Bangs, fringe, breakage — whatever you call it, it'll fit in some butterfly clips.
Working in beauty can sometimes make you self-conscious of pretty silly things. Occasionally I get press releases for procedures that will "improve" the look of one’s elbows, fingers, knees. I think I generally have a good head on my shoulders, and these ridiculous things simply make me laugh before clicking "delete." But I do let myself get annoyed by one silly thing--my hairline.
I have a lock of baby hair on my left temple that has been driving me bonkers for years. I've tried brushing it and flattening it with hairspray to no avail. Heck, I've even tried trimming and plucking (I know!), which worked for a temporary fix, but then created another problem: awkward, wispy stubble.
My bangs cover the area well, but when I wear my hair back off my face, I can't help but stare at my temple with a burning rage emanating from my eyeballs.
I've heard of people who've had their hairlines threaded, or even lasered, but I decided to go for something less painful and way less costly: bleach.
First, I made sure I protected the hairs I didn't want bleached by pulling them back with a thick fabric headband. Then I mixed the cream activator and base; two parts base, one part activator. (Jolen's cream bleach has a powder-based activator, btw.) Balea provides a little plastic mixing dish and spatula in its kit. FYI, never mix bleach in a metal container. Once combined, spoon the mixture on in an even layer, like so...
The formula is thick enough that it stays where you put it and won't drip. And since it's intended for facial hair, there's no irritation or burning, though I do suggest a patch test for first-time users.
It's recommended to leave the product on for eight to 10 minutes, but no longer than 15 minutes at a time. After 10 minutes I could see the color had lifted (the hairs may be dark, but they are incredibly fine), so I dampened a washcloth and wiped the bleach off in a downward motion, pressing firmly into my skin to make sure all of the product was removed. I then washed my hair and went to bed, letting the hairs air dry.
My next-morning result was minimal peach fuzz. The lock of hair had faded to a shade of gold that blended in with my skin. I could now wear my hair back and not think twice. Hooray!
As someone who has bleached their eyebrows in the past, I know I'll have to repeat the process to maintain the results. But, since it's so quick and easy, I'm okay with bleaching my baby hairs again (and again) if it means I can pull my hair back without feeling self-conscious of my silly temple fuzz.
Am I alone in my hairline insecurity? Have I inspired you to replicate this process? Have you had your hairline threaded? I wanna hear about it.