My Mum was horrified once I confirmed her my newly acquired Ending Contact Facial Hair Remover.
“You possibly can’t shave your face!” she cried. “Why can’t you simply use nail scissors like everybody else?”
Pause for impact.
Can we please get a present of fingers from anybody – anybody in any respect – who makes use of a pair of nail scissors to remain on high of their facial hair? I believed not. She couldn’t have picked a extra impractical device. It’s like going to battle brandishing a chainsaw – there’s extra likelihood of maiming your self than profitable the battle.
“I simply maintain the scissors like this,” she mentioned, her head again and her chin thrown excessive, “and snip as near the foundation of the hair as I can.”
“You possibly can’t even see the place you’re snipping,” I mentioned, ‘you’ll find yourself chopping off one thing vital!”
“Properly I take advantage of a mirror, clearly.”
Mum’s snipping technique is flawed in some ways: firstly the danger of damage is excessive, even with using a mirror. Maybe particularly with using a mirror, as a result of everyone knows how even the only of duties turns into unattainable when you’re relying in your reflection to information you.
Then there’s the truth that you’re not even attending to the foundation of the issue, simply chopping off the seen half. It’s a bit like weeding by pulling off the highest bits. Does my Mum go across the backyard strimming over the dandelions? No she doesn’t. She goes about on her knees, pulling the entire thing out.
And at last (although I can most likely consider many extra issues with the scissor technique), how bloody lengthy should it take to de-hair a median chin and moustache space? Days! I’d be tempted to open out the scissor blades and slide them alongside my pores and skin for velocity’s sake, old school cut-throat razor type.
“God I don’t do my complete face!” mentioned my Mum. “You simply do the longest hairs, you daft factor. Those which are a number of centimetres or very darkish.”
Because of this we’ve totally different elimination strategies, then: perspective in the direction of facial hair. Mum: proud of the same old facial fuzz. The stuff that we’ve all had, most likely from a younger age, however that 4K HD TV and hi-res telephone cameras have regularly made me hyper-aware of. She solely irks on the longest, blackest of hairs – the remainder is simply thought of regular, like having eyes, or legs.
“You wouldn’t shave these off.”
My drawback is that I have a look at my face intimately practically each single day. It’s a part of my job. I ought to disclose right here that I’m not a very furry individual and my colouring is sort of honest, however as a result of I take a look at make-up and skincare I do spend quite a lot of time watching zoomed-in photographs and movies of myself. And when it’s not photographs and movies it’s the bloody magnifying mirror, aka The Portal of Doom, checking whether or not or not a brand new basis that I’m testing has crept into wonderful traces or migrated into the oilier patches. And so not solely do I see the longest and blackest of hairs (although mine are typically white, like Father Christmas) I additionally see the plush thackets of peach fuzz, so dense they’re like velvet.
I left the peach fuzz for some time as a result of it did appear to be overkill to begin taking that off; I plucked on the longer hairs with my tweezers (positively my suggestion over nail scissors) and I ignored the fuzz. However then I began plucking the marginally longer bits of fuzz in addition to the hairs, particularly within the aspect tache space, and earlier than I knew it I used to be plucking all of the peach fuzz out with my tweezers. It was taking ages and was really fairly painful after some time….
…therefore the brand new Ending Contact shaver. I haven’t really charged it as much as attempt but, such was the ferocity of my mom’s response to it. I believe she has visions of me doing a full shave routine, utilizing a type of badger brushes to lather my face up, leaning in in the direction of the mirror like Determined Dan. White vest, gun belt slung over the towel rail, ten gallon hat resting on the shelf above the sink.
However I’ve began with the mass-tweezing and so now there isn’t any retreat. The moustache hairs come again barely sharper, in order that whenever you’re watching TV you could find your self stroking your stubble – for that’s what it’s – correctly, like an outdated sage about to make a pertinent assertion.
The one means ahead is to proceed with the full eradication approach – however with my new shaver it will likely be like (hopefully) utilizing a lawnmower quite than a pair of long-handled secateurs. Speedy. Environment friendly. Painless.
I’ll maintain you all up to date, if solely to horrify my Mum.
The Flawless Contact gadget is on-line here (ad-affiliate hyperlink) and prices £29.99. I’ve to say, it feels very mild and cheaply-made, for the worth, however since writing the above I’ve examined it correctly and it really works effectively. When you’ve got different strategies then let me know!
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