Best Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair

These Methods Will Leave Your Skin Smooth and Soft

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There are many options for removing unwanted facial hair and many of them you can do at home. Some of these options are better than others and some are more expensive, but permanent.

Waxing

Waxing is a good option for removing unwanted facial hair. Kits available at the drugstore or beauty supply store are high quality, but if the idea makes you nervous, you can pay a professional at a salon to do it for you.

The hair is removed at the root, so the results last longer and the hair grows back softer. And many women swear that the more you wax, the fewer hairs grow in.

The downside to waxing is you have to let hair grow out to wax again. It's painful and you run the risk of the hot wax burning your face.

Sugaring

Sugaring, like waxing, pulls the hair from the root. The huge benefit is it's less painful than waxing. You can buy sugaring kits to use at home or pay a professional to do it.

It's a great hair removal option for the face.

Depilatories

Depilatories are hair removal creams you can buy from any drugstore. They are a good option for anyone freaked out about pulling hair out from the root. You spread on the white cream, wait a specific period of time and then wipe away. Your hair should be gone. The strong-smelling chemicals in the cream dissolve the hair at the skin's surface.

The creams have a strong, chemical smell, which may turn off some people.

The creams don't always work on thick, coarse hair and if you have sensitive skin, avoid this method or run the risk of chemical burns. Because hair is removed at the surface, it will grow back faster than with methods that pull it from the root.

Threading 

Threading is one of the most popular methods of hair removal right now.

An aesthetician uses a doubled-up strand of cotton thread to twist around individual hairs. She then pulls the hair out from the roots. The procedure is used mainly on the eyebrows and upper lip and the huge benefit is the hair is removed from your face by the root so it grows back much slower than it does by shaving.  

It may be hard to find a salon that specializes in threading. Most big cities have them, but if you're from a smaller area, you may be out of luck. While it can be done at home, it is much more difficult to do it yourself than other hair removal methods.

Learn more in What is Threading?

Tweezing

If you only have a few hairs to remove, tweezing is a great option. Be sure to invest in decent slant-edged tweezers.

Electrolysis

Electrolysis will remove hair permanently. It is an expensive process and sometimes requires multiple sessions to work. Finding a licensed electrolysis technician is essential for your health and safety.

Learn more in Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an option for women with light skin and dark facial hair. The lasers don't work as well on light hair.

Laser hair removal is pricey and painful, but the results can be great and permanent.

Shaving

Shaving is not a good option for the face. It's a myth that your shaved facial hair will grow back thicker but it will feel as if it grew in thicker. Why? Virgin, never shaved hairs have fine, soft ends. Shaved ends are coarser. This is why the hair that grows back after you wax seems to be "softer." Save your razor for your legs and your bikini line.

If you feel you absolutely have to shave (because you've done it all your life, so why stop now, right?), try this 2-stroke method to avoid the blunt ends that shaving does to individual hairs:

  1. Apply oil to skin to soften it.
  2. Apply a shaving cream or gel.
  3. First shave against the hair growth with one stroke.
  4. On the second stroke, shave with hair growth. This gives each hair a softer, angled end.

Lightening Your Facial Hair

If your hair is dark, you might consider lightening the hair rather than removing it.

There are several products you'll find at your local drugstore. The process is easy and inexpensive, but if your hair is thick, lightening it may not be enough for a smooth look.