Tuesday, August 05, 2008

diy waxing (buyer beware)

We all have gifts. Our friend Frida lived a spicy life, and had talent to spare but it did not save her from the Brow.

Some of us are burdened with an excess of eyebrow. It's just a fact of life that requires tough skin to withstand all the plucking and taunting of small children. (I am looking at you, Laurel of the preschool, making Lexi cry when you told the class she had 'callapitters' on her forehead. For shame.)

So. I pluck and I deal and occasionally I wax the suckers myself when Mad Men calls my name and I'm done with all this necessary grooming.

And until Saturday, I have been smug in my DIY efforts. That is until I used a new bigger strip of wax and broke one of the golden rules of the art of eyebrow maintenance: Thou shall not wax the same area twice in any one waxing period, you dope, or suffer you shall.

The swelling is down, but Zack still backed away from me in the morning, avoiding the scourge.

Greg was far kinder as I iced my wound, claiming that he could barely make out where I had manually extracted a pound of flesh from my eyelid, proving once again why he's just the guy for me.

Frida courtesy of Google; my eye courtesy of Zack.


Kimberly said...

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have a unibrow. I am annoyed to admit that I own eight pairs of tweezers and can never find a pair when I need one. Bleh.

Stephanie Breuner said...


I noticed a picture of Ella on your flickr column. I like the new look of the blog.

holly said...

ooooh *i* have the same tweezer problem as kim! although my tweezer owning is four.

people suck. i'm speaking of the ones-who-think-we-aren't-allowed-to-have-imperfect-eyebrows.

everyone else *rocks*. we rock.

but *ouch*, girl! wax on the eye? nooooooo!

Minnesota Matron said...

Oh honey! Ouch. The Matron has no knowledge of the severe line you and Frieda share. She is the hairless wonder. She hasn't shaved her legs in 25 years! And there is scant hair. But she wishes she had a thicker bit on top!

lapoflux said...

You and me hon - even when I have it waxed and/or tweezed by an esthetician (which needs to be done occasionally when my eyebrows become a runner across my brow) I come out puffy & red and sometimes bleeding.

We're such sensitive souls ;-)

flutter said...

Ow hell!!

CamiKaos said...

oooooooooooouch... oh girl... oh woman. Oh dear sweet lady of the waxing... That's why I have my hair stylist wax me.

and I hope Holly isn't talking to me. I think everyone should have their own eyebrows... I do not pick at people... I just need mine to be just so.

Melanie said...

I used to be a fastidious tweezer, but I seem to lack the attention span these days. It's like I woke up one day and realized, "Holy cripes, this is some DULL SHIZ."

I am tempted by the quick, ruthless style of the wax.

Jennifer H said...


But look at that lovely arch, and at the expertly-applied mascara. I'm still impressed.

But I'm a little freaked out (and more than a little jealous) by what Minnesota Matron said. 25 years! It hardly seems fair.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Ouch!! I tried DIY bikini waxing once. Once was enough.