Product Type: Veet Hair Removal
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A sticky situation...
Veet Bikini & Underarm Wax Strips
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Veet Bikini & Underarm Wax Strips
Advantages: You may well look back and be able to laugh!
Disadvantages: The product isn't easy to use and isn't very efficient...
I used to live in Dubai until last year- and over there, it's very much a case of 'When in Rome' amongst the ladies (or when in Dubai). This includes many indulgencies ranging from beauty to drink to pastimes. The particular 'indulgence' which my sister in law persuaded me to share with her was bikini waxing in a grand hotel, which became a little tiresome to me after a short time. After the mint tea and fruit, you were guided into a lovely relaxing room with ambient music and and a smiling lady in a white coat. The lady who I used to see (we'll call her Violet as that was her name) persuaded me that one should remove all hair from the bikini area- and I mean ALL hair. As you can imagine, there is no easy way to do this without losing all remnants of dignity that you once owned, just five minutes before when you were prancing about in your fluffy hotel dressing gown and slippers and feeling all Bet Davis-esque. Violet- a pretty Oriental lady of less than 5 feet, made waxing into a martial art- and a brutal one at that. After braving two of these stripping, ripping, eye watering encounters, I decided that enough was enough and I wasn't going to return to lose yet more dignity/skin/will to live.
***But the Damage is Done***
A few weeks after I had bid my final farewell to Violet, I realised that in order to maintain an acceptable bikini wearing appearance, I must bite the bullet and remove the bikini area to the standard that had been set by my scary little wax wielding friend. What else was there to do but head for the pharmacy and purchase a box of Veet Wax Strips? That said, there was an alternative but I'd be damned if I was letting a product called 'Nads' anywhere near my unwanted hair. So clutching my purchase I headed home for a home waxing session which I was confident I could carry off like a pro- after all- how hard could it be to stick a bit of wax on and rip it off? I went up to my room and prepared to wax my bikini line by myself for the first time ever...
I opened the box to be greeted with 16 harmless looking wax strips and a couple of after wax wipes. The instructions seemed simple enough- it was just a case of rubbing each strip between your hands to warm the wax before opening them. Each strip was double sided- so in other words, each strip was actually two strips (bargain!). All that was apparently required after opening the strips- was a bit of pulling the skin taut, pressing down to fix the strip in place, and then swiftly pulling the strip off against the direction of the hair. Yes, I knew it would make me wince and yelp a little, but basically, this would be a ten minute job and then daily business could resume! So here it goes...
***The Waxing Process***
What followed was nothing less than a slapstick sideshow. I decided to partake in the waxing process sitting on the tiled floor of my room (which turned out to be the best idea as it happens!). So off I went with wax strip number one. Rub in hands, place it on, firmly press down, count to five, count to five again, then to ten then- tear! 'Ouch' is not a word that illustrates the moment deservedly, but that said, I guess you would probably rather not have a mental picture at this point. This is the point where I realised that this may not be a ten minute job after all. The hair was still 50% attached to my skin and slithers of sticky orange wax were accompanying it. The pack told me that I could reuse each strip- and this is what I did...and still the hair didn't come out entirely. I decided to revisit this particular patch of skin after moving on to a new patch. By now you get the idea of how the whole process panned out. Mid way through, I decided that cutting the strips down into smaller pieces would definitely be the way forward and I hopped off to find some scissors. Ten minutes later, I had ruined the scissors and the floor was covered in curled up wax strips, sunny side down. I had drawn blood which I tried to pat with tissue and I still had patches of hair which would not come out no matter how much I warmed the wax, how taut I pulled the skin, how rapidly I tore the strips off, what size I'd cut them to or how loudly I swore at them. I decided that possibly, I should not embark upon a stroll on the beach with bikini line as it now stood- patchy, red raw, bleeding, with bits of tissue fastened firmly to the skin with bright orange wax. In a bid to tidy up the situation, I decided to use the aftercare wipes provided. Unfortunately my fingers were so caked in wax that I had to use the first one to clean them up. On opening it, it felt just like the Clean up Wipes that you get in some fast food restaurants, but they smelt a bit better. These poultry little bits of paper could unfortunately not tackle the aftermath of my adventure. Happily, I had some baby oil in the bathroom which cleaned up the whole sorry situation as best as anything ever would as water will not shift it and you're not to use soap immediately after waxing. The end result, as you can imagine, was not outstandingly impressive and it's a good thing I wasn't off to audition for Baywatch that day. My skin was so sore that there was nothing more I could do to put things right.
I gave the beach a miss and booked an appointment to see Violet.
***After thoughts from the Aftermath***
I can't really criticise the product with massive venom- at the time I assumed the disaster was purely down to me and my bumbling idiocy, but in retrospect- the strips are not super easy to use, nor are they super efficient. They are messy (the hardened orange wax was still slithered across that floor when I moved out a year later-yes, I know- my fault!), not sized ideally (perhaps a selection of sizes in the box might be a good idea) and the aftercare wipes are pathetic and basically ineffective- and given that there was just four of them- this part of the package was quite honestly a joke. The price was reasonable enough- converting to around £5, but then given that it was a disaster, it was a fiver well wasted! I think that maybe this product might be better in the hands of a hardened, experienced waxer- certainly not for the novice. Whether or not they are capable of removing strips of hair in one fell swoop remains to be seen.
My advice, if you've not home waxed before, would be to shop around for a product that's relatively drama free and build up to the wax strips gradually (and perhaps use a different brand.) Either that or give your home made waxing salon a swerve and go and see Violet.
Summary: It may be possible to carry out a decent waxing job- but it's not for the solo novice!
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