Although “No-Shave November” has come and gone, a quick glance at my Instagram feed leads me to believe that “beard season” is definitely still in effect. As a woman who loves a guy with nicely groomed facial hair, I’m not complaining. The same can’t be said when my casual scrolling lands me on a picture of a woman with her own peekaboo beard, side burns, and mustache… a look she was clearly not trying to achieve. Few issues can cause a woman as much embarrassment as excessive facial hair. In fact, more than 20 million American women use some kind of product to remove facial hair at least once a week. Whether you have barely there peach fuzz, or dark, coarse facial hair, there are a few options to help you get rid of that unwanted hair.
Many women use a razor or electric shaver to remove facial hair because it’s often the most convenient method available. Although shaving is extremely effective and relatively painless, you stand a great chance of developing razor bumps or ingrown hairs on your face, which of course can be equally as frustrating as dealing with facial hair. Results generally last about 4 days.
Waxing is another commonly used method for removing facial hair. Most women find it extremely effective, although it can also be very painful. Besides dealing with the pain, there’s also a risk of redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs. Waxing, however, is ideal for women with thick facial hair. Results generally last about 5 weeks.
In this process, a dye created especially for the face is used to dye facial hair the same color as your skin tone. Although the hair isn’t technically removed, it blends in with your skin tone so that it’s undetectable. Bleaching is ideal for women with sparse facial hair or peach fuzz. If you’re not sure which bleaching product to try, you may like Sally Hansen Extra Strength Creme Hair Bleach for Face & Body. Results generally last between 3 and 6 weeks.
An epilator is a device that pulls multiple hairs from your face at one time. The process is relatively fast and effective, but many women may also find it very painful the first few times. Because an epilator works faster than a razor, you typically don’t have to worry about bumps and ingrown hairs. Results generally last about 4 weeks.
As the name suggests, threading is the process of using a regular piece of cotton sewing thread to remove hair from your face. This method is highly effective and relatively painless once you get the hang of it. Threading is ideal for people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t cause any irritation. Results generally last between 4 and 8 weeks depending on the area.
Using a tweezer to remove facial hair can be effective if you have a small number of hairs on your face. Because tweezing is the process of removing one strand of hair at a time, it can be extremely time consuming if done over a large area. Many women also find tweezing to be very painful and irritating. Results generally last about 3 weeks.
A depilatory cream is an over-the-counter hair remover that dissolves unwanted facial hair. Many types of creams are available, but one very effective, highly recommended product is the Nair Spa Clay Face Trio. This 3-step system (pre-treatment balm, depilatory cream hair remover, face moisturizer) removes all visible hair from any part of the face in about 5 minutes, and is ideal for any type of facial hair. Results generally last about 10 to 14 days.