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Wish there was a better way...
on April 1, 2008
Born with very fair, lily-white skin and thick black hair (and blue eyes!), I have to do *something* to make the unwanted facial hair disappear into obscurity. For more than 30 years, I've been using Jolen and while it does work, it also leaves my skin a deep, almost purplish-red for about 60 minutes after its removal. It is a bleach and the application of the bleach is hard on skin.
Eventually, the discoloration fades and I can re-appear in public with no-one the wiser. However, this stuff isn't pleasant. It burns upon application and the smell of ammonia is so bad that it makes my eyes water. I lay still, flat on my back and wait for the magical 15 minutes to pass before I can wash the mess off. The box instructions suggest 10 minutes, but I haven't had good success using it for a mere 10 minutes. If you wash it off at that point, you'll have lots of blonde hairs with still-visible black roots. Ick.
A tiny plastic platter (less than 2" square) is provided for "mixing" the two ingredients and it's maddening to use. I'm sure it's cheap to produce this implement but while stirring, at least 10% of the product spills and ends up on the countertop. Frustrating.
My mother endured a lifetime of electrolysis and that wasn't pleasant either. My daughter tried waxing and it took a week for the skin to grow back on her face.
For those of us with dark, thick hair and super fair (and super sensitive) skin, the Jolen Bleach seems to be the only viable solution.