Guest Post Wednesday: Waxing – What beauty feels like

Dear Optimists,

We women know it. We’ve all tried it.

The “Winter Syndrome”.

Where it’s been a little too long since you have become acquainted with a shaver, which is pretty darn obvious when you look at your legs and wonder if you’re Big Foot. I often suffer from that syndrome.

One day back in July, I was sitting in the sun, reading my women’s magazine – and there it was.

An ad and a free sample for some sort of wax strips, which was kind of perfect since earlier that day I had found a case of off-season Winter Syndrome on my legs. Looked like fur.

So I grabbed the wax strip and started reading the instructions. It was, after all, my first time “waxing”.

1. Heat the strip between your hands for 5 seconds. Pull the strips gently apart. “No problem,” I thought to myself. “Consider it done.”
2. Press the strip onto the skin with the wax side down, and smooth it for approximately 5 seconds, rubbing in the direction of the hair growth. Easy! It actually feels kind of nice…

3. Immediately thereafter (immediately!? F**k! I read a text while waiting! Oh well…) Hold that area of skin taut with one hand, and then get a firm grip on the bottom of the strip with the other. Keeping the strip as close to the skin as possible, pull it off quickly, making sure to move against the direction of hair growth. Nooo problem! I’m quick as a ninja! So I grab the wax strip, make one quick pull…

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUCH!!! Holy Mother of Jesus Christ! Are they trying to kill me!? Seriously!? Oh dear God, I can’t look at my leg… I’m sure that least half of my skin is missing…

Okay, okay… I do it… I look down, at… oh. Would you look at that. My leg has never been more smooth… So soft…
I’d better hurry down to buy a package, while being thankful for I didn’t try a Brazilian.

Mette of the Danish blog Tanketorsken (Danish for inadvertent mistake)


Author: Nadia

BA-student in Philosophy & Science / Communications studies and also a photographer. Co-writer and illustrator for Dear Optimists.

19 thoughts on “Guest Post Wednesday: Waxing – What beauty feels like”

  1. I tried it. I hated it.
    My boyfriend was laughing so hard, I forced him to try it as well. Unfortunately he fell in love with the smooth feeling afterwards, and for MONTHS he was bragging about how it didn’t hurt at all, and how nice it felt (“Have a look! Have you ever seen anything like it? I’m telling you, it’s so effective!”). He showed his waxed leg to everybody!

    Now I refuse to have any wax strips in my house at all.

  2. Hahaha this just made me get evil eyes off the boss who saw my huge smile and now know’s I’m not working lol πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Think this is exactly how every girl feels when trying waxing for the first time lol. Love it xxx

    1. Haha! I’m so sorry, but that’s so funny! You should’ve showed him what it was about πŸ˜‰
      I’m always scared shitless, but it really doesn’t hurt at all!

    1. It really doesn’t hurt one bit! But I can see how this is convincing you to never try it πŸ˜‰ But let me tell you this; it’s a million times better than shaved legs!

  3. Oh my god – it was AWFUL! In a brief moment I actually thought that my life was over .. But apparently I didn’t learn much of the experience, cause recently I did it again.. But that’s another story πŸ˜‰

      1. I myself, did it a week ago… The brazillian… Oh my !#@!#*!@
        I only did one strip… It was AWFUL.. I couldn’t get myself to do it again.. You Can almost imagine how it looked.. Not pretty… Not pretty at All πŸ˜‰

      2. I’m so happy that it didn’t end up as today’s guest post πŸ˜‰ Wouldn’t have been suitable to read/look at at work!

    1. Personally, I think it hurts more when something goes wrong with the razor than waxing πŸ™‚

      (I just imagined a slice of leg coming off… *screams*)

  4. Hahah.. this is so hilarious, and so well-written! I absolutely loved it! I got the free strip too, but i didn’t have the courage to actually do it.
    Well, i am actually kind of lucky, i almost don’t have ANY hair on my legs (like 10 hairs on each!!!) and they are small and white/transparent..

    Love the blog!

    1. Thank you for the sweet words, Nanna:)

      You are so lucky, that you don’t have to struggle with shaving legs.. It is complicated and painful..

      Have a great weekend..

      Mette (Tanketorsken)

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