Hair Removal

on Mar 12, 2008 @ 08:48 pm

I need advice girls! I'm not particularly hairly... but what I do have bothers me. First... the small blond/light coloured hairs on the upper lip... should they be waxed, even though they are or can be kept light and relatively unseen? I have a new boyfriend and the last thing I want to worry about is if he is looking at those hairs when he kisses me. But I'm worried that if I remove them they will grow back darker and thicker!!?? Bleaching works, but they are still there!!! What do I do!???

Second... Arm hair. What is the deal? I know girls and BOYS that remove their arm hair!? Should I be doing the same? It's not dark or course! But if it grosses people out, should it be removed?

Finally, what is the deal with lazer hair removal? Is it safe? Has anyone tried it? I've heard both good and bad things! I've heard you have to go back a number of times so it gets expensive!? and also that you can get scarred!!?? I would consider it for my underarms. I wax, but I hate that I have to wait for it to be long enough to wax!!

The one thing I'm certain of ... Brazilians are the only way to go!! :)

Please let me know what you think!
Happy Hair removal!

37 Replies

Feisty Redhead
don't worry about it so much on Mar 12, 2008 @ 09:34 pm

Well first of all... light hairs on your upper lip - I have 'em too and I could care less and my boyfriend could care less; heck I doubt he even knows they exist. He isn't going to notice them when he's kissing you - he's too busy kissing you to care! And besides, he is with you for YOU, not how much or how little body hair you have regardless of it's length/color etc.

I don't know anyone who gives a darn about arm hair. Everybody has it. Just because someone else might not like theirs and shaves it off or whatever doesn't mean you have to do that too. This brings to mind the old "if everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it too?" Frankly, I think that's just a bit compulsive (and way too much upkeep - I have enough to worry about with my legs, underarms and nether regions!) and really silly. I think NOT having arm hair looks more strange than leaving it alone - even if it's thick and dark.

I know nothing about laser hair removal - I've heard redheads (thus ME) can't get it done but I don't recall the reasons for that. I've never been interested in it anyway, and even if I was I couldn't afford it.

I just shave the old fashioned way, plain and simple. I'm allergic to most hair removal creams so they are not an option and frankly the ones I can use left more missed hairs and stubble than shaving ever does anyway. I don't have enough pain resistance to wax, especially not *down there*. I use my trusty Venus Breeze daily in the shower and am perfectly happy with that routine. Yeah it's time consuming, it's not very convenient... but I don't mind it. I look at shaving as "me" time to relax and pamper myself. Having that mindset about it really helps to take the drudgery out of it.

All that said... if it really bothers YOU that much and you want to do something to get rid of body hair then do it. But ONLY do it for you, because it's what you truly want to do. Not for your boyfriend or friends or family or anybody else or because you're worried what other people might be thinking. We are our own worst critics and nine times out of ten the things we stress over and worry about are things that NOBODY else ever notices, unless we bring it up to them and even then they generally aren't going to be bothered by it.

Ali de Bold
Wax that upper lip on Mar 13, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

Bleaching those hairs tends to draw attention to them and you can generally tell when someone is doing this. Since you are feeling self-conscious about it, you should do take care of it. I would go get a professional lip wax (under $10) for your first time and then buy a kit of wax to do it yourself.

I highly recommend Parissa Body Sugar for this. A large tub is around $12 and it will last you a very long time. Just zap it in the microwave for about 20 seconds, stir it, test it with your pinkie to make sure isn't too hot and then apply in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Then apply the strip in the same direction, pat it and whip it off as fast as you can.

Yes, it feels like a slap in the face, but it will get rid of every last one of those pesky hairs. The best thing about the body sugar is that it is easy to rinse off those strips and reuse them and if you spill a little in the process you can wipe it off - unlike wax, which is much harder.

As for arm hair, I have been thinking about this too. I know people who wax it off and it looks good. Lasering is a very expensive option that I wouldn't bother with for fine arm hairs. Consider Laser removal if you have a few very stubborn hairs that need to be permanently removed, just as a stray chin hair or something. If you are a blond or you don't have a lot of arm hair, I would probably just leave it.

