Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

A Sphinx, a G, or a Brazilian? A Good Waxing Can Change Your Life, or So They Say

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

A Sphinx, a G, or a Brazilian? A Good Waxing Can Change Your Life, or So They Say

Article excerpt

The only time having a leg wax got emotionally complicated was when one of the "therapists" tried to sell me Jesus.

"So," she said, "do you go to church?" "Oh yes," I said, "all the time." "Which churches do you go to?" she asked, narrowing her eyes. I reeled off the names of churches I frequented, also naming the priests in residence, with an air of challenge in my voice. Picked on the wrong person there, I thought--my DNA is Catholic and I have a blood relative at the Vatican. She was undeterred. "Try reading this," she said, slapping a religious propaganda leaflet released from her salon coat pocket on to my red-dotted leg. Not long afterwards, I bought an epilator.

Waxes have become a lot more emotionally complicated than that since then. "I got asked if I wanted a full bikini wax, a Hollywood, a Brazilian, a Playboy, a G, or a Sphinx," said my exhausted friend as she sat down--late--to lunch. "I just said, 'Make sure it doesn't show out of my bikini bottoms.'" Actually, I think someone was showing off, because all those "menu options" are really just different names for the same thing: either full removal of the pubic hair or a procedure that leaves a thin line (aka, a "landing strip"). Definitions vary from salon to salon and from one beautician to another, so always make sure you know exactly what you're asking for.

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Strictly speaking, a Brazilian leaves a line of hair and a Hollywood doesn't, but it's all bastardised now. A teenage female friend of mine confesses to feeling under huge peer pressure to have all her pubic hair removed like all her friends do. …

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