Q: I have my beauty and hair routine down, but what should I do about unwanted facial hair? What is the best way to get rid of those annoying hairs?
A: Facial hair on a woman is like the elephant in the room – it sometimes exists but no one wants to talk about it. Instead some women hide in secrecy trying to figure out how to eliminate facial hair. You’re not alone, and there are several techniques to get rid of hairs above the lip, chin, and face, but all have their pros and cons.
Waxing is the most popular method of decreasing facial hair.
PROS: Waxing is cheap, fast, and can easily be done at home.
CONS: Due to ripping the hair off a strip after the wax is applied, waxing has a big “ouch” factor. If left on for too long it can burn skin, and in some cases, cause an allergic reaction.
In the past couple of years threading has taken the beauty world by storm by offering yet another technique to banish hairs.
PROS: Absolutely no chemicals that can irritate your skin are used in this “au natural” approach using a string.
CONS: Not a do- it- at- home routine. If the professional does not do it accurately the hair can break instead of pull from the root which means the hair will grow back way faster. You also have to wait until enough hair has grown for it to be threaded which makes it difficult for a quick fix.
Cream removals like the popular brand NAIR are a painless solution to facial hair.
PROS: Is easy to apply and does not need to be applied by a professional.
CONS: Sometimes you have to apply product more than once to an area if all hair does not come off after you rinse.
As a wise word of caution, women of color should steer clear of bleaching facial hair as that method doesn’t work well on darker skin tones. Never shave facial hair as it will result in stubble that most certainly would not be a Juicy look. Also, though tweezing may work for minor hairs, it’s not the best option for facial hair as it very tedious and not exact.
If all else fails and you have the money to spend, electrolysis hair removal surgery is the most expensive and permanent way to get rid of unwanted hair once and for all. Using any of these methods is a sure way to keep your skin smooth, flawless, and most importantly –whisker free!