Wax on, hair off

2012-05-09 12:40

I’ve always believed in mowing the lawn down under, so to speak.

Not only does it keep your home looking clean and tidy, it also ensures that you don’t get scary things sneaking in to hide in your precious Garden of Eden.

I’m sure many of you, and I’m not just referring to women, have spent many hours locked away in the bathroom shearing away excess body hair, only to have it grow back in full force within a few days.

Goodness knows I’ve become quite handy with a pair of scissors. Over the years, my right hand has learnt to be dexterous in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.

Recently, I decided to give the Brazilian wax a go.

After all, if those women at the Rio Carnival can wear those tiny bling bikinis and show off
bare lines, I reckon it may work for me too.

I was a little unsure of the nitty-gritty of my decision as I visited the new nails, waxing and beauty salon called Soho in Sandton City.

But I was sure that I didn’t feel too on display as I slipped in.

My external confidence hid a lot of internal anxiety.

After all, from what I’ve seen on TV and heard from friends, there was really nothing appealing about the experience – from the painful removal of the wax strip (and the hair stuck to it) to the awkward positions I’d have to assume to get the job done.

To mix up the pleasure and pain, I chose a combo that included a manicure, pedicure, wax and massage.

The woman who attended to me introduced herself as Sweetness and asked me to relax.

She explained the difference between a Brazilian, which is a wax that leaves a landing strip, so to speak, and the Hollywood, where every single hair is removed. I chose the Hollywood.

Sweetness asked me to undress and lie down on my back.

She explained how waxing worked and how different it was from other methods of hair removal.
She warmed up the wax and started spreading it over me, letting it cool and firm up while grasping the hair. She started chatting to me about random things.

When I was least expecting it, she quickly pulled off the wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth, pulling the hairs out of the follicles.

As soon as I started feeling the intense pain, she patted the skin down with her hand. Seconds later, the pain was gone.

Even though I knew more pain was coming, it was a relief to finally know the amount of pain I was to experience and, more importantly, that it doesn’t last.

All this took only 25 minutes.

It’s been a week and where I would usually feel regrowth where I have shaved, there is still nothing.

After all those years of shaving, cutting, trimming and plucking, I am now a convert to the art of waxing.
As the saying goes, no pain, no gain.

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