Beauty: Alternatives To Waxing Facial Hair

This is a brief rundown of how to remove or disguise facial hair including stray eyebrow hairs, moustaches, and hair on the chin.

Waxing is a pain, literally.Why put your skin through the anguish of being stretched taut and assaulted with hot wax and the fingers that snatch it off?Consider the other alternatives, such as bleaching, electrolysis, and creams.Plucking is also an option, but it just prolongs the discomfort, pulling one hair at a time (although you do get great results because you can really see what you're doing without the likelihood of going overboard).

Let's start with what to do about eyebrows (unibrows and spare hairs underneath the arch), since we all have them and everyone hasn't reached the mustache/chin hair phase yet.Girls usually begin to pluck their eyebrows at 13 years-old.It takes a little while longer for them to start reaching for the upper lip waxes and bleach, throwing them down into the bottom of a shopping cart, and tossing the bags of Cheetos and Maxi Pads on top.

Plucking and waxing are the two most popular forms of shaping eyebrows (some women even purchase eyebrow stencils and pluck around the contours of those guidelines) but since we're trying to avoid torture, there's another method gaining popularity: Electrolysis, which can be used on almost any part of the body.Here, the hair is removed by an electric current that damages the roots.Removal is permanent.There are electrolysis kits that claim anyone can have success with their use, but leave it to a professional.This leaves less room for mistakes.Also, if you plan to branch out beyond the small surface areas of the face, this could be an incredibly expensive and time-consuming investment.Two whole legs are not done in one sitting.Hair removal on larger areas requires multiple sessions to achieve maximum results.We'll discuss bleaching and cream methods of hair removal later, but they're not recommended for eyebrows.Electrolysis and plucking/waxing are safer due to the area's proximity to the eyes.


Now let's take on the dreaded mustache that's inspired so many comedy writers and sent so many women into hiding.For this, rather than ripping the hair from the skin with the assistance of a small strip of cloth, creams or bleaches can be used.You still need to be careful, as some creams and bleaches may cause sensitive skin to have a reaction.Always choose products meant specifically for facial hair.Some cream or lotion formulas even contain Vitamin E and baby oil to soothe the target area while removing hair, and they're already formulated to be gentler than the types you put on other parts of your body.Take advantage of them!

With a cream or lotion, apply liberally to cover all the hair, and wait the time suggested on the package.Wipe off, and rinse the area.You should be smooth anywhere from ten days to two weeks.If it doesn't work as well as you'd like, try again in a week (do not attempt twice in one day), leaving the cream on for the maximum recommended time (set a timer!).

With bleaching, you don't have to worry about re-growth in the same sense.It doesn't remove the hair, but it's also completely painless.Just like with the creams and lotions, you should do a test patch to make sure the full process won't irritate your skin. Use bleach with caution.Bleach may change the pigment in your skin, just as it changes the color of the hair, so use with care.Bleach also works better on those with fair skin, since the blonde hairs blend better against lighter skin tones.You can buy bleaching kits in drugstores to use in the privacy of your home.

You don't always have to remove the hair to disguise it, but some people would rather do it that way.If you're fine with bleaching away the hair, go for it.If you want to use a cream to get rid of the hair, that's an inexpensive solution as well.Just make sure you do a test patch with either product first.And, finally, if you want to be rid of the hair forever and cost is not a factor, visit an electrolysis specialist in your area.Whoever said "no pain, no gain" was wrong.

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