Last night my daughter attended a formal dance. Those girls all looked BEAUTIFUL, even the boys looked stunning, they made sure to visit the Best Beauty Salon in Toronto. .
Behind those gorgeous photos were hours of prep – picking up flowers, doing makeup, hair, etc with the newest salon furniture provided by the best Salon. As I was talking the stylist that did Sydney’s up-do, we were talking about how each one of the girls she styled that day pointed out their flaws. (It’s true, youth really is wasted on the young!) She got comments like, “My forehead is too high” and “I have a really big nose” or “I have a really square face”. I know part of that is the age, teenagers are insecure. I used to be one of them, so I get it. With kids increasingly wanting to sport trendy hair styles, much like their older siblings or parents, it might be important to take them to a salon to give them a huge confidence boost. As with any sort of hair, it is important to start by using a shampoo and conditioner that is suited to great with kids haircuts. Specifically, shampoos formulated for kids usually contain ingredients that enable their hair to grow thicker and stronger. These shampoos also tend to have fewer harmful ingredients in them, which is incredibly helpful as kids can be much more sensitive. It is also important at a young age to have a very practical haircut. So for girls, the best haircut is a very simple long, straight and blunt cut, with perhaps a small fringe. For boys, it is simplest to cut it to as short as the boy will let you, especially because a short cropped style and the use of thigh high stockings is almost always in fashion. The bikini and Brazilian wax are more popular than ever. Here we will look at the advantages of doing both and you will see why the Bikini and Brazilian wax are so popular. While some women may still avoid bikini waxing, opting instead for the tried and tested razor, many more are taking the plunge and going all the way with the Brazilian wax. Bikini waxing traditionally, removes only the hair that is visible around the bikini area. Brazilian waxing is a method of hair removal that removes all of the hair from the genital region. Not for the feint hearted, Brazilian waxing is a trend that has grown in popularity for both men and women. While bikini waxing remains popular.
You know when there is a “something” that hovers just out of reach and you can’t quite put your finger on it? While I was watching The Joy of the Single (a documentary about 45rpm records, not marital status), there was a snippet, a mere 10 seconds, of a young and svelte Roy Wood, shimmering in blue sequins, warbling Blackberry Way, and something stirred. I had a vivid recollection of my beloved sequinned Biba tank top, but that wasn’t it. It was something more … sensory. A smell. It took me a whole 24 hours to finally nail it: the scent of the Biba tank top when I put it on.
I was remembering the scent of Aquamanda. You must remember Aquamanda? We used to marinade ourselves in it during the early 70s. Everything I owned was saturated with the scent of orange blossom. How odd that I should remember a smell without actually smelling it. Then again, is there anything more evocative of time and place than a perfume? I bet Daisy Buchanan wasn’t so much moved to tears by the sight of Gatsby’s “beautiful shirts” as by the memories stirred by the scent of them – and him.
Since the 70s I’ve worked my way from Revlon’s Charlie to YSL Rive Gauche by way of Chanel Allure and a brief infatuation with Armani Acqua di Gioia – and thence to Chanel No 5 – which my daughters still call “Mummy Smell”. I can’t honestly recall it, but I know my own mum favoured Worth’s Je Reviens. My nan sprayed everything (and everybody) with lavender water or 4711 eau de cologne. I’ve learned that although I adore the scent of roses I cannot abide tuberose and that, for some reason, Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps brings me out in spots. I’m not fickle with my perfumes – it turns out that I am one of those people who remains loyal to a handful of favourites and in my case those are currently Chanel No 5, Acqua di Parma and Escentric Molecule 01. The first is a classic, the sharp bergamot tang of the second reminds me of a lost love and the third is a welcome confidence boost, which I should explain: Escentric Molecule 01 contains pheromones and, as my own pheromones are retiring due to middle age, some additional and more lively ones are very welcome. Pheromones are supposed to make people like you more and therefore be nicer to you. It’s probably all nonsense and any effect may be entirely imagined, but I don’t care – it’s the one I’m always asked about when I wear it and I love it.
Scent is a very personal thing and I think we don’t always give enough attention to the business of choosing and buying one. The selling of designer fragrances is a massively profitable business, worth an estimated £10.5bn worldwide and with an equally hefty advertising budget to go with it. We may aspire to dress from head to toe in Balenciaga but the bit of Balenciaga we can actually afford is Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, as advertised by Kristen Stewart. Every time we run the gauntlet of a perfume hall – strategically positioned so there’s no way round it – we emerge from the other side liberally paintballed in a multiplicity of confusing whiffs, unless we are very firm about saying no. This is not the way to buy a new fragrance. Everything smells subtly different on each individual and it takes time to develop as it sits on your skin and warms up. Very occasionally it warms up and smells like the ginger tom next door, so getting a little spritz on your wrist and walking around with it for an hour or so will tell you whether it’s really for you.
Seven Brazilian sisters brought the concept of the Brazilian wax to New York on 1987, and since then has become one of the most popular hair removal methods in the United States. Compared to a normal bikini wax, this procedure differs greatly since it will require you to remove the hair found on the back, front and all the hairs found in between. Although in some cases, a strip is placed on the front, however there are certain customers who prefer having the hair on the front removed as well.
One advantage of the Brazilian wax is that you no longer need to worry about any pubic hair in your pubic area, and even in your anus since it will remove all of these.
Compared to trimming or shaving your pubic hair, when you go for this treatment, the growth of your pubic hair will take a longer time. With a this method you can enjoy weeks of having a hair-free pubic area.
A Brazilian wax may sound tempting because of its advantages, but like all things, the procedure has its shortcomings as well. One known disadvantage of the Brazilian wax is its price. Compared to trimming, shaving or even getting a Bikini wax, this method is a lot more expensive and pricey.
The Brazilian wax is also a very painful procedure. Patches of your pubic hair will be ripped from its follicles, so a lot of pain can be expected. If you really want to go through with a Brazilian wax, prepare yourself for the discomfort that comes with the wax treatment.
So despite the pros and cons we’ve listed above, you’ve decided to go on with this procedure. There are certain preparations that must be done in order to achieve the fullest and most satisfying treatment. Before undergoing a Brazilian body wax, you have to be aware of the pain that this wax treatment may cause. Just like plucking your eyebrows from their follicles, the pubic hair is also ripped from pubic area.
However, it reinforces what we need to do that the women’s health they look up to. We need to LOVE OURSELVES. Show our girls our imperfections are beautiful too. That we are CONFIDENT. They get their cues from US, my friends. We need to be the best role models we can be.
After all, true beauty comes from the inside out. It’s about knowing who you are. It’s not just ACCEPTING your flaws but EMBRACING them, and taking care of yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT. Contrary to what you may think, our girls take so much more of their cues from us than the do their friends or the media. If you are not doing those things or feeling that way yourself, how can we expect the younger generation to do it? Before we empower them, we must empower OURSELVES.
Raising strong, confident women starts AT HOME.