Facial hair and its removal is often a tricky subject for women. Many women feel embarrassed or frustrated by it – myself included. There are many potential causes for extremely dark and visible facial hair on women including genetics, PCOS, and hormonal imbalances.
You may want to get rid of it because you don’t like the look of it, or you may just dislike the way that the hair shows up when you wear heavy makeup.
**DISCLAIMER** I am in no way saying that women must get rid of their facial hair. If you want to, great! If you don’t, great! You do you and make your decision. I personally choose to remove mine, and it can be frustrating to figure out what the best route is.
Many of these tricks can also be used on eyebrows as well, which is a fairly standard area of hair on the face that is groomed regularly. Here are the ways I’ve tried as far as getting rid of my own facial hair.
Pros: Fairly cheap if you do it at home
Cons: Extremely painful if you have more than a couple of stray hairs
The biggest downside to tweezing is that it takes a long time to do. Even if you’re practiced, your brows, mustache, or other facial hair can take quite a while to pluck each hair out. Most of the time, I don’t reccommend tweezing as your primary method if you can avoid it, though it’s a good way to clean up your brows in a pinch or to remove a few stray hairs.
Cons: Moderately painful, can cause burns if not done by certified professional
Waxing, while painful, is a fairly solid choice for removing a decent chunk of facial hair. It’s ideal for upper lip hair, chin hair, and eyebrows in particular. If possible, go get a professional to do this. There are quite a few possible mishaps that can be caused by waxing including burns and accidentally removing more hair than you were planning.
Pros: Quick, keeps hair from growing back as quickly
Cons: Moderately painful
While one of my favorite hair removal methods, especially for brows, I don’t recommend doing this one at home. Threading is a very quick and over time less painful alternative to wax. You can often get a really nice threading job done by a kiosk in a shopping mall. Otherwise, look for a salon that specializes in this method of hair removal.
Pros: Usually Painless
Cons: Bleach can cause allergic reactions or chemical burns used too often or left on too long
Bleaching your unwanted facial hair (such as on the cheeks or upper lip) can be a great, painless way to make it invisible. However, over time your skin may develop sensitivity to the bleach – even if you don’t tend to have sensitive skin. If left on too long or used inappropriately, it can also cause allergic reactions or chemical burns. Dry or sensitive skin types are most at risk for issues.
Another potential pitfall of bleach is that you don’t have the control that you would have with some of the other methods. This makes it highly inadvisable for use on your eyebrows. Plus, getting these chemicals in your eyes can cause irritation or even blindness.
Hair Removal Cream
Pros: Also usually painless
Cons: Can cause chemical burns if used inappropriately (or just in general), doesn’t always remove everything.
Hair removal cream works similarly to bleach, but instead of lightening the hair, it removes it. Like bleach, it can cause chemical burns, particularly given how long it has to stay on. If you don’t leave it on long enough, it will leave hairs scattered on your skin.
If you do use one of these hair removal creams, make sure you use a more gentle one designed for the face or the bikini area.
Do NOT use hair removal on your eyebrows, it’s too close to your eyes and the chemicals can cause irritation and even blindness if you’re not careful.
Pros: Quick, simple
Cons: Your hair may grow back in stubbly, you can sometimes nick yourself
In my opinion, this is the simplest, most painless way to remove unwanted facial hair on the daily, especially if you don’t have the budget for regular salon visits. Make sure you use a men’s razor – they’re designed for the sensitive skin of the face.
Another variation on shaving for the face is called dermaplaning, which is when an esthetician removes dead skin and hair from your face with a sharp razor.
How do you prefer to handle your facial hair? Do you remove it? Let it stay where it is? Tell us in the comments!