Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Recessionista Hair Removal

How do you remove body hair in a recession?

If you live in the French countryside, you don't (recession or not).

If you live in Paris, you have laser hair removal.

After signing up with Dr. Laser to begin my laser therapy, I had a brief bout of guilt à la, "There's a recession out there and the last thing I should be worried about is getting my minou manicured! Big Cheese will think I'm so Paris Passy 16th arrondissement."

I am. Et alors?

Then I came up with a way to show Big Cheese that in the long run, I'm actually saving money by getting the minou lasered. Just call me the Minou Recessionista!

So here's the pitch...

Let's assume that I don't have legs or armpits. My minou is the only thing that needs maintenance on a monthly basis. Oh, and I'm going to live for another 40 years (until I'm 75). My hair removal options are: Shave, Wax, or Laser.

~2 packs of Gillette M3 Power razors = 48€ / year x 40 years

#2: WAX
~15 "Epilation Intégrale" bikini waxes (@22€/each + tip 2€) = 360€/year x 40 years
= 14,400€

130€ / session x 6 sessions
= 780€

It's a no-brainer isn't it?

I know Big Cheese will forget the pocketbook pain once he sees the final masterpiece. In fact, the famous Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir knew exactly what he was talking about when he said,

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”


Under the Influence said...

Obviously laser hair removal is the BEST financial decision. Also the most "green" - no waste of those razors and their mega packaging! I can come at this from all angles...

Elisa said...

It may be best, but it freaks me out. Perhaps I wastched too much sci-fi growing up, and anything with the word "laser" doesn't sound very good for the recipient.

mary said...

OMG I just had this bizarre vision of a land fill outside of Paris filled with wax strips ...and in the summer it starts to melt......


Mommy In Pink said...

I've had a ton of laser work done...I have not had to shave my underarms or bikini line in months. I swear by laser hair removal. I hate shaving and I hate waxing. Laser hair removal hurts like a bee-otch, and it's super pricey, but so worth it in the end!

SuZ said...

Um, I believe he won't be able to think straight when he sees the final masterpiece.


Anonymous said... does not last forever, certainly not for 40 years, probably more like 5.

Anonymous said...

someones done the maths!

i've yet to try laser - i just think of goldfinger. not good.

but financially it works out best. whatever works in the long run i find better

a H.I.T. said...

Brilliant! Perfect mathematics.

Fiona said...

brilliant and who cares if it doesn't last forever ... just minor detail!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Everything, and I mean everything sounds better in french! Fun post, you are having way too much fun over there!

Monkey Girl said...

I have to agree with the other laser-experienced ladies, it doesn't last forever. My Dr. Laser let me know that because I have more olive complexion and darker/thicker hair it takes many many treatments and still doesn't last forever, must go in for 'touch ups'. I went every 6 weeks for two years and still there's hair, not much, but some.
I have a high tolerance for pain, so it didn't bother me much.
I might just come to France for more treatment, though, if that's how much it costs there.
Here, in America (and three years ago) it was $250US dollars a session.

MoaningMum said...

Laser away I say! In fact why not remove all body hair except for eyebrows and your scalp of course...On second thought, lose the eyebrows too and you can have the joy and fun of 'drawing on' your moods daily according to a flick of the wrist :)


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