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  1. Hey everyone, new member here so apologies if I'm posting in the wrong area. I've decided to join today as I need some advice about hair removal - so lets start from the beginning... I have pretty much always shaved when it comes to any form of hair removal because its the 'easieast' way for me but I'm sick of the drawbacks. I have always struggled with either nicking myself by accident, causing ingrown hairs and shaving rash. In the past year these issues have really worsened as my skin has become more reactive and sensitive, so EVERY single time I shave I come up in hives, rashes and all sorts of lumps and bumps the next day. As you can imagine, this is a huge issue for things like fake tanning where you shave the night before, as by the next day I'm covered in rashes and uneven skin tone. It's also an issue in summer when I plan to wear shorts or a skirt the next day (so if I shave the night before to go to the beach the following day) as it just ruins my confidence when I'm covered in red blobs. Not only that, it's just generally uncomfortable so I'm now looking into other methods of hair removal. I have previously used hair removal cream as it appeared to be such an easy, quick way but I find it just melts my hair off so that it appears as stubble and I have to use a ridiculous amount of it to get all my hair (buying 2 or 3 bottles everytime I want to fake tan). I also struggled with timing, by the time I have applied it to one area of my leg, I need to apply it somewhere else but I will lose count of whats been where for how long and due to my sensitive skin this often ended badly. I just didn't find the hassle, time and money was worth it for such an unsatisfying result. However, I did enjoy using hair removal cream on my intimate areas before shaving, as it tended to weaken the hair and soften it so that shaving was much easier after -but, again, I might as well just shave instead. My next choice was waxing as I know it's supposed to have positive long term effects (reducing hyper pigmentation and just generally a longer lasting result which I would like.) I have used soft wax in the past but always struggled with it, find it too painful, too sticky and hard to remove. I also found it doesn't remove all my hairs and still caused me to come up in hives, so it wasn't worth the fuss, leading me back to shaving. However, I recently bought a wax heater and some good quality wax beads and tried this instead. This worked pretty well, it seemed to pick up a lot of hair, was a whole lot less painful than soft wax and not very messy at all. My only issue was that no matter what I do, the wax doesn't seem to pick up all my hair! I've watched videos and read articles on how to prep the skin, I would shower and exfoliate beforehand which seemed to help a bit but not completely. I also saw tips such as covering the skin in a light layerof oil or baby powder before applying the wax to allow the wax to adhere to the hair not the skin, but this didn't help either. The baby powder just made it less painful and the oil just caused the wax to slip around. At first, I thought it was due to the bad quality, cheap beads that came with the heater so I bought some salon quality ones, which admittedly were much better, but I still have a lot of hair left behind!! It's super frustrating as I really hoped this method would work for me, for the most part it did as my legs looked visibly smooth, but to the touch they were still hairy in areas and it was really hard to see where I had missed. I ended up just going back over each area which caused me to use a ridiculous amount of wax and didn't really give a better result. So I apologise for the essay but I'm really a bit lost as to what I can do. I'm a university student so I can't afford to keep going to salons and paying for hair removal, especially when there are so many at home options. My leg hairs are also very dark in colour and I'm quite pale so they are really obvious, as soon as they start to come through I am really limited as to what I can wear. I try to avoid shaving because by the next day I'm covered in bumps and I hate going out looking like that but I don't have much choice. It's beginning to really damage my confidence and I cant wear any of my cute outfits as I tend to stick to a hoodie and leggings to avoid the issue. Any advice would be really helpful. I'm not a professional by any means so I'm sure I've done something wrong, along the lines of application or products used. I am open to trying any one of the hair removal methods that I mentioned again with proper advice. Thanks!
  2. By Danielle Carlson Photo by Max Rovensky via Unsplash Summer is right around the corner, meaning it’s time of the year to remove our body hair one way or another. If you’re like me and want to find alternatives to shaving but can’t afford laser hair removal, you’re stuck between two options: waxing or threading. Which is the better option? Waxing Waxing, I believe, is the most convenient way to remove body hair. Waxing removes your hair from the root, meaning you’re hair won’t grow back for three to five weeks (depending on your hair type). Waxing also prevents ingrown hairs, which is great if you’re prone to getting those hurtful things. Like all hair removal, waxing does cause some pain. It also could cause some irritation or rash due to the heat of the wax. So, before waxing your whole body, test it out first on a smaller part of your skin. When it comes to making your next appointment for waxing, your body hair has to be grown out by two to three inches, at least. Or else, the hair won’t remove properly. This means you will be a bit hairy between sessions. Threading When it comes to the face, threading is my personal go-to for hair removal. Our face is more sensitive our legs, arms, or other body parts, which means we have to be more gentle. Our faces require the natural oils that waxing so harshly removes. Threading is also more precise compared to waxing. When removing eyebrow hairs, you want to be as careful as possible to avoid pulling too much hair, sometimes waxing can lead to thinner eyebrows than expected. Personally, when waxing my face, I would always break out because of the heat of the wax. With threading, however, my skin is free from redness, irritation, or breakouts. Threading is also more sanitary, we never truly know how clean our wax is and how long it’s been sitting out. So, which is better? If you are removing your facial hairs, threading is the way to go! But if you're removing hair from your legs, arms, or stomach, waxing is the faster, more practical way to do it. Which method do you prefer?
  3. Ok so kind of a long story. About 7 weeks ago I had my arms waxed. I fell in love with how smooth they were and how they looked. I have dark, thick hair so this was a good change. But, after 2 weeks I broke out into this rash that resembled acne all over my arms. I'm assuming this was folliculitis but was very confused as to why it just flared up after a 2 week long period. I researched folliculitis and read that it should be disinfected. So i bought an antibacterial wash (hibiclens) and used it twice a day and every night i covered the affected areas with benzyl peroxide. These things didnt really help and I found myself at the doctors office being prescribed steroids for 5 days. This helped a little but there were still bumps. I went to the dermatologist and they said I had a dry skin condition called keratosis pilaris which I didn't have any signs of until now. I'm assuming that with all of the antibacterial wash and benzyl peroxide that I made my skin so dry that I got another rash? I've been applying lotion to my arms and things are starting to clear up (after 7 long weeks). Ok I know I'm now gonna sound psycho but if I waxed my arms again do you think this will all happen again? Could I prevent the folliculitis? Would my keratosis pilaris flare up? I added a picture of what my arms looked like 2 weeks after the waxing when things started to get bad. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
  4. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to avoid blemishes after waxing my top lip. I've tried waxing, threading and plucking and no matter what I do I end up with spots there for a few days. Does anyone else have this problem?

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