Monday, 16 May 2011


Waxing might seem a strange thing to have on a list of things to do before I'm 60. Not much of a challenge, some people do this regularly and have done for years. But I never have. I'm quite intrigued by this aspect of personal grooming and why people would pay to have hairs ripped out of their skin by the roots. It's a cross-cultural phenomenon, though in some cultures other substances such as sugar are used instead of wax. What exactly gets waxed (and how much of it) is both culturally and fashionably determined.

This really seems like something I should experience for myself, yet I've never tried it. Partly this is through fear of physical pain, but also it's because of the fear of financial pain it will cost my bank account. Waxing is not cheap.

Each time I go to college to do my web design the walk from the car park takes me past the hairdressing and beauty therapy department where there is a functioning salon. I had a look online at the treatments and prices on offer and it is cheap. There are two prices depending on whether you have a junior or senior trainee. They also offer other treatments I'm interested in such as eyebrow and eyelash tinting and massage. So it's convenient and cheap - really no excuse now to not get this done.

I'll start with my legs and will probably just get my lower legs done first. Then I'll assess and decide whether this is enough to complete this challenge or if I should do more and get other bits waxed as well before I can count it as complete. I've just found a video on youtube of someone having a Brazilian bikini wax. It took ages, looked even more painful than I'd imagined, and her 'bits' got redder and redder as the procedure went on. So I don't think I'll be going that far. But who knows? Watch this space ...

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