Aftershave? I got on board with. Actual shaving? Not so much. I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about this well-hidden beauty secret of shaving your face. As an avid facial hair grower, I’m starting to consider my options. Now first it’s important to understand my story; it’s a strange one. I’ve always had a mustache, I have my Arab genes to thank for that. It’s a constant struggle that I have to have threaded or bleached quite regularly. The hairs aren’t too thick or dark or even plentiful, nonetheless they need to be dealt with (the Mafia vibes, though). Aside from that I just had a few baby hairs along my chin or jaw, very very thin and barely visible. This all changed a few months ago when I decided to try laser, primarily because of the mustache but I figured why not deal with the baby hairs; bad call.
First of all, laser sucked. I understand that I takes a lot of sessions but the truth is it was just so discouraging that I haven’t tried again. The hair immediately grew back, I’d say within no more than a week. I can deal with the OG stache, but the problem was I had visible colored hairs on my chin. Some were even long. I was mortified! What could I do!!!? Laser was so expensive and I just didn’t trust it anymore. So here I am now. I’ve threaded my mustache twice since, that’s fine I can deal with it; but I’m stuck here not knowing what to do about these chin hairs. So when I started hearing more frequently about girls shaving their faces, naturally I considered it.
As most women probably have, I was instantly opposed to the idea. I’d get ingrown hairs right? More would grow back? Darker, thicker? It just wasn’t worth it. My venture into facial hair removal had been traumatic enough already. But the more I read about it the more torn I am. People I’ve followed for years have come out as avid shavers; from Huda Beauty to Vivianna Makeup. Cosmo wrote an article about it where the shaving was termed as “dermaplanning,” I have to be honest the fancy name begun to win me over. It was described as exfoliating the skin and removing the hair without it growing back thicker if done the right way: all things I needed.
So here I am, I’ve got it down. I know the razor to be used and I know the right technique. I’m comforted by the dermatological side of things as well as the popularity it’s had across the beauty community. But I’m still at a crossroads. Do I hold back at Sephora so I can try laser a few more times? Do I live with it? Do I bleach it? Or do I grow a pair and shave it. The struggle is real. So I’m writing to you all, to help me out a little. What has your laser experience been? Or shaving? Or even simply how do you feel about this shaving hype?