Full, statement brows have made their mark and are here to stay, however it’s the only facial hair on your face that should ever make a statement (except for eyelashes of course). Facial hair is normal, and happens to everyone, and every woman, so there is no need to fret about a few strands (or more) here or there. Thankfully, there are several methods that allow us to remove or minimize the appearance of facial hair. Additionally, cream or liquid-based makeup, such as foundation, applies much more smoothly and evenly when hair is removed in certain areas from your face.
Areas where hair should be removed for women include: the upper lip area, the chin area, cheeks, and sideburns area. Concealers and foundations will not hide facial hair. Concealers and foundations are primarily for color correction and balancing the skin tone. In fact, using concealers and foundations (of all consistencies, i.e.: liquid, cream, and powders) will only accentuate facial hair. Covering facial hair with makeup would add density to each hair strand, thus creating more unnecessary shadows, and drawing more attention to the area(s). There are a number of ways to remove hair in these areas, I will say that not every technique is exactly painless, but facial hair removal will make a world of difference your makeup application and finish, and possibly your confidence.
Pro-Tip: Men should trim overgrown hair in areas such as their nose, ears, beards, mustaches, eyebrows, and cheeks. Trimming these areas regularly allows for a more professional, polished look. Trimming services are also best performed by a professional barber, skilled in trimming hair in hard to reach areas such as the nose and ears.
Choosing a hair removal technique is entirely an individual preference, and pain tolerance. Most times, the hair is so fine or minimal, that shaving would be all that is needed. Shaving is the simplest, painless, and most cost-efficient hair removal technique. However, shaving requires more maintenance as shaving does not remove hair from the follicle, rather it just removes hair from the surface, thus shortening the re-growth period. Using a regular shaving razor is not recommended, as these tend to be too large for the facial area, as well as too risky. As with all razors, you do run the risk of accidentally nicking or cutting yourself, so it is best to purchase razors specifically made for the face. The facial razors are made with special guards and are small enough to fit when used in small areas of the face.
Pro-Tip: Using warm water, and a cotton wash cloth, lightly exfoliate areas where facial hair is present prior to shaving to minimize razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Apply a cream-based gentle facial cleanser, and carefully shave in the direction of hair growth.
Waxing or sugar waxing would be the one of the most effective hair removal alternative. The difference between the two, is that certain regular waxes have a tendency to grab on to the skin, where as sugaring only grabs the hair. Additionally, some sugar waxes are organically made, perfect for eco-concious beauty divas. Sugar waxes are also easy to rinse away, should you accidentally apply the wax to an area not needing to be waxed. Sugar waxes require warm water and a wash cloth to remove, where as regular waxes require an special oil-based remover found at your local beauty supply stores.
Although waxing is not necessarily painless, waxing is quick and safe, when performed properly. Depending on your comfort and confidence level, you can choose wax yourself, or enlist the help of a professional esthetician who provides waxing services. Re-growth rate is extended anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
If you decide to wax your own facial hair, here are a few of our favorite waxing kits:
Another effective technique for hair removal is threading. Threading is a process in which a thread is intertwined within the hair, and is pulled out from the hair follicle. Unlike tweezing, where each individual hair is pulled out one at a time, threading hair removal pulls several strands of hair at the same time, in a straight line. Threading is an extremely specialized hair removal technique, that requires precision, and should only be performed by a threading specialist.
For more permanent hair removal results, laser and electrolysis would be the best options, but expect a heftier price tag.
More information about theses two techniques can be read from Skin-guide.org:
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Can everyone use it?
The mainstream lasers are only meant for people with light skin tone having dark hair. It can burn the dark skin, which will hinder best results. It might as well leave large amount of pigment marks and dark spots. Advanced laser techniques are being created to ensure that people with combination of light and dark skin can use them effectively.
Electrolysis can be done on anyone, irrespective of the skin color or type. The process attacks hair follicle at its roots, without causing pigmentation.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Sessions and Time Required
Laser facial hair removal takes very little time. Because the facial area is smaller, it will not be a time-consuming endeavor. It takes approximately 15 minutes for a complete session, but a series of treatment is needed. Spaced about one month apart, it might take four to six comprehensive treatments to achieve the best result.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually, which takes more time. It will take 15 to 30 sessions, and each session will take approximately 20 to 30mminutes to complete.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Cost
Laser is an expensive procedure. Each visit may cost you anywhere around USD 200 to USD 900 depending on the size of the entire facial area that needs to be treated and facilities given.
Electrolysis, on the other hand, costs USD 45 per session.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Pain
Laser causes mild sensation of pain, usually like that of a band snapping against the skin, with the sensation of heat. Pain is felt according to the tolerance power of an individual. Dark and coarse hair feels more pain and a burning sensation.
Electrolysis causes pricking and stinging sensation; each hair follicle is passed through the sensation.
Laser vs. Electrolysis: Side Effects
Laser can have dangerous side effects if it is not used efficiently. When laser is used over and around the eyebrows, it should be handled carefully to ensure that it does not come in connect with eyes. Scarring is another rare possibility with lasers. Furthermore, it can as well stimulate the growth of hidden facial hair follicles in women
If electrolysis is not done properly, it can lead to skin discoloration.
If your skin color is dark and you have a light hair, you cannot rely on the standard laser treatment for hair removal due to the safety issues. There is no choice for radio frequency enabled laser. Therefore, electrolysis will be the only solution. Also, electrolysis is cost-effective and works on all skin colors and types.
Whichever hair removal technique you choose, I would recommend trying 2 different techniques to determine which you are most comfortable with, and which technique gives you the best result.