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men: never wax your beard

March 27th, 2009 (06:34 pm)
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My facial hair is kind of weird. I don't grow a full beard. I have a moustache and a chin-beard. Basically, I can do a Van Dyke and that's about it. This has always made me a little sad, because my father had a full beard and I always wondered how I'd look with one. (I am, in general, in favor of beards; in college I spent maybe two quarters trying to convince my friend Keith that he needed to grow a beard, because he would look awesome with one. He was reluctant, but finally tried it, and he looked terrific -- the guy went from babyface to Serious Man^TM.) It grows really slowly, and it doesn't trim that well. So the good news is I don't have to shave much. Still, I am lazy and hate the bother of shaving.

So today I was getting a haircut, and I looked over and saw that they did facial waxing, and wondered, "Hmmm. What if --"

I DID NOT DO IT. They were booked up, and I had other stuff to do, but the idea was interesting. So I came home and looked up "male beard wax," and what I found was horrifying and hysterical. Jackiemc, at salongeek's forum, relayed her experience:

DO NOT TRY TO WAX A MAN'S BEARD!!!!

Trust me on this, I 'experimented' on Sean a little while ago to find out just how strong the Perron Rigot male wax was, I applied a very small patch of wax to his chin (about 1" x 1.5") and he almost hit the ceiling when I ripped it away!!! I only got half of it away on the first go and he had tears in his eyes when I told him there was still another half to come off - And the BLOOD!!!! It was really scarey!! It was everywhere! I hadn't damaged his skin, it was just the roots were so damn big! I near enough had to sit on his chest to get him to let me remove the other half of the wax. But when I did, and after I managed to get the blood to stop flowing, I looked at what was in the wax and it was SO strange! Like nothing I'd ever seen on my waxing course!!!

I'm not sure who was more stupid, me for asking if he'd let me try it out on him or him for saying yes!


...WOW, I dodged a bullet there.

Comments

Posted by: Drooling Fan Girl (droolfangrrl)
Posted at: March 27th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)

ow ow ow

Just the thought of that is making my hair stand up.

Posted by: ~ (niqaeli)
Posted at: March 27th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I can't imagine that ever being a good idea. D: Beard hair is thick, large, and extremely well-rooted. I mean, this is why I think women who get brazilians are effing crazy; the one time I had a bikini wax done, that was unpleasant enough for me. I have a high pain tolerance; my co-worker was kind of weirded out. But it was certainly unpleasant.

And beard hair does tend to be thicker than that, even.

Posted by: Sinanju (sinanju)
Posted at: March 27th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)

More words of wisdom: don't try any of those hair removal creams (like Nair--do they still make that?) on your face either.

A friend of mine who has a heavy black beard and fair skin and was tired of shaving all the damn time decided to test it. Fortunately he only tried a little dab. It...went poorly. The skin on one's face is considerably more sensitive than the skin on one's legs.

Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: March 27th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)

Actually, I dabbed a little Nair between my eyebrows once and got quite good results. And it wasn't even the special facial Nair, which they do in fact make.

My leg hair, on the other hand, apparently has some sort of bizarre chemical immunity. I apply hair removal cream, leave it for the appropriate time (or if I'm feeling adventuresome, longer), and the hairs... break off at about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch away from the point of emergence. Within that distance of the follicle, they appear entirely unaffected. No Horrifying Skin Reactions, but sort of pointless all the same....

Posted by: Sinanju (sinanju)
Posted at: March 27th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

Huh. Well, reactions vary, I guess. All I know is that he decided it was a really bad idea--and too bad because being able to dispense with shaving for days at a time would have been a godsend.

Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)

Well, I certainly wouldn't have tried it on my face if I'd ever had a reaction on my legs, and it was something of a risk. Tougher hair and more sensitive skin would presumably be a bad combination. And I know of people who have horrible reactions to it on the legs. Reactions definitely vary.

It's possible that the stuff intended for the face would work better for him, but having had a reaction once, he should probably think about using a different brand and starting with a small patch test, if anything.

Posted by: silk_noir (silk_noir)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)

Beards are hot.

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)

You and youre damned facial fuzz.

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)

I hate my facial hair.

Posted by: Aiglet (aiglet)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)

Actually, that happened to me the one and only time I got suckered into waxing my underarms.

I am solemnly promised that it goes away "after a few times," but I still can't figure out why I'd want to when shaving is cheaper and works about as well.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)

I know someone who got his beard Alased.

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: March 28th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)

At first, I thought you meant like when you see guys with handlebar mustaches and they've clearly put something in them. Took me a minute to follow your narrative properly.

I need to shave five hours after I've last shaved. You're not missing anything.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 25th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I do beard wax and I LOVE it

Well, I do beard waxing in Brazil and I love it. Unfortunately, here in US men are not used to that and think this is a nightmare. Actually, a professional must know how to do it and with hot and plenty wax applied on every area of the face. I cannot teach anyone through the web but I definitely think that someone will become rich in this country after learning how to do that properly.

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