As I’ve gone through life as a girl, then a woman, I’ve noticed there are a few things that definitely happen to women’s bodies but are never really talked about. It was several years until I found out about postpartum alopecia or what an episiotomy is. I was also kind of surprised to find out that female pattern baldness is a thing — and it may be the reason why your part is starting to widen. And in the complete opposite direction, there’s the topic of facial hair.
Now, there are plenty of women and femmes out there who are happy to openly talk about waxing their ‘staches or plucking those chin hairs that always seem to sprout at the most inopportune moments. But there are also those who are a little more apprehensive about the topic, and in 2021, I’d say it was time to strip away the pretensions, no? Many of us do some kind of facial hair removal. And that includes the rich and famous, the people in our society that are deemed the most beautiful — yes, even the ones who have made that “Most Beautiful” list.
“When I was growing up, I used to use depilatories [to remove facial hair which would] take my skin off,” Halle Berry, Oscar-winning actor and now Finishing Touch ambassador, tells me over a Zoom call on a Thursday afternoon. We’re talking about her partnership with the brand, whose “Flawless” hair removal tool she is fronting. “That would burn my lip, and then I’d have a scar for six months, like a muzzle around,” she explains.
Thankfully, things have greatly improved since Berry’s depilatory days. When she discovered the Flawless tool, she was an immediate convert — she shared with me that she’s been using the product before she even decided to partner with the brand. “These products just have taken all that [damage] off the table. We can [remove the hair] now, effortlessly and cleanly. We’re not going to hurt or scar ourselves — we just get rid of the hair.”
Berry tells me she uses the tool — which is about the size of a foundation stick — on her upper lip, sideburns, and chin for those errant hairs that have “the nerve” to crop up. It works so well for her, she says, that she’s even got her 13-year-old daughter Nahla to use it and other hair removal products from the brand.
“My daughter is really in love with the new razor, because she’s just learning. I can give her this and know she’s not going to draw blood in the bathtub,” she shares. “As a mother, that makes me feel really good.”