Facial hair. We all have it. Whether we like it or not. If you’re like me, it’s a constant struggle to find the best way to remove facial hair for the least pain, hassle, and cost. There are loads of options out there, and certain ones work better for different people. That’s why knowing all of your options can make a huge help in the decision-making process.
So let’s talk about how to get rid of facial hair. What costs more? What hurts more? What takes the least amount of time? No matter what you choose, there are going to be some positive and negative aspects. However, finding the option with the highest amount of pros for you is when you’ve met your match.
The most common and well-known option. Waxing can be used for the face and body alike. Waxing is easily accessible, on the more affordable side of things, and quick. You can buy your own wax kit or go to a salon and have a specialist wax you. Like all things, having your own kit will cost less than continuous salon visits. As far as pain goes, it’s quick and minimal in pain levels, so if that is your biggest concern, this is a good choice.
There are some downsides to waxing, however. Depending on your skin, the heat may cause breakouts or irritation. There is a lot of room for error in terms of the heat of the wax, improper aftercare, and recovery time. If your skin is extremely sensitive, this might not be the best fit for you.
A better alternative for those with sensitive skin, threading is also quite popular. Not quite as common, but there are definitely some threading experts in your area. Threading is cost-effective as well, coming in about the same or slightly more than waxing.
Unfortunately, threading falls higher on the pain scale. Think of a repetitive cat scratch. Not near the level of tattoo cat scratch pain, but it’s definitely uncomfortable. However, it doesn’t break out your skin and there is no recovery. The dilemma is more pain with less aftermath or vice versa.
Another common option that can be done with little to no cost, a bit of patience, and a tad bit of pain. Tweezing is effective for those who don’t have time or cash to blow. There is more room for error with tweezing. Overplucking gives no mercy to its victims. Be sure to keep this in mind when you enter the rabbit hole that is tweezing. There’s no aftercare with tweezing, but it does take a bit of time if you plan to do your entire face.
The sugaring phenomenon has grown exponentially. Similar to waxing, sugaring uses a sugar paste to pull out the hairs. It’s cost-effective, all you need is some wax, boiling water, and persistence. It can be done at home or in a salon. There’s much less irritation than waxing but still, a little bit of room for irritation compared to other options.
With a lower pain level than waxing, you get the speed and effectiveness of waxing without the high risks. It also has less waste since you can utilize one handful of sugar for your entire face or part of your body.
A double-edged sword. Dermaplaning has multiple benefits: face hair removal and exfoliator from the dead skin cells build-up. It’s easy to do at home, costs little money at all, and is relatively quick. There is a large misconception about dermaplaning. Many worry about shaving their face in fear of hair growing back faster and darker. This claim has been found to be entirely false.
There is a bit of irritation and redness that can occur immediately after dermaplaning. The biggest concern with dermaplaning is the return time for hair. Since you aren’t pulling the hair from the root-like other methods, it does grow back quicker.
Another method to consider is hair removal creams. This is easy to do from home. There are loads of options for this. Like anything, certain brands are more reliable than others. There’s a high risk of irritation with this option, especially if you leave the cream on for too long.
However, it’s extremely affordable and only takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Let the cream sit on your face where you want to remove hair and wipe away the hair. This is more difficult to shape brows with since there is less precision than threading or waxing.
Last but not least, when all else fails try lasering. A much more costly face hair removal than other methods does have downsides. However, when the lasering is complete, your hair is permanently removed. It does have multiple visits and a bit of downtime in terms of skin sensitivity, but the results are amazing!