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Body hair

June 17, 2014
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Why, oh why must we as women have facial hair? Don't we go through enough as women by giving birth? It is such a nuisance, and trust me ladies, all of us have it in some way. We don't like to talk about it, but it is there. I feel that it is my duty as a hairdresser to bring it up and/or recommend options to remove it. I think there is one reason that women don't do anything about it and that is fear - the fear of the lie you have been told: 'If I try to remove it, it will come back thicker and/or darker.' It is a lie, I promise.

Removing body hair does not make it grow more, faster or come in darker. The reason that it may seem it does is because the facial or body hair has been there and it has become 'damaged' if you will. It makes it appear softer and finer (just like damaged ends of your hair). Once you remove it, it comes back in as brand new hair, the edges of it are more blunt and it may feel rougher or thicker. This is especially true if your method of removal is shaving. A better options for removal is waxing. When you wax the hair, you are removing the entire shaft of hair down to the roots. The more you wax the same area consistently, the less the hair will grow back because of the damage caused to the roots. Think of your eyebrows and those of you who can't get them to grow back because you over-tweezed them. The reason is because you removed the hair by the roots and damaged it, causing it to stop growing.

There is no need to put up with embarrassing facial hair, and even if it doesn't bother you, the rest of the world is looking at it (sorry, but it is true). Don't be too shy and ask your hairdresser next time if she thinks you need to wax at all. As you age, your hormones change, and this can cause facial hair to grow. I will be honest, I have it too. After years of teasing my mom about her chin hairs, I turned 35 and there they were. Here is my public apology to my mother: that just wasn't nice.

If the idea of having to start a maintenance plan to deal with this doesn't interest you there are also permanent ways to remove body hair. Professional laser treatments are available, and I would recommend calling your local licensed skin care center. I know in our area there are a few options for this. I am told it takes four to six visits and then the hair is gone forever.

Take a good look in your rearview mirror, ladies. We all know that the rearview mirror doesn't lie. If you see some facial hair, take care of it. You will always get the truth from me. You have been lied to for years. It will not grow thicker or faster if you remove it. In fact, waxing does the opposite. Call your hairdresser today!

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