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Being a man of the shaven headed variety, as well as a self confessed lazy sod; I am always looking for ways to avoid shaving my head every morning.
Those 15 minutes propped up at the bathroom mirror with my trusted Philishave could surely be spent more constructively, i.e. in bed asleep.
So I stumbled on the brilliant idea of waxing my head. A few minutes of applying big bits of selotape to my head and pulling them off would result in up to 4 weeks of a head as smooth as a billiard ball. This could be the answer to my hair related prayers.
A trip to Tescos later I was in possession of a pack of Veet, (formerly known as Immac), 20 Quick and Easy to use Wax Strips. I opted for the sensitive type as intelligence had told me the operation of removing hair by waxing could sting a little.
A quick skim of the instructions, (Im a bloke so reading instructions properly just isnt an option), and I could see no mention of the wax strips not working on the head. I had to avoid completely the ears, nose and eyebrows, but since I was quite happy to leave the hair on these parts alone, that was not a problem.
Something more worrying had developed though, I was to avoid any contact with my Genitals and Perianal. The Genitals were not a problem, I had no intention of going anywhere near them with a sticky wax strip, but whats a Perianal? Suppose I inadvertently slipped while waxing my head? And if I did would I damage my Perianal for life? These were worrying times. A quick word with a friend in the medical profession, (alright a fellow chef who works in the hospital canteen), assured me that as long as I sat down while waxing my head my Perianal should remain unscaved, not to mention unshaved.
This of course threw up another problem, how was I going to wax my own head while sitting down? The front of the head would be easy enough, but what about the back? The only answer was to ask someone else to do the waxing, and strangely every female I knew wanted to do it. Indeed as I sat in the chair to have the waxing done the chosen two had an almost manic look to them as they jostled for the first wax strip, what did they know that I didnt?
Instructions were read thoroughly, and the procedure commenced. A wax strip was placed on the top of my head and pressed down firmly allowing the wax to melt and adhere to my hair. Are you ready for this, It may hurt a touch was the only warning I received to the torture I was about to play the starring role in. just one firm pull and it will be done said the giggling maniacs in charge of this delicate operation. Ready? Go .
OOOOUUUUCCCCHHHH!!!! Whats happened? Have you taken the skin off? I think youve scalped me, someone call an ambulance quick. Just some of the more repeatable words I uttered in those moments after the dreaded deed had been done. Good god that hurt, thank heavens I opted for the sensitive wax strips over the normal ones else Id be on the floor by now. Was it supposed to hurt that much? Id heard it could smart a little, but this. I was in agony.
Do you want the bad news said my torturers, It hasnt taken any hair off.
WHAT? It feels like its taken most of the skin off, how can it be it had no effect on the hair? A look at the wax strip confirmed it, no hair, (or skin), had been removed. Id gone through that unbelievable pain for nothing. Lets have another go said the torturers, perhaps we didnt press it on firmly enough.
Before I could object the wax strip was slapped back on my head for a second try. Plenty of pushing and rubbing made sure the strip was well and truly stuck and .. RRRIIIPPP.
My god I think Im going to feintI said through clenched teeth as I was shown that again the wax strip had removed no hair at all. I dont know why it hasnt worked muttered one of the torturers, clearly upset that this particular torture session was at an end. Maybe one last try. Oh no you dont said I. I could just about stomach the pain if it resulted in hair removal and no shaving for 4 weeks, but as its not working this particular experiment is over.
Exit the torturers, giggling to themselves. What had I ever done to them?
So it did not work, Im still using the Philishave every morning. It may be slow, but its pain free. And thats all Im bothered about now.
Immac has changed it's name to Veet and has recently been pushing it's waxing products through TV advertising. To be honest, I've always fancied an alternative to shaving as I'm extremely clumsy and tend to come out the bath looking like an extra from a horror movie with blood spurting out of tiny gashes all over my legs. As if that's not bad enough, my hair is dark so even when shaved you can tend to see little dark pinpoints of hair on my leg and I have to shave my legs every day if I'm intending wearing shorts or a skirt or such like.
I was tempted by the advertising promising that waxing isn't half as painful as everyone cracks it up to be and by the fact that you can get rid of hair for up to 4 weeks. Well, that sounded good to me so I headed off down the supermarket.
I bought Ready To Use Cold Wax Strips which can be found in a yellow box. It states on the front that these are effective on short hair and my box contained 20 wax strips and 4 perfect finish wipes. However, I felt that it was an expensive product as the box of wax strips cost me almost £5!
