As adolescence start to kick in, most girls become more and more aware of the changes in their bodies; especially with hair. Media has represented the ideal woman as a hairless, soft-skinned creature that glows with beauty. This is why having extra hair in our armpits, legs, face, basically anywhere that doesn't grown from the top of your head or above your eyebrows is a problem for us girls. That's where waxing and shaving comes in.
Waxing/shaving is one of the signs that a young girl is on the road to becoming a woman. Due to the standards brought about by media, some girls are embarrassed to show off their bodies covered in hair. Some girls wouldn't dare wear a sleeveless top if they have a hairy armpit. Other girls might not even want to wear shorts and skirts unless they've gotten rid of the hair on their legs.
The first time I shaved my armpits was a pretty nerve-wracking event. I had no idea how to handle a razor and I was so afraid of the possibility of ending up with shaving nicks and cuts in my freaking armpit. I guess getting instructions from my mom was less unnerving since she's done it a couple of times already. At first, I wasn't so keen on the idea of shaving because I've read somewhere that it could darken the area, but nevertheless, I went through with it anyway. Luckily, I didn't have any cuts or burns and I ended up having nice, smooth-looking pits afterwards. I guess having hairless armpits made me more confident to dress up in tank tops and sleeveless dresses.
Of course, hair grows back and within a few weeks, I had to shave again. Hassle, right? Ugh. After a while, I decided to go to a waxing salon to have my armpits waxed and being a little sissy that I am, I cringed and let out a really high squeal that I tried so hard to suppress. It was a distasteful experience for a 14-year old. Anyway, I preferred the results from waxing as compared to shaving. It look a longer time for hair to grow back which meant less trouble for me! The lady at the waxing salon was nice enough to talk to me about random things to get my mind off the pain I was about to endure.
The first time I tried waxing my armpits by myself, however, well, that was tragic and shameful. It was two days before my prom and since I was out of time, I did the entire process all by myself. I read the directions on the box and I did everything it told me to do. I tried so hard but I ended up with below satisfactory results. I had no choice but to pester my cousin to drive me to the nearest waxing salon to get my pits to look silky smooth.
The first time I tried waxing my legs was when I stole my mother's luxury waxing kit that someone gave her. I was around 11 and I thought that it was about time that my legs would be silky smooth and without hair. It was at night time and I took the kit out. I didn't read the instructions, again, I was 11 and I really just wanted to get my legs waxed. I've seen my mom do it, so that was enough knowledge to do it. I spread the gooey wax on my legs and placed the cloth wrapper on it and pulled.
I didn't know that it had to be at a certain direction.
I didn't know that I had to put it on the cloth strip first.
So there I was crying in the bathroom because my legs were disgustingly sticky and still hairy. I had to go to my mom in shame to ask for help.
After all that my legs were hairless and it felt really itchy at first. I didn't scream or cry out of pain because it didn't feel that bad and I guess my high pain tolerance helped as well. Never forget to apply the oil so it won't be sticky or itchy.
Here are videos on how to shave and wax properly:
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Sure, it's troublesome to have to maintain that silky smooth look of your skin by constantly having to worry about shaving or waxing. It's okay to not want to get rid of the hair on your body. If you're confident with that, then fine. It's also okay to want to have a hairless body. Whichever path you choose, flaunt your skin and be confident.
- Daniela Regis and Anna Cayco
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