Before I get right into the topic, I just want to put a disclaimer that I am in no way promoting or forcing anyone to undergo these choices if it’s not something they believe in or want to do to themselves. Everyone has a different perspective and/or reason about their choice to either keep, maintain, trim or completely get rid off of hair from their bodies. Your choice is yours, and my choices are mine.
Personally, my decision in managing my body hairs is not caused by cosmetic looks. It’s more about the moisture that gets trapped in my skin which makes me a wee bit uncomfortable when it gets excessive. Wanting to avoid formation of unwanted situations like yeast or smells is another reason as well. Not to say I do not let the lawn grow every now and then but after some time, I still end up having to mow the grass to keep it nice and clean.
I’ll start dissecting each body part where my hair grows and let you know the hair removal methods I’ve tried and my preference for it.
Believe it or not, I got bullied a lot for my eyebrows as a kid. It was a time wherein ridiculously thin and shapeless eyebrows were all the rage. Lucky that as I grew up, the trend was the au naturalé bushy eyebrows. I usually keep it tame with a monthly eyebrow threading (or sometimes only when it has lost its shape) then keep it clean from baby hairs with a tweezer, and trim the longest hairs the good length with a trusty eyebrow scissor. I’ve not tried getting it waxed yet, but that is something I’m curious to try.
I’m also one of those girls unfortunate enough to be growing some light woman-stache from time to time. I switch up between pulling it off with a tweezer (when the hair is quite thick and grossly long, especially on the sides of the mouth), shaving (when I don’t have the time to get it professionally done) or threading (which I choose to do together with my eyebrows). Tweezer is cheap and easy but it usually doesn’t get all of the hairs off that’s why I’d highly recommend threading, of course. It’s easy-peasy and comes off quick plus it saves you from getting thicker growing hairs or darkened upper lip. I would love to try waxing upper lip hair some time as well.
This is one of my problem areas in terms of managing hairs. It is a problem area because I’ve been relying on shaving quite often that the area is not as fair as I would’ve wanted to. Sometimes I do use a tweezer when I am in the mood and it’s actually quite good because the next batch of hair gets much thinner and lighter. I’ve also once tried to get a laser treatment for it and it thinned out and slowed down the growth after about 3 sessions however, the hair grew back as normal after I’ve stopped doing it.
Ah, the trickiest to upkeep. Can’t tell you how many headaches I’ve given myself from pretending to be a contortionist whilst shaving the hair down there. For me, of course, getting it waxed is a much better choice as shaving is a hit or miss endeavor. Not to mention you might cause yourself cuts or bumps, even ingrown hair that are pesky and sometimes annoying to think about. Darkening of the skin often happens as well when frequent shaving persists.
I am a little bit fortunate that this isn’t much of a problem area for me, unlike my sister whose hair grows quite aggressively on the legs. Mine grows a few light hairs but takes some time to grow so if I don’t really pay much attention to it, it won’t be something that noticeable. It’s also an area where I just let the hair grow freely since it doesn’t bother me at all. I do shave this area once in a while and have used those Nair shaving creams before to get rid off hair.
And now let me share with you some beginner’s tips on these hair removal choices:
Using a tweezer is A1 in managing eyebrow, upper lip and underarm hairs but a lot of people I know complain about getting bumpy, chicken-like skin especially on their underarms after removing hair. This can be prevented by going against the direction of hair growth when pulling it off and using a tweezer that’s tight enough to hold a firm grip on the hair instead of pulling the skin with it. I suggest a tweezer that is thong-shaped than scissor-shaped, like Tweezerman.
This is the second easiest and cheapest option in the books and is often the resort of many of us. Shaving is quick but sometimes the repercussion is a headache. One important tip I can share is to always use a sharp blade. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in order to make a clean shave, you have to use exactly that. Throw away your razors after two to three uses, and most especially when there’s rust forming. Exfoliate the area before shaving to let the hair loosen up so it comes off easily and keep the area moisturized days after. Shaving gels and creams has been off of my kit a long time ago and I’ve replaced them with a trusty extra virgin coconut oil; it’s the only thing that keeps me from itch after shaving.
For me, it is often the safest choice if you want the hairs completely off however it is often a choice that is quite expensive to maintain every so often. Really, the choice is up to you. My only tip however is find a waxing salon with a technician that REALLY knows what they’re doing, especially when it comes to sanitation practices. I’ve sadly experienced such a botch job before when I didn’t have enough time to scout for a good tech. Honestly, waxing shouldn’t hurt as much if you’re in the hands of a good tech and it won’t also take a lot of time. I personally prefer a mix of soft and hard hot wax instead of the cold one because of just how clean and quick it is.
Laser for Hair Removal
Again, another more expensive route. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The likelihood of hair regrowth is unknown unless you’ve tried it yourself. Like my previous tip, do your research. A good tech, a good salon, a good package that won’t blow your wallet into pieces and a good timeline. Chances are if you were previously into shaving or waxing, you’d still have to do it for the first few sessions before the hair growth slows down. That is not to say that I’ve not seen people who had success with laser hair treatment but again, before you invest in it, put on your thinking cap.
Hair Removal Cream
We always see this product in supermarkets and I’m sure about half of us have tried it. I honestly don’t like them as much, it’s not something I can promote especially on areas aside from legs. For me, they’re quite messy and doesn’t get off the hair as efficiently as I expect them to. However, I have friends who love it, swears by it and have used it for years. It is one of the cheaper options as well so there’s nothing much to lose by trying it. My only tip would be to find a good brand and to really let it sit for a few minutes so it works the way it’s supposed to.
These are just some of my personal sentiments about hair and managing them. What are some of yours? Do you like to let them grow freely? Trim them? Or completely get rid of them?