Sunday, June 18, 2006

Not Quite Norman Bates

Since the summer has hit NYC with a vengeance, there are some things that are a rite of passage that any female needs to go through. Along with the obligatory mani/pedi comes the dreaded hair removal decisions. Due to my dark hair, my decision is one of epic proportions.

For me, I tend to become extremely lax in the winter with shaving my legs. Even moreso when there is no-one in the picture that I would like to get "a little bit friendly" with. However, in the summer, this cannot happen because it is too hot to wear anything other than bare legs.

This leads me to my dilemma. Methods I have tried include:

1. Waxing: I usually get waxed before I go on vacation. It lasts longer than shaving, however the only problem with waxing is that you have to wait until the hair gets to a certain length before you can do it again. The spa that I go to charges $50 per leg.

2. Hair Removal Creams: Messy and smelly. They leave the skin soft, and the hair takes a long time to grow back. This is my second favorite way.

3. Shaving: The quickest and cheapest way to go. My hair grows back fairly quickly, and it is dark so I have to shave quite often. My issue with shaving is that no matter that I have been shaving my legs since I am 13, I always manage to cut myself. IN THE SAME SPOT!!! It is on my left leg, behind the ankle. I swear, the cut doesn't have a chance to heal before I slice it opened again. The last time this happened there was so much blood in the shower, I thought I was in the scene from Psycho. (The Anthony Perkins version not Vince Vaughn version, although Vince is cuter.)

With all of these options to choose from, I usually stick with shaving. I am too impatient to wait the time between waxings, and the hair removal creams are too much to fuss with. So I will continue complaining about cutting myself in the same spot and mangling my legs.