They say 40 is the new 20.
Somehow it doesn’t always seem that way. Now that I’m in my 40s, dark hairs have begun appearing above my neck. Yes, I am full-blooded Italian and it is to be expected, but really, this thick and this much?
I remember growing up and looking at the hairs on my grandmother and aunts’ faces, trying to foresee how much facial fur I too might have in the future. By the end of my 20s, I found myself seeking out depilatory creams more often than in my teens to remove my getting darker by the day mustache. Soon after, single thick hairs started to grow on my chin and neck. Though the experience was disheartening and made me question my femininity, from what I read, I was not alone and that was awesome to know.
POPSUGAR beauty expert and editor Nancy Einhart is more than truthful about her facial hair experience. Like me, she found herself seeking relief in bleaching, just as I sought in depilatory creams. “But as I got older, my hair got thicker and thicker, and I had to bleach it more and more frequently, and I wasn't fooling anyone,” writes Einhart, adding “I will never look the same as I did at age 28. (I'm 35, for the record.) But while I miss my 28-year-old metabolism, there is one thing I don't miss: my mustache.”
“I am a fuzzy lady, and while I appreciate that the mane on my head is dark and thick, it's a constant battle with my body hair,” she added.
Hearing of laser removal, Einhart asked her dermatologist about her dilemma and found that being olive-skinned could be a good thing, especially when it came to zapping hair away. “The greater the contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair, the more effective laser hair removal is,” writes Einhart. Finding Laser Away, a Kim Kardashian-endorsed Southwestern United States chain, the beauty editor made an appointment for herself.
Explaining the process—avoiding sun exposure before treatment, shaving spots to be lasered and enduring cold blasts of air above the lip—Einhart was surprised with the treatment’s success. “It was slightly uncomfortable (a sort of stinging sensation, like getting slapped) but it also took less than 45 seconds,” she explained. “They slathered me with a mix of aloe and sunscreen and sent me on my way.”
With faint redness above her lip that lasted less than 30 minutes, Einhart touted immediate results and it was “weeks before I noticed even a smidgen of hair.” "Why didn't I do this sooner?" Einhart asked herself, before recalling the cost. “But then I'd remember that, oh yeah, it's really expensive. The cost of a laser treatment depends on the size of the area you're treating and how many sessions you need, but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average is $235 per session,” she explains.
It is ladies like Einhart that soulfully educate me by speaking bluntly about body hair. And that makes me grateful to be in my 40’s.
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