So I took my fairly expensive wax strips home and read the instructions. The wax strips are two 'strips' made of greasepoof paper-esque material with a big blob of glue wax smeared in the middle sticking them both together. You are supposed to warm the wax up by rubbing the two sheet in between your hands and then peel them apart. Then you stick one to the area to be waxed, smooth it down in the direction of hairgrowth for a few seconds then pull skin taut and pull the strip off as swiftly as possible while trying not to lift it upwards.
Sounds simple enough. However, I am also advised to apply pressure on my skin to relieve discomfort which makes me have a nauseus feeling of foreboding.
So, off I go doing as the instructions tell me. I brace myself, give the sheet a good yank and YEAUUEYEWUWWWW!!! Ok, the air did turn slightly blue, but it isn't too painful if it has removed all the hair on that section of leg. I look down. It looks no different. I look at the strip and find 3 solitary hairs on it. I clean my leg off and wait a week for the hair to grow some more.
Now, the first time I'd used it my hairs were definately at least 2mm long and these strips are supposed to work best on hair 2mm-5mm long; but hey, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and try again. So with hair a bit longer I do the same as before (including turning the air blue and examining the wax strip to find a paltry number of hairs). Now, this amount of pain is definately not worth it if I'm only removing a few hairs at a time, but I'm determined not to have wasted my money so I keep on trying.
Eventually, my legs are aching and red raw and I decide I'm going to have to call it a day. However, I'd chickened out on a few attempts and ended up pulling the strip off too slowly and it had left me with big globs of wax on my legs. They advise you to try and get it off by pressing another wax strip against it. I do this and although it works to an extent, it is far from totally successful. So, 2 perfect finish wipes and a good 15 minutes of scrubbing with soap and water later I finally have wax-free legs. Well, they may be wax-free, but unfortunately they are red raw and still hairy. In all fairness, after reading the instructions later it advises you not to use soap and water to get wax off your legs, but use cotton wool and oil instead, but I'm convinced I'd still have been there a year later if I hadn't used soap, water and a fair amount of scrubbing with a rough face cloth.
However, I've heard glowing reports off many people who've used these, so maybe my legs are just extremely reluctant to part with my hair or something.
The pain was not excrutiating and I'd have been quite willing to put up with it had it removed the hair, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't decidedly uncomfortable. I'm fairly hardy when it comes to pain, though, and I know that my big sister for example could never use these as she'd just curl up in a ball and die at the mere thought of peeling a strip back off. I definately could not use them on a more sensitive area such as my bikini line or underarms as I think I probably would pass out and die!
I'll not be buying them again. I suppose both the pain and price would be worth it if they were effective, but since I found them virtually useless and quite messy and fiddly, I'll be sticking to my razor from now on.
I recently invested in the new Veet Wax Strips suitable for short hair. You've probably seen it in the adverts claiming that this product is effective on hair only 2mm long. It appears to be a dream come true. No more waiting for your legs to grow into a jungle of dark grass; no embarassing two weeks where you have to cover up whilst your hair gets to the right length. Your prickly days are over- so it would seem. The packet includes 20 wax strips and 4 finish wipes, ideal to last up to 4 sessions of pain. The finish wipes maintain soft, smooth skin remove any stickiness, and the application/removal is (in theory) simple with fantastic results. However, the experience was not as straight forward for myself. Despite endless stripping of, what felt like, a whole layer of skin cells, my leg hairs were adimant that they weren't coming out. They were approximately 3mm long, longer than the strips were supposedly able to remove, and yet they remained embeddedd in my skin. I then thought maybe it was just me. I had somehow, through some sort of genetic malfunction, had supersonic hair and sharp razors were the only thing that could overcome them. so, being the non-wasteful person that i am, i gave the remaining 15 strips to my friend. 2 weeks later, when my friend had finally got the courage to try them out (it is a bit of a torture sentence), she rang me up complaining that the wax strips were not working. Just like myself, she had got an irritaing, green residue on her legs entwined with the hairs, that were still there! Amongst that, the finish wipes, although they smelt quite nice, didn't actually remove the stickiness so we both had to result to soap and water (although i read afterwards that you must never use water, soap or alcohol to wipe away wax- oops!). The night i tried out the waxing strips, i did actually have a hot date. So these hairs had to go even if the waxing strips had failed me. So i went to the usual r
outine of shaving my legs. After already spending a wasted hour on trying to pull the hairs out of me, i then realised that my hairs had changed into an abnormal consistancy that didn't agree with my razor. The next hour was spent scraping away my hairs. But i suceeded, and my date went fantastic in case your wondering! But i think next time i want smooth legs, i'll keep to the old-fashioned way, and shave my legs once a week instead.
