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To Shave or Not to Shave, That is the Question

To Shave or Not to Shave, That is the Question

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So many things to consider when prepping for your show, but the tanning process seems to be the one that we fret about the most. Perhaps it's because we don't do this every day. Perhaps it's because it can make or break your stage presence. Nevertheless, one question that you need to answer for yourself is whether you are going to shave, wax, or chemically remove hair prior to tanning.

In order to get that perfect stage tan you'll need to remove as much hair as possible from pretty much every location on your body except for your head. :)

There are three ways to do this, shaving, waxing, or using a hair dissolving agent such as Nair. Which technique you use is personal preference as they all will do the trick. No matter what technique you choose, ensure you test it well in advance of the competition so you're not waiting until the last minute only to find nasty red bumps in the most undesirable places. NOT a pleasant experience.

--SHAVING--

Many gals prefer to shave, right up to the morning of the tan application. Especially if your hair is on the lighter side of the spectrum, this is a very doable option.

You are likely going to have to shave more than you typically do, so start several weeks ahead of the competition so your skin has adjusted and you avoid any irritation the day of competition.

Pros - inexpensive, easy
Cons - time-consuming, can produce red bumps if new area


--WAXING--

Waxing is a technique that removes hair at the root. Wax is applied and then removed quickly with a ripping motion. It's typically performed at a salon by a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician.

Waxing is a viable option for competitors, especially for gals with hair on the darker side. If you have really dark hair, waxing may be the only option that completely removes hair.

Pros - fast, results last 2 to 8 weeks
Cons - expensive, potentially painful with unwanted side effects such as tearing skin or red bumps


--CHEMICAL REMOVAL--

Nair is a popular brand of hair removal products that some competitors use, although this is the least popular choice. These products work by dissolving the hair when applied on the skin.

If not used regularly, chemical removal can produces some pretty unsightly side effects such as pain, red skin, and red bumps.

Pros - inexpensive, fast
Cons - can produce irritation to skin and hair follicles

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

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