Shaving My Lady Mustache Is Wildly Liberating

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bic soleil razorIf you are female with dark hair, then you know what a pain in the ass it is to have to deal with lip hair. Guys — avert your eyes now before you are forever thinking about your lady and her 'stache!

Are you gone? Good ... now I can open up. From the time I was in the fifth grade, I had to contend with the dreaded female mustache. The things we girls do.

First it was bleaching — inexpensive and perfect for an embarrassed tween in an age where you couldn't yet get a wax at every nail salon in town. I actually managed to take bleaching right into my early 20s but was told repeatedly by friends, relatives, and strangers at makeup counters that I was too old for the bleach. Ugh ... waxing. Please ladies, can I get a collective "we feel your pain!"

After succumbing to peer pressure and coming close to permanently scarring my upper lip because of an overzealous waxer and some overly sensitive skin, I called it quits on the hot wax. I chose to tweeze. It worked on my eyebrows — why not my lip?

But then that wasn't good enough. Apparently tweezing was also terrible for me. I moved on to threading ... where some lady would get so uncomfortably close to me that I could feel her breath on my face, and then she would rip hair follicle after hair follicle out of my upper lip with a string. The nice salon atmosphere did nothing to make me feel better. It hurt like hell ... and my lip NEVER got used to the pain.

I couldn't even bring my kids with me because I didn't want them to see me in tears over a 2-minute beauty treatment! It was all so lame. How did I somehow manage to birth two kids without shedding a tear — but at my bi-monthly threading appointments, I was a wreck?

I did think about laser for a fleeting moment but thought it seemed like something only people who went for Botox did. Not that there is anything wrong with Botox, I just wasn't there yet. Clearly I know very little about all of this "beauty stuff." I just don't have the patience for any of it.

But recently my good friend Carrie (we most definitely Jolened together while talking about boys in middle school) began working as a physician's assistant at a dermatology practice that does laser treatments. Once she explained to me how easy it was ... I signed on.

The thing is ... before I can start my laser treatments, I first have to shave for six weeks. You see, the hair on my lip needs to be coarse and dark and the only way to make that happen is to start shaving. And ladies, let me tell you, shaving is the most liberating thing I have ever done. No pain. No appointments. No money exchanging hands. Just me and a razor. And I can do it at my makeup table! LIBERATING.

Of course, I won't have to shave for too much longer because the laser treatments will start and I will be lip-hair-free — but in the meantime — this shaving thing is awesome. And I'm clearly not the first to have thought about shaving my lip! Hmmm ... maybe I don't really need those laser treatments after all.

How do you contend with your lip-hair? Bleaching, waxing, threading, or something else?


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Todd Vrancic

I just let it grow and trim it when it gets too long.  But I'm a guy.

Stacey. Stacey.

LOL @ Todd.

I think its funny whem women bleach their staches, because you can stil totally tell.

the4m... the4mutts

I only get a few dark hairs just near the corners of my mouth, on my upper lip. I pluck them.

But I have sideburns like a MF!

I use the "as seen on tv" best invention ever,,,, the smooth away. It works. For weeks. And when it grows back, the hair is thinner.

Doesn't work well on legs, or pits. But facial hair? No prob! I love it

Torra... TorranceMom

I wax it at home every other week. It takes some time to heat up the wax but the waxing process itself is quick and painless.

@ the4mutts, I'll be checking out the Smooth Away. If it works, I'll be switching. I'll do anything to simplify my life.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

I used to have very minimal hair, and would pluck or wax (the one time I shaved, and it's been coarse ever since). Since giving birth, my facial hair has quadrupled!!! Chin, sideburns, mustache - I mean, it's ridiculous!! I usually tweeze the chin, but wtf do I do for the sideburns?!

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I dont have much problem with facial hair, but I have a few odd chin hairs that poke up when Im pregnant (now! lol) that I can easily pluck. 

My only real embarassing odd hairs are on my big toe. After a couple days it looks like some one replaced my toe with a man's! And its just the ONE toe! Weird... :-p

Amand... AmandaSnyder

I have a genetic problem that causes hair growth on my chin lip eyebrow bridge and my tummy.  I am embrassed about it because I am a girl and this isnt supposed to happen.  When I worked for the service I shaved everyday or everyother day just so no one saw it cause they would sneer and laugh.  I have been shaving since my junoir year of high school.

the4m... the4mutts

Yah all of you should DEFINATELY try the smooth away. Its cheap too. So you'll only be out like 10$. Not much to lose!

nonmember avatar rebelwolf625

did all that crap for years, waxing, tweezing, etc. I've finally given in and just shave the crap off every few days. My bf tells me if it starts getting noticeable and I make a quick trip to the bathroom right away if I haven't seen it myself. So much easier than that other crap and a LOT less painful.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

I would love to do laser treatments but when u have two little ones u just can't afford much! 4mutts I'm going to look into that!!!!

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