Friday, February 18, 2011

I tip my hat to the bearded lady.

We have all heard of the bearded lady.  Some think the bearded lady is a legend of a woman with a beard who did appearances in freak shows and circuses.  That is true.  Way back in the late part of the 1800's and early 1900's these women did these type of shows.  Mainly because there was no other way for them to earn a living.  Life was difficult for a woman so different from the normal population.  They really weren't so different.  All women have hair on their face, except it is usually fine and doesn't grow rapidly.  These unique Ladies had a special condition called Hersutism.  A condition that caused rapid hair growth.  Not only on the face but on other areas of the body as well such as the chest.  In those hard times they didn't have nair or epiladies, not even bic leg razors.  Life was hard for the bearded lady. 

This isn't an old problem.  Many women all over the world still struggle with having overt facial hair growth in this day and age.  If a woman truly suffers from hersutism there are therapies to treat them.  Plus there is lazer hair removal, which insurances will cover for this condition. 

For the rest of us who have a little lip hair issue or some stray crazy eyebrow hair, there is eyebrow wax, eyebrow threading.  Nair makes a product that is a dipilitory for hair removal of facial hair to be used for chin, lip or other areas.  Just avoid the eye area.  You can easily find little mini lip and eye brow shavers.  For a very small problem tweezers work.  There is a more permanent solution through electrolysis.  It can be a pricey option.  I hear from the ladies that have had it that it is great, and life changing. 

Whether you are a modern day bearded lady who struggles to manage these issues, or just an average Jane with a bit of fuzziness to control, Let us remain united in the fact we are all women striving to be our best selves.

Have a great weeekend,

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