After this long exam season I finally have some time to write. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to renew my domain so .wordpress.com is my new home.
Today I want to talk about an issue that has plagued me since the seventh grade: waxing. I am an Indian woman. For those of you who have never experienced being an Indian woman, it comes with a LOT of hair (and a lot of heart <3).
By the time I turned twelve I had the moustache of a full grown man, and a unibrow to round out the look. Twelve year old me really couldn’t care less about this, but it became apparent very quickly that in this country, more hair meant less friends. So, I set about learning the art of hair removal.
My family’s facial hair was so bad that my grandma and my aunt became trained electrologists and owned their own machines so that they could tend to the family brows. My aunt was kind enough to offer to do my brows for free and this is where my long, painful journey with electrolysis began.
Pretty soon my family had decided they could never work on my brows again because I was too much of a wimp so I had to pay someone to do them. Electrolysis is horrible. Freeze cream helps a little, but for me the feeling was so irritating it was not worth it. I did electrolysis once a month for a year. The sessions usually took about half an hour and we always used the highest intensity. After, I wouldn’t often have tiny scabs appear on my forehead at the roots of the hairs. The results were noticeable, after the year the hair was very fine and grew back much slower. However, after spending over $600 on my brows, I was out of money and could not follow through with the process. If you have less stubborn hair, and thinner brows your treatments will be much shorter and less expensive and you may only need to have a couple of sessions. While the pain sucks, if this is the case, having your brows perfect forever is definitely worth it and will save you money in the long run. Now I am the only woman in my family who doesn’t have perfect brows.
Waxing is a process that has never worked for me and my facial hair. Every time I have gotten waxed, it has grown back in a week. Who has the time or the money to get their brows done that often? At home, I sometimes wax my brows using Nair Spa Clay wax strips. This gives me a defined, clean look that tweezers cannot achieve, however the hair grows back extremely fast. I use this only as a last resort.
Bleaching I have found to be the most effective method for concealing facial hair. It does not remove the hair, it simply makes it a very light blonde colour which makes it less noticeable. Unfortunately, this cannot be used near the eye area so I use it only on my upper lip and sideburn areas. If you have thicker face hair it may not be able to effectively conceal your hair and may not be suitable for you. I recommend using Jolen brand. It can be found at Shopper’s Drug Mart, is decently priced, painless, and effective.
This had no effect on my face hairs but worked wonderfully on my arms and legs. My mom, who has much darker hair than me uses it on her face and loves it. If you are someone who has dark, course hairs you may want to give this a try. It is less likely to give you ingrown hairs than waxing and keeps the hair gone for much longer. From my experience, it is not a permanent hair removal solution. The No!No! can be bought in As Seen on TV stores or online here. Just be sure to use a gentle moisturizer afterwards, preferably containing aloe.
The only part on my body I use hair removal for is the bikini area. This is a very sensitive area and it is important to be cautious.
Yikes. Every time I shave I regret it. The hair always comes back ingrown and my skin becomes very irritated, itchy, red, and damaged. I do not recommend shaving, but if you are there are some things you can do to make it easier.
- Pull skin as taught as possible before shaving
- Use new, very sharp razors
- Use tons of shaving cream
- Do it when your hair is not too long, or trim hair so that it is shorter
- Exfoliate before and after
- Moisturize after
Hair removal cream:
I used Nair for sensitive skin. This stuff does not seem strong enough to work on my hair, and if you get it on any sensitive areas accidentally it is very painful. It works on the very edges, but if you want the whole thing bare you should look for other options. It is also really annoying to keep it on for ten minutes, you have to be very still or it gets everywhere. It also smells terrible.
I thought sugaring was the best thing in the world, but that was only because I didn’t know better. Sugaring seems really great when the saleswomen tell you about it, but when done properly by a skilled professional, waxing is much better. Sugaring can be more painful, it is messier/stickier, and much more expensive. They say it keeps the hair away for much longer but this was not true of my experience, waxing kept the hair away for just as long.
Do not wax at home! Once, I waxed at home and it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The thing about waxing is that the angle you pull the strip really makes a difference to the level of pain you experience and the effectiveness of the strip. I was physically not strong enough to pull the strip off properly from the angle it must be at when you do it yourself. The hair did not come off and I had to cut the strip out. It hurt a ton and I could not get the wax off, so I was sticky until I could get it done professionally.
When getting waxed at a salon, there are two different kinds of wax that you can be offered. If a salon tries to wax you entirely with soft wax, find a different salon. Hard wax is the most painless and quick solution. It is very effective. Soft wax is gentler and most likely they will need to use this on your more sensitive areas, but it cannot cover as much area as once and it cannot give you such a precise pull which makes the process less painful. From everything I have tried, a combination of hard and soft wax is the best method.
So there you go, hair removal advice from a real live yeti!