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Mary Killen's Beauty Tips. Hair today – gone tomorrow

Regulars | By Mary Killen

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Bearded women, say goodbye to bristles

A woman I have recently made friends with is a proper person. Let me tell you a tale to illustrate this. When Grania (fake name) married her husband, 50 years ago, she inherited a Dame Margaret Rutherford-style formidable aunt, who came complete with bristling beard and moustache. Grania, being a proper person, saw it as her duty to go and visit the spinster aunt regularly, even though she lived an inconvenient distance away. One day, Grania gathered her courage and told the battle-axe, ‘What I’m about to say is coming from a place of love. When ladies get older, they often grow hairs on their face which they can’t see themselves because their eyesight isn’t what it was. But the good news is there is something called depilation, which takes these hairs away – and there is a little salon just down the road from here.’ Shortly afterwards, Grania received...

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