Of all the beauty treatments that are out there, facial hair removal (or any hair removal, for that matter) is truly one of the most unpleasant. It does not matter if you have dark, coarse and thick hair, or if you are dealing with peach-fuzz, facial hair is like a bad nightmare that keeps coming back.
Getting your eyebrows plucked, your upper lips threaded or waxing your side locks, facial hair removal forms a repetitive part of many a girl’s beauty routines. Unwanted facial hair causes a big dent in your confidence levels, and that is why it is best to get rid of it. Another problem with having unwanted hair is that your face looks dull and lacklustre. Your makeup tends to look patchy and cakey because the hair on your face gives your skin an uneven surface.
There are several techniques available to remove facial hair, but it always advised to pick one that best suits your skin type and needs. The frequency of getting rid of this hair depends on your growth and your personal comfort levels, but most women usually prefer facial hair removal once every fortnight.
Thanks to tried and tested procedures and technology, there are a number of methods that answer your question of how to remove hair from the face. Read on to find out what they are and choose one that best suits your needs...
From eliminating extra hair from the eyebrows to getting rid of pesky upper lip hair, threading is one form of facial hair removal that has been used by women all over the world since times immemorial. Threading is also used to remove hair from the face such as the chin, forehead and sides of the face. This method uses a thread, which pulls and twists unwanted hair until it lifts from the hair follicle. As this method removes facial hair right from the follicles, it does not lead to any sort of ingrown hair. Threading does not involve using any sort of a product except a thread; hence there is almost no chance of a skin reaction.
For this method of facial hair removal, it is best to stick to a professional if you want perfect and similar results each time. Although you may experience slight pain or discomfort while your technician is threading, rest assured, this pain is only temporary. To reduce pain, ask your technician to massage ice on the area, or apply a warm compress afterwards. But you should stay from this hair removal method if you have acne, as threading temporarily inflames your skin and creates bumps.
Note: If you use threading to remove hair from the face, the result will last for about 2 weeks.
Waxing has proven to be one of the most effective ways of removing hair from the face. Waxing, unlike any other hair removal treatment, effectively removes all the hair from the area the wax has been applied to, making it a quick way to remove facial hair. There are two types of waxing methods available:
- Wax strips that you warm between your hands before applying
- The wax that’s melted in a warmer and then applied to the area with a stick
But remember, when choosing a wax for your face, always pick soft wax as it is preferable for the thin and delicate skin of your face. Hard wax is better for your legs and bikini area.
Although waxing is a very commonly practised hair removal method, it isn’t meant for everyone. The downside of waxing is that it can irritate and inflame the skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. Therefore, it is advisable to do a patch test before resorting to this method to remove hair from face. Another problem with waxing is that it is an inexact technique that may damage the hair shaft leading to inflammation or lead to ingrown hair. Waxing can be uncomfortable, and mildly painful. It should also be avoided if you have extremely sensitive skin. Remember to always moisturise your face after waxing.
Waxing: If you are considering waxing to remove facial hair, keep in mind that it pulls out hair from the hair follicles which keeps hair from growing back quickly. The results last for about 3 to 4 weeks.
Shaving is a less commonly used facial hair removal method compared to waxing or threading, and it is believed that shaving your face is something that only men do. There are a lot of myths surrounding shaving your face. Remember the old wives’ tale about your hair growing back thicker or coarser after you shave? But this is purely a myth. When you shave, the follicle tends to get cut in half, which is why your hair feels pricklier. If you are using a razor to remove hair from the face, remember to use a dual or a triple blade razor for a closer shave and to make your skin look smooth. It is advisable to shave in the shower or right after it as this is when the skin is soft and pliable. This is also helpful if you have thick or coarse hair, as the heat of the steam softens the hair strands. It is also a good idea to use pre-shave oil as this helps to eliminate the appearance of razor bumps. It is okay to use a razor on your skin, but just ensure that you take the necessary precautions to achieve the best results.
Note: Shaving tends to remove facial hair only from the surface, and hence the hair tends to grow back in about 2 days.
Depilatory creams or hair removal creams are another option to remove hair from the face. As these creams contain chemicals such as sodium, titanium dioxide, and barium sulphide, they’re able to breakdown the protein in the hair. This ensures that the hair dissolves and can be washed away easily. These ingredients are generally safe but it is always advisable to do a patch test to see if your skin is allergic to any particular ingredient. The obvious signs of a skin reaction include redness, bumps and itchiness.
These products are available as gels, creams, and lotions. Although these creams are safe to be used on any part of the body, there are various creams that are specially formulated to remove hair from the face. They are gentler on the skin and help nourish, moisturise and exfoliate the skin.
Note: Since hair is removed from the surface only, it grows back within 1-3 days.