Cream Hair Remover

It is a lot of work being a woman. I am a pretty low maintenance kind of gal, but still, a woman just has work to do just to even look average. Let’s talk a bit about hair removal shall we? I’m definitely no Frida Kahlo when it comes to being hairy, but I definitely have a little maintenance to do.

 

I enjoy going to get waxed at a salon, but that is just too spendy of a habit to maintain on a regular basis. I’ve done waxing at home, but I was out, so I picked some of this:

Although there are some benefits to using creams (it is easy and painless), I have to say that I am just not a fan. When you smell the creams, you know that something isn’t right. It is the grossest chemical smell ever. ┬áThe smell, and the fact that within minutes, a cream can burn hair off of your skin doesn’t ┬áseem too healthy to me. In fact, it just couldn’t be. Have any of you had similar thoughts with cream hair removal? If you don’t mind sharing, how do you all keep from sporting the Frida Kahlo look? Do any of you just go all natural? I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of long arm pit hair on women. Just in case you wondered what my stance was. Now don’t be shy ladies. Please share your routines with me, and if you are ever wondering how toxic your beauty product is, you can find out detailed info about most products on this website.

Amanda W. - August 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Waxing – it’s a way of life! ;-) Srsly, I go to get waxed regularly for brows, lip, and bikini, but can’t stand the thought of waxing my armpits. I shave the legs and pits. Oh, and since pregnancy, every so often have to pluck the hair on my chinny-chin-chin. I won’t deny it! The feminist in me thinks that this is all a BS double-standard, but I don’t have the guts to go natural. So it goes.

Amy - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

I do facial waxing at a salon, but I want to save up money for laser hair removal. It sounds really appealing from an “I’m too lazy to shave” viewpoint. I’ve never tried the creams or wax at home – just something that I don’t want to do!

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Amanda, thanks for telling the truth :). I think that a lot of women are embarrassed, but it is just life for lots of us :). I also do upper lip and brow. I’m hairy, but not super hairy, so one wax job holds me over for a long time. If I get my eyebrows waxed, then I can follow the shape with tweezers, but I’ve tried to shape my eyebrows myself, and it was not pretty! Where do you go?? Haa… even if it is a double standard, I’m not quite ready to see all women walking around like hairy men. I’m definitely not someone who has nicely shaved legs all of the time, but as a very non high maintenance woman, it is the least I like to do :).

kara - August 5, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Amy,
I too like the idea of laser hair removal, but I have to admit, that it seems a little embarrassing to grow hair out long enough to get the treatment done (not as bad as Frida Kahlo… but not pretty). It does sound like a nice option, though! I’d definitely need to save up for it too! We don’t have a hair removal budget :).

EmmaJ - August 5, 2011 - 3:26 pm

So I don’t mind being hairy… maybe it is the European in me. I do shave for skirts and shorts and swimming, but in the winter I use my hairiness as an insulation layer. I have used cream hair removal and I want you to know it can be painful. If left on too long it can burn your pores and cause you to bleed from them. That happened to me once in high school when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. I shave my legs and pits now and that is it. I’m married, my husband doesn’t notice if I pluck my eyebrows, so I don’t bother unless we are taking family pictures.
Now, the wrinkles that are appearing under my eyes, I take a lot of care (and spend a lot of money) to try and minimize those.

Kara - August 5, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Haa.. yes it very well may be the European in you. I also have to clarify that I am not thinking women should totally be hair free, but a swipe with a razor in the armpits every month just takes a few seconds, right :)? Thanks for your insight on cream gone wrongs, and I can totally see how a woman could have a horrible reaction to the cream. Oh, and wrinkles… I am just starting to think about those…I’d be interested to hear what you use for that!

Afton - August 8, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I have been all natural since I was about fifteen– I decided that itchy red bumps and ingrown hairs were much less sensually attractive than soft fair on by body. I like my armpit hair. This is a little out of the ordinary in our culture, but, since I am a woman who has passed through puberty, I feel like it is part of being an adult woman. I am of childbearing age, and I have body hair. If I want to feel like my legs are beautiful and presentable, I prefer to go for a run and put on some really luxurious lotion. And when it comes down to it, I’ve never had a boyfriend complain- not once. So relax! No one really cares but us.

Kara - August 8, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Afton, I respect you and your ways (even your hairy ways). I can see your side, and you are a babe and wonderful… hairy or not :).