Have you ever been put in the awkward position of telling someone they need to blow their nose, or they have spinach in their teeth? While that can make us, and them, feel uncomfortable, it’s not as difficult as handing your business partner a pair of tweezers and asking her to pluck her chin hairs… Now.
She had a crop of hairs on her chin that stuck straight out, but it was the ones that looked like curly fries that bothered me most.
The morning I handed her the tweezers we were on our way to meet with a venture capitalist. That was the day we needed to look our best and be on top of our game. For a long time I kept thinking, “Tomorrow she will have plucked them. Surely she knows they’re there, or why hasn’t her husband told her she has a spiraled forest growing out of her chin?” A year passed, and I said nothing… until that morning. BTW, I know something about chin hair because I have a few wayward hairs of my own.
It’s not my chin hairs that are my biggest problem but the fur that grows on my face. And I know from looking at other women that “our fur” really stands out when it’s backlit by the sun or the lamp on the table next to us. Grrrrr… So what do we do about it?
While some women bleach their facial hair, they still have fur and a mustache. It’s just blonde. Many aestheticians and dermatologists offer “dermaplaning” which uses a tiny scalpel to remove the hairs on your face. The procedure is also considered an exfoliant, and it costs between $85 to $150 per session.
Hello!! That’s called shaving! Men do it everyday, but if you pay someone else that much to shave your face… You’ve got more money and time than you know what to do with.
For the last 10 years I’ve been shaving my face, once a week, in the shower. I’ve never cut myself and no… Shaving doesn’t make your hair grow back darker or coarser. Here’s everything you need to know about shaving:
- Buy yourself a good razor and a cartridge of extra blades, the kind men use, not those little pink razors for women, disposable razors or those cheap “twinkle blades.” Change the cartridge often, and DON’T use it on your legs!
- Until you get comfortable shaving your face, you may want to look in the mirror. I don’t use shaving cream because it doesn’t allow me to see or feel the contours of my face. Instead I use one of the gentle Aveeno Moisturizing Body Washes–I use on my body–and water.
- Gently shave in a downward motion along the sides of your face, cheeks, upper and lower lip, chin and neck area. Where ever you have hair. Go slow if you’re nervous.
- When you’re more comfortable, you can do it in the shower. I shave in the shower, have never used a mirror, and have never cut myself.
- Follow with a non alcohol toner and moisturize as usual. There’s nothing else you need to do. Your makeup will glide on effortlessly.
Almost nine years ago I did a video about shaving for my former BreastCancerSisterhood.com site. Over the years the video quality has been compromised, but it was shot in the oldest barbershop in Texas, and it’s a hoot. Would you believe I equated shaving your face to petting a cat? LOL!