As a lady of "a certain age" I am able to produce a moustache to rival the one which lurks beneath the nose of Saddam Hussein. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but my top lip DOES support enough dark hair to cause embarrassment.) Sessions with a razor were always followed by rapid, stubbly re-growth. And even when using a pastel-coloured "Ladyshave" blade, the activity lent an uncomfortably MACHO feel to my morning ablutions. No ... the shaving/stubble cycle was clearly not going to provide a long-term solution; and bleaching simply rewarded me with a blonde moustache. I'd tried depilatory creams in the past, but felt alarmed by the sinister nature of a product that can cause one's hair to drop out by the roots in a matter of seconds ... "deforestation" and "chemical warfare" were words which always sprang to mind. Shopping in Wilkinsons, I bought "Immac mini cold wax strips" in a crushed, off-white & tourquoise box, for the Reduced Price of £3.49 (they normally retail at £3.99). The packaging is discreet and unremarkable. Bland, in fact. The dark blue lettering on the front merely informs the interested hirsute customer that "Immac" is "soon to be called Veet" (why?), and that the cold wax strips are ready for use on the face and bikini line (although probably not at the same time). The back of the box is printed with very tiny "precautions" which can only be read by those with either damn good natural vision or an efficient pair of prescription lenses. Apart from the 20 wax strips the box also contains 4 moisturising wipes, to soothe the area stripped bare (FOUR? shouldn't that have been twenty?) and a sheet of instructions. The box carries a warning: "waxing is not suitable for the elderly". Hey, I'm only 49 (OK ... I'm really 54) so, despite being considered "elderly" in TopShop terms, I decided to try the strips.
It was only when I unfolded the instruction leaflet at home that I noticed the warning "only use on face and bikini line if you have experience with waxing". Hhhmmmm. Ah well ... there were diagrams (line drawings) of how it should be done; I'm neither daft nor drunk; and I'd follow the instructions carefully: "Hold skin taut with one hand and remove the wax strip in one quick decisive action". Decisiveness is something I have always had trouble with, isn't it? ... but taking a deep breath I .... WwwhhhooooOOOOAAAaaaa ... pulled the strip off, trying not to faint from the eye-watering PAIN. After treatment, my top lip area shone with a red glow. It became even more shiny once I had soothed it with an oily moisturising wipe. OK, I looked as though I'd been smacked in the mouth, but ~ Joy of Joys ~ the area was completely bald! Unfortunately though, overnight a crop of acne-like spots reared their ugly heads in place of the loathesome moustache. They provided a hideous focal point on my wrinkled, but otherwise blemish-free face. (Yep, I know ... I should have given the wax strip a test run first, but hey, who is actually THAT sensible?) Furthermore, the promised "Long Lasting Results" of the Immac treatment proved to be no longer than 7 days max. Meanwhile, the spots took about 10 days to disappear ... so at one point I had an acne-enhanced moustache to contend with. So do beware hairy ladies ... this product isn't suitable for all of us. If you're tempted to try it at home I suggest you do it well in advance of any important social arrangement ~ just in case your face fights back with an arsenal of pimples. And I still haven't worked out why Immac mini cold wax strips are "suitable for the Face and Bikini Line" ... personally, I'd like to point out that, in my case at least, there's not a great deal of similarity!
After trying Boots single use wax strips and being a bit disappointed (Boots rarely let me down) I decided to dig a bit deeper in my pocket and buy Immac (also known as Veet) wax strips. You get 12 reusable strips (reusable up to 4 times) and they cost £5.99. The wax is blue and gel like and is quite thick and sticky. The backing paper is soft and very pliable and the strips stick VERY well to the area of choice. There is a little pain but I've found this to be the case with all brands of wax strips, except for Boots. The pain only lasts a split second when you rip the strips off. The main thing is that the Immac strips do work. When I used them I found that I did not have to do the same area twice. I found that after I had finished the waxing I had residue all over my legs, lucky for me Immac had kindly provided me with 4 sachets of moisturising wipes to remove it. These are very oily and do work but you have to rub quite hard, and you definitely need to have a shower afterwards. It's a shame they didn't provide me with a means to get it out of upholstery though. I still haven't figured out how to get the blob of blue off my carpet from when I accidentally got my wax-covered knee on it - was a bit of a mess. I do like to cut my wax strips into smaller strips for certain areas, which is fine when I want my scissors covered in wax and all sticky. It is suggested that you can warm the wax between your palms to make it more effective, I would not recommend doing that with this wax as it is already gloopy enough as it is. I tried it once and the wax stuck a bit too well, most of it was still on my leg when I pulled the strip off! Well after all this I did find I had lovely hair free, smooth legs and they remained so for about 4 weeks, so I didn't have to mess about with hair removal while I was on holiday. The down side is that I have to let the hairs grow long enough to wax again (about 4mm). I have a
lso had a few annoying in growing hairs. I prefer the Immac wax strips to the Boots single use wax strips (£4.79). With Boots the wax is not very sticky, so it doesn't grip the hairs well enough, but you can cut them into smaller strips without the wax sticking to the scissors. Also you don't tend to get a messy wax residue left behind. In a nutshell these wax strips are effective even though they are a bit messy and a bit painful but remember girls (and boys), beauty is pain.
