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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: July 2005

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 16, 2005 3:09 PM (Eastern)

Nice to see you back. :)

Hummm...I feel rather indifferent about shaving. I lived in San Francisco for ten years, there is a tremendous tourist trade, and when I came out here in the mid-80's, there were still vestiges of the 70's. Then there is Berkeley, which is still Berkeley. I've seen women who don't shave.

Then again I've experienced men and women who don't use underarm deodorant, at all, which is more mind-blowing to your average American than the not-shaving thing.

I do shave, in deference to our custom. In the back of my mind, I feel it would be worth the money to simply get the stuff lasered off. Why spend the rest of your life shaving?

That said, I doubt I'll ever get around to it. I use cheap disposable razors to shave underarms. The secret is to shave but not perfectly. Is anyone going to examine your underarm from half an inch away? It is not likely and it's not worth the potential ingrown hairs. Shave reasonably close but not perfectly smooth, and don't shave every day unless you actually need to shave every day. I "exfoliate" the area with a washcloth, that's about it. Done.

Legs, now those are laser-worthy. I use an electric razor here. Again--close but not overly so. Exfoliate with a washcloth. I'm not a big lotion fan but I use lotion here, I get over my lotion laziness...

Bikini is another laser-worthy endeavor. I've been using one of those moustache/beard trimmers (the electric razor produced ingrowns). Again--close but not overly close; unless you want to invest in laser treatments, I'm not sure I understand the point of stressing over ingrowns or going through waxes. I just read somewhere that the average laser hair removal session costs $200. I think I would pay the money rather than get my hair ripped out. That is just mho.

I suppose my age has something to do with that...I feel cynical whenever the standard of beauty involves pain. I mean, didn't we accept corsets as a standard of beauty before? Didn't the Chinese accept foot-binding? Why do we sneer at these things now, if we're willing to get our hair ripped out?

At one point I consciously decided that I was never going to go through anything painful for the sake of beauty, unless it was, say, laser hair removal, which would hurt at least somewhat but would be permanent. shrugs So that would rule out surgery of any kind, waxing, wearing undergarments designed to squeeze you into shape, high heels, all the stuff I went through or contemplated before. As soon as I smell pain, I toss the idea right out of my becomes to me another foot-binding thing.

Is that so radical? I think men should wear high heels for one day...before deciding how sexy they are? lol

Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
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