I hate my hairy legs. Hair all the way up; the inner thighs are disgusting, and so painful to depilate. I have a Silk-Epil; it’s safe to use, but it causes ingrown hairs. Which are turning into bumps. Which is why I’ve taken to long skirts. The only reason I don’t shave is because the metal in razor blades gives me a worse rash.
I hate my hairy arms. Nothing to do about them; if I tried waxing them, they’d just look worse when it grew back.
I hate my hairy upper lip. I think I’m going to have to start bleaching it every other day.
I hate my hairy fingers and toes. Why get a manicure or pedicure if they make me look like a drag queen?
I hate my hairy hmmm. I trim it as close as I dare, and it still looks like I’m wearing a merkin. Do not suggest shaving or waxing; I doubt I could bear a mishap.
I hate this little hair that grows out of my chin.
I like being Italian, most of the time, but I hate this aspect. Mediterraneans are the hairiest people of the planet. I was never able to get my Norwegian/Polish roommate to understand that I wasn’t being a slob; I just had a lot more work to do on myself, which apparently someone who shaves her legs once a week, and has next to no hmmm hair is not capable of understanding. (College roommate.)
I’m not of Mediterranean descent, but have a hormone imbalance that causes me to have tremendous, *un-*feminine hair growth on my face (and arms, chest, etc.) that keeps my local salon quite happy with my bi-weekly trips for a face wax. This is only done so I can look normal.
Until I can actually afford to have a real doctor that will investigate my problem (instead of an idiot HMO doctor that throws birth control pills at me), I get to suffer, too.
JavaMaven: get a referral to an endocrinologist at once! I’m in an HMO and I have an endo. You could have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or, you could have what I have, late-onset (or nonclassical) congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Trust me, you need treatment. If you have LOCAH, not only are you a hairy woman (like me) but your body can’t produce enough cortisol, which helps your body deal with stress. A major lack of cortisol can kill you.
I suggest you tell your idiot HMO doctor to send you to an endocrinologist ASAP or you’ll wear a big sign that says, “Dr. Idiot Is Trying to Kill Me.”
Oh yeah, and I hate this damn hair. Thank God my husband is the understanding type.
That is SO much more than I strictly needed to know about everyone hirsuitness. But there are solutions, depending on one’s wallet size and pain tolerance:
• electrolysis (hurts, but it works)
• there’s a new cream our magazine is doing a story on in our Health Section, called Vaniqa (pronounced “VAN-i-ka”) that’s just been approved by the FDA. Look it up on-line. It’s not covered by insurance, but it’s supposed to stop hair growth.
Rilch, I’m with you. Only try being half italian and half mexican…talk about hairy. Luckily, I don’t have that problem on my back or chest. I did, however, have to start shaving in Jr High. And it’s such a bitch to wax these legs…
You know, Northern Italians are fair and blonde and all that.
That being said, I’m half Calabrase, half-Dutch. I look more Dutch than Italian, though. Personally, I love it. Like Alphagene, I’ve got the platinum-plated liver but I’ve the benifit of a nice even year-round tan, not swarthy, but certainly not “fair-skinned.”