I’ve seen a lot on social media lately about women saying ‘goodbye’ to the razor and allowing their natural furriness to flow freely.
Whilst I admire the sentiment (i.e. steps towards accepting yourself as you are, with feminist themes of not changing yourself for a man) I have to say, it’s not for me.
I can’t go more than a week without shaving before my legs start to itch in bed and tights become uncomfortable because pulling them up goes ‘against the grain’. I do hate the maintenance of regular hair removal, but I’m a slave to it because I just cannot let it lapse.
Did you know that women spend between £7000 and £8000 on hair removal in a lifetime? Not only that, but they also spend 72 days removing it! I must admit, it does seem like a bit of an expensive chore, but when it’s all added together, the totals are incredible.
My method of choice is shaving and I have to do it a few times a week. It seems like the nicest option, despite being costly (I only buy the good razors) and time consuming. I’ve tried waxing, but get inconsistent results. I’ve found creams don’t work well or agree with my skin and epilation makes me cry a little.
With the time and cost of my quest for smooth skin totalled up, I decided to look into laser hair removal. A friend of mine tried it a couple of years ago and claimed it didn’t hurt, which I must admit was one of the main things I was concerned about. Her mother had it done at the same time and told me she experienced mild discomfort, but assured me it was nowhere near the hell that is epilation.
I was also surprised by the cost. I expected the prices to be much higher (probably because in my mind I expect anything done at a private clinic to cost the earth) but I was amazed by the affordability of the treatments.
Looking into it a little bit further it I’m currently not suitable because I’m breastfeeding, but this is only a short-term setback. Pregnant women are also temporarily unsuitable and continue to be for 6 months after they’ve given birth. There’s a few other bits that impact on suitability, but all the information is contained in this handy infographic, so I’m going to put it on here for you:
So after weighing everything up, it seems I would be silly not to at least book a consultation once I’ve stopped breastfeeding. I don’t want to waste 72 days of my life on shaving!