Funny this should come up now! Some background, then a story…
I’ve ALWAYS been a waxer, since I was about 14 or so (I’m 27 now). Yes, it hurts; and yes, it always made my skin red in that area for a few hours. But nothing that I couldn’t live with. Then I lived abroad in London for a little while, about six years ago, and decided to try threading while I was there. I HATED it. For me it hurt like hell, even more than waxing. And it took way longer, which meant more time spent in pain. So I never did it again. Went back to waxing.
Flash foward to this past weekend. I was in Pittsburgh for a friend’s wedding and didn’t have a chance to get my brows done before I left. So the day of the wedding I had some free time and took a walk from my hotel to the Supercuts a few blocks away. They waxed my brows, and they came out AMAZING. I was so happy! They were really red, which I expected, so I just put some extra makeup on that area for the wedding later on, and was good to go.
Woke up Sunday, and my eyebrows were RED RED RED and itching like crazy. But it was 5:30 am and I had a flight back to NYC to catch, so I just put my sunglasses on and ignored it. What could I do at that point? So when I got home that afternoon, I put some calamine lotion on them, and took a nap. When I woke up, my eyelids had started to swell! I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening with ice packs on my eyes, trying to get the swelling to go down. I thought it was getting better…
But then I woke up on Monday with my eyes COMPLETELY swollen shut. I could only open them enough to see where I was walking – but barely. So my FI took me to the doc, where they confirmed what I suspected: it was an allergic reaction to the wax. They gave me a shot in the office, and now I’m on a steroid treament for two more days.
As of yesterday (Thursday), my face was finally back to normal. In the meantime, I was MORTIFIED looking the way I did. I couldn’t even bring myself to go out in public! It was terrible. Who would ever think that would happen?? So crazy. And all I kept thinking was, thank goodness this wasn’t happening for my wedding!!
So, needless to say, I won’t be getting my brows waxed anymore. Yeah, it’s only one experience in ~13 years of waxing, but I don’t EVER want to go through that again! And I’m glad to hear that there’s the option of electrolysis! Threading isn’t my ONLY option now! 🙂