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A post on body hair, epilators, ingrown hair and how I deal with it

A post on body hair, epilators and how I deal with it

Hi everyone,

today I want to talk about a topic which is very dear to me: body hair. Yes, as gross as it may seem to be saying this, we all have body hair, and it is everywhere, isn’t it? Head to toe. I don’t think this kind of topic is often addressed in the beauty community. However, because we women all have to deal with it at some point in our lives, I thought it would be nice to have a little chat about it. Because we all care about it don’t we?

Some women are blessed and don’t have a huge amount to deal with. Perhaps those of you from the land of tall, blonde women! Being from a Mediterranean country, I have to accept having dark body hair, and have done from an early age. It’s something I have thought about for many years. I remember feeling quite down about the fact that my classmates’ legs looked perfectly smooth during gymnastics class and they all seemed to be born that way. They certainly weren’t, but the fact my female friends and I never really spoke about it made me wonder if it was just me who was different. I often wondered how they got rid of unwanted hair, without daring to ask.

Today, being more mature I see it from a different perspective and I don’t spend as much time thinking about it as I did before. I used to think that if I went out with hair on my legs the whole word would have looked at them. Now I know for sure that most people and women really don’t give a damn about how much hair I have on my legs/arms/armpits. To be honest, neither do men! They really don’t care, they will prefer smooth and soft skin — who doesn’t? — but their attention will not be solely focused on the fact that you perhaps haven’t shaved for a couple of days…. Plus, these same men will very likely be 10 times hairier than you!

I’m not suggesting that you should go to your first date on a summery day with your best skirt and your legs “au naturel”, but I’m saying not to be self-conscious about it! Especially if you’ve been in a relationship for a while you’ll know that your other half doesn’t expect you do be perfect every single day of your life. Obviously it’s important to take some care in your appearance, but body hair should not obsess you to the point of organizing your life around it (I’ll be honest say that on a number of occasions I have put something off just because my I hadn’t been to a beautician for a while!).

How I get rid of body hair

There are many methods to get rid of unwanted hair, and I’m sure there’s no need to list them. I’ll start by saying that where I live, in Italy, waxing is probably the most common way to do it. We have tons of salons where waxing is fairly inexpensive, at least compared to other countries where it’s probably considered a luxury. Many friends of mine do it every single month and have no problem with it. It usually costs around 25 € for a full leg and bikini line waxing, so it’s not very cheap but certainly not unaffordable. I have waxed my body (including arms, legs, armpits, moustache, Hollywood and Brazilian wax in case you know what they are) many times and love it. I find that my hair grows thinner but on the other hand you have to wait at least three weeks before doing it again and your hair starts growing back after one week, at least in my experience.

So, after waxing for a long time I decided to make the big step and purchase a silk-epil aka the devil’s hand. My Braun silk-epil cost me 90 euros, which may seem a lot, but it’s like three sessions at the beautician, so you are saving a lot in actual fact. I’m a fan of it and mine can be used under the shower too which is great. I’ve had it for two years now and haven’t looked back. I can use it whenever I want as it works with very short hair too. One thing is that you have to put up with the pain, but I’ve got used to it now. As with waxing hair grows weaker and thinner after using it consistently and my leg hair is now quite soft, like a cuddly toy!

The reason why I’m not of fan of shaving is not only do I often cut myself, but I don’t like the fact that its effects are so short-lived.  I do not want to be doing that every day! It works for many people, however. It’s also very inexpensive and painless which is why I think it is very popular, especially among those who are not too hairy. As mentioned before I don’t see myself as fitting into that category, though my beautician reassures me, telling me the opposite.

I also want to mention that, a couple of years ago, I underwent hair removal with intense pulse light technology on my bikini line (sorry if that’s too much information). I had around 10 sessions of it but I was naughty and didn’t completely follow the advice I was given. You should not epilate while you’re doing the treatment and should just let the hair grow until it naturally falls out (it literally falls because the light weakens the hair follicles, meaning the hair stops growing back). Because of this I still have hair in that area but they are thin. The IPL also helped me with all the spots and ingrown hair I used to get there after waxing. I still wax down there, but don’t get any zits afterwards. I suppose if I had been more consistent with it I would have got a better result. It’s painless and lasts a minute or so for the whole area. It’s not super expensive if you only do it on a small part of your body, but it is if you want to do something like your entire legs or arms.

How I get my skin ready for it

I am prone to ingrown hairs, that means that the hair curls back and doesn’t grow normally. I’ll most likely have them for the rest of my life but, a good way to avoid them is to exfoliate. Exfoliating should be done regularly but not too much as over-exfoliating can lead to ingrown hair too. I like dry brushing my whole body every two days (more or less) and doing a good scrub a day before epilating. You can find tons of different scrubs on the market but if you want to save money and still get a super effective one you can follow my recipe.

I just mix ground coffee with olive oil (or almond oil, or any oil you have), I don’t know the exact proportions but you want it to be quite oily, so it glides well on your skin. You can use it both on dry skin or damp skin. It works amazingly and does a great job. It only really gets your shower dirty but I think it’s worth a try and I always go back to it.

Another good scrub that I find very effective is the Breakfast Scrub from Soap&Glory. I find that other scrubs on the market are usually not harsh enough for me. As always, depending on your skin you’ll have different needs and tolerance. The skin on my body is not too sensitive so I like a good intense scrub.

I hope you liked this post! I’d love to know your thoughts on the topic and look forward to reading about your respective experiences. How do you deal with body hair? Do you use a scrub? Let me know in the comments, it’s nice for us to share our thoughts.

Have a lovely day!

xoxo

Silvia

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  • This was really interesting and refreshing to read! I have a lot of dark body hair too and it was something I used to be utterly ashamed of at one time which is just crazy – for goodness sake it’s totally natural and normal! I’ve shaved, waxed, used hair removal cream and epilated in the past but the last two are my preferred methods now. Although hair removal cream can smell horrible the results are painless and last longer than shaving. I always epilate my arms and legs now though as its just the longest lasting and easiest method! And yes I do use a scrub – I’m loving one from Sanctuary Spa right now which you can get in Boots in the UK; I’m not sure if the brand is stocked in Italy. If it is though I definitely recommend it!
    Sorry for the huge comment but this post deserved it I think 🙂
    Rebecca | Notes From September
    Xx

    • Hi Rebecca! Thanks a lot for reading my long ramble and for your nice comment. I have tried hair removal creams in the past and I don’t really know why I stop using them every now and then. And no, we don’t have sanctuary in Italy but I’m in the Uk quite often so I’ll have a look at it (Actually I’m quite sure I have seen it on your blog some time ago, am i right?), I’m also loving using an exfoliating glove…it works well and you don’t run out of it.
      Thanks again for your comment, feel free to write as much as you want here, I love interacting with you 🙂 Have a lovely weekend!

      Silvia

  • Ah! Silvia…I love your brave choice of topic here. I personally use an epilator and it hurts like hell but its the most effective method for me, and works out cheapest too 😉 Your pics are gorgeous as always xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

    • Hi Sal, Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂 🙂 I don’t feel the pain anymore and I love my epilator, it’s like a best friend and just as you said it’s probably the cheapest method if you consider its long lasting effect. Oh, I’m flattered by what you said about my pic, thank you thank you !! Much love to you xxx

  • Hair was the bane of my existence, but I have also changed my opinion of it. I despise shaving, it just doesn’t last long for me and so is not worth the hassle. I usually wax because I love the long lasting results, but i really want to try epilating! It seems so cost effective but also gives long lasting results!
    Anjna Harish