Getting ready to go away I set about the hair removal process. Feeling brave I slipped some Immac "Mini cold wax strips for face and bikini line" into my already heaving basket of lotions and potions. I've waxed my legs more than a few times and thought that my bikini line would be a similar piece of cake. In the box there were 20 single sided strips which have a green gel wax on them which is about about 3 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide. There are also 4 post-wax moisturising sttrips which are meant to calm your skin and remove excess wax. There is also a small instruction leaflet which is pretty basic but does the job. I settled down to get to work and, following the instructions, warmed a strip in my hands for 30 seconds, applied the strip then pulled it off. It didn't hurt too much but my skin went a lovely red colour. Unfortunately I was left with a lot of sticky wax and very little hair had been removed. I tried again - maybe the strip was too warm. Less wax but still not much hair was removed. I eventually roped my husband in to see if I was pulling too gently. He had a quick rip, he loved the feeling of power, but nope still hairy!!! I had one last go and all I got this time was a couple of hairs on the strip and a few spots of blood. I wiped off with the conditioning wipes which cooled my skin but felt very greasy. Still they did remove all traces of the wax. I eventually called it quits and will be reverting to the oh so stinky hair removal creams in future. On reading the box again I noticed a phone number asking for comments or queries so I phoned in to give Immac my experiences of their wax produtc. I spoke to a nice bloke who said it sounded like I'd followed the instructions to the letter and he was sorry I was disappointed. He then went on to say he'd put a cheque in the mail to refund me for the product. Nice save Immac!!!
For us girlies, the quest for certain bits to become (and remain) hairless, is never-ending. I have shaved, plucked, exfoliated and deforested with the best of them! I have always avoided waxing, firstly because I have a low pain threshold and, secondly because it always seemed a bit of a hassle. It was either pay a fortune at the beauty salon, or get in a mess heating wax at home. So, when I saw that Immac had produced some Cold Wax Strips I decided this would be my ideal chance to experiment with the waxing process. DESCRIPTION********************************** A pack of Immac Cold Wax Strips contains 12 single sided wax strips and 4 sachets of moisturising wipes. They cost me around £5.00, from my local branch of Bodycare, but prices vary considerably. I have seen them for sale in Boots, Superdrug and Tescos, but I am sure that most good retailers will stock them. INGREDIENTS********************************** These are long-winded and technical, but they are useful list, in case you are allergic to any of the contents. Strips: MODIFIED COLOPHONIUM, GLYCEROL ROSINATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA, PARFUM, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS, AZULINE. Moisturising Wipes: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, OCTYLDODE-CANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TOCPHERYL ACETATE, PERSEA GRATISSMA, BHT, GUAIAZULENE, PARFUM. HOW TO USE******************************** This is the bit that they should have sold tickets for?I was in aright old state! I got myself stuck to the strips and the strips also got stuck to everything else. According to the pack they are simple, quick and convenient to use. They are! But, only when you have got the hang of it. Remove a strip from the packet and warm the strip by rubbing it gently between your hands if it is cold. If the wax appears sticky, you can stick the pack in the fridge for about half an hour and then try again. Unlike me, who didn?t read that bit and super-glued myself
to the first strip! Once they are at body temperature you are ready to start waxing. Make sure your skin is dry and free from any oils or other products. Now peel the strips from the covering and smooth one onto your skin; make sure it?s on in the direction of the hair growth. Hold it down firmly for about one minute and then brace yourself! Hold the skin taut and quickly pull the strip off. I recommend you do it as swiftly as you can, because this minimises any pain! You can use the strip again a few more times, but I find that as it gets more hairy, (and hopefully you get less) it is less effective: Not as sticky, so not as much wax to pull out the hairs! Then you moisturise the skin using the wipes provided. Simple eh? Almost, it did take me a while to get untangled from the wax. WARNINGS************************************* Don?t use on skin that is broken or sensitive. If you develop any ill effects from using them, like a rash or discomfort, just stop using them. They also warn you not to use them after a bath or sunbathing; this is when your skin is at its most sensitive and your pores are open. A word of