Brazilian Waxes: A Walk-Through

Kailee Missler | Lifestyle Writer | km199116@ohio.edu

For those who don’t know, a Brazilian wax is a wax that takes off all the hair in your pubic and anal area. This sounds extremely scary, especially for people who have never experienced being open with their body around another human being. That’s not even including the pain they expect to come along with it.  This article will walk through the process of getting a Brazilian wax, what to expect, and is it worth it.

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For me, the scariest part was imaging myself on a table, naked from the waist down exposed to a random woman. I was worried she would judge my body and worried she’d be awkward about the entire ordeal. That wasn’t the case at all.

These wax specialists have seen every single body type and pubic area, and they most certainly aren’t going to be uncomfortable by yours. This is their job.Keep in mind, most of these wax specialists have their co-workers do waxes on them, too, so they know exactly what is going through your mind.

Step One: Choosing a  Salon and Specialist

It is recommended that your pubic hair should be at least the length of a grain of rice before your wax appointment, so plan out your shaving schedule before this.

When you arrive at the wax place (I would recommend going to a place that specializes in waxing – not a hair salon that has one wax specialist) for your appointment, don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. You can even tell them you’re nervous, they’ll understand.

Your wax specialist will lead you back to a private room where they’ll inform you take off everything below the waist and then to wipe yourself with an unscented baby-wipe that they’ve provided. This made me feel instantly better because I was worried about being sweaty in that area from the nerves. They’ll leave the room for this and knock on the door before re-entering, to which you can say whether you’re ready or not.

Step Two: Preparation

Your wax specialist will walk in and ask you to put the bottoms of your feet together while you’re lying in the bed. This will make you feel very exposed at first, but you’ll get used to it once the realization sets in that the specialist couldn’t care less what you look like down there.

She will ask you questions like: “When was the last time you shaved?” and “Have you ever waxed before?” This enables her to get an idea of your growth cycle and pattern.

Then, she will take a cotton pad and put some oil all over your hair. This relaxes the hair follicles and makes it less harsh for the waxing process.

Step Three: The Wax

This is the worst part, but still not as bad as your imagination might make you think. Your wax specialist will talk to you the entire time. Mine asked me about school, what I was studying, all the basics. Conversation is key during this part because it helps keep your mind off of the waxing.

If it’s your first time, your wax specialist will also cover the benefits of waxing. Mine explained that waxing is better for your skin than shaving, your hair will grow back thinner and slower, and in some cases, hair may stop growing. She also recommended exfoliating the area twice a week to help free blocked hairs. (You can do this even if you shave.)

Step Four: Post-Wax

After she’s finished waxing, she’ll go through and tweeze some of the hairs that weren’t long enough to be picked up by the wax.  Then, she’ll place a soothing lotion to help with any skin irritation. She’ll also ask you if you’re interested in scheduling your next appointment.  The time frame is usually 4-6 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

Once this is done, she’ll leave the room so you can get dressed. You may feel a little warm in the area but this passes very quickly. When you go to pay for your wax, don’t forget to tip your specialist for helping this entire process!

My Personal Experience

After my first wax, I felt like I could accomplish anything. If you can survive someone putting hot wax on your pubic hairs and ripping it off, you can do whatever you want to do.  For some recommendations on my experience, I put some pure witch hazel on myself to help with redness because my skin is slightly sensitive.

The day after, any soreness I had was gone and I didn’t have any hair grow back for over a week. I also exfoliate with a mixture of sugar and coconut oil twice a week. Wait until the day after your wax to exfoliate. When my hair did started growing back, it grew in less dense that before and in patchy areas.

The only downside is you can’t shave between waxes if you want to continue waxing instead of shaving. However, in the long run, it’s completely worth it in my opinion.

If you aren’t sure if you can make it through the pain, I’ll leave you with this: my wax specialist told me she’s only ever had one client who decided she couldn’t take it after the first strip of wax.  One person. Do something you wouldn’t normally do and try a Brazilian wax.

Everything You Need to Know About the Zuck Getting Grilled

Kailee Missler | Culture Staff Writer | km199116@ohio.edu

On April 10, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Congress to answer questions about his multi-billion-dollar company he is the CEO of: Facebook.  The two, five-hour long congressional hearings took place back to back, where members of both the House and the Senate asked Zuckerberg hard-hitting questions in regards to data storage, concerns with user privacy, and the Cambridge Analytica breach.

What is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica, hired by Trump campaign in the 2016 election, is firm that specializes in political data.  The data firm gained access to nearly 50 million Facebook users’ private information. With that private information, Cambridge Analytica analyzed the data to understand behaviors of users to predict who they would vote for.  If the data firm predicted that someone would vote for democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, it influenced Facebook users to vote the other way by ensuring anti-Hillary ads and the infamous “fake news” articles would appear on said persons timeline.

