Day 201 – To wax or not to wax

Have you ever gotten waxed? Eyebrows, legs or the Brazilian?

The J sisters brought Brazilian wax to New York in the 1990s, and it was given further fame in the popular series Sex and the City when an episode tackled whether or not ladies should wax or let it remain au natural.

Let me be clear; there is no right or wrong way. If you prefer to walk around with your pubic area as smooth as a baby’s bottom or as lush as the forest it is solely up to you.

I remember my first wax. I was anxious, and as I sat in the waiting room, I chastised myself for not following the advice to take an Advil before. Luckily the room was clean, and the technician was pleasant. She had soft music playing in the background and a scented candle burning. This should have a hint about what was to come. It hurts!

The music, nor the candle, nor her calm voice telling me to “relax” did not soothe the pain. She used strip wax, which I soon learnt causes more pain than stripless wax which does not adhere to the skin as much and is better for finer hair which gets caught in the wax as it hardens. In what seemed like a never-ending cycle the hot wax was applied to my skin then a strip is added, and in a swift motion, it is forcefully pulled off. I shrieked and winced every time she pulled. Oh, there’s more. If you are unfortunate to have any stray hairs that the wax might have missed prepare for the dreaded tweezer. It was torture, torture that I volunteered to endure.

You would think that after that I would stop going. I didn’t! I booked my next appointment as soon as I stood up and looked in the mirror. I was now happily escaping the need to balance one foot on the side of the bath while the other is planted firmly on the ground. It’s a performance that could be likened to acrobatics, due to the contortion needed to reach all the places with a razor or in the act of bravery Nair.

And then CoVID -19 happened. Many women have been thrust into what seems like the dark ages – a time before wax. Check on your wax-spoiled ladies they aren’t okay.


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