October 9th 2017
Sarah Vine: my top three home hair removal devices
May 16th 2017 / 0 comment
'I prefer to do my own pruning.' What Sarah Vine swears by for keeping face, legs and 'lady garden' fuzz-free
The sun is out and it’s time to tend to the garden. The ‘lady-garden’, that is. Some people like to engage the services a professional; I prefer to do my own pruning. I think it’s just my generation: we grew up in a world without Brazilians and ten different flavours of moisturising wax. A pair of old pants and a quick Immac around the edges did most of us just fine.
Now if so much as a stray hair remains, it’s considered a full-on depilatory emergency. If it’s perfection you want, there are no shortage of specialist waxing establishments willing to offer it. But unless you’re auditioning for Strictly anytime soon, you can achieve perfectly good results at home - without the trauma of having to make small talk with a complete stranger as they rummage around your undergrowth.
Even without the embarrassment and humiliation, waxing the old lady parts is just too damn painful. I find it can also lead to ingrown hairs, which are no fun at all. The solution is to take the hair short, but not so close that the regrowth can burrow beneath the skin and cause problems. By far the best gadget I’ve ever found for this is the Philips BikiniGenie (£25).
For the same price as a single waxing session, you can get this no-fuss battery-powered trimmer that works wet or dry and can be deployed safely in ever the most intimate areas. It offers a variety of length settings and is versatile enough for all levels of pruning.
You can achieve perfectly good results at home - without the trauma of having to make small talk with a complete stranger as they rummage around your undergrowth
As for the legs, personally, I don’t understand what’s wrong with shaving. Okay, it’s a bit retro; but it doesn’t hurt, you won’t be left looking and feeling like you’ve just walked through a bed of nettles - and provided you use a good razor there’s really nothing to fear. By ‘good razor’ I do not, of course, mean the other half’s. Men, however well-disposed, get really quite het up if you use their razor. And they always know, no matter how carefully you rinse it afterwards or whatever efforts you make to replace it in exactly the same position on the bathroom sink in which you found it. A genius new idea is FFS - Friction Free Shaving - an online subscription service that delivers a fresh monthly supply (a new one each week) of razors directly to your door, from just £5 a month, including postage. And they are excellent quality too, specifically designed for the purpose with a choice of three or five separate blades for extra smooth results.
Shaving may be fine for low-maintenance types like me; but if it’s high-def result you want, then high-tech is the route to go. In this respect, the Philips Lumea series is by far the easiest and most fuss-free IPL system I’ve tried. Sadly, it only works on dark hair, and only if you have a Mediterranean or otherwise light complexion (one of the few times being a brunette is better than being blonde). But provided you have the right skin/hair tone, this is a fantastic long-term solution. There are various models, the latest - the Lumea Prestige BRI956 - has fully four separate attachments - face, body, legs and bikini - each one ergonomically shaped for the area and calibrated accordingly and has an app to remind you when to do it. It doesn’t come cheap - the RRP is £575 (we’ve found it £100 cheaper here at John Lewis) but I find it 100 per cent efficient for all three areas and incredibly quick and easy to use.
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