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Eye Watering finish of a hairy journey…

I had no expectations how my wax appointment would go this morning as i don’t start thinking about appointments until i am present for them. In hindsight I am pleased i maneuver through life in this way. I am used to hair removal as i regularly have my eyebrows, tops half of my legs & bikini area waxed. I had heard several times that underarms are the most sensitive area to get waxed and after my first ever experience of this, the reviewers were not joking! Lucy the beautician was welcoming, friendly, professional and kind. Luckily i chose to leave the underarm area until last on the last (eyebrows,face,neck,chin,navel,bikini,legs feet toes,) Tears were streaming from my eyes during the underarm waxing combined with my legs waving around in the air due to the pain. I honestly don’t know how ladies put themselves through regular waxing of this area. I will certainly NEVER be having my underarms waxed again (this is no bearing on the skill of the beautician, just an EXTREMELY sensitive area of the body to wax) You can see the redness still present in tonight’s photos and this is 12 hours after my appointment. I enjoyed my appointment other than the pain element and feel all new and fresh following the hair removal.

I am pleased i have completed this challenge as it has given me an understanding of why some women choose to keep and accept their excess hair. I prefer to remove my hair due to personal choice but have the up most respect for ladies who love it and live with it. 🙂

I would like to say a HUGE thankyou to everyone who has supported me and will continue blogging every now and again on my journey through choices of permanent hair removal so watch this blog.

Please see my final photos of this challenge below with an update of my sponsorship total…

BIKINI FINISH FULL FACE FINISH NECK & CHIN FINISH SIDE FACE FINISH UNDERARM FINISH

Eye Watering finish of a hairy journey…

I had no expectations how my wax appointment would go this morning as i don’t start thinking about appointments until i am present for them. In hindsight I am pleased i maneuver through life in this way. I am used to hair removal as i regularly have my eyebrows, tops half of my legs & bikini area waxed. I had heard several times that underarms are the most sensitive area to get waxed and after my first ever experience of this, the reviewers were not joking! Lucy the beautician was welcoming, friendly, professional and kind. Luckily i chose to leave the underarm area until last on the last (eyebrows,face,neck,chin,navel,bikini,legs feet toes,) Tears were streaming from my eyes during the underarm waxing combined with my legs waving around in the air due to the pain. I honestly don’t know how ladies put themselves through regular waxing of this area. I will certainly NEVER be having my underarms waxed again (this is no bearing on the skill of the beautician, just an EXTREMELY sensitive area of the body to wax) You can see the redness still present in tonight’s photos and this is 12 hours after my appointment. I enjoyed my appointment other than the pain element and feel all new and fresh following the hair removal.

I am pleased i have completed this challenge as it has given me an understanding of why some women choose to keep and accept their excess hair. I prefer to remove my hair due to personal choice but have the up most respect for ladies who love it and live with it. 🙂

I would like to say a HUGE thankyou to everyone who has supported me and will continue blogging every now and again on my journey through choices of permanent hair removal so watch this blog.

Please see my final photos of this challenge below with an update of my sponsorship total…

BIKINI FINISH FULL FACE FINISH NECK & CHIN FINISH SIDE FACE FINISH UNDERARM FINISH

Day 36 – The Last Stroke..

Waking up today, I felt a mixture of feelings as this is my last full day with excess face and body hair before I begin removing it again. (waxing commences tomorrow at 10am BST with Lucy of lucys.therapies@facebook.com) I have found the experience liberating, have started to reflect on my feelings towards my appearance, have recognized how my feelings have developed and changed prior to the start of this challenge and also learnt about feelings of fear and how to control these. What a roller coaster of emotions it has been!

I have found a lot more acceptance of who I am as a person rather than just focusing on how I look in the mirror. This experience has given me broader views/opinions of having and living with PCOS and excess hair as a symptom. It has provided me with opportunities to learn about other women’s experiences living with PCOS & excess hair and I hope in a small way has encouraged a few women to talk about and accept living with PCOS &/or excess hair which they may not of done previously. Prior to the start of this challenge I would of been concerned when stroking my face and discovering stubble present as I was self-conscious of others ability to notice this. From growing my hair the past 5 weeks I am confident my self-conscience will now be lower when discovering a bit of stubble in the future. Friends/family and colleagues have commented on my hair not being as noticeable as I feel it may be due to the fair colour of this. Just goes to show we perceive ourselves to look worse than what reality is. The saying about fear is definitely true ‘Fear is always worse than the reality’.

I have saved a total of 9 hours through not shaving the last 36 days! Hair grew on my face, neck, top of chest, underarms, boobs, navel, legs, toes and feet. The longest hair I have grown is 3/4 of an inch and this grew on my chest. The highest populated area of hair growth was under my arms and my favourite area of hair growth were the tufts of hair I grew either side of my chin. Acceptance

I may have started off resenting PCOS and all its symptoms but I now feel acceptance and positivity for having this condition. After all every cloud has a silver lining. For me I find I have found this lining in the people I have met along my journey. I will work with some of these people to continue promoting PCOS and the national UK charity VerityI have also gained some new friends and acquaintances to share experiences and support with in the UK and around the globe. This is invaluable and I thank PCOS for this!

