One of the many “perks” of being Latina/Mediterranean is long, luscious, full head of hair, thick brows… perpetual leg 5 o’clock shadow, constant bikini waxes, and don’t plan on wearing a tank top if you haven’t shaved your underarms in the last 13 hours.
My parents are pretty old school and didn’t allow me to attend to my fuzzy issues until well into middle school, and even then, not really. I remember just thinking that shaving your legs was my only issue, until one day in 8th grade someone who I considered my friend told another friend that I had gorilla arms. *ouch* kids are mean.
The Glam Greek hair removal falls into the following categories:
- Hands (knuckles)
- Bikini Line
- Upper Lip
The last 3 from the list above I do not entrust in myself, but I still start each hair removal process (between 12-24 hours prior to my appointment, if applicable) with a good exfoliator.
It’s super important to start with a light scrub to prep and maintain smooth skin, because dull skin ain’t cute and you’ll get a closer shave or wax when your skin isn’t covered in dead skin cells.
2 exfoliators I constantly have on hand :
- Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – my favorite for body. The particles are just a little bit larger and don’t melt as fast as other sugar based scrubs. I have major issues with ingrown hairs along the back of my legs, bikini line and the hair around my elbows. This is the only scrub that does wonders at tackling this issue. It’s also infused with luscious body oils to keep your skin glowy and soft. My best friend, Nikki introduced me to this gem this past Christmas and you can find it at Ulta.
- Rodan + Fields Microdermabrasion Paste – THIS! I use this about 3-4x a week on my face, a little on my neck and on my heels. If you have back acne or want to shave or wax your chest or back, this scrub is perfect as the particles are much smaller and is great for sensitive skin, especially the face. It’s infused with Vitamin C and essential oils to keep your skin ultra glowy and soft. You can find it on the Rodan + Fields website, but better through your nearest R+F consultant (*ahem* Me!!)
Gone are the days of the 2 blade Bic™ razors my mom handed over to me when learning how to shave. As with anything, a good investment will last you a very long time. I learned from early on, cheap blades will give you a cheap (and painful) shave. I swear by my Gillette for Women 4 blade razor, and buy packs of 6 refill blades about every 2 months. You should only use your razor about 5-7 times before switching out to avoid razor burn, ingrown hairs and for that close, smooth shave.
Just as important as the blades – a good, moisturizing lotion or cream can mean a world of difference between smooth, hair free skin and itchy, razor burn laden redness. If I’m on a tight budget, I’ll use Barbasol’s men’s shave cream – it’s an OG, only like $3 and if it’s good enough for a man’s face, it’s good enough for our legs, ladies! If I’m feeling luxurious, I use Lovewinx Bodisilk. It’s not super foamy like your standard shave cream, but I feel like I can see the spots I miss from using a shave cream. And it makes your skin feels SO SMOOTH!
Once I heard that my “friend” said I had gorilla arms, I got home from school and went straight to the bathroom. It was then that I learned that nothing is worse than ARM stubble 😫🙈
Depilatory creams are where it’s at! The Sally Hansen Spray On cream is my favorite for the least mess and best ease of use, but I have to use this bad boy usually twice to get everything off. The Jolen Facial Hair Removal Kit is powerful, yet good for sensitive skin. The only con to you have to mix the stuff yourself and apply with an itty bitty spatula. Not ideal for the whole arms… but c’est la vie quand tu êtes une bête
The Sally Hansen wax strips for face & bikini is ideal for unwanted knuckle hair (don’t act like you don’t have any!)
All the methods listed above are ideal for an at-home spa night! But for everything else, and if you can afford it, I recommend threading for anything neck & above. Wax is often times very harsh for our sensitive and fragile facial skin. And plus – those threading ladies know their way around a brow that wax just can’t give.
Waxing – I have a love/hate relationship with this bad boy. It’s such a popular method because despite the pain, it’s quick. Only issue is that you have to let the hair grow quite long. I like to recommend wax for the bikini area and sometimes for the underarms during the cool months.
I’d like to tell my 8th grade self – gorilla arms and all –
if it was not supposed to be there
would not be growing
on our bodies in the first place
– rupi kaur
the Glam Greek