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When I was researching the topics which comprised my two previous blog posts, I ran across vajazzling, a ridiculous trend which somehow caught on with women about ten years ago. Wikipedia defines vajazzling as:

“A vajazzle (also spelled vagazzle) is a form of genital decoration, formed by the application of crystal ornaments on the shaved mons pubis of a woman. The process is known as vajazzling, a portmanteau of “vagina” and “bedazzle”.”

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I suppose vajazzling is better than genital tattoos or genital piercing, since it is painless and temporary, but I honestly don’t understand the appeal of affixing crystals onto your hoo-ha. Vajazzling art lasts anywhere between several days to 3 weeks, but you have to be careful about wearing tight clothing, because the fabric will cause all the baubles to rub off. You can expect to pay anywhere between $24 to $300 for an aesthetician to create a small masterpiece on your mound of Venus.

Here are a couple of videos which discuss vajazzling:

The adhesive which is used is medical grade, so the gems tend to stay in place quite well, even while swimming. But vajazzlers want women to be aware that frequent bathing may cause the stones to loosen more rapidly. My guess is that if regular bathing is discouraged to an extent, those private areas would need the extra ornamentation in order to lure their partners!

Waxing Or Threading?

Originally published on RxGirl on Monday, 08 September 2014
These days there are many different hair removal methods available, including tweezing, shaving, depilatories, laser procedures, waxing and threading. Many women opt for one of the last two methods mentioned because they are inexpensive and produce relatively long-lasting results. Both waxing and threading have also become so convenient that it is commonplace to see waxing & threading services at nail salons and in malls. As a matter of fact, the threading place I go to is located in a nearby mall.

What’s the difference between waxing and threading?
Waxing involves the application of wax (usually hot) in the direction of hair growth, after which a strip of cloth is pressed into the treated area then pulled off rapidly. Those of you who have seen The 40-Year Old Virgin might remember the waxing scene, which pretty much captures and amplifies the painful experience. If you are considering waxing, I can assure you that unless you are as hirsute as Steve Carrell’s character is, you won’t experience nearly as much discomfort.

Threading, in contrast, involves thread which is looped around itself and then wound around the technician’s fingers, then rolled over the areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair rapidly. If you are considering threading solely because you want to escape the discomfort of waxing, you may be in for a surprise, because threading can be a bit intense as well.

Nevertheless, I think it is well worth the discomfort to endure hair removal methods which can last at least a couple of weeks. Let’s look in more detail at the two different methods and how they stack up against each other.

What I love about waxing:

Waxing is great if you have dense, coarse, thick hair which tends to grow quickly, because the results of waxing tend to last longer than any other method. And since the process is so quick, the discomfort is easily forgotten. Another plus with waxing is that it tends to derange the hair follicles, resulting in impeded hair regrowth.

What I don’t like about waxing:
Waxing can be very messy, and because of that, imparting a precise eyebrow shape can be very difficult to achieve. Another negative is that the hair needs to be at least ¼ inch long before it can be waxed, which means plucking or shaving in the interim are general no-no’s. The wax used can be allergenic, triggering acne flare-ups, rashes, burns and abrasions. If you have extremely reactive or sensitive skin, waxing is not a good option. I also am not keen on the idea of the way that the wax tugs at the skin, causing inflammation and redness which can linger.

What I love about threading:
Threading shapes the brows beautifully, making me a fan right out of the gate. I also love the fact that I don’t have to wait for my hair to grow in before I go in for my next threading treatment. There are no gels or substances applied to the skin, so there is almost no risk of skin reactions from threading.

What I don’t like about threading:
Threading can be quite painful in more sensitive areas like the upper lip. Another limitation is the fact that threading is only done on the face, whereas waxing can be performed on just about any body part.

My personal experience:

I used to have my brows waxed regularly for many years, and put up with the swelling and redness which would persist for days at a time. I also developed rashes on my brow line on several occasions, but toughed it out because I didn’t want to give up waxing. Then I went through two particularly distressing incidents involving my upper lip which prompted me to switch to threading, and I haven’t returned to waxing since.

The first incident occurred when I had a sudden breakout on my upper lip after waxing. Normally I will get one acne blemish at a time, but approximately 24 hours after I had my upper lip waxed, one cystic zit and two whiteheads magically appeared, and of course this was just in time for a photo shoot! This did not deter me from having my upper lip waxed again, but I became very wary of the method. About two months later I returned to have my upper lip waxed, and got a nasty and painful abrasion right above the corner of my mouth immediately post-treatment. I was so upset about it that I finally decided to ban waxing from my regimen.

