With the beautiful summer fun comes the ugly torture of removing unwanted hair! This is something that every women dreads during the summer months when we often wear less and expose ourselves more. Unwanted hair can be embarrassing. For some women like me, it can be more a nuisance than for others. Thankfully there are solutions to unwanted fuzz, although most of the time, the solution is painful. OUch!
I recently came across this place called European Wax Centers. I was referred to EWC by a friend. I decided to try it out. EWC has over 600 locations around the country. I went to the one in Forest Hills, NY. EWC offers many products and services for ok prices. Some of the services are a little pricey in my opinion, but if you want good quality care, you have to pay for it. If you are a first time customer, you either get a free eyebrow, bikini line, or underarm wax, or you can get any other service for half off. I decided to get a Full Bikini, which was originally $40, but I paid half because I was a first time customer.
My waxist was a nice Indian woman named Rima. She was very patient with me (I’m the biggest baby when it comes to stuff like this!) and she explained everything that she was going to do as well as every product that she was going to use. Overall it was a great experience! Although it hurt, it was somewhat bearable! One thing I didn’t like about EWC was that they were trying to sell you stuff as soon as you walked in the door. You should let your services and products speak for themselves, you shouldn’t have to try hard to sell it. That was the only negative experience I had. They convinced me to buy their Serum to prevent ingrown hairs. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now I don’t see huge difference, but I’m going to try it for a little longer, maybe my skin has to get used to it.
When it comes to eyebrows, I only get them threaded now a days. It hurts like hell but threading provides more of an accurate result than waxing, in my opinion. For the past year, I’ve been going to Unique Threading Salon in Midtown Manhattan. It’s a nice threading salon that also provides waxing services and facials. Everyone in their is super nice and patient. For me, it’s so convenient because I work right across the street. I pretty much let anyone do my eyebrows there (mostly because I can never remember who did my eyebrows last….lol). I even get my legs waxed here occasionally, and it is virtually pain free! They also offer a sugar wax that’s supposed to be less painful and better for your skin.
In all my research about best hair removal practices, the best advice that I’ve found is to exfoliate your skin. If you shave, it is important to exfoliate first because exfoliating helps to get ride of the dead skin that could clog your razor. Exfoliating also helps to decrease ingrown hairs that may occur. If you want your skin to be smooth to the touch, you must exfoliate. It is extremely important to moisturize after shaving and waxing! Shaving and Waxing can remove much needed moisture from your skin, it is very important to bring back the moisture that is lost after removing hair. After shaving, I typically apply cocoa butter or Aloe Vera or some type of vitamin E. After waxing, you may want to avoid putting anything on your skin for 12-24 hours because your pores are open and it may irritate your skin. For the first 12-24 hours after waxing, you may want to only put an ingrown hair prevention serum.
Hair removal is basically a trial and error process for most people. Everyone is different so methods that work for some, may not work on others. I am mixed with Puerto Rican and Black, so my hair is thick and curly. It’s a little difficult for me to remove hair from some parts of my body because of the thickness. My skin is very prone to ingrown hairs and bumps, especially on the bikini line and on my underarms. It’s all a work in process.
There are many options for hair removal, you should try them to see what works best for you.
1. Shaving is probably the easiest and (relatively) cheapest method of hair removal. Shaving cuts hair super close to the skin, not from the root, so for women with thicker hair, it may cause ingrowns and infections. When shaving, it is important to wet the hair thoroughly and shave in the direction that hair grows. Shaving is basically painfree, but unfortunately the results don’t last long. Hair can grow back in a few hours or a few days.
2. Waxing removes the hair from the root and last much longer than shaving. Waxing can last 3-6 weeks. Waxing is a little pricey. At home kits are available, but I would suggest to get your wax done at a salon, especially for areas such as the bikini line. At salons, however, you must be careful that the waxist does not double dip. Make sure your waxist doesn’t place the same stick in the wax twice.
3. Laser-hair removal is a costlier option, although some may argue that it’s cheaper than long-term waxing or shaving. A laser is used to destroy the hair’s root permanently. It usually takes about 6-8 sessions to permanently remove the hair. Touch-up sessions are advised. The problem with laser is that it doesn’t work on everyone. The best candidates for laser hair removal are women with fair or light skin and dark hair. I tried laser hair removal and it seems like the hair grew right back. My skin is too tan.
4. Depilatories are a popular method for hair removal. These creams use a chemical to dissolve the protein that make up the hair. Depilatories are said to last a little longer than shaving, but not as long as waxing. Depilatories are not recommended for the genital area or eyebrows.
5. Tweezing is a method that pulls hair from the root. Tweezing is kind of painful and is best used for small areas such as eyebrows, lip, or chin.
6. Threading is an ancient technique that uses a thin thread to pluck hair at the follicle level. Typically used for eyebrows, it provides more of a precise control. Since it doesn’t use any chemicals, it is better for your skin that waxing.
Guys don’t understand how hard it is to be a girl! Feel free to try different methods and let me know how it works out for you. If unwanted hair is a real problem for you, or you may think it is do to a hormonal imbalance, you may want to seek professional help from a dermatologist. Good luck in these summer months ladies. 🙂 Stay smooth.