Friday, May 8, 2015

Ally Answers...Hair Removal Questions

My friend says hard waxing is less painful.  Is it?  I want to wax my legs, but not sure what to buy.  Katie C., Albany, NY

Ally:  Not if you are waxing your legs.  Hard, stripless wax coats hair and doesn't stick to skin, so it is great on small areas that might be pain prone (like the bikini line).  Soft wax spreads better on larger areas.  Both Gigi and Clean + Easy make both at-home and professional waxing products that are good for your skin and easy to use.

Are the red bumps I get after shaving always just razor burn?  Julie M.  Spokane, WA

Ally:  No.  You may be one of the millions of women with a nickel allergy.  Nickel is found in most razors and can cause an allergic reaction.  Look for a blade that is nickel free.


  1. I have a nickel allergy (nickle dermatitis), but I never even considered that the red bumps I got after shaving could be related to that. Wow! I often get them under my arms and not so much on my legs. I thought it was ingrown hairs or razor burn. I don't know why I never considered it could be from nickle. I am going to have to look for a nickle-free razor now!

  2. Thank you so much for the info about nickel in razor blades. I had no idea that could be the culprit!


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