The Err of Hair
There are some realities that just don’t exist in the lives of romance characters in any sub-genre. Frankly, I’m jealous of them. They live in a wonderful world where no one has morning breath, fugly toe nails, gas, dark roots or split ends, and stubble burn is considered a good thing. Every time a hero impulsively gets up close and personal with our heroine, no one is left coughing up fur balls or cleaning out the drain in the shower. Since I was rude enough to bring it up, let’s talk hair and hair removal. There is a whole industry devoted to the removal of body hair and collectively we spend staggering amounts of money to rid ourselves of its odious presence. The Indian culture has even made it into an art form. My too-sensitive-for-waxing red-headed skin blesses Illa for learning the art of threading in her childhood. She keeps me from looking like Chewbacca, especially as I get older and my hormones don’t always know where the girl switch is.
Razors have improved tremendously even in the last twenty years. We now have five bladed pink wonders that have their own lubrication strips and theme songs. They also cost about $18 for refills. Dipilatory creams even come with a Rockette-worthy dance line. Waxing, both home and professional, is a tried and true method that lasts a little longer than shaving, but it is painful. There’s no way around that—no matter how fast you rip off the cloth tapes. Especially in the bikini area. Relatively new on the market are home lasers. They are quite expensive ($300-$900), but they do work if you have the right color of hair (dark) and the right color of skin (light). The other catch is that the laser heads are small and it’s extremely time consuming. Less particular is the “No No”. It doesn’t care about what color your hair or skin is and also runs about $300.00. What I really want to know is who named this thing?? “NoNo” doesn’t sound confident to me. As a reader of romance novels, wouldn’t you rather buy a “Yes! YES!”? Both devices seem to have very mixed reviews.
The sad thing to me is that no product or process, including professional services, is permanent. Even if you have to do it or use it less often, you do have upkeep and this is how the industry continues to make a profit. So what works for you? What are your complaints?
And what about men?! I appreciate the masculine look of some hair on a muscley, gorgeous guy, but you also can’t deny the appeal of the smooth touch-me skin of a well man-scaped six pack. It was intentional that all of J.R. Ward’s vampires body hair-free.
Have you ever shaved a man? Demanded that he wax? Enquiring minds want to know…