I was reading a review of Jolen’s Hair Removal system over at I Know All The Words when I thought oh I have that Nair Brazilian Spa Clay kit to try out. I generally have no issues with hair removal kits, but I am a wuss about pain so hate to wax. The Olay duo works great, but at $5 on clearance, I will try Nair’s. BIG MISTAKE.
I will start by admitting that I have some unsightly thicker dark hairs. My medication causes them to grow at an alarming rate so I am used to hair removal. I usually have a little stinging and redness that is gone within an hour. Nair’s Brazilian spa clay looked simple. It is a sensitive formula and dermatologist tested so should be fine right? Did a quick test of the remover on my arm, a little tingling but no major issues.
The Nair Brazilian Spa Clay system includes three products to protect your skin and gently remove unwanted hair, It claims to last 16 uses based on upper lip use.
- PREPARE: Gentle Balm conditions and prepares the skin to minimize redness
- REMOVE: Sensitive formula depilatory cream effectively removes unwanted hair in minutes.
- MOISTURIZE: Moisturizer rebalances and replenishes skin
My Brazilian Spa Clay Experience
So starting with the Brazilian spa clay balm. Like many products with a brush applicator, it takes a few turns of the pen to get some balm into the brush to apply it, or it should. A few turns later and the brush part popped off the pen and went flying across the room. Found it, tried to push it back on but balm was going everywhere so I decided to just apply with my fingers since they were covered in balm anyway.
So once the balm is applied in a thin layer, you smooth on the hair removal cream, The applicator is great and it smells better than most hair removers (the only good thing about it in my opinion). You leave the Brazilian spa clay remover on for 7 minutes, and if hair is not removed, you can leave it on for a few more up to ten minutes maximum. After five minutes, I got that tell-tale tingling and should have wiped it off. A quick check showed the hair was not budging yet so I left it. After 7 minutes, I wiped it off and ran for the sink to wash my face to see a red upper lip. The redness was even spreading out into areas with no remover on them and a foul chemical taste in my mouth.
I figured the moisturizer would help, I always have some redness, not this much, but some. Smoothing on the moisturizer did calm down the burning some, but I still had some nasty red bumps and a small burn above my lip. Even worse, the thicker hairs were still there! I ended up putting a cold compress on it and some after-sun and my own moisturizer which definitely helped. I still had the bumps and burn the next day though, so the rest of the Brazilian spa clay remover went in the garbage. I will stick to Olay no matter how much it costs.
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Facial Hair Removal Trio while it did not work for me, does have some great reviews and people who swear by it. If you want to try it out, it is sold for about $17 at most drug stores.