Get Rid of Facial Hair Forever!
We women love, love, love our hair — except when it springs up in places where we don’t want it. Like our faces. Starting to grow a mustache a teenage boy would be proud of? Or whiskers on your chinny chin chin? It’s not pretty. And it’s not fair, either. As if we didn’t already have to spend time waxing our legs, shaving our underarms and plucking our eyebrows — let alone all the time it takes to do the hair we actually do want. Now we have to contend with facial hair lest we irritate our men’s faces with our unsightly stubble! What’s a girl to do? How about get rid of it for good with permanent hair removal.
Sure, shaving or waxing your upper lip works and provides some exfoliation. But because we all have a bit of down on our cheeks, that perfect patch of missing hair is noticeable, especially if your hair is darker. (Same reason eyebrow waxing should be avoided by some people.) Plucking gives a more natural look if you go for just the darker, coarser, more conspicuous hairs, but what a bother. Not exactly painless, either.
Well, neither are permanent options. But you’re paid for your discomfort with smooth, silky skin that lasts sometimes for years. If you’re paying attention, you’ll have picked up that permanent hair removal doesn’t always mean permanent.
Laser hair removal has skyrocketed in popularity since its inception in the mid-90s. The procedure uses a special laser beam that passes harmlessly through the skin’s layers and zooms in on dark areas — the hair follicles. The laser’s heat zaps the cells that produce hair. Voila, no more hair! But the treatment requires multiple sessions to get the best results. Over time the follicles regenerate, but this can take a year or more and hair growth is often lighter and finer.
A similar method is flashlamp, or IPL, hair removal, which also targets dark areas under the skin. But this can cover a larger area than lasers, making it ideal for de-furring a back, say. Because both of these methods target dark areas, they work best on people with lighter skin tones and darker colored hair.
For truly permanent results — or if you’re battling unwanted blond or gray hair — electrolysis is the way to go. It’s been around for more than 130 years and is the only treatment recognized by the FDA as a permanent hair removal method. This option involves a special, superfine probe that is inserted directly into the hair follicle, destroying it chemically (galvanic) or with heat (thermolytic). If that sounds laborious, it is, and so it is ideal for smaller areas, such as the upper lip and chin, and underarms, too.