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Waxing, Neet, Shaving

So, I used to not shave in the winter.  But now I am swimming and going to the gym so I wear shorts and a bathing suit in the winter so I have to shave.  Can't walk around with hairy legs now can I?    

 

I was just wondering if waxing or neat is better than shaving all the time because I do not like to shave.   The neet makes my skin red. 

 

Shaving my bikini line makes my skin red but I do it anyway because neet would probably be worse.  So have any of you tried waxing?  I saw some home waxing  kits in the drug store.  Is it less time consuming than shaving?  Or is it about the same and this is something I just have to suffer with as a women? 

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Too bad they wouldn't come up with a vat of something that you could be dunked to your upper lip once a week. You would just have to remember to keep your mouth closed.

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 I only use neet on my upper lip. Occasionally I will go to the salon for hotwaxing. Mustache removal and a pruning of the brows.

Everything else gets shaved.

For waxing we have a beauty school here that charges about half for all that stuff. If you trust a rookie (supervised I hope) you can save some cash there.

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 Anyone seen "The 40-year-old Virgin" when he goes in for an upper body wax? haha.

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I use neet on my upper lip too.  I get my eyebrows waxed.  I was just wondering if a person got their legs waxed if they would have to do it every month or if they would have to do it like every six months.  I was also wondering if it hurts to get your legs waxed? 

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Serena wrote:

I use neet on my upper lip too.  I get my eyebrows waxed.  I was just wondering if a person got their legs waxed if they would have to do it every month or if they would have to do it like every six months.  I was also wondering if it hurts to get your legs waxed? 

 I wax or suger my own legs. Usually once a month.  Yes it hurts a bit but it really depends on your personal pain threshold as to how much it hurts.   Once the first couple are done though the body's endorphins kick in and I don't find it really bad. I did use a Nair like product but quit using it when I found out what was in it. I usually did it about once a week.

 I'm personally concerned with the chemicals I put on my body so I use a homemade formula made from sugar and honey which is similar to the Nads products. It was tricky at first to get the hang of it but with practice it's easy. It's also way less expensive and unlike a lot of other wax kits you buy the strips are easily reusable.    All delipatories, waxes and shaving creams aren't the same when it comes to what it's them.  If you're at all concerned about that,  this link provides some great info on which ones are better then others when it comes to this sort of thing.

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 I've been waxing for close to 10 years.  I should be waxing every 4 - 6 weeks.  But during the winter I let it grow a lot longer.  What I like is that even when I don't wax for long periods of time, the heair never seems as rough or thick as when I was shaving.

 

If I have the time and the money, I love the luxury of having someone else do it.  It seems to hurt less, and take much less time.  Otherwise, I spring for the home kits and do it myself.  

 

I did try my bikini line and my underarms once on my own.  I don't recommend it.  Extremely painful.  I just couldn't get the right leverage.  Now I just shave in the shower.

 

I like the idea of making your own sugaring.  I'm trying to make more of my own hygiene products.  What is the homemade formula?  And what do you use for strips.

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 kenziedark,

 Here's a link which is similar to what I use, plus instructions.  I got my recipe from a book or magazine a while back and don't have it with me right now. (not at home)

 http://www.pioneerthinking.com/bodysugaring.html

 I just use pieces of an old cotton bedsheet. I think any fabric that doesn't have any stretch to it would likely work.

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I tend to get kinda lazy in the winter and don't shave my legs as often. In the summer, I usually get my legs waxed. I tried doing it myself once and found it kind of painful, but it's not bad at all if someone else does it. I get that done every 3-4 weeks. I also get bikini waxed. Shaving just left me red and bumpy with lots of ingrown hairs - not pretty and kinda painful. I get my eyebrows threaded. I find it faster and less painful than waxing, though many people have disagreed with me. I just noticed, that I'm starting to get a few little hairs on my chin. What's up with that? And how should I get rid of them?

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The hairs on your chinny chin chin?

 

I'm my mother's daughter and I'm getting them way too early.  So either I pluck them, or I get her to do it when I go over for supper (husband just rolls his eyes). 

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Jadespring.  Thanks!  I just had a look at the recipe and it looks super easy.  Quicker then driving to the store to buy it.  I'll have to try it next time I look at my legs and realize I can braid the hairs. 

