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There’s a reason women say it’s not easy to look this good—it’s true. As much as we love stepping out looking our absolute bests, the process to get there sometimes makes us ask over and over and over again, is it worth it? When we see how good we look, we usually answer yes, but when it comes time to doing that one aspect of our beauty routine that’s extremely painful, time-consuming, or ridiculously expensive again, those doubts creep back up.

For me, that thing is eyebrow threading. The process is truly different every time because I haven’t been able to consistently go to the same person. Sometimes it feels like the woman is trying to pull out every single hair outside of my brow line individually, other times I think the artist is trying to get every hair in one pull, along with each strand I have along my hair-line, my cheeks, and everywhere else which makes me think, hey I didn’t ask for all that. But no matter how it’s done, for me it hurts—terribly bad—and that’s just a fact. Threading also almost cost me a friend because when I told one of my girls threading was worth the pain, when all was said and done, let’s just say she didn’t agree with me.

For another one of my close friends, threading doesn’t bother her, but she has to take a shot or two before going in for a waxing. She likes to knock all of her hair removal out at once so by the time she gets her eyebrows, armpits, legs, and her love below taken care of, she’s nearly numb from head to toe. But since it’s a once a month thing she figures she can stomach the infrequent pain. After doing painful and non-effective electrolysis treatments more than she’d care to think about and breaking out every time she tries Nair in a pinch, waxing has been her best bet. But trust, there are days when she regrets it.

Some parts of our hair routines are a little trying too, shall we say. Most of us have experienced the dreaded scalp burn when our heads tingled with pain during a relaxer application and we were left with blisters all up under our roots. But even simple things like braiding can be torture for the tender headed. Sometimes you’re just doing it for a braid out, other times, it’s the first step for a sew-in, but no matter the sty;e, depending on how determined the braider is to get every single piece of hair in that braid, you might find yourself asking, why did I sign up for this? I know I’m not the only one who goes through some uncomfortable processes in the name of beauty so tell us your experiences.

 What beauty regimen do you hate the most?

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  • Jess

    Waxing. I swear that ish is not natural!!

  • The Taker

    I just wanted to say that I’ve gotten my eyebrows threaded many of times and it was never painful. I didn’t take anything prior to getting them done neither. It always felt like somebody was running a prickly brush over my eyebrows. I actually think waxing is more painful. Maybe that’s just me.

  • binks

    Hair removal! I have very thick and course body hair so I have to make sure I stay on top of it via waxing, shaving, etc. I am thinking about laser hair removal to eliminate the pain and time I waste doing/ worrying about it

    • Bronze

      Laser hair removal is great. I had severe scarring on my face from decades of ingrown hairs. Please research the person; make sure they are licensed. A good lazer hair removal spa/doctor will have the latest lazer hair removal methods. go on YouTube and do your homework. Known that after 8 sessions the hair will come back (eventually) but it will be thinner and sparse. Good luck.

  • alicia

    *Brazilian* whoo lawd!!!

    • So Over This Ish

      I actually used to want to try that…I heard about this beauty salon in California called Pink Cheeks where they remove it ALL, even from behind. They do anal bleaching too.

      But now I can’t see myself doing that to my kitty. I don’t mind having my eyebrows done, though. I prefer the look of thinner brows on myself. They were scary thick and dark when I was younger. I bleach them and it softens up my appearance. The bleach burns for a few minutes but it’s worth it.

      High heels can be painful sometimes, especially since I developed a problem with my right foot.

      Relaxers are no fun either, but I’m switching to natural so that won’t be a problem anymore.