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Out of the Mouths of Babes – Hairy Legs

“Mummy,” says SC at dinner today, “hairy legs are a good thing!”

“Oh, yes?”

“Yes, because they stop you getting bruises!” (Mummy raises her eyebrows) “Well, you see, if you bump your leg, the hairs fold down and act like a sort of cushion, so you don’t get any bruises.”

Think I’ll stick to waxing my legs and risk the bruises. (the latest set of which seem to be disappearing nicely)

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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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Vajazzles!

The other evening my mother called me in to her room where she was watching television and asked “what’s a vajazzle?”

Sharp intake of breath and gulping so as not to laugh too much from your truly, and a reply of “jewelling your lady garden mum.”

She didn’t believe me, so I had to google what it was for her!

After which there was I explaining to a near septuagenarian that to be vajazzled meant that after having a Brazilian/Hollywood wax, crystals were stuck around the lady garden area.

Seriously, does anyone else have these conversations with their mothers?

And on another point, is vajazzling common-place these days? Does everyone do it? And, more importantly why would anyone do it?

Now, I’m all up for a Hollywood, but sticking crystals around the nether regions could be asking for trouble.

What if one fell off and managed to work its way inside – shudders – doesn’t even bear thinking about.

Now that would be an interesting conversation with the doctor 😉

 

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Bucket List #25 – Eyebrow Threading

Big fat – DONE IT!Eyebrow Threading

I had my eyebrows threaded yesterday.

I was a bit wary after having heard reports from it hurting only slightly less than childbirth to feeling like your eyes were being cut with glass!

I used to have my eyebrows waxed in the very dim and distant past, and I always used to find it disconcerting. It is the only part of you, where you cannot see what is going on with the waxing and you feel like the beautician is going to scalp the eyebrow when it feels like she is tweezing everything to Kingdom Come!

So, I lay down on the couch, breathed deeply and waited…

Whoever said it hurt – LIED!

It was no more painful than waxing, and was over within 5 minutes.

Seriously what is all the fuss about?

I’ll probably go back to waxing, it really did not make much difference – considering the girl who did it still used tweezers to get the stubborn bits out!

Still, at least I can now say I’ve had it done.

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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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Heaven is…

… the feeling you get after lying on a treatment table at the beautician’s having ‘your bits’ waxed 😉

I don’t know what it is, but after unwanted hair has been removed I feel:

(a) pounds lighter – obviously I’m not, it’s just how it makes you feel;

(b) fresh & clean (it’s a weird one to try to explain. I mean clearly I’m a clean person and bathe frequently (long hot showers – sighs with contentment at the thought) but after waxing your skin feels so smooth as if it’s the first time it’s ever been that smooth)

You don’t get the same sensation if you remove hair at home.

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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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