LHR on Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

I got laser hair removal on my bikini (full, like a brazilian! just left a "landing strip". Sorry if tmi.) I've had 8 treatments. I paid for a package of 6 and they threw the extra 2 in for free because the 6 were not enough. I hope this is it. I just had the last one done yesterday. I only had a couple stubborn patches but most of it is gone. I won't know until a couple of weeks from now if the last treatment was effective because it takes that long for the root to shed. I had the lightsheer laser used. There are a couple of other ones. YAG is a good one too. Keep in mind that IPL (intense pulse light) is NOT laser and is not effective of removing hair. Some places make that claim but don't fall for it. Yes, it is pricy but worth it if it's effective. Things to keep in mind about laser:
1) Most are not effective on light colored hair although some places claim they can do it on fair-haired people. The laser targets the dark pigmentation in the hair. Most effective on dark course hair on light skin.
2) It's not 100% permanent. You'll get some fuzzy peach re-growth and may need maintenance, like once a year.
3) Possible discoloration of skin. I've heard of that on legs - not sure why. I don't haver any on the bikini area.
4) More useful on areas with lots of hair. Electrolysis would be more useful for something like sparse chin hairs.
5) It hurts!!!

As for the hair removal on the arms, I get mine waxed in the summer time. I just like how it feels. I'm not very hairy, my arm hair is fair and fine but it gets long and makes my arms appear hairy.

Sorry, can't help you on the lip dilema. I always thought waxed hair grows back finer or the same but not 100% sure.


Ali de Bold
really helpful information! on Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

Thanks Dairinn! That was really interesting and helpful info!

Sounds like laser treatment might be worth considering. Can you shed some light on costs?

As a regular waxer I can confirm that your hair grows back finer than with shaving, but not nearly as fine as with laser/electrolysis.

Good information! on Mar 14, 2008 @ 02:24 pm

Yeah, I'm interested in the cost of LHR too! And how bad does it hurt!? Much worse than waxing?

Yeah on Mar 14, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

Its a shame that men, including me, are shallow son of a xxxxx. I advice anything but shaving it. And laser it is too risky than its worth.

me too! on Mar 20, 2008 @ 12:32 am

I want to know the cost of LHR too! I am terrible with a razor, so much so I gave it up and waxed from age 16 onwards because I got terrible rashes, even on legs. Only now in my 20's am I able to shave my legs, but the bikini area breaks out no matter what I do. I would love to have LHR as an option...

I use cold wax strips, as the hot wax kits were far too messy for me. I like to take my time, and doing it in the kitchen is awkward, and running back and forth to re-heat was a pain (plus I got wax all over my mother's kitchen as a teen and got in trouble...). I use the Andrea wax kits you get at shoppers. Nothing beats having it done - much faster, and affordable. I say take off the lip hair if it bothers boyfriend comments on mine when lapse, but my hair is darker in the winter, and it's not pretty!

ok... on Mar 26, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

Sorry guys, haven't checked in in a while. I paid $1620 + gst for 6 treatments but got 2 extra on top of that. Just to give you an update, not all the hair shed so I'm kind of annoyed right now. I think I will try another place that maybe uses a variety of lasers and just go for 1 treatment and see what happens. A single treatment can cost around $300. Packages are cheaper but may not be worth it if you don't need all 6 treatments or don't like the place and don't want to go back. Unfortunately for me I needed more than that so it's just as well that I bought a package. Not cheap. :(

if you don't mind me asking... on Mar 31, 2008 @ 01:53 pm

which location did you get it done at? I'm currently researching lhr also and trying to determine which laser is best. Also, if chain stores like Pure Med are good places to go or not. Trying to get reviews from people to hear their experience.

I got mine done.... on Apr 07, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

at an aesthetician that works at a plastic surgeon's office. I would suggest going to a place that has different kind of lasers and make sure they don't try to sell you IPL as a hair removal treatment. I don't really know about Pure Med, but you should be able to go on a consultation before you decide on getting any treatments. Some places give them complimentary.

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