By María Elena Bourbón
Beauty Editor for Todo Ahora
April 19, 2002

Instead of the seven-year itch, my husband performed the seven-year switch.  Not only did he remember our anniversary, I came home to find the kids exiled to my parent's house, the dogs shipped off to the kennel, and our bags packed for a long weekend in the Caribbean.  

Our plane touched down with the magnificent Tortola sunset as a backdrop. Our suite was beautiful and dinner...well, let's just say we ordered in.  We slept until the decadent hour
of  9 am, had breakfast in bed and then set off to enjoy the island's sapphire waters before the intense afternoon rays could shoo us under the shade. After shimmying into my bathing suit, my husband looked at my legs and said "don't worry, honey, I packed your razor!" I actually had not even noticed how furry my gams were; that was the least of my follicle problems. During the winter, my bikini line had blossomed into a forest so dense that Lewis and Clarke would not even have been able to forage though it without the aid of a map, a compass, a trail of breadcrumbs and Sacagawea. My husband was in a pickle of his own, noticing with horror that his newly forming bald spot did not really indicate hair loss, but rather, a southward migration of follicles towards his back. Between the two of us, we looked more like Cornelius and Zira from Planet of the Apes than a young couple on their second honeymoon.  Okay, that may have been a slight exaggeration, but truthfully, we both were a bit too hirsute to be comfortable parading around in bathing suits. Fortunately, one of the hotel's many amenities included a full service salon.  "Why do we need to go there just to get rid of a little hair?" my hubby asked, holding up the package of Lady Gillettes he so thoughtfully packed for me.  "You are such a man!" I told him, kissing him on the forehead, "Just watch and learn baby, there are many ways to get rid of hair besides the razor."   

Clothing gets smaller as temperatures get hotter: here is how to make sure you are showing the skin you want by banishing the hair you don't.  Shaving, waxing, electrolysis, and removal by laser all have their pros and cons.  I gathered some background information to help you decide which method is best for you.   


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