Top types of facial hair removal

Facial hair amongst women is one of those still taboo subjects. From fuzz on your top lip, to rogue hairs on your chin or cheeks, it’s a fact of life that women get facial hair too. While you might not be exactly reaching for the razor, dealing with those hairs can be a daily issue. With many women staying tight lipped about their hair removal challenges, it can be hard to know what method to turn to. In this blog, we’ll explore the main home and salon based options to help you decide what’s best for you.

Facial hair causes

First and foremost, excess facial hair is nothing at all to be embarrassed about, it even has a medical name – hirsutism – and often comes about due to an imbalance of change in hormones. It’s estimated that up to 10% of women will have hirsutism, so it’s a fairly common issue.

Causes can range from being genetic, it can be triggered by going through the menopause or it can be brought on by medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – so if you are feeling concerned, or have other symptoms, you should always consult a doctor.

Ways to remove facial hair

The good news is there are a number of methods for removing unwanted hair. We walk through the main pros and cons of the most popular.

Plucking

The pros: Cheap, quick and easy. You can do it at home. The hair will take longer to grow back than saving as you pluck from the root.

The cons: Temporary hair removal. Potential for ingrowing hairs. Very difficult to achieve symmetry (same level of hair removal over face). May have to pluck daily.

Shaving

The pros: Cheap, quick and easy. You can do it at home. Easier to achieve symmetry.

The cons: Temporary hair removal. Accidental cuts, stubble and stubble rash. Plus you may end up having to shave daily. Like plucking, there is the potential for ingrowing hairs.

Waxing

The pros: Much longer lasting than shaving. Can be done at home or by a professional in a salon. Relatively cheap and quick to do. Can over time (and with regular treatments) reduce the growth rate of hairs for some people. Easy to achieve symmetry.

The cons: Can be painful. May cause redness.  Hair will need to be a certain length prior to waxing. Potential for ingrowing hairs. Effects are largely temporary.

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Bleaching

The pros: Relatively cheap and quick to do. Can last 2-4 weeks. Can do it at home. No hair removal side effects like ingrowing hairs, but you should always patch test before using bleach.

The cons: Doesn’t involve removing hair, just disguising it, so you’ll still have the hair there. Takes longer than plucking or shaving. Not as effective on coarser, longer hair. You are using chemicals on your skin.

Hair removal creams

The Pros: Cheap and easy. Removes hair from the root. Smooth finish. No pain. Can do it at home.

The cons: Temporary hair removal. Takes longer than shaving or plucking. Not all creams are suitable for use on face or your skin type – always do a patch test first. Some people dislike the smell. You need to be careful with its application. You are using chemicals on your skin.

Threading

The pros: Very precise and effective method of hair removal. Can remove even very fine hairs. Removes hair from the root. Normally carried out by a professional. No chemicals are applied to the skin.

The cons: Can be painful. More expensive than other methods. Can take longer than other at home methods. Temporary hair removal.

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Electrolysis

The pros: Electricity is used to destroy hair cells and remove hair permanently. No ingrowing hairs. Works on everyone. Should be carried out by a professional.

The cons: It can take many treatments, over a long time to be effective. Can be painful. Can change your skin colour. Expensive. Can’t do it at home.

Laser hair removal

The pros: Long lasting hair removal that drastically reduces hair growth. Can be done anywhere on the body. Should be carried out by a professional.

The Cons: Can be uncomfortable (some will find it painful). Takes a long time. Expensive. Works best on fair skin with dark hair – may have varying results on different skin and hair types. Can’t do it at home.

If you need some facial hair removal advice, or want to book in for a waxing or threading session, either pop into the salon at 765 Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 5HA, email us at info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7371 5118. You can also use our contact form to get in touch too.

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