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The Many Different Forms of Facial Hair Removal for Women

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Written by Kate Beswick in Hair Care
Viewed by 177 readers since 05-29-2009

Facial hair in women is a common problem and one that is a result of hormonal changes, genetics, or medication that the woman may be taking. However, if you’re a woman that suffers from this problem, you know that this knowledge doesn’t make you feel any better about the unwanted hair that pops up on your face. While the hair may be very dense or dark and seem unsightly to you, although probably barely noticeable to others, there are many options you have in removing unwanted facial hair. This is true whether you want to go a natural route or a more clinical, and permanent option.

Home Remedies

If you don’t want to mess around with chemicals, you can whip up a batch of hair removal products using things you’ll find right in your fridge and pantry! The first product you can create is a paste made from ½ cup sugar, juice from 1 lemon, and just enough water to form a paste. Apply this paste to your face in the same direction as the hair growth and leave on for 10-15 minutes. This should be done twice a week.

Another mixture you can use for facial hair removal is a combination of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 4 tablespoons of honey. Spread the mixture on your face and remove after 10-15 minutes. This mask should also be applied twice a week. Turmeric powder added to milk is also a known home remedy for facial hair removal. Simply scrub this onto your face and then rinse it off slowly with cold water.

Waxing

Waxing is a very popular choice for hair removal among both women and men. It doesn’t take a lot of time, doesn’t have to be done very often, and is very easy to do yourself at home if you don’t want to take a trip to the salon! Waxing involves a thin layer of melted wax being applied to the hair in the same direction it grows and allowing it to harden. Once it’s firm, the wax is then pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth and the hair will not return for approximately 6 weeks. The only disadvantage waxing has that many people just can’t get past is the fact that it can be painful.

Tweezing

Tweezing is a good option if you only have a few hairs that need removing or if you want a certain shape to the hair, such as your eyebrows. Tweezing however does take quite a bit of time and can still be surprisingly painful.

Depilatories

Depilatories are a form of hair removal that can be used for the face, but should be used with great care and never on the eyebrows. Depilatories consist of harsh chemicals that burn the hair off your skin. This is only surface removal however and so the aggressive process will need to be done every few days.

Electrolysis

Using electrolysis for hair removal is permanent but it’s also pricey and takes several sittings before it’s complete. This process actually causes complete damage to the hair follicle so the hair will never grow back but there are also some risks associated with it. These include: electric shock, infection at the site of the needle, and scarring.

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