Lasers! Wax! Razors!

If you’re the delicate type who never talks to your friends about hygiene or grooming, then I suggest you leave now. We’re not getting graphic or anything. Not even close. But if you felt flush at the mere mention of grooming, this post is not really for you. Thanks for coming by, though. Check out some other posts while you’re here!

One more caveat: If you’re looking for something deep and meaningful today, this is not the place. If, like me, you’re feeling the pain of Monday and can’t wrap your head around anything too serious, then pull up a chair. Let’s talk hair… removal.

The other day my 4-year-old brushed up against my leg and yelped, “Ouch, Mommy! You’re spiky!”

Then he got this sort of awe-filled look on his face. “Mom! Mom, do you have spikes to protect you from predators?”

You have no idea, kid. And also? You may be watching too much Dinosaur Train.

I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but I feel like in the last three months or so I have had more conversations about hair removal than I’ve had in my entire life leading up to this point. Are we, as a society, becoming hair-ists? By the year 2050 will we all be denuded?

Maybe it’s just the warm weather turning our talk to the business of going bare. It’s summer and the pants are short. The bikini line is getting some exposure. Maintenance must be done. As these things go, I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m fair skinned with red-turning-gray-so-it-looks-kind-of-brownish-blondish hair. I can get away with a lot when it comes to grooming. Unless the light is just so, you may miss a few stray eyebrows here and there. Unless you brush up against my protective spikes, you may not see that I haven’t shaved in a few days.

Who are we kidding, though? There are some things – some places – even I have to be careful with. Even I have to put some effort into personal maintenance. But it’s a pain. Time consuming. Irritating, in more ways than one.

In the course of my many grooming-related conversations, a couple friends of mine revealed that they are in the process of laser hair removal. While the idea of having my armpits fried is a little icky, the idea of never shaving them again is very appealing. Letting someone shoot lasers at my delicate lady parts? Freaky. Never waxing, shaving or Nair-ing them again? Very, very appealing.

Thanks to Groupon (love Groupon, by the way), I now have my own coupon good toward laser hair removal. Or I can use the coupon for other beauty treatments. I can’t decide what to do.

So let’s talk. Today I wonder, What’s your preferred method of hair removal? Pros, cons – bring ‘em on.

13 Comments

  1. Oh, I wish I could say something fancy, like a laser or wax or threading. For me, it’s just the razor. I need to use it more frequently, though, because the other day my 2 y/o sat on my lap and then got right off. He pointed to my legs and said something along the lines of “ow”. Hahahaha!! Ha? Waaa! If he were older, he might’ve asked if they were spikes to defend myself against predators like your son did. Ha!

    • Wonderfriend /

      Isn’t it nice that our kids are here to point out our shortcomings?? Such helpful little people.

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  3. nothing fancy here. i’m too chicken to try something professional, and too cheap to try a fancy gadget. i use a plain old disposable razor. :)
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    • Wonderfriend /

      I’m pretty chicken, too. I’ll let you know if I get brave and attempt the laser removal!

  4. I had the laser stuff done on my armpits a while back, and just this summer i did a bikini wax for the first time EVER.
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  5. I’m dying!!! Dinosaur train…predators…that’s hysterical. I’m a shaver myself for the legs and underarms. I wax the rest. Though I hate the “in between time” Sometimes it seems long enough that a band of spider monkeys might jump out and attack.

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    • Wonderfriend /

      The in between time is awful. A prickly mess! Lasers are sounding better and better…

  6. Maggie /

    There is no such thing as TMI with me as you know. I’ve done two laser hair removal treatments now and wow the second one was VERY personal! Alas someone it wasn’t as horrifying since you have to wear the goggles while they are using the laser. I wish I’d added leg now too. Just hoping after seven more time I’m shaving fewer areas!

    • Wonderfriend /

      I think I may need goggles, ear phones and a Valium. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to go for it. Yikes…

  7. Laser all the way, girl! I had my under arms and bikini lasered about 8 years ago and it is the BEST ever! No need to tend to those things now! You will love it! It does work best on fair skin with dark hair follicles…
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  8. Laser treatment is the best solution for permanent hair removal. But, the effectiveness of laser hair removal depends on the characteristics of the individual. Skin type, hair type and pigment are all factors that can determine the outcome for a person.

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