Once I tried threading I was pleased with the complete lack of skin irritation, and I was amazed at how precise these ladies were with the thread. One caveat is that though threading tends to be very precise, one threader overplucked and trimmed my brows and made them nearly pencil thin, and another threader recently plucked a couple of critical hairs and now I have a little bald spot that I am growing out. Just like with any technician, once you find someone whose style you like, you are best off sticking with the same person so you don’t get any surprises. Expert threaders can be very precise and can make the procedure pain-free.

Though threading is usually quite tolerable, it can hurt like mad, especially in more sensitive areas like the upper lip. During one visit, which happened to be right before my monthly visitor, the pain was so unbearable that I had to stop the treatment on my upper lip. I really mean it when I say it was worse than waxing, because the pain was prolonged. Before I send you ladies scurrying away from threading, I think you will be fine if you simply avoid doing threading right before your period. You can also try a numbing cream or spray beforehand to dull the pain. Generally speaking, most women tolerate threading in the brow area with minimal to no discomfort.

Obviously, there are reasons why both waxing and threading are so popular. It’s a good idea to try both methods to see which one works best for you. However, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to opt for threading since it doesn’t involve application of substances which may irritate the skin.

The Hair Issue: Getting To The Root Of The Problem

(Originally published on on Monday, 16 May 2011)

Most competitors will resort to some form of hair reduction or removal in order to enhance muscle definition. But if this is new territory for you, you may be wondering which method works best for you. Let’s review some popular hair removal methods:

· Shaving – This is probably the most common form of hair removal since it is cheap and easy to do. However, if you are embarking on this form of hair eradication on your body, you may not be prepared for the possible nicks, ingrown hairs and razor rash you may develop. And unless you have a fancy long-handled razor, you can forget about shaving your back without some assistance from an often reluctant assistant.

· Depilatories – These creams are relatively easy to use, simply requiring application, a few minutes for the chemicals to dissolve the hair, and wiping or rinsing off the product. However, they can be messy, and some people can get severe irritation from the chemicals, especially when applied to the nether regions.

· Waxing – This is an extremely effective form of hair removal, but the hair must be long enough (usually about 3/16” or more) for the wax to grab onto. When hair regrowth occurs, the hairs are much finer. However, waxing can make you writhe and scream like a schoolgirl, as those of you who saw the famous waxing scene in “40-Year-Old Virgin” may recall.

· Electrolysis – This is a permanent form of hair reduction in which individual hairs are treated. This can be time consuming and expensive, especially when large surface areas are involved.

· Lasers – Another form of permanent hair removal, lasers derange actively growing hair follicles. This can be costly, and requires several treatments (usually 6 to 8 in a specific time interval) in order to achieve complete results. But remember folks, results are permanent. Keep in mind that certain areas of the body are much more sensitive to laser energy, leaving you squirming in a manner similar to waxing.

· Clipping – This is the easiest means by which to reduce the amount of body hair but can look a bit strange on men who have very dense patches or hair growth with very dark hair in said areas.

I hope this summary of hair removal techniques will be helpful for those of you who are trying to figure out the best method.

Benefits Of Threading

I had gotten my brows waxed for a number of years and enjoyed the fact that it was a quick process. I was lucky enough to find a handful of competent waxing professionals who knew how to do the job without butchering my natural brow line. However, about a year ago I noticed that I had some irritation and swelling right after waxing, and assumed that it was from the astringent which was used to clean off the oil. Then a few months after that, when I had switched over to a new place, I developed a reaction to the aloe vera which was applied. Finally, I broke out into a rash from the wax itself, which prompted me to seek out threading. Luckily, there was a threading place in the mall, so I decided to check it out a couple of months ago.Threading

Threading is an excellent choice for people who develop skin irritation to waxing since there are no substances or chemicals applied to the skin. There is no risk of breakouts, burns or skin removal that can occur with waxing either. No uncomfortable “growing out” period is necessary because threading removes the shortest of hairs. However, it is pretty uncomfortable in some areas, and because it takes longer to do, the discomfort is prolonged. Threading appears to be more precise and large areas can be cleared quite easily (such as at the temples). The technique consists of using cotton or polyester thread which is doubled and twisted tight, then rolled over the treated areas to pluck out unwanted hairs. It is fascinating to watch these ladies move their hands with a twisting flourish, rolling over the skin and plucking out hairs quickly and efficiently. I also love the fact that there is no sticky residue left on the skin as with waxing.

If you haven’t checked out threading and are already able to tolerate the discomfort of waxing, I encourage you to check it out! Brows, cheeks, upper lips, chins, foreheads, necks, hands and fingers can be treated with this technique.