Friday, 25 July 2014

The Great Summer De-Fuzz.

Ahhh summer... the female species' most dreaded season.

As the weather warms up, those scarves and thermals get shunned for skimpier clothing... it happens every year, but each and every time, I am completely unprepared for it.

Being Indian undoubtedly has its perks... long glossy hair being one of them. Unfortunately the thick black hair does not just sit on top of my head...

That scarf I mentioned? Well it conveniently hides my 'tache during the winter months.

Those thermals? Pretty handy when I've got enough hair on my legs for a bird to nest in.

So today's topic is the somewhat taboo subject of de-fuzzing those fuzzy bits. Yep, it's not glamorous in the slightest... but boy, oh boy is it necessary.

First up... let's tackle the 'tache, shall we?

Jolen Crème Bleach is a cream and powder which you mix together, and the resulting product lightens dark hair in ten minutes flat. I'm pretty stuck in my ways that when it comes to the face, waxing and threading should be kept to the eyebrows, as elsewhere as it becomes something of a vicious cycle of stubborn regrowth and hair removal. Jolen simply lightens the hair without the chance of darker, thicker hair coming back in its place. I use the Mild Formula, which contains aloe vera to reduce irritation to skin.

Next up... time to tackle those hairy limbs.

When it comes to my arms, I tend to epilate the hair - this is where hair is plucked from the hair follicle. I'm not going to lie... the process is not pleasant, but as the method means hair is literally pulled out from its source, regrowth is slow and the hairs that do grow back are often much finer and softer than before... so essentially you'll end up epilating less over time.
Epilators have come a long way from those bulky things from the 80s and 90s that looked (and sounded) like some horrendous torture device and I think they're pretty good at what they do. I am yet to have found my epilator in the mountain of things I brought back home from University, so haven't photographed it above... but I use this Philips one.

Moving onto legs, and I have three options for you...

For the lady in a hurry, the Nair Shower Power Cream* is your friend, as it removes hair in under ten minutes, and has been formulated to get rid of hair whilst staying on your legs during your shower... clever, huh? It doesn't have the God-awful smell of some of the early hair removal creams *shudders* and is enriched with argan and jojoba (sidenote... how on earth do you pronounce that?) oils along with cocoa butter to ensure you're left with silky smooth legs once you've washed it off.

If shaving is your thing, the Wilkinson Sword Quattro Disposables* are really great little razors, which contain 4 blades for a seriously smooth shave. The razor head contains a lubricating strip enriched with a papaya and pearl complex to make sure your legs are left silky and smooth after your shave. I really like this product, and find I don't get as much of that awkward too-short-to-shave-again stubble on days between shaving, and I think it's down to the close and smooth shave this razor gives. Plus it's disposable, so no faffing around with buying pricey razor heads once it becomes blunt... simply throw it away and pick up a new one.

For those with a little more prep time on their hands, the Nair Body Wax Strips* are another option. If you're anything like me, the idea of a home job with hot wax along with an ever so slightly clumsy disposition pretty much makes a recipe for disaster. These strips are ready with wax already on them, and the wax is warmed with the rubbing action required to peel the strips apart, and also when the strips are applied to the skin (having used the pre-waxing wipe prior to applying the strip). These provide a convenient way to remove the hair in the comfort of your own home... I do think a professional wax will yield a much better result, but if you're on a budget, these provide a pretty decent alternative. I usually find I have to go over areas the strips have missed with a razor afterwards, though, so personally I'd always opt for shaving over the wax strips

Finally... down there. And nope, I make no apologies for mentioning it because it's definitely something of an issue come swimwear season. Having said this, I am a total wimp when it comes to waxing around that area...

Enter the Wilkinson Sward Quattro for Women Bikini Razor, which combines a battery powered trimmer and a razor to ensure you're bikini ready all year round. I think this is a really nifty little gadget which makes personal grooming a whole lot easier, as well as far less painful.

Consider me de-fuzzed, I'm off outside in the shortest shorts I own.

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  1. God this sounds a nightmare aha! I'm quite lucky in the sense that I have really light hair so it doesn't show unlike someone with dark hair... but annoyingly my hair grows back really quick which means I have to shave under my arms every day :'( Great post hun!

    Vicky xxx
    Lots of Love, Me.


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