Facebook knew about the alleged breach and did not disclose to their 87 million users that information could have been accessed.

The information that this data firm gained access to included pages that users liked, personal pictures, friend networks and the biggest kicker—the user’s location. Facebook disclosed that “sensitive pieces of information” were not accessed during the breach. However, enabling a data firm company like Cambridge Analytica to access a user’s location without their knowledge raises huge concerns about privacy.

So, how did Mark Zuckerberg end up in a congressional hearing?

The data breach raised monumental concerns about privacy laws and how Facebook did not have more protections against a data breach such as this.  Zuckerberg voluntarily attended the congressional hearing, however, there is speculation that if he had not complied, action would have been taken to legally require him.  In preparation for the hearing, he hired a team of experts to coach him with speaking and help him convey his message without incriminating Facebook.

The hearings

Day one was the Senate hearing and according to some critics, was less than beneficial.  While some senators asked hard-hitting questions, others demonstrated a lack of understanding about what Facebook even is and what some of their features are.

Senator Dick Durbin asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to share what hotel he was saying at. “Umm,” Zuckerberg started pondering the question with a nervous laugh.  “Um … no.”  Senator Durbin pressed further and asked if he would be willing to share the names of people he has messaged in the last week.  Zuckerberg’s response: “Senator, no. I probably would not choose to do that publicly here.”

On the topic of Facebook being a free entity and always being a free entity, Senator Orrin Hatch asked Zuckerberg, “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg responded, “Senator, we run ads.”

The second day of the hearings were held by the House. Representative Jan Schakowsky listed off Zuckerberg’s apologies on behalf of Facebook in the past, making a point to show that this is not the first time Facebook has done wrong.

“You have a long history of growth and success, but you also have a long list of apologies. In 2003 it started at Harvard, ‘I apologize for any harm done as a result of my neglect.’ 2006, ‘We really messed this one up.’ 2007, ‘We simply did a bad job. I apologize for it.’ 2010, ‘Sometimes we move too fast.’ 2011, ‘I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes.’ 2017, this is in connection with the Russian manipulation of the election and the data that came from Facebook initially, ‘I ask for forgiveness. I will work to do better.’ So it seems to me that self-regulation, this is proof to me that self-regulation does not work.”

What do students think? 

Haley Humbert, a freshman studying Finance and Business Analytics, shares her concern about privacy breaches, “It’s hard to know what that information is being used for and where it’s going to end up. Anyone who uses Facebook should be concerned because that’s their personal information in the hands of data companies were unfamiliar with.”

This lack of understanding about Facebook and other large technology companies is concerning to some. If political officials don’t understand how this entity works, how can they pass legislation about regulations to ensure Facebook and other social media user’s information can be kept safe?

Meet Dote: The Fashion App That Carries All of Your Fave Brands

Tarein Phillips | Culture Staff Writer | tp314215@ohio.edu

Instead of downloading 85,000 apps to your phone to get access to all of your favorite clothing brands, Dote offers almost all of the brands you can think of – all under the same app!

Nike, Hollister, Vans – oh my! Dote carries a variety of popular companies in which users choose which brands they would regularly like to see while using the app. Having access to the consumer’s liked products all under one place isn’t even the best thing about Dote.

In fact, on your first order, you receive FREE SHIPPING! And if the word ‘free’ doesn’t warm your collegiate heart, Dote consistently has promo codes, deals, and giveaways on certain items that are tailored towards your own liking.

Not to mention, Dote has a cool system where you can collect coins every single day just by simply logging in. Get enough coins? You can redeem prizes! Plus, for every dollar spent on merchandise from Dote, you get one coin! Imagine getting money for spending money. Dote can relate.

So, don’t wait any longer letting the sales sail by. Grab your phone, put in that passcode, go to the app store and download Dote today.

And If You Needed Another HomePod Review…

Alex McEvoy | Society Staff Writer | am329413@ohio.edu

Sometimes it’s hard to determine while using the HomePod whether a feature is intentionally missing or is a victim of what seemed to be a hectic development schedule. That might be the key takeaway of the HomePod at the moment. Every feature is either absolutely perfect and impresses immediately or an embarrassing failure for Apple.

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Self-care for Activists

Destiniee Jaram | Society Staff Writer | dj395016@ohio.edu

The typical week for a college student is hectic. Between class, working, clubs and meetings, the extra duties of an activist are not easy. Chronic stress can manifest into unhealthy physical and emotional symptoms. Examples include feelings of worthlessness, poor digestion, excessive or a lack of sleep, eating problems, depression, muscle tension and exhaustion. At times, it feels like the world is a constant stream of negativity, thus it can be easy to forget self-care.

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