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A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

As Latinas, many of us have an intimate relationship with hair removal. Many of us have memories of watching our madres wrestle with tweezers, razors, and smelly hair-removal creams in front of their bathroom mirrors. Little did we know that we would soon be the ones dealing with what we felt was unruly body hair, never being able to keep up with the never-ending stubble and constant growth. 

Luckily, the culture has progressed in a way as not to punish women who choose not to remove their body hair as part of their beauty routine. As we all know, there are a million ways to be a woman and no right way to perform femininity. We can’t help but chuckle, however, when we look back on the massive fails we experienced when we first dealt with removing our body hair. This, in some ways, can be due to upbringing. While some mothers are upfront about how to groom and look after your body during puberty, some parents are embarrassed to talk about the changes their daughters’ bodies go through. The lack of education about puberty and hair growth can lead to some embarrassing hair-removal horrors stories. 

Here are 10 of the worst hair-removal fails from when you first started removing your hair.

1. Ingrown Hairs

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The first years of shaving are, for all intents and purposes, the Wild Wild West. No amount of well-intentioned tías suggesting you only shave “with the grain” will keep you from dragging that razor right against the grain, dammit. It’s your body, after all, you’re entitled to making your own mistakes! But god, there will never be ingrown hairs as bad as there were during your high school years. 

2. Razor Burn

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When you first begin shaving, the word that best describes most young women’s practice is “experimental”. We all have to try shaving our legs wet, dry, with shaving cream, without shaving cream, and of course, with a dull and rusty razor. We have to do this all at least once to realize that razor burn is not a joke.

3. Nicks and Cuts

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Who doesn’t remember accidentally drawing blood a few times when we were being a little too careless with the razor? It takes practice to nail down the constant vigilance that shaving requires.

4. Patchy Legs

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In our teen years, there were definitely times where we went to school with legs that resembled our brother’s measly attempt at a pubescent beard: patchy. It’s a right of passage to miss a spot or two while shaving when you’re first starting out.

5. Red-stache

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If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of waxing your mustache, you know the humiliating feeling of getting rid of one ‘stache just to end up with another. We’re talking about the bright-red inflammation that shows up post-waxing your upper lip. Sometimes, it takes up to a full day to disappear.

6. White Heads

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So, you do go through the effort of removing your girl-stache, and in the wake of a good wax (or Nair) session, your follicles are irritated enough to become inflamed and decide to clog up. And now, you have an army of white heads where your mustache used to be. Good times.

7. Dry Scaly Skin

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When we’re young and naive, we don’t necessarily take any of our mother’s advice seriously. One thing we regret not paying attention to was her advice of lotioning-up our legs after shaving. Shaving acts not only removes hair temporarily, but the blade strips the natural oils your skin produces at the surface. It’s always a good idea to moisturize after to avoid unusually dry skin.

8. Wax-Induced Bleeding 

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How many of us have foregone a salon in order to try our hands at hair-removal methods through DIY means? Yeah, we’re talking at-home waxing. The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone it is to breaking easily. Especially in hyper-sensitive areas like your bikini line.

9. Wax-Induced Bruising

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Again, if you’re doing at-home hair removal treatments like waxing, it can take a few tries before you become adept at toeing the line between effective and injury-inducing. If you rip out your hair too quickly or forcefully, you can end up with post-wax bruising, especially on areas like your bikini line.

10. Wax-Related Burns

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Okay, this is our last wax-related post, we swear! But if you’re the adventurous Latina who has ventured into the unpredictable territory of at-home waxing, then you know that DIY wax kits are subject to getting hot. Piping hot. We’ll admit that we’ve suffered burns from being a bit too enthusiastic with how long we’ve microwaved our wax in the past. Luckily, pre-waxed strips that don’t require heating are much more common now than they were a few years agol

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!