I don’t know about you, but a pet hate of mine is body hair. Don’t get me wrong, a little five o’clock shadow on a guy can massively enhance his appearance, but on us gals, excess facial hair is a big no-no. Those fluffy hairs on your top lip, chin and cheeks not only look unsightly but can also be embarrassing.
Luckily for us, there are lots of simple ways that we can fight the fuzz and keep our skin beautifully hair free. For many people, the main problem with hair removal is the fact that we don’t know the best way to treat it.
To help make fighting the fluff a little easier, I thought that I would share a few of the best hair removal methods.
If you know what you’re doing when it comes to waxing, or have it done professionally, the results can be amazing. As waxing rips the hairs out at the root, after just one wax you can wave goodbye to those pesky hairs for a good few weeks. (For most people, a wax lasts between two and five weeks.)
While waxing is quick and easy, and best of all can be done at home, it can be painful. As waxing pulls the hair out at the root, it can also cause some soreness and irritation. However, if you ice the area you have waxed immediately afterwards, and then apply some soothing cream, you can calm the reaction. I personally like to use pure aloe vera gelly after a wax, as I find this soothes and calms the skin.
Want a long-term solution to that pesky facial hair – the experts say that lasering is the way to go. Over the past few years, the advancement of hair removal lasers has meant that treatments are incredibly effective. This means that after just a few treatments, you could be hair free.
You probably want to know how laser hair removal works, right? Well, it’s actually fairly simple, all that happens is the laser targets the melanin pigment in the hair and hair follicles. This destroys most of the follicles, but not all of them- it’s impossible to take them all out at once.
The downside to this form of hair removal is the fact that to achieve perfect results you’ll need multiple treatments. The upside is that once a hair follicle is damaged, it won’t regrow hair, so the results are permanent. (Who wouldn’t love to be free of facial hair forever – I know I would!)
For a short-term solution to facial hair, threading is fantastic. It works in the same way as tweezing – individual hairs are pulled out from the root. While you can’t do threading yourself, treatments aren’t expensive. Most range between £10 and £20, depending on what area you’re having done.
I have only ever had my eyebrows threaded – they looked fantastic afterwards. However, as well as offering eyebrow treatments, threaders also do upper lip hair and any other stray facial hairs. Be warned, if you do opt for threading, there will be a little pain – nothing too bad, it’s just like the sensation of tweezing.
So there you have it, all the best ways to keep that pesky fluff at bay. You may be wondering why I didn’t mention electrolysis, the reason for that is because of how painful and expensive it can be. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy having needles inserted into my hair follicles.)