So ladies let’s talk about the almost taboo subject of female facial hair. It’s something that we don’t like talking about and that we kind of wish didn’t exist but we’re mammals, we’re hormonal, and face hair is a fact we will all have to live with.
The first, and most important, rule of female face hair is that you do NOT shave female face hair. So that leaves us with other facial hair removal options that have pros and cons associated with them.
Why, might you ask, is removing facial hair important for one’s make-up routine? Well I have to say that there is a big difference to the ease of applying foundation and contouring make-up to a bare face vs. a face with hair texture. Also getting a good eyebrow shape is comparable to getting a face lift and really frames your pretty peepers. (I would also like to point out that nothing ruins my day quicker than my husband saying ‘oh look at your peach fuzz – how cute!’)
According to my life experience, and the trial and error of girlfriends, there are four main ways to tame/rid yourself of facial hair. They are:
Tweezers: Small pincers, usually made of metal, used for plucking hair.
- They are precise
- Cost effective (you can pick up a good pair for around $10)
- Not practical if you have a lot of hair to remove
- Can be painful (or cause random sneezing fits)
Waxing: the act or technique of applying a depilatory wax to the body for removing hair.
- Remove a good portion of hair in seconds
- Results last for 2-6 weeks
- You can make someone else do it for you or you can do it at home
- Can be painful
- Can leave your face looking red for up to 24 hours
Depilator Cream: cream that removes/dissolves hair.
- Removes a good portion of hair in less than 20 minutes (times vary according to brand)
- Not painful
- Can be stinky
- Allergic/chemical reactions are possible
Laser: a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits further hair growth.
- Permanent solution
- Not very painful (depending on machine)
- Someone else does it for you
- Costly (we’re talking salon visits and specially trained estheticians)
- Time consuming (need to get to the appointments)
- Even though you’re killing the root of the hair the laser won’t leave your face hairless until you reach the end of your sessions
- Doesn’t always work (I know this from personal experience and $200 down the drain)
My personal choice is to get a full face wax from one of the strip mall nail salons such as ‘Nice One Nails’. The cost is $25 and I leave with a smooth face for at least 4-6 weeks. I’ll correct any stray hairs with the tweezers in between waxings. A lot of women worry about how it will look when the hair ‘grows back in’ and to be honest I’ve found it’s not that bad or even that noticeable – usually the hair is thinner and blonder than before and you definitely won’t get a mannish ‘stubble’ look that so many of us are afraid of. The most annoying thing I’ve found with waxing is that I’ll sometimes get a few pimples afterwards because the wax stays in my skin. I counter this unfortunate side effect by exfoliating the next day and being careful about touching my face.
I’d love to hear about your preferred facial hair removal techniques. Feel free to comment, add more pros and cons, or leave suggestions.