Epilation Exploration: A Sasquatch’s Guide to Hair Removal

February 23, 2010 by lukrisi  
Published in Hair

My road to hair removal product discovery through the teen years, university, marriage, and motherhood. What works, what hurts, and what gets a big old "Fail."

 I am follicly challenged. This doesn’t mean what you might think it means. My challenge it that, as a woman, I have more hair than most men. Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the last time I had my eyebrows waxed, the girls said, “You want-a lip too?” When I answered, “No” she exclaimed, “Really?” incredulously. (If I feel the urge to shave it, I may get back to her but for now my husband and I are okay with my slight mustache of peach fuzz.)

But back to the challenge at hand. I’ve had some experience in hair removal. When both sides of your family are known for their hairy women, you get to know the ins and outs of these things. I’ve tried everything short of laser hair removal and I can tell you with some certainty what works and what doesn’t.

Teens years – Let’s start with my journey as a young teen. I learned what every girl learns, how to pick up and use her mother’s razor. Many nicks later, I’ve mastered the art of shaving with a razor. It’s simple and effective for legs, but can leave unwanted stubble, razor burn, and only lasts for a day.

I decided to give creams a try, so I purchased some Nair with my piddly allowance. I’m not sure what chemicals those models on TV are burning onto their skin but the stuff in the Nair bottle left my legs stinky and still scratchy while I was light-headed from the fumes. Nair Fail.

Fledgling Years – When I left home for university, I discovered infomercials. Ahh, the wonderful world of infomercials. Now don’t be silly enough to think that I ordered “Sweet Simplicity”. I did believe their promise of painless, easy, long-lasting hair removal, but I promise you, I did not order it. Nope. I waited until my friends had ordered it, then bought it off them. (I wasn’t smart enough to realize that if they didn’t want it, it probably wasn’t that great.) Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan and I threw it out after two or three attempts. Sweet Simplicity Fail

Under the Covers – Once I got married, I got more adventurous in my hair removal journey. I realized that there were unplowed fields of hair just waiting to be tamed. In an attempt to make myself more presentable for my husband, I recruited a friend to “sugar” areas unseen. Gentle and kind as my friend was, that hurt! I decided that I was only willing to go through that procedure very rarely. Overall, not my favourite.

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