Discuss: The Things We Do for Beauty
Jun 28, 2013
A discussion in an earlier comment thread got me thinking about the things we do to look and/or feel beautiful. And how something that seems extreme to one person, seems completely reasonable to the next.
Over the years, I’ve waxed, slathered, squeezed, colored, plucked and massaged my way through beauty treatments from the fairly mundane to the mildly shocking. But when I think about which treatment was the strangest or most extreme, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
About a year ago, a friend of mine bought a Groupon for a pedicure at a day spa in Alexandria and invited me to go with her. She failed to mention that the deal was for a “doctor fish pedicure,” where instead of scrubbing off the dead skin with a file or stone, the salon tech places your feet in a tank of small grey fish who nibble on the dead skin. Needless to say having dozens of fish treat your un-scrubbed heels like an all-you-can-eat buffet was quite the experience.
The pedicure may have been mediocre, but I got a good story out of the deal.
When I broached this topic with a couple of friends, I received some fun responses from eyelash extensions to electrolysis. But my favorite was a friend who for her 40th birthday decided to try vajazzling. You know where they wax your bikini area and then glue jewels to the skin.
Her reason, “I felt like crap about being 40. I thought that doing something ridiculous and foolish would transform my birthday conversation from ‘Hey, you’re over the hill?’ to ‘What do you mean you got vajazzled?’. Most effective distraction ever.”
Cultural standards of beauty differ by country and region, but we’re all just trying to feel and look a little better. So what’s the silliest, weirdest, most extreme thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty? Or have you had any bad experiences that made you wonder if it wasn’t time to rethink this whole vanity thing?