The femstache dilemma

Do you have a femstache, that is, a fringe of hair on the upper lip? Removing most of the hair on a woman's face (except her eyebrows) is considered part of good grooming. Women with mustaches are objects of derision because of that cardinal rule, but if you ask me, that cruelty is unfair and underserved! I think women have the right to keep their hair if they so choose, as long as said hair is clean.

All things considered, I choose to keep my upper lip hairless. The face is simply brighter and clearer that way since even a faint fuzz of fine hair can cast a shadow, thus making skin look uneven. Before, I denied the existence of my femstache. I thought nobody can see it - but it's one of those things we just gloss over until someone calls it out. And someone did call it out.

Since then, I started either plucking or shaving my stache. However, plucking is painful and shaving gives that sensitive area chicken bumps. So I get lazy. That is, until I discovered the joys of DIY waxing. It made the process faster with less side effects so now I do it regularly.

I like using the Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips, the small ones for fine hair. It's easy to use and can remove most of the hair in two swipes. Smells good too! It comes with this oiled wipe to take off the residual wax, but I find that using my Muji Cleansing Oil does the job better.

You get 12 strips and two oil wipes in the box. It's good for 6 or 12 uses for the femstache, depending on your technique. I like folding the unused strips in half to keep the wax clean.


First time I used this, I gave myself a shallow wound. -_- I was completely clueless. I placed the wax strip too near my lips so the wax took off the thin skin. In fact I was so stupid, I did it thrice, not feeling the skin being ripped off. So for a few days the right side of my lips had scrapes, but thank goodness there were no scars and the scabs were gone quickly.

I learned my (painful) lesson, so now I just cleanly line the strip on the side, avoiding my lip line, and then rub the wax downwards to get a good grip on the fine hair. Then, peel with no remorse! Don't flinch. Repeat on the other side. Cleanse with Muji. Mission accomplished.

Don't forget to do a spot test 24 hours before using the product, just to be completely sure that you won't get any allergies. Read the directions on the box carefully to prevent stupid accidents like mine, okay? ;) 

I love Veet! It makes my life SO MUCH easier. Ay, the things we girls need to do to rule the world.