We are in height of summer and yes, it has been about seven weeks since we closed the lounge. Evidently, we were in the right business as I found myself experiencing my own beauty service needs. Nails and hair are growing at rapid speed and ultimately, we all need tame these weeds as graceful and quick-witted as possible. Obviously, I can seek other professional establishments, but as I tried my first underwhelming pedicure service I reclused to my own solace—DIY at home. Now I’m finally free from obligatory quality control services from my very own former establishment.
The first manicure I gave myself on my first Saturday off was extraordinarily soothing and meditative. Perplexingly, I actually welcomed the fact that no one was touching me. Another comforting fact was that everything was spic and span because I was the only one in control. My hands and feet never looked better.
Doing my own manicure and pedicure? Check! Now comes another important matter…the bikini wax. The thought of seeking professional waxing makes me sweat a little, considering myself as beauty savant, who has experienced all the trials and errors (wax, shave, tweeze). Suddenly I said it out loud in my bathroom, “I’d rather tweeze every single hair!” Before you wince, it’s really not as bad as you think. I used to shave my under arms before I soon noticed the follicles grew in thicker, darker, in more volumes and yes, I’m terrified of stubbles and itchy five o’ clock shadows. It was long road to recovery. I confess it was painful at first but I have been tweezing them for more than a decade and the hair is as soft as baby hair and the volume is strikingly less—all without the maddening stubbles and five o’ clock shadows. Why didn’t I get them waxed? In the process of trial and error, I have been burned and my skin was left discolored which took about five years to recover.
Note: Those of you who are in dire need to join Over Tweezers Anonymous with your brows, this might be your answer.
For me, receiving a full Brazilian waxing service is to test the waxers for their skills and make sure that they wear gloves, sterilize the tweezers, scissors – and most importantly – discard the waxing sticks after each dipping. Double dipping is forbidden and absolutely non-negotiable. Think about it – it’s just way too disgusting for me to discuss at this time (be on the lookout for a whole separate blog post on this). And of course the obvious…that the waxing rooms are clean, and they take their time with small patches rather than ripping hair off in big strips.
I now have no obligations and started reshaping my bikini line. First I let the weeds grow out, than I start to trim them with scissors as closely I possibly can (to avoid the mess I straddled myself on the toilet). I’m left with a perfect patch – a rectangular landing strip in the front, then following the line through with tweezers.
Ingrown hair especially loves me so much that sometimes it leads to a cyst that I have to chronically have my dermatologist prescribe the “clindamycin phosphate topical solution” pads. It’s been seven weeks of up-keep and I’m already experiencing less ingrown hairs and the follicles are less stubborn and thick. I think it already has been growing more sluggishly and I could not be more pleased.