I was in college! I think I might’ve been 19 or 20 at the time. That’s when I started plucking my brows doing stuff to remove my upper lip hair. And it all started with facial bleach, which was…not my most genius idea, LOL! Because I just ended up looking like a girl with an orange mustache.
When I was sort of coming of age in the ’90s, facial hair, at least in the circles I ran in, wasn’t a big deal. Like, all of the girls I knew in high school had upper lip hair, and nobody ever did anything about it. It was just there. No big deal.
And I definitely had upper lip hair because — UGH! — this boy who allegedly liked me in freshman year would come around at lunchtime and just say ridiculous things, like, “Ooh, do you have a mustache? Because it looks like you have a mustache. I wonder what it’s like to kiss a girl with a mustache!” ?
You know, typical 14-year-old boy… That’s how they spit game. LOL!
Anyway, I was aware of it (the hair) back then, but I didn’t do anything about it until I was in college.
I don’t know if that was because I was busy with band and studying (I was a nerd). I think it was more just a sign of the times. No one I knew really talked about hair removal or brow plucking at the time, and it wasn’t a thing in the magazines (“the” magazines, LOL!). I don’t recall Seventeen doing an extensive exposé on removing your upper lip hair or anything like that!
It’s interesting, though, because my friend Jen has a bunch of cousins who are all about 15 years younger than we are (but they aren’t so young anymore; they’re getting married and having kids!), and I remember that they started plucking their brows and waxing their upper lips when they were younger than Jen and I were when we started doing it. I think they were like 13 or 14 when they started doing that stuff.
I don’t know… Do girls start removing their upper lip hair at that age now? I hope not! I want Connor Claire to be blissfully unaware of it as long as she can.
How old were you when you started doing any sort of facial hair removal?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. TGIF! ?
P.P.S. Are you watching the Super Bowl on Sunday? I think we’re pulling for Atlanta around here, just to give someone new a chance, LOL.
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