Getting Rid of Facial Hair

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 11, 2015)

We all kind of laugh when our little brothers turn thirteen and their voices crack, their feet grow huge, they eat a lot more, and they start getting a bit of peach fuzz. However, when women get a little bit of peach fuzz it's just a little weird. Despite its weirdness, it happens and fortunately in today's world there are effective ways to combat unwanted facial hair.

Probably the most "primitive" and troublesome way to remove your unsightly facial is through shaving. This is the way you want to do it if you don't have any other options. Shaving can have a rough look to it and like shaving your legs, it grows back pretty quick. The next step up, but still not the best alternative, is tweezing your hair. It will probably hurt a bit, but won't grow back as fast and will be easier to pluck subsequent times. The last non-surgical way to rid yourself of facial hair and the best of this particular category is through waxing. While waxing would definitely hurt a bit more than shaving or plucking, it would have the best results short of professional treatment. (Having parts of your face waxed is similar to waxing your legs.)

After waxing, the hair removal process steps up a notch and moves to more professional, surgical solutions. I'd probably only use these if the problem were significant. Electrolysis is the first thing to consider and can usually be pretty effective. What electrolysis does is destroy the hair follicle, making it much less likely for the hair to grow back. With electrolysis though, the hair isn't removed permanently, and you'll have to get it done in multiple treatments. Electrolysis is also more expensive so that's a thing to consider.

One step up from electrolysis is laser hair removal, which is more expensive and, like electrolysis, not necessarily permanent. It needs to be done by a licensed professional and also takes up a lot of time. Really no solution is permanent and so that's something else to keep in mind as you decide which route to take when removing your facial hair. Is it worth it to you to periodically spend a significant amount of money for a procedure that's not necessarily permanent or would you rather invest your money and time into more do-it-yourself methods like shaving, tweezing, or waxing?

Tiers of hair removal:

  • Shaving—least expensive, most time consuming
  • Plucking—done less frequently, harder for lots of facial hair
  • Waxing—hurts a bit more, needs to be done less, most effective of do-it-yourself remedies
  • Electrolysis—a bit more expensive, not guaranteed permanency, takes multiple treatments
  • Laser Removal—most expensive, more lasting, still time consuming

How you get rid of your facial hair is completely a personal choice and may be a decision you want to make with your doctor. Facial hair is without a doubt something you want to rid yourself of and now you can weigh your options and get rid of that unsightly hair!

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