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 Brazillian anyone? AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

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trishcuit wrote:

 Brazillian anyone? AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

 

Once, and never ever again.

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trishcuit wrote:
Brazillian anyone? AAAAAAHHHHHHH 

 

Twice.  The second time was not so bad.  But likely not again.  I did the shaving myself. 

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I am a shaver, in the shower.  If I have it i use shaving gel , if not soap. 

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I wax my eyebrows.  Shave legs.  Neet the upper lip every one in a while.  Shave bikini line.  Would like to wax bikini line, but tried it once myself and that was the last time.  Have been too cheap so far to go to a salon. Ditto for the legs.  BTW - Do not try  waxing your upper lip unless you have masochistic tendancies.  Holy Mother of God, does that hurt.

 

trishcuit wrote:

 Brazillian anyone? AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

 

Now, trishcuit - are you referring to Brazilian shave or Brazilian wax?  If it's shave, no problem.  If it's wax, no way in hell unless there is some sort of general anesthesia involved. 

 

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LOL Punkins.

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Tip of the day - use conditioner instead of shower jell or soap to shave legs. hair won't grow as fast and legs are smooth.

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Great topic Serena. Women love to talk about shaving.

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As the male of the species, what about Duct Tape?

 

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It doesn't surprise me that Neet makes your skin red.  A friend of mine dropped her bottle of Neet on the kitchen floor and it ate a hole in the linoleum.  Think what it's doing to your skin!

 

I'm a waxer, ankles to bikini.  Get it done in one session, good for 5-7 weeks.  A friend switched from waxing to sugaring, said it was less painful.  I don't find waxing that bad.  I have to get someone to do it, though.  I can't even pull off my own bandaids!

 

Used to get the underarms waxed, but had a bad reaction that resulted in a rash and was unable to use deorderant for 3 weeks.  Not good!  Now I just shave them in the shower.

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RussP wrote:

As the male of the species, what about Duct Tape?

 

IT
 

Russ

spitting my coffee!  I know a guy who was curious, so he let his wife (who was an esthetician) try wax on him.  he was pretty normal as far as hair goes.  But she did one strip up the front of his leg, he screamed, and that was it.  They were heading for a month-long vacation and he had to put up with a blank strip up his leg!

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 btw - I shave, never often enough, using body wash or soap.  I have been waxed & sugared, but I'm cheap & lazy.  It does irritate me that 5 days or so after the treatment, the stubble is reappearing, so you aren't really smooth & sweet for the whole month or 6 weeks- you're just not long enough yet to get re-done.  If you care because of swimming or a vacation, then you've got to shave for touch-ups anyway.

Or am I missing something?

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I'm a purist - shaving only. I swim a lot in summer and winter so I have to keep up with it. But only with those fancy razors and lots of rich cream. My skin is too sensitive to handle shaving with soap. I used to get my eyebrows waxed religiously because a nicely shaped brow makes such a difference, but then I had a girl rip all the skin off under my brows... not pretty, and terribly painful. I've plucked since then.

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I once had the um, experience of an eyebrow treatment.  I could hardly tell at all afterwards, until the hairs grew back in - itchy!  Never again.

Come to think of it, for me the Spa experience just drives me bonkers out of boredom & frivolity, unless someone is doing a pedicure - mmmmm.

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When I do shave my legs, I use the Gillette Venus razor. It's by far the best one I've ever found. I highly recommend it.

 

Birthstone - the first time I got waxed, I did have stubble after about a week, but with repeat treatments, I've found that it takes a lot longer before I start seeing stubble. Plus, the hair grows back a lot finer.

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I find that if I'm shaving every day or two and swimming in chlorinated water, I don't get the red spot so bad.  Invest in a very good razor with at least 3 blades.  (I like 4 for my legs if I can get them but I find they don't work well on my underarms).  I know that they are insanely expensive but they do last for a long time.  I had to use a disposable a couple of months ago and it felt like it was pulling the hairs out.  Also I like either the expensive skintastic (I think it's called) vitamin E shaving gel or the really cheap Life brand men's shaving foam. 