warning; don?t use deodorant (if you?ve waxed your under arms) or other products (if you?ve waxed any other areas!) for at least 24 hours after waxing. Not only is it not recommended it is also pretty painful! If you haven?t used Immac Strips before, I advise you to try a test area first. Use them on an area that won?t show: That way if you get a bad reaction, if your skin is sensitive, you won?t feel silly if you get a rash. DO THEY WORK***************************** Well, after the slight discomfort and the initial teething troubles, I have to say yes, they do! They did leave a bit of sticky wax on my legs which didn?t wash off. The only way to remove it is to use oiled cotton wool; water won?t work! The hair was definitely removed, but it did take quite a lot of effort
and time. I also didn?t like the idea that I had to leave the hair until it was about 3-4mm in length before waxing. It?s not always practical to wait that long; sometimes a quick whiz round with the electric razor is the simpler option! CONCLUSION*********************************** Immac Cold Wax Strips are good and they work well. They aren?t really for me though, because I find them a bit messy and not as convenient as my razor. The result from using the wax strips was longer lasting than with my usual method and I did feel that they left me smoother and more hair-free. So I?m really in two minds about this product. On one hand I am recommending it as a good and effective product, while on the other I am saying that I prefer my razor. I think that if I had a bit more time to spend on my pampering routine I would use Immac Cold Wax Strips more often. I was pleased with their performance, but not with the procedure. I will buy them again and I will use them for a thorough ?deforestation? before my holidays, when there will hopefully be more flesh on display than normal! The rest of the time I will stick with my razor. I still think that you should give them a try; I?d be really interested to see how other people get on. For further product information check out: http://www.homesolutionsnews.com/rbdocs/uk/immac/
I absolutely hate shaving my bikini line, I find it a chore and the re-growth irritates the hell out of me! So as always this product was on special offer in boots (I must buy some shares in boots! I reckon I’m the one who keeps them going! ) and I decided to give them a try. The first time was totally unsuccessful, I had warmed them up too much in my hands, which made them sticky, and all I achieved was a red sticky area – nice! So I gave it a couple of days and decided to try my pain threshold again. The product states that if you find the strips sticky you should put them in the fridge first, so I did and I tried again, this time I achieved smooth hair free non-red skin! ABOUT THE PRODUCT Immac mini wax strips for the face and bikini line are about 10cms long and are just designed for that area. There is no making up of products or cooking them in the microwave all you have to do is gently warm them up in your hands for a couple of seconds and then apply, smooth down, rip off and finally scream!!!! This product is made up of natural wax, calendula oil, and some plant extracts and the after wipes include, c11-12 isoparaffin, lauryl alcohol and mentha piperita (?) The pack contains 20 single sided strips, which are by the way reusable, and 4 softening after wipes. DO THEY WORK? I must say that they after to getting used to using these strips I do find them easy to use and very effective and I remain hair free for about 4 weeks which is a bonus! HOW MUCH? They were on special offer but now retail for around £4.50.
Immac cold wax strips come in a box of 12 and they are ready-waxed for use. You don't have to mess about melting wax and applying it seperately. They are easy to use but require some care to make sure you catch all the hair. If you don't you will be left with little bits once you've finished. You simply apply the strips carefully to the areas you want to treat and pull them off after about half an hour. (The instructions say it takes less time but I find the wax is still sticky after fifteen minutes.) Take care not to let the wax go really hard if the room is too cold or you are in danger of pulling off skin as well as unwanted hair. You get four moisturising wipes with this wax. These are supposed to soothe the skin after the treatment. I find these fiddly to use. They do work but it takes patience. It's so annoying when you have finished waxing and cleared everything up if you suddenly find little tufts of hair that haven't been removed. I did actually wonder if the efficiency of this product depends on the strength and thickness of the hair being removed. You don't get stubble or razor rash with this and your skin feels silky but you are bound to miss something somewhere. I have used this twice and ended up finishing with a razor. By far the most effective, fastest, cheaper and most efficient Immac product is the Sensitive Plus Cream and I will be going back to that.