Combating A Hairy Situation

by Maya on October 7, 2011

in Girl Talk, Style & Beauty

Unwanted, unnecessary body hair. I have it.

We all do to some extent.

I am of middle-eastern descent, which most of the time means one of two things:

1) I love Falafel

2) I have a thick coat of hair on my body

I realized I was hairier than my peers at around age 10, you know, about the time the unibrow formed above my eyes. That and my excessive leg hair.

People would often mistake it for leg warmers (luckily it was the 80s and they were totally in style).

I tried to wear pantyhose, but there was no hiding those shamefully hairy things as blades of hair poked out through the fabric.

Then as I got older, facial hair started forming. Great.

But mine wasn’t only on top of my lip, I had full on side burns. (Like Elvis.)

I could shave my legs and wax my arms,upper lip and unibrow, but the side burns, those were  bad.

So I tried shaving, which was not the way to go—it grew in darker and thicker. My friends in high school started calling me “wolfman”.. needless to say it didn’t help my self esteem. It didn’t help me snag any dates either.

Then I tried threading, and then waxing…

The money that I have spent trying to rid myself of all this unwanted body hair is insane, and with this much hair removal experience, I’m a bit of an expert.

1. Shaving:

Pro: Shaving is the quickest and easiest way to rid ourselves of unwanted hair.

Con: It’s only temporary and makes the hair grow in thicker.

2.Depilatory Creams:

Pro: Goes on smooth, no nicks from dull razors

Con: These creams stink—I don’t care if it says ‘flower scent’ on the box. That means it’s going to smell like stink with a whiff of roses.


3. Hair Bleach Kits

Pros: Quick, easy, painless. Lightens your hair

Con: For medium complexions, may cause temporary skin discoloration, not long-lasting, and does not work on thick hair.

4. Waxing:

Pros: Removes hair anywhere from 2-6 weeks. Also, over time it can damage the hair follicle so that less hair grows.

Cons: Hurts like heck. You sometimes have to spread eagle for a woman you barely know (and she didn’t even buy you dinner first!).

5. Threading:

Pro: Very fast and virtually painless. Over time can make temporary results permanent.

Con: It’s hard to find people who are very experienced at threading. Usually done on the eyebrows/ face only.

6. Laser Hair Removal:

Pro: Your hair pretty much disappears forever (most of it anyway)

Cons: Can be quite expensive and hurts like heck. Makes you scream for your mama. One can never know how your skin reacts to the laser, so a patch test should always be done. In addition, ALWAYS go to a licensed practitioner.

Personally, I have found that my best option is laser hair removal, and for chupacabras like me, it is well worth the pain and money spent.

What is your personal experience with hair removal, and what are your tips?


Curvy Girl Guide Contributor Maya Assis is a Marketing Manager at a children’s licensing agency and a full-time working mother to twin girls. Maya started the personal blog Gemini-Girl in 2007 while battling infertility . A native New Yorker, Maya moved to Israel in 2010 to be closer to her extended family and raise her children on a farm. On most days Maya can be found taming her wild “Jew- Fro,” riding herself of unwanted body hair, or hiding under the table so that her girls don’t find her.

Crystal October 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am of Italian heritage and I have very thick body hair everywhere (except for my face thank GOD.) The only upside is that most of it is light blonde. My arms are hairier than a lot of dudes my age, but not noticeable. My leg hair and eyebrows are JET BLACK. I have lots of hair on my lower back and its very noticeable. So noticeable, I was laying in bed with my guy the other night and he was like, twirling it in his fingers and rubbing my back like he would a puppy. Embarrassing.

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

You want to talk embarrassing? My husband does not have ONE HAIR on his body. Not one. One of my twins is hairy like her Mama, while the other is hairless like her Dad.

Amelia Sprout October 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

Mine is on my face, and I HATE waxing, but it is all that works until I do laser hair removal. Cannot wait until I can make that happen.

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

Amelia- TOTALLY worth it.

Amanda October 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

I have never had a “painless” threading experience. I have had less painful experiences, but never painless. And doing the upper lip? OUCH. Feels like little stabby knives.

On the plus side, everything looks so nice afterwards. And no nasty chemicals to take the skin off my face right along with the hair!

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

Maybe because I’m immune to the pain at this point, I don’t find threading painful at all!! I do know that the left side of the face is more sensitive than the right side.

