How to Get Rid of Facial Hair

Got unwanted facial hair? Well if this was thousands of years ago, you would have been a very popular woman. Unfortunately, the cave days are over, and Americans have evolved to a somewhat hair-free society. For men, facial hair is no big deal but no modern woman should have a beard or mustache sprouting from their faces. While not everyone has conformed, there are still some people who choose to rock their natural fur, but what once werecheers, have now turned into jeers; you need to get rid of that hair.

Why should I get rid of my facial hair?

Besides facial hair being unsightly, getting rid of it could mean a smoother skin texture. If you use certain methods that also remove layers of dead skin (such as waxing) you are also receiving a little exfoliation. Since most people with unwanted facial hair have darker pigmented strands removing the hair could give your skin more radiance. Black or brown hair can make your skin look darker than it really is. Your makeup will also glide on your skin much better without facial hair. Thicker hairs have the ability to collect product making the concern much more noticeable.

Those who want to be taken seriously in the professional world should also consider eliminating their facial hair, especially if you are in customer service. As discussed earlier, unless you are in the food industry, men don’t have to worry about removing their facial hair, they just need to keep it groomed. Women, on the other hand, aren’t typically seen with facial hair so it can become a distraction.

There are tons of ways to get rid of facial hair

Waxing is one of the most popular methods of hair removal. It involves placing a sticky wax on the skin and ripping it off; your hair will be removed with the wax. Well-known facial waxing services include eyebrows, lip, chin, cheeks, and sideburns. Unless you have been formally trained to wax, you may want to see a professional for your first service, because you could injure your skin. Waxing incorrectly could result in bumps, bruises, and even ripped/torn skin. Most salons, spas, and resorts offer waxing services.

There are two main types of wax:

Waxing

Waxing

Soft wax is the most widespread wax used to remove facial hair. It is melted in a warmer, spread on the skin, and a strip of either muslin or lent free paper is placed on top of it. After a few rubs to ensure the wax sticks to your hair, it is ripped off, and the process is repeated over and over again. Soft wax sticks to both skin and hair so using this method will also help exfoliate dead skin.

Hard wax is used on areas that are delicate or on those with a sensitive skin type. People love soft wax because it solely sticks to the hair, so it is less painful. Hard wax dries like candle wax and is ripped off, there is no need to use a strip unless you like using that technique.

You could also shave your facial hair. Many people opt to shave simply because other methods are painful. Shaving doesn’t rip the hair from your follicle so it won’t hurt at all. The biggest difference when shaving versus waxing is that the hair will grow back much fasterwhenshaving. When waxing you pull hair from the root, so it takes a while to grow back, and in some cases (if the follicle becomes injured) it won’t grow back at all. When you shave you are just clipping the hair down to the same level as the surface of your skin, so as soon as it grows it will begin to break the skin. Shaving is generally performed by gliding a razor gently across the face, and a lubricant like shaving cream or oil is used to prevent cuts. Shaving can be carried out on any part of the face. You can visit your local barber for a professional shave, or you could attempt it yourself using a store bought blade.

Threading is a unique technique. A piece of thread is rolled across your skin, wrapped around facial hair and then pulled away from the follicle. Many say threading is the most painful method of hair removal, but the results last quite a while. This ritual originates in ancient Indian and has resurfaced over the years. Many times salons that provide threading are loaded with Indian culture, and the professionals also embody it. Lots of salons that do the threading offer Henna tattoos which are also culturally influenced.  You won’t be able to thread your own hair so visit a professional if you think this method will work. Eyebrows are the most common place to get threaded although you can thread almost anywhere, including the hair on the body.

I am almost sure that you’ve never heard of sugaring. Sugaring is a timeworn technique used to remove hair. You mix a paste containing sugar and a substance that resembles honey. This paste is then spread across the skin like wax and is ripped to remove the hair. Not many professional salons offer sugaring, so call around to find someone who does. If you can’t find a professional, tons of retailers sell DIY sugaring kits, you can turn to YouTube for video instructions on how to use your equipment.

If you aren’t into removing your facial hair, you may be excited to learn that it actually serves a great purpose.

Having facial hair helps:

  • Protect your skin from the sun. Facial hair is like a natural sunblock; it helps block ultraviolet rays from penetrating the skin. Those who have facial hair should still wear sunscreen!
  • Wick away moisture so you don’t smell from sweating. Once sweat mixes with the bacteria on yourskin, you risk developing a musty smell.
  • Protect your skin from environmental factors like dirt, bacteria, and debris. Instead of getting clogged in the pores the hair can stop contaminants in their tracks.
  • Keeps your skin warm, which is why a lot of men grow a beard during the winter months.

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