By Mary N. DiZazzo

HAIR REMOVAL.......ouch!

Ciao bella,

I've been fortunate when it comes to hair. I was born with plenty of it on my head. My crowning glory! My legs and eyebrows were never really a problem. Experienced a bikini wax once because everyone else was doing it! Painful! After all being Italian there are some seriously hairy girls out there! It's part of the culture and genetics. I have a cousin who was born with a head of pretty blue/black hair! According to my Mom it was beautiful. However you can only imagine the bodily hair problem she experienced in puberty on. She carried around a "wax" remover at all times. Her life revolved it! What little hair I've had I waxed and threaded it all to death. I hardly have any now. And what I do have is light and fine. So keep on removing that hair from the root and you may never have a hairy problem again. After all that procedure keeps hair gone for a few weeks. Shaving only removes hair on the surface. Grows back quick in a day or so. The myths for shaving are it will NOT make hair grow thicker or courser or grow more. Only removal by the root may lessen growth in time.

Here are a few hair removal methods salons offer. Some I'm sure you are most familiar with.

WAXING: most popular, hot wax is applied in direction of hair growth and removed opposite of hair growth.

SUGARING: sugar stays at room temp, sugar-based paste removes hair in natural direction of growth.

THREADING: a fav of mine for perfect eyebrows! A tradition from Middle East and South Asia. Intricate use of thread removing hair from root.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL: great for dark hair, requires several sessions for long term results.

ELECTROLYSIS : uses an electric with a fine needle destroying hair follicle and hair's growth center.

TWEEZING: used by the Romans, completes other removal services, good for eyebrows.

So as I end this column I will be getting out our new Gillette Proglide Styler ( my preference of hair removal) and make ourselves slick and smooth for our Provincetown vacation! I suggest you do the same!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or