Jennifer October 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

Seriously…threading painless? The mere thought of threading my upper lip brings me to tears. Results are great, and my usually red blotchy skin is not, but it’s the furthest thing from painless I’ve ever experienced.

Ashley October 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

Sally Hansen waxing strips on my face, shaving everywhere else. Or not. He can deal.

Brittany October 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Oh where do you get the waxing strips??

Ashley October 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Target, Walmart. You could possibly get them at a CVS or Walgreen’s. They’re usually in the same area as the Nair stuff, razors, etc.

Ashley October 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Also, you can look them up on youtube – sally hansen waxing strips. You can see how to use them.

I left another comment but it’s not showing (maybe because it included a link?). When you go to the store, it’s called “Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit” and it has pictures of an eye, mouth and bikini area on the box.

It has strips of different size that you warm up in your hands a few seconds, then pull apart and each piece has wax on it. The strips are in different sizes (like a pack of assorted bandaids) and you can cut them to preferred size as well (just cut before you pull apart the strips or your scissors will get goopy).

They work the way normal waxing does, it’s just that the wax is already applied to the strip, rather than applying the wax to your skin, then laying the strip on the wax.

Rachel October 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

I am half way through laser and while it is a little on the expensive and the sensation of hot needles punching my crotch is NOT pleasant, but hopefully worth it!

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:17 am


Rachel October 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

You know, just the other day, I was going to ask if anyone had an suggestions for razor burn. I’ve tried everything I can think of. My skin is too sensitive to use chemical hair removers (I learned this one the very hard way), and waxing just doesn’t interest me (i.e. getting spread eagle for someone who hasn’t even bought me dinner – love it!). I’ve tried hydrocortisone cream & deodorant on the problem areas (this one actually worked at first, but not anymore). My skin is just so dang sensitive!

Rebecca October 8, 2011 at 3:14 am

I use “Bikini Zone” gel (NOT the cream) or rubbing alcohol. My mom has to shave on the regular and she suggested the alcohol. I’ve found that alcohol is great to maintain a non-razor burn state of being, while the Bikini Zone can reverse razor burn overnight.

Rachel October 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thanks! I bought some Bikini Zone gel this afternoon. Fingers crossed.

NodToStyle October 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

ughh, i have fine blonde hairs everywhere and dark hairs on my face….i’m in them the middle of laser hair removal and honestly i don’t feel like it is that painful at all! there’s a brief, sharp pinch but nothing too bad.

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

I guess it depends where you do the laser. My face didn’t hurt but my crotch- G-D help me.

Jeannie October 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I also want to second that I found threading WAY more painful than waxing! Just on the eyebrows. Maybe it’s just because I’m a seasoned waxer / plucker (hail the unibrow!) but the threading was AWFUL! Looked nice, though … when it was all over!

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

so surprised everyone is saying that threading hurts!!!!

Jean October 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Just an FYI, shaving doesn’t actually make your hair grow in thicker, that’s impossible. It cute the hair bluntly on the end so it appears to be thicker and coarser.

Rebecca October 8, 2011 at 3:15 am

Thank you! I wanted to correct this misconception, but you beat me to it!

Anna October 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

I was also on my way to doing that! =)

I started shaving the hair on my arms many years ago. After bleaching forever, then doing depilatory, one day I was in the shower and thought, “Why not?” It actually works better than the other methods and I never even have to think about it.

Maya October 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

I shave my arms as well. I have since I was 16. Totally grows in pocky. my husband says i’m like a cactus

Val October 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

Shaving and waxing for me. I shave my legs, feet/toes [yes...] and underarms. I wax my eyebrows, lip, and bikini area. Brazilian sometimes. The waxing isn’t bad, at least for me. And after all my infertility treatments and doctor’s visits, and two c-sections – hell, I have no modesty left. And in terms of pain – it’s not bad at all, again, for me. It’s worse having my feet waxed – which is why I have reverted to shaving. The pain from waxing my feet makes me want to vomit.

Andee October 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I hate having to shave my face. It’s the most humiliating feeling. I get my eyebrows waxed but I shave the rest of my face. I just can’t imagine having to grow it long enough to get it waxed. It mortifies me. If I had a week or so off of work I would so do it…grow it out, wax it off and give myself a day to unredden!

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