Facial Hair Removal – The Female Moustache
As a society we tend to not really talk about women’s facial hair unless we are amongst (women) friends. However, it is not uncommon for women to have hair growing on the upper lip, and the market for women’s facial hair removal products is booming as a consequence.
There are many ways to cover up or remove facial hair, and this article will provide you with suggestions and product recommendations.
If you aren’t worried about spending some time tweezing the hairs on your upper lip, or if you don’t have many and just want to pluck those you have out, then using tweezers can be a good option for you.
It is best to invest in a professional-style tweezer, such as the Tweezerman.
When plucking hairs with tweezers you want to always make sure you pull hairs from the root and don’t break them beneath the surface of the skin.
Pulling from the root will give you a longer regrowth period. Tweezing is also a great option if you have a mix of dark and light hairs as you will be able to get rid of all of them.
After the initial treatment you can keep your moustache at bay by tweezing the odd hair every day during your bathroom routine.
While it may not remove hair from your upper lip, bleaching with facial hair bleach such as Sally Hansen will lighten the hairs so that they blend into your skin tone and are less visible.
This of course won’t work for everyone’s skin tone, but it can be a great option for those who don’t want to remove the hair. This type of hair bleach also works great on arm hair.
Hair Removal Creams
A much better option than shaving, as with shaving hair tends to come back rapidly, and can cause shaving-related skin irritations, hair removal creams will effectively remove hair from your upper lip in less than 10 minutes, for at least 5 days of hair-free skin (some people find that the regrowth is longer than on other parts of the body).
As hair removal creams are full of chemicals and facial skin is more sensitive than skin on the rest of the body it is important to use a product that has been specifically formulated for the area.
Olay’s Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is a great choice for the area, and it comes in two choices: light to medium and medium to coarse. As with any hair removal cream it is important to follow the instructions to the letter.
Leaving the cream on for longer than recommended will at the very least irritate your skin, but could also leave you with a chemical burn.
Another super popular form of hair removal on the upper lip area is waxing, both professional and at home.
While waxing can be painful, which makes it a less desirable option when compared to hair removal creams or even tweezing (when done correctly), waxing will pull the hairs out from the root, making sure that you will remain hair free for an average of 4 weeks.
While a salon wax may put you back $20, you can give yourself a salon style wax at home with Gigi’s Brazilian Waxing Kit. It will provide you with months of moustache waxes, and you can use the wax on other areas of the body if you are so inclined.
While warm wax tends to be a little less painful, cold wax strips are great if you are in a hurry and will provide you with a similar outcome. Parissa’s Wax Strips come in 3 sizes and work very well on the upper lip.
They are also great when traveling. If you prefer to go to a salon for treatment you may also want to consider threading – many women find that the process is less painful than waxing.
More Permanent Options: Laser hair removal and Electrolysis
The upper lip is actually perfect for electrolysis as it is a very small area. Electrolysis is a slow process as it works on a hair by hair basis, but as it is currently the only form of hair removal that is considered permanent by the FDA and it works on all hair colors and skin types, you will more than likely find the results satisfying.
Laser hair removal, currently considered a semi-permanent form of hair removal, is a great option for those who fit the criteria (dark hair, lighter skin), but results may be a little disappointing if your hair is too light.
One thing to keep in mind when considering these more permanent forms of hair removal is that while existing hair follicles may be destroyed, others may awaken at any time, especially if your body undergoes significant hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause or certain illnesses.
This usually means that even if the initial treatment is successful you will most likely need to schedule touch-up sessions every year or so.