Finally how can you help…? Thank you for reading my blog and following my journey. This alone has made the approximate 72 hours of blogging over the last 36 days worthwhile. Thank you if you shared my blog, retweeted, took my daily photos and/or sponsored me. Every gesture REALLY is appreciated by myself, all other women with PCOS and the national UK charity VerityTo date with the support of friends/family/colleagues and fellow cysters/readers of my blog £774 for PCOS! I would love to reach £800 so if you would like to sponsor me please visit https://www.justgiving.com/hairyfairyweymouth/ or text KHFW66 £5 (amount can be smaller or larger) to 70070, thank you. I will share my experience of my waxing session tomorrow evening. Please find photos below of my last day as the hairy fairy from Weymouth, thank you and goodnight 🙂

BIKINI SHOT DAY 36 FULL FACE DAY 36 NAVEL DAY 36 NECK SHOT DAY 36 SIDE FACE DAY 36 UNDERARMS DAY 36

 

 

Day 36 – The Last Stroke…

Waking up today, I felt a mixture of feelings as this is my last full day with excess face and body hair before I begin removing it again. (waxing commences tomorrow at 10am BST with Lucy of lucys.therapies@facebook.com) I have found the experience liberating, have started to reflect on my feelings towards my appearance, have recognized how my feelings have developed and changed prior to the start of this challenge and also learnt about feelings of fear and how to control these. What a roller coaster of emotions it has been!

I have found a lot more acceptance of who I am as a person rather than just focusing on how I look in the mirror. This experience has given me broader views/opinions of having and living with PCOS and excess hair as a symptom. It has provided me with opportunities to learn about other women’s experiences living with PCOS & excess hair and I hope in a small way has encouraged a few women to talk about and accept living with PCOS &/or excess hair which they may not of done previously. Prior to the start of this challenge I would of been concerned when stroking my face and discovering stubble present as I was self-conscious of others ability to notice this. From growing my hair the past 5 weeks I am confident my self-conscience will now be lower when discovering a bit of stubble in the future. Friends/family and colleagues have commented on my hair not being as noticeable as I feel it may be due to the fair colour of this. Just goes to show we perceive ourselves to look worse than what reality is. The saying about fear is definitely true ‘Fear is always worse than the reality’.

I have saved a total of 9 hours through not shaving the last 36 days! Hair grew on my face, neck, top of chest, underarms, boobs, navel, legs, toes and feet. The longest hair I have grown is 3/4 of an inch and this grew on my chest. The highest populated area of hair growth was under my arms and my favourite area of hair growth were the tufts of hair I grew either side of my chin. Acceptance

I may have started off resenting PCOS and all its symptoms but I now feel acceptance and positivity for having this condition. After all every cloud has a silver lining. For me I find I have found this lining in the people I have met along my journey. I will work with some of these people to continue promoting PCOS and the national UK charity VerityI have also gained some new friends and acquaintances to share experiences and support with in the UK and around the globe. This is invaluable and I thank PCOS for this!

Finally how can you help…? Thank you for reading my blog and following my journey. This alone has made the approximate 72 hours of blogging over the last 36 days worthwhile. Thank you if you shared my blog, retweeted and/or sponsored me. Every gesture REALLY is appreciated by myself, all other women with PCOS and the national UK charity VerityTo date with the support of friends/family/colleagues and fellow cysters/readers of my blog £774 for PCOS! I would love to reach £800 so if you would like to sponsor me please visit https://www.justgiving.com/hairyfairyweymouth/ or text KHFW66 £5 (amount can be smaller or larger) to 70070, thank you. I will share my experience of my waxing session tomorrow evening. Please find photos below of my last day as the hairy fairy from Weymouth, thank you and goodnight 🙂

BIKINI SHOT DAY 36 FULL FACE DAY 36 NAVEL DAY 36 NECK SHOT DAY 36 SIDE FACE DAY 36 UNDERARMS DAY 36

 

 

 

Day 35 – New Friendships & Feeling Happy…

Hello readers, I am feeling much better and back to normal health today, although a few additional early nights (which I will be having more of from this weekend on wards) will certainly boost my health further. 🙂

I am also feeling a little liberated having had 4-5 weeks of not removing my excess hair but at the same time I’m also looking forward to having a ‘smooth appearance’ again. My hair is going to be removed by wax on Saturday 6th September 2014 thanks to a local beautician in Dorset called Lucy who runs Lucy’s Therapies. For more information please see the following Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/lucys.therapies?fref=ts I understand why some women accept their excess face and body hair and choose not to remove it having been through the challenge of growing my own. It feels good to be natural, my skin is in better condition (as not so sore and rough from constant shaving/plucking/waxing) and I feel less pressure from not having to be so vain about my appearance. Plus I have saved time on getting ready in the morning and before going out which is an excellent bonus! However I will still be removing my hair as planned and will then start looking in to other hair removal options which I will continue to blog about as I try out alternatives to shaving/waxing. So watch this space…

I will upload the second radio interview (within the next 24 hours) I took part in on Friday 29th August 2014. Sorry for not posting this sooner, what with feeling unwell, working full time and my OH being away time has been somewhat limited recently. 

Due to the publicity of my hairy fairy fundraiser I met a local lady who has now discovered she is not alone in living with PCOS. Tonight we met for the first time and this was the greatest reward from raising awareness that I could have hoped for. To know I have helped just one other lady no matter how small is a fantastic achievement and I am very happy. I have also spoken with ladies from around the globe through social media which has been equally as rewarding. Stepping outside of my comfort zone has been VERY hard and a personal challenge I did not think I would do only 12 months ago and I am so pleased I did. I have gained new contacts/friends and also learnt about other people’s experiences of living with PCOS.

I will blog again tomorrow, until then please see my photos as below.

Final thought for the day ‘You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’ 

 SIDE FACE DAY 35

NAVEL DAY 35