24 May, 2015
Eyebrow waxing. Laser hair-removal appointments. Exfoliation. Moisturising. Nails. Hair.
(random side note: thanks to my brown sugar skin, spray tanning is one thing that I can leave off my list… however my indian hairiness makes up for it – if I ever want to lose 2 kilos, I just have to get a hair cut)
All of the above topics are off limits when we are having a family dinner.
Growing up in a house full of girls, (very early on) Dad laid down a firm rule….’girls, there is to be no body admin talk on the dining table’. Bobby pin/hair tie quarrels, celebrity plastic surgery debates, pedi/mani scheduling….yep, ALL off limits.
I promise you – we are NOT high-maintenance princesses like the Kardashian sisters. I do not know how, but body admin always seems to creep into conversation…
It’s painful – emotionally and physically… but it has to be done. It never stops either. A never-ending cycle. Obviously, it all depends on your care-factor, motivation, the season (aka winter growth) and whether such areas are going to be visible…or visited.
I’ve always thought of ‘body admin’ as a ‘gal thang’… but last week I realised how VERY wrong I am. It is for everyone. Body admin does not discriminate.
Last Friday night, I asked my friend if she wanted to grab a drink after work, to which she replied; “hmmmm I really would love to BUT….I have to go home and wax my boyfriends back”. I had no come back. I just smiled and nodded politely.
Men are not exempt. They too…have body admin on their list of things to do. Shaving. Nail cutting. Skin care.
Admittedly, I have given a spray tan to an ex-boyfriends housemate before. He turned orange, but seemed to like it…
In celebration of ‘body admin’ for all gals and boys, I have found some beautifully designed salons and barber shops. Each space has carefully taken into account the materials, light and layout. All these factors must be very well-considered to ensure the act of ‘body admin’ makes the individual feel confident and assured that they are in good hands!
(FYI – in no way does my beauty salon look like this, I usually go to an indian lady’s garage or I am often tempted to get a pair of my weaving scissors and hack at my black mane)