued. Could you really get salon wax results, doing it yourself from the comfort of your own living room?

So, dear reader, I bought one.

The initial pack comes with a wax holder suitable for legs. There is a smaller wax holder, purchased separately for bikini and underarm. You can also purchase extra removal strips.

The instructions say to insert the wax cartridge into the gadget, pop it in the holder and then plug it in to the electrics for 20 minutes. Then just roll on and away you go.

Simple as that.

Yes it really is that simple, except:

  1. It actually takes longer than 20 minutes for the thing to heat up. After 20 minutes, I shook the gadget and desperately tried to get wax out, it was still cold. I’d say give it at least 30 minutes and then shake the gadget.
  2. After using it a couple of times there actually seems to be a wrong side and a right side to the gadget. The wax seems easier to roll on facing one way as opposed to the other – now that could just be me.

I have attempted my normal salon experience using this system and the results:

½ Leg Wax – Pretty good. Having had my legs waxed ‘professionally’ for so many years I’ve watched the technique and would say it’s quite easy. This Veet system does actually give you pretty much a salon result … assuming you know what you are doing!

Bikini – being lazy I haven’t actually used the smaller attachment, but even with the larger attachment, the pant moustache can be removed fairly easily. Again, assuming you know what you need to do when it comes to stripping.

Underarm – nightmare, don’t bother. You need more than one pair of hands for this, as well as eyes in a completely different position to where they are actually situated. It really makes you go cross-eyed.

According to consumer trials 8 out 10 thought it was easy to apply and effective, with 9 out of 10 saying it was mess-free. To this I would agree.

I would say this system is OK. It is possibly the best home waxing system I have purchased in terms of ease of use, no mess, etc. BUT I do have some concerns:

  1. It is virtually impossible to do your own underarm waxing, in my opinion. Like I said you need 2 pairs of hands as you need to pull the skin in order to strip, but doing it on your own you can only use the hand of the arm you are trying to wax underneath. So, unless you are a contortionist, it’s not that easy. Also, you really cannot see clearly what you are doing, and even if you use a mirror you are having to do everything back to front!
  2. It’s not really designed to do anything more than a general tidy-up around the pant moustache area. If you are after something more substantial and tidying up the lady garden underneath, then I would use a professional. It does say it is not for use on the perineal/genital area, so it is pretty much just a tidy-up job.
  3. I would not be comfortable letting my 12-year-old daughter (if I had one) using one of these unsupervised. I would also say that unless you are used to waxing, then anything other than the legs would be a no-no for a novice. Yes, it’s easy to use, but there is a technique to minimise the pain. Did I forget to mention that waxing can be painful!!!

I would say for the system to be the best, just stick to legs. Cream (despite the method acting broad bean exercises) is much better and easier for other areas.

I will continue to use it for my legs until the wax runs out, but I don’t think I shall be replacing the cartridge. I shall stick to wax strips and cream, and when I can afford it treat myself to have someone professional do it.

My marks

Ease of use – 9 out of 10 for legs, 3 out of 10 for bikini and underarm purely because I don’t think it can be used effectively in these areas.

Effectiveness – 9 out of 10 for legs, 6 out of 10 for bikini line (loss of marks because you can’t tidy the lady garden), 2 out of 10 for underarm

Mess – 9 out of 10 – pretty mess free

NoteThis is my honest opinion of the product which I bought.

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