Proper Facial Hair Removal Techniques

by Karen Brooks on October 3, 2010

Facial Hair

Everyone has facial hair, but hair often appears in certain areas of the face that it’s not supposed to. Men typically have hair around their eyes in the form of eyebrows and eyelashes, upper lip, chin and on both sides of the face. Women generally speaking only have visible hairs in the form of eyebrows and eyelashes. Men who want to look well groomed and clean cut will routinely get rid of the hair above their upper lip, chin and both sides of the face. For a number of women, stray hair may appear in those areas as well which can be a huge source of embarrassment. Other parts of the face with unwanted hair may be between and around the eyebrows. Too much hair in that particular area makes the person appear unkempt and less attractive.

Traditional hair removal methods include shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing. Shaving the face is the most common method for men, it is not however preferred by women. Particular attention must be paid to the technique used for shaving to avoid ending up with nicks and cuts. When using a regular razor blade, it is important to use shaving cream or gel and make sure that the blade is sharp and never blunt. Always shave along the direction of hair growth with a razor, but against the grain when using an electric shaver. Depilatory creams are also commonly used to remove facial hair, especially in the upper lip area. Simply apply the cream, wait a few minutes and the hair will break apart for easy removal. It’s painless and easy to use, but there are harsh chemicals. Waxing is a solution that involves pain, but it’s a very quick process and removes the hair from the follicle so it will take much longer for the hair to grow out.

If you are looking to get rid of stray hairs on the face, an easy method to use is tweezing. This method is predominantly used on the hair around the eyebrows. Women and men alike use tweezing to groom and shape their eyebrows. Tweezers are used to pluck out individual hairs from the follicle, it’s simple to do, but cannot be applied to a large area. Recently tweezing got an upgrade in the form of epilators. This handy electronic device contains a series of rotating metal parts that simultaneously pluck out multiple hairs. Using an epilator is recommended for larger areas of the face such as the upper lips or chin. It is not recommended for the eyebrows, because if not careful enough, you can end up removing more hair than you planned on. Both methods cause pain, however with continued use the hairs become finer and less painful to remove.

Some people choose to use less traditional methods to remove facial hair. Threading is one of those methods, it has been used by women in India for generations, but have just recently become popular in other parts of the world. This technique simply requires thread, the hair is removed from the follicle by wrapping the thread around each individual hair in a loop and pulling it out. This method is primarily used in salons and done by someone who is professionally trained. There are however at home tools available that can be effectively used by almost anyone. For a more permanent solution, electrolysis can be used. This method also focuses on individual hair strands, but it takes more time to completely remove the hair and prevent it from growing back. There are also at home electrolysis products, but your best bet is to have a professional work on the procedure for you.

There is a lot more to learn about the different face hair removal techniques. Find out which ones will work best for your face

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