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15 Hair Removal Horror Stories That Will Make You Question Why We Wax And Shave In The First Place

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1. they ripped off an entire layer of skin

“I once had my eyebrows waxed and they ripped off an entire layer of skin, so I had two long cuts under both brows. Apparently the sun combined with a skin-care treatment I was using made my skin ultrasensitive to the point that it peeled off with the wax. I’ll stick to plucking.”

—Lindsay

2. I was in so much pain that I was hysterically laughing

“There was one lady who was obsessed with making sure she didn’t miss every freaking hair or suspicion of a hair. She waxed me twice with the hard wax, then two other times with the soft wax, and then attacked me with a tweezer. Detail-oriented was definitely a drawback there. She would show me the strips each time she took them off, exclaiming ‘Look! They’re like little soldiers!’ I had a date right after, and I was in so much pain that I was hysterically laughing. I also tried doing it myself a few times. I had gotten tired of paying so much to do it, and it looked super easy. I became overconfident. I may have had a glass of wine and locked myself in my room with a wax pot. I put down the first line of wax, then I proceeded to chicken out. I was too damn nervous to tear it off. I kept trying to give myself pep talks, but they were not effective. When I finally did start tearing it off, it was coming off in millimeters. I eventually got it off in between bouts of panic, remorse, and hope that if I just put my pants back on and went along with the rest of my day, it would all disappear. Lesson of the story: If you are going to put your genitals through burning pain, definitely pay someone else to do it!”

—Barbara

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