Dear Mouthy Housewives,
I’m wondering what I should do about my facial hair. It’s very blonde and I don’t think I look like I have a mustache and sideburns but every time I go into the salon to get my eyebrows waxed, the Asian ladies ask if I want to do my lip or my face.
I used to look at them like they were crazy but now that I’m over forty, I’m thinking the hair on my face is getting thicker and maybe they’ve been right all along. What would you do in my position? Start waxing or keep it real?
Barely There Hair
Dear Barely There Hair,
The facial hair dilemma. This one brings back memories. (Of when I was a pre-pubescent tween, but we won’t go there.)
Most of us women must face this waxing predicament for one part of the body or another. Ahem. For me, it’s the ol’ mustachio as well. In the summer, my facial hair seems to lighten and disappear. But then one day, usually around November or so, I wake up and scream at the masculine reflection staring back from the mirror. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t show up a little earlier for Halloween, because that would actually be quite convenient.
Anyway, if you’re really struggling with this decision, I’ve found that there are a few questions you can ask yourself to gauge the severity of your problem. If you answer YES to two or more of the following questions, you may want to get waxed.
1. Do you find yourself stroking your upper lip while lost in thought?
2. Have you ever been in the middle of eating a meal when you noticed a forkful of sandwich stuck to your upper lip?
3. Is your mustache starting to highlight your overgrown roots?
(You don’t need to share your answers.)
Now, remember that, if you take the plunge, you’ll have to commit to regular upkeep. Personally, that type of long-term obligation gives me anxiety, which is why I like to trim mine occasionally with a cuticle scissor.
I’m usually also drunk when this happens, but I don’t think that’s particularly relevant.