 

I tried sugaring and could take it below the knees but not the bikini line "yeoch"  It was so painful that I had to make up a new word. 

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Punkins wrote:

I wax my eyebrows.  Shave legs.  Neet the upper lip every one in a while.  Shave bikini line.  Would like to wax bikini line, but tried it once myself and that was the last time.  Have been too cheap so far to go to a salon. Ditto for the legs.  BTW - Do not try  waxing your upper lip unless you have masochistic tendancies.  Holy Mother of God, does that hurt.

 

trishcuit wrote:

 

Brazillian wax. 

 Brazillian anyone? AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

 

Now, trishcuit - are you referring to Brazilian shave or Brazilian wax?  If it's shave, no problem.  If it's wax, no way in hell unless there is some sort of general anesthesia involved. 

 

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I prefer the Schick Quattro razor to the Venus.  And I always use shaving gel.  I quite like the Skintimate Raspberry Rain one. Smells yummy.  And Bikini Zone cream is awesome for minimizing red bumpy spots in the bikini line. 

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I like the electric shaver.  I have had three in my whole life.  When my last one broke in July 2007 it took me six months to find a new one.  I was using a man's shaver until recently.

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Good to know about Bikini Zone, Punkins. I'd also wondered if it really worked. Do you know if it helps prevent ingrown hairs too? The red bumps are the main reason why I get waxed instead of shaving, but if the stuff really works I could save a load of money.

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This thread really makes me chuckle. When my kids were little, in the summer, the neighbourhood women sat outside every morning for coffee. Without fail every morning the conversation ended up  talking about shaving. This is one topic that women never tire of hashing over. Thanks Serena for posting.

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Here's a question: why is it OK for men to be hairy, but women spend so much time waxing, shaving, plucking, etc to get rid of hair that's perfectly natural, just not really socially acceptable? Not that I'm considering going au naturel or anything, but I just wonder why the double standard.

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Namaste;

 

My upper lip is still sore this morning from the neet last night so I am wondering the same thing. 

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Facial hair - I've tried shaving my upper lip and my chinny chin chin.  I've tried a honey type of treatment, hot wax, and most recently Andrea wax strips.  I actually prefer these - they are easiest to use and do a half decent job.  Afterwards I sit with a lighted magnifying make-up mirror and a pair of tweezers to get the stray hairs.  They seem to come out easier right after using the wax strips which I think loosens those it misses.   If I had money I would go for permanent hair removal.

 

I leave my eyebrows alone - I like to tell myself that my glasses cover them quite well.  Actually being nearsighted I have no idea what I look like without glasses and only a vague idea what I do with them.

 

For under arms and legs, I shave in the shower or bath - disposable razor, soap or gel.  I don't worry about a bikini line - when I go swimming I wear a full bathing suit.

 

But it is a bother.  If God wanted us to be hairless, except for the crown of glory on the head (and the powder puff), why didn't God make us hairless?  And if God decided that hair had some purpose or survival value, why does fashion decide that it is ugly?

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Serena wrote:

Namaste;

 

My upper lip is still sore this morning from the neet last night so I am wondering the same thing. 

you left it on too long? that stuff will give you a chemical burn.

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Namaste wrote:

Here's a question: why is it OK for men to be hairy, but women spend so much time waxing, shaving, plucking, etc to get rid of hair that's perfectly natural, just not really socially acceptable? Not that I'm considering going au naturel or anything, but I just wonder why the double standard.

 

I am having visions of men with lots of back hair dancing through my head. Kind of takes one's breath away (and appetite).

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trishcuit wrote:

Namaste wrote:

Here's a question: why is it OK for men to be hairy, but women spend so much time waxing, shaving, plucking, etc to get rid of hair that's perfectly natural, just not really socially acceptable? Not that I'm considering going au naturel or anything, but I just wonder why the double standard.

 

I am having visions of men with lots of back hair dancing through my head. Kind of takes one's breath away (and appetite).

LOL. Ew! Thanks a lot Trish, now I am too!

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Ok,

 

so getting real personal here, no men!!

 

On our honey moon we went to a place with a nude beach.  We had done it alot in europe and so I do love it, swimming and sunning in the nude.  It's a bit more realxed in Europe than in north america but hey.....

