These wax strips made waxing my face a thing of the past

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In the opening scene of the iconic film from the early 2000s, my big greek wedding, the main character, Toula Portokalos, laments growing up a Greek girl in an American suburb. “When she was little, I knew she was different,” she explains in a solemn voiceover. “The other girls were blonde and dainty, and I was a six-year-old brunette with sideburns.”

Toula might as well have been reading my diary because I, too, know what it’s like to have sideburns in a world of (apparently) dolphin-smooth girls. While my facial hair took a little longer to grow, my strong Mediterranean genes (Italian, not Greek) have led me to wax my face every day for years. And no, before you ask, it’s not just the occasional mustache on my lips or loose black hair on my neck: I have full sideburns made up of little black hairs that grow along my jawline, along with, yeah I don’t take care of them, mustache and unibrow. The sides of my face are so hairy that if I let them grow out, I bet I could give my boyfriend’s beard a try.

Yes, I know that all body hair is normal and beautiful, but my sideburns are not. TBH, I’ve been super aware of them for years, trying everything from laser treatments to threading them away. Nothing has worked as well as plucking them daily from my bathroom sink hanger once, if not twice, a day. That is, until I got a taste of Billie’s awesome new wax strips that have cut my waxing routine down to just five minutes every 10 days or so. They have quickly become my new go-to for facial waxing. And I have never felt so relieved.

Now, I’ve tried wax strips on my sideburns before, but none have worked as well as Billie’s. The other brands, like Sally Hansen and Nad’s, work on finer parts of my body, like my upper lip. But they have never been able to grab hold of the thick, dark hairs that sprout on the sides of my face, picking up 1 or 2 hairs at most when I take the strip off.

No Billie, no sir. Billie is the first wax strip I’ve ever used that successfully (and successfully) rips my sideburns off in just a few strokes, leaving my baby bottom silky smooth in seconds. The shape of the strips is similar to Sally and Nad (long, rectangular, easy to cut), but what stands out is the formula. The mint green gel wax is mixed with vegan ingredients that adhere to the hair, but not to the skin. It’s also infused with avocado oil, which is supposed to soften individual hairs, while a blast of aloe soothes skin after removal. It really works, like, it really works. Just look at all those little black whiskers in the photo below!

My sideburns didn’t stand a chance.

And they’re not just for your face. Whether it’s your underarms, bikini line, happy trail, or butt crack, Billie’s wax strips are easy to use and large enough to remove large patches of unwanted hair in a snap. There’s the Face & Bikini Kit ($9), which includes small and medium strips for waxing in hard-to-reach places, and the Body & Underarm Kit ($10), which comes with 12 medium and 24 large strips. Both come with the brand’s after-shave serum wipes, which soothe freshly shaved skin in just a few swipes and remove any weird sticky residue left behind.

Take it from me, a hairy girl who just wants to wear a damn ponytail without worrying about her sideburns showing. These things to work. So good, in fact, that you could break your claw forever like I did.

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