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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.