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"I have a lot of body hair, they see summer, that's especially irritating, I have sensitive skin, so I tend to have many ingrown hairs, they hurt and look unpleasant, and I wonder what is the best method of hair removal to prevent them, and also to obtain a smooth skin ". – Bianca, Toronto
Before deciding how to get rid of body hair, you should at least consider the "thank you, but not" option in the spectrum that encompasses even the most important models and actresses such as Cara Delevingne and Julia Roberts. After all, definitions of beauty change when people decide to make changes.
Now, assuming you have complied with your due diligence and still want to get rid of it, let's go into the details. I called the ballet dancer, turned into an amazing artist Brooke Lynn Hytes, who is the first Canadian to obtain a coveted place in the epic. Drag race of RuPaul, which is currently being broadcast on VH1. (A support tour of the show is also underway, so I had to connect with him while waiting at the Atlanta airport). Born in Toronto, Brock Hayhoe, this amazing actor knows a thing or two (or 10) about hair removal. "I remember the first time I tried to shave my legs," he explains. "I used a small two-blade Bic knife: I was 13 years old and I had no idea what I was doing. It took me two hours and I did not use enough shaving cream so my legs broke into ingrown hairs. It was scary. "
The Canadian Brock Hayhoe is the drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes. (photo courtesy of tfdpresents)
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Despite having a difficult start, Hayhoe continued. "I did not have facial hair until I was 16, so the first time I shaved my face was a great moment for me because I felt like a man, well, I've never really felt like a manly man, but it was definitely the proof that puberty had finally occurred, "he explains with a laugh. "There is always a trick to learn, but I would say that now I'm pretty good at waxing."
Of course, there is a wide variety of options available and each offers unique benefits. The way to reduce the best plan of attack is to focus on your priorities. Do you want the most efficient option? The most lasting? The most pain-free? Sure, it would be great to get them all from a single procedure, but "instant, magical and painless hair removal" is still awaiting your patent.
Laser hair removal offers the most permanent results and rarely leads to ingrown hairs, but is often not suitable for darker skin tones and has a high initial price. It also means that you have to schedule a series of extended appointments and be able to stay out of the sun between visits, so it is not a great option for warm weather unless you have planned well in advance.
Waxing is also a viable option for those who want to remain without hair for a couple of weeks (additional benefit: hair often becomes thinner and thinner). Again, it is painful and requires an early reservation since most of us are not brave enough to do it ourselves. "If you get the so-called painless wax, which adheres only to the hair and not to your skin, it's just Less painful, "says Hayhoe. Neither is the method of choice for those who are shy. "The last time I did it was a fun experience: I got a full Brazilian, so I separated from an eagle when a lovely Ukrainian woman went to town," Hayhoe says with a laugh.
Since she often travels, Hayhoe prioritizes efficiency, so shaving in a simple way is her usual method for the armpits, chest and face. "I am so much on the road that I do not want to bother traveling with shaving cream, so I only use a conditioner, I have a razor blade with 5 blades that vibrates while shaving, which eliminates some discomfort. Then for the drag, I also shave against the grain for a softer effect, but really, I have hair that grows in all directions, so I have to shave anyway. "
The key to a smooth shave, says Hayhoe, is to prepare your skin and hair. Make a plan to shave at the end of a long, warm shower, which will soften the follicles and make shaving easier; in fact, it performs the same function as the hot towel treatment that old-school barbers prefer, except that it works more efficiently for larger areas like the legs. "It makes it a lot less uncomfortable, since you're not just pulling out the hair of the pores ".
He learned the golden rule of hair removal in the most difficult way: if it's just peach fuzz, honestly consider leaving it alone. "When I was 20 years old, I went to Miami and I decided to nairear my legs," he explains. "But then I also assaulted, which was a disaster because it basically became a big red hair." It was horrible.
Hair that is thinner, he explains, has more difficulty protruding through the skin, as it grows back and is more likely to enlarge.
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In almost all cases, exfoliation is key to preparation and prevention. If you gently exfoliate in the shower when the skin is soft, you can remove dead cells and facilitate the clean growth of hair. Hayhoe also recommends using an astringent lotion after shaving to keep pores clean, then moisten the skin again with a gentle, non-irritating lotion.
The most important thing is that you do not choose red hairs that you can have. "I'm a great lover of pimples, so I love to touch them," he admits, but it can cause unnecessary pain, infection and scarring, so he resists temptation. With a gentle exfoliation, most hairs will come to the surface on their own.
Hayhoe agrees that hair removal takes a lot of time and is a bit difficult when it comes to grooming (I could not resist!) But, ultimately, he thinks it's worth it. "I love it when you get out of the shower and the water is falling and you feel like a slippery fish," he says laughing. "It's the best feeling."
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These products will help you get a smooth shave and avoid ingrown hairs
Exfoliating charcoal gloves from Earth Therapeutics, $ 10, ulta.com (Courtesy of the brand.)
Exfoliating charcoal gloves from Earth Therapeutics, $ 10, ulta.com
Gillette Venus extra soft razor for women, $ 13, Walmart.ca (Courtesy of the brand.)
Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Green for women, $ 13, Walmart.ca
Prince Reigns Ingrown Hair Serum, $ 32, waxon.ca (Courtesy of the brand.)
Prince Reigns Ingrown Hair Serum, $ 32, waxon.ca
Shaveworks The Cool Fix, directed gel lotion, $ 25, sephora.ca (Courtesy of the brand.)
Shaveworks The Cool Fix, directed gel lotion, $ 25, sephora.ca
Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel with non-alcoholic Aloe Vera toner, $ 18, well.ca (Courtesy of the brand.)
Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel with non-alcoholic Aloe Vera toner, $ 18, well.ca
Kathryn Hudson is the executive editor of The Kit. She writes about style and culture and answers questions from readers for our weekly Ask The Kit column. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter. : @KathrynHudson
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