LIZ JONES: Ive wasted 157,000 on waxing, but hairs never give up the ghost

LIZ JONES: I’ve wasted 157,000 on waxing, but hairs never give up the ghost

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00:53 GMT, 13 August 2012

To wax, or not to wax Liz Jones has spent 157,115 on hair removal over the years

To wax, or not to wax Liz Jones has spent 157,115 on hair removal over the years

Last week, a news story claimed women were suffering from a rise in bacterial infections due to the current mania for Brazilian and Hollywood bikini waxes.

The treatment can cause hundreds of tiny tears in the skin, making us more vulnerable to bacteria.

Add this to the risk of bugs caught from the waxing process itself (don’t stand for therapists ‘double-dipping’ the lollipop stick used to apply the product back into the cauldron of warm wax; it’s a germ magnet) and a practice billed by many spas as ‘hygienic’ may well be the exact opposite.

This latest health scare has
reignited the whole debate about whether women should feel the need to
be as bare as a billiard ball in their nether regions.

Never
mind the expense — I’ve just calculated I’ve spent 157,115 on waxing
in my lifetime — and the time it takes to attend appointments every two
or three weeks.

Why should women feel compelled to replicate the private parts of a pre-adolescent

Looking at a 1982 copy of Vogue, I am amazed to see not only how womanly the models appear, but how hirsute.

In an advertisement for tights, you can clearly see the model’s thick, dark line of pubic hair.

Indeed,
when I first came to London as a student, in 1977 and started the
lifetime commitment that is ‘waxing’, the norm then was a half leg and a
bikini wax — just the few stray hairs left exposed by a pair of
knickers.

Expensive habit: Once you embark on the slippery slope that is waxing, you dont know when to stop, says Liz Jones

Expensive habit: Once you embark on the slippery slope that is waxing, you dont know when to stop, says Liz Jones

And it never really works, all this waxing. Not really.

Hairs never give up the ghost, the
tenacious blighters.

You can exfoliate all you like, but waxing weakens
the hair shaft, meaning when it regrows it is more likely to grow
crooked under the skin, resulting in unsightly ingrown hairs.

But once you embark on the slippery slope that is waxing, you don’t know when to stop.

Most
women I know have two good weeks, when they can wear short skirts, have
sex with a man and sit on a beach, followed by two weeks of famine,
when we have to remain on lock-down, given we are frantically trying to
grow enough hair to make the next session of costly waxing as effective
as possible.

It does make you wonder, what on earth is the point