There’s lots of great things about coming from an Italian background. Family lunches with 892 courses, the know-how to make a kick-arse lasagne practically from birth and the ability to say words like ‘bruschetta’ and ‘prosciutto’ without sounding like a knob. Hmmm, all food related….whatta surprise.
There are, however, some drawbacks; numero uno being the hair situation. We’re not ALL hairy bears, but on a scale of Kojak to Teen Wolf, let’s just say I give the latter a run for its money. The thing is, unlike many of my fellow country men and women, I’m actually very fair in the skin and hair department. This is both a blessing – because if my hair was dark there’s a chance you might mistake me for King Kong’s cousin if we met in a dimly lit room – and a goddamn curse because the blonde hair / pale skin combo makes me the worst candidate for laser hair removal.
Thankfully, I’m not a high maintenance chick so I’m pretty content with sporting a bit o’ leg stubble in the winter time under my jeans, but it’s the Burt Reynolds circa 1986 style ‘stache that really grinds my goat. It’s not dark…it’s actually so light that it’s almost platinum, which you think would be a good thing, but when the sunlight hits it, it’s almost reflective. Kinda like a disco ball. So, waxing is one beauty routine I just can’t do without.
Here was my problem though – every time I waxed my mo, I’d wake up the next morning with a spotty rash on my upper lip. The hair was gone, but in its place were clusters of tiny pin prick sized little whiteheads, making me virtually IRRESISTIBLE to anyone I crossed paths with. Even when I’d go to a salon, I’d explain the situation to the waxer and they’d pop on a cold face washer and some sort of ‘calming ointment’ after pulling out the hair and it just made the situation worse!
About a year ago though, I found the solution to my spotty problem and I’m glad to report I’m now both hair AND pimple free. For all you ladies who feel my pain, here’s what you need to do to get a smooth and silky upper lip…
- I find hard wax (the one that sets on your skin and doesn’t require a cotton strip) works best, but if you’re going to use pre-made strips, grab ones specially formulated for the delicate facial area. If you are using hard wax, make sure it’s not too hot and test on the inside of your wrist before getting it on your face.
- Take your time and be careful with technique! I like to work in small sections, with half of each side at a time. The trick is to apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth and then (and this is VERY important) hold your skin as taut as possible and pull off quickly in the opposite direction. DO NOT pull the strip up and away, you’ll just tear your skin.
- This is the most important bit: As soon as you’ve finished waxing, IMMEDIATELY grab two ice blocks from the freezer and wrap them in some paper towel. Hold the ice against the waxed area for around five to ten minutes. Your upper lip will probably go a bit numb, but that’s ok. Move the ice around if it’s more comfortable.
- Steer clear of moisturisers, especially scented formulas. Just don’t put ANYTHING on the area once you’ve taken the ice off, keep it totally bare.
- Go to bed and wake up with the smoothest upper lip of your life – and no weird rash.
What’s your best waxing tip?