Nair almost cost me my kitty six years ago. There I was in the bathroom, Nair in one hand, rag in the other. I had carefully layered a coating of the thick and creamy hair remover all over my bikini area. As soon as I finished spreading the gunk I noticed a weird smell. It reminded me of a chemistry lab experiment gone wrong, a scent similar to the mixture of sulfur and flowers. I had one foot firmly planted on the ground and the other on the bathroom sink. This position was to get a better view of myself as the product melted the hairs away. I had decided that I was fed up with shaving but I wouldn’t dare try waxing. Instead, I opted for the sensitive skin bikini hair remover. One minute had passed as I waited in this awkward position. I had been careful to smooth the product only on my vulva. I read the bottle again. It instructed me to wait six minutes before removing the cream. Three minutes passed, the position was not only getting uncomfortable but tiring. As four minutes approached I felt a slight tingle but I figured that the product must be really working. I used a rag to wipe a section of the hair. The stupid hair wasn’t coming off so I decided to wait longer in this unnatural position. By five minutes I felt a burning sensation near my vagina. Whatever was going on I knew this wasn’t okay. I begin to wipe as the burning sensation continued. I muttered curses as the burning increased. It wouldn’t stop. Frantically, I continued to wipe. I stopped for a moment to get a closer look to discover the source of the unpleasant fire in my crotch. As I looked closer I realized some of the cream was on my vagina. My vagina hole felt like it was going up in flames. Now I switched in to panic mode. I couldn’t rinse the rag and wipe fast enough so I turned on the shower and jumped in. The water hit my vagina and it felt like fireballs were showering down and exploding on my lady parts. I had to get this stuff off. It was bad.
I would by lying if I said a single tear did not fall from my eyes. How could this be? I followed directions. I even did the test patch beforehand as the directions instructed. The pain, the burning, the tenderness of my vagina. I managed to wipe away all the cream despite the pain. I took a good look at my bikini area. It was bald in some areas while other areas still had struggle hairs that refused to melt away. It was terrible. I had a tender, half hairy vagina. Now I had to walk around with a struggle vagina. Not cute. Not a good look at all. It was from that day forward that I vowed to never let that chemical concoction touch my vagina ever again.
After, I did some research I realized that my hatred for Nair was founded and very common. Nair is designed to break down Keratin which is found in our hair and skin. The break down of keratin affects the skin causing it to shed. The calcium hydroxide in Nair destroys the hair and skin which often leads to chemical burns and damages our skin cells. The calcium hydroxide works with potassium thioglycolate (yes, another chemical) which weakens the hair enabling it to be rubbed away. It is no wonder that I had such an explosive reaction to the stuff. Granted, not everyone has had such a terrible experience with Nair but do remember that our skin is the largest organ on our body and is able to absorb what we put on it. Once, a product or chemical is absorbed it has the ability to enter our bloodstream. Toxic chemicals like calcium hydroxide and potassium thiogylcolate are not the kind of things we want in our bloodstream. If you prefer to remove bikini hair you do have safer options. You may choose to trim or shave the hairs away using a bikini trimmer. Another option is to wax the hairs. This should be done by a professional. Many salons are also now offering sugar wax. A green alternative to traditional wax. The choice is yours but whatever you do, for the sake of your kitty, do not subject yourself to Nair.