 

On the beach I met this great gal, and she shaved her  ummmm  "lips".  you get what i mean right???

 

Well, I must tell you, i tried it and I love it and 27 years later I still do.  I sometimes let it grow back for the "doc physical" but this last time I thought  "what the hell, I dont' care what he thinks"

 

I know this sounds odd, weird, and waaay too personal but you want a change?? 

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And please dont' let this commetn be the last in the thread.  Then I will really wonder what you all think.

 

 

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Namaste wrote:

Here's a question: why is it OK for men to be hairy, but women spend so much time waxing, shaving, plucking, etc to get rid of hair that's perfectly natural, just not really socially acceptable? Not that I'm considering going au naturel or anything, but I just wonder why the double standard.

 

You might want to begin by asking yourself why you're not considering going au naturel or anything.

 

Hail the nuns of "Wigelforte",

Inannawhimsey

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I have a couple girl friends who never shave, but I decided not to be one of them, at least not at the times when my legs are showing (in the winter when they don't I am lazy and don't touch them). I've always thought body hair wasn't "fashionable" for women because 1) less hair looks more youthful (think about preteens) and 2) the more hair you have, the more you look like a man (because men tend to have more body hair than women). More and more men are getting rid of their hair with waxing, especially back hair. And of course there is the nose-hair trimmer, which I don't think women have to use very often! Mmmmm, nose hair. How's that for a visual, girls?

 

I mostly do shave, but I got waxing done professionally once, and it wasn't that painful at all. So I'd considering doing it myself, especially now that you've posted a recipe for making your own "sugaring." The only problem is that I often put off shaving, even when I have all the stuff in the shower with me (hair is blonde/light brown so I can get away with this for longer than some). I can only imagine how long I would put off my own waxing. Plus, I am cheap.

 

I have some coarse hairs on my chin and face that grow in every once in awhile: I pluck them with tweezers. Same most of the time for eyebrows, except sometimes I've gotten them waxed. I don't trust all estheticians to do it though: some of them have really weird ideas about what eyebrows should look like!

 

I just discovered Bikini Zone cream this fall and it is great! I have sensitive skin, so the redness and itchiness was really bothering me, and it helped, especially on the upper thighs.

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BTW, all hair dissolving products like Nair (and Neet is the same sort of thing, I assume) have always creeped me out. Seriously, how toxic does a product have to be to MELT YOUR HAIR? To me, it was just common sense that a chemical compound manufactured to denature bodily proteins was bad news.

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trishcuit wrote:

you left it on too long? that stuff will give you a chemical burn.

 

If I don't leave it on for a minimum of 15 min it does not work at all.

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lastpointe wrote:

On the beach I met this great gal, and she shaved her  ummmm  "lips".  you get what i mean right??? 

 

Never thought of that.  I think I might try that.   I won't tell how it goes. 

 

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Flash! News Flash! They were just advertising something on tv that is like a round pad that you rub all over to remove the hair. Ummmmm sandpaper?

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Putting a chemical product on your upper lip (Nair, Neet)?   First put on lipstick - lots of it - right to the edge of your lip.  It will protect your lip while you are burning off the mustache.  I discovered that the hard way.

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CH: I think I've seen something like this, not recently, but a while ago. Must have been on TV. I also think it sounds like sandpaper.

 

As for shaving my "lips," I find shaving my bikini line bad enough, especially given the discomfort as it grows back in. No way. But that's a comfort issue for me...if it works for you, go for it. I'm sure lots of women do this (lastpointe), but understandably we don't know much about it, given the paucity of nude beaches!

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I'm with lastpointe.  Love it.  Finish up with a little bit of Bikini Zone and we're good to go.  The first few times you do it the regrowth is a bit itchy, but after that it's fine.

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Wow. I now know more about Lastpointe and Punkins than I ever needed to know. But since you've brought it up, I'll ask: do you just shave the "lips" and the bikini line, or is it the whole thing? I'm trying to visualize...

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 I don't like my upper thighs much so I have a two-piece suit, the bottom piece being the skort type.   For this reason I can also forgoe shaving the hair down there.  I REALLY hate it when it is growing back in. It drives me NUTS!

(As a teen I had a chick friend who called it "Spoomf". )

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