01 Nov
To Wax or Not to Wax

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.

Good luck!

Kristine, TMH

8 Responses to “To Wax or Not to Wax”


Comment by Mrs. Dee.

For what it’s worth, and I don’t know the nationality of the ladies at the salon, but my Japanese friends remove all their facial hair. It could be a question out of tradition more than need.


Comment by highlyirritable.

I’d suggest that if you’re even asking, YANK IT.

But not until Decemeber. ‘Tis Movember now, ya know. Maybe raise some funds for a good cause with that bad boy.


Comment by Wendi.

I just had my upper lip waxed for the first time in my life last month. Holy shit, that hurt. I’ll stick with the 5 o’clock shadow.


Comment by N and Em's mom.

This is the kind of question to ask your best friend, the one who is always painfully honest.


Comment by Peyton Price, Suburban Haiku.

The blondes are whining:
Wah. My invisible hairs.
Brunettes shake their heads.


Comment by Louise.

I occasionally get my top lip waxed, but if you don’t want to deal with the pain Nair do a great facial hair removal cream – put it on and wipe it off 10 minutes later and all the hair is gone! It does grow back faster than getting it waxed though, however you can do it in the comfort of your own home!


Comment by Js.

I too have blonde facial hair. I wax a few times a year, usually around the time my make-up sticks to it and I can see just how thick it is and which direction it is combed…


Comment by HellTygr.

Salon ladies are there to add procedures to make money. Salons in general are there to make us feel like we don’t look good enough au naturele.
I realize that sounds snarky, and for that I apologize, but in general, don’t do something just because someone who stands to make money off of it is suggesting or recommending it.

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