Unwanted hair growth is the bane of a woman’s existence, and nowhere is this truer than in the region between the nose and the lips. While unsightly fur can be hidden from most body zones, “misstaches” are difficult to escape notice and automatically call attention to themselves.
There are several ways to remove lip hair from your person, some temporary and some permanent (almost). Here, we give you the best ways that many women have shared that works for them, and list their pros and cons.
Why waxing? It’s cheaper, faster and cost effective.
Waxing your lip hair isn’t as bad as going for a Brazilian, but it can still hurt enough to deter one from trying it. Still, it’s the kind of pain that you’ll get used to. Purchase a home kit; these usually come with detailed instructions that are easy to follow.
Waxing might cause some soreness, so don’t wax immediately before you’re planning to meet people. The pros are that you don’t have to slather skin-harming chemicals like bleach or removal cream on yourself, nor tolerate the unappealing plastic smell that most hair removal creams emit.
Legend says that sugaring was an age-old technique passed down by the Egyptians that only their royalty had access to. While we’re not sure how much truth there is to that, we’re pretty happy with its effectiveness.
You can use home ingredients to carry out sugaring. Mix one part of sugar with one part of water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil for lubricity. Boil the mixture until it reaches a wax-like consistency, then wait for it to cool down.
Once it reaches a comfortable heat, apply it to the desired area and let it sit for a while. Use a shaver to scrape off the hair, and obtain baby smooth skin in the process! It’s basically a wax and a spa bundled together! Sugaring can also be used for larger areas of the body, such as your legs or back.
A regular epilator may be a little too large for use on the upper lip hair area; so thank goodness that epilators also come in bite-sized versions. Epilators work by plucking the hairs right from their warm follicles, so they typically have a longer-lasting effect than other methods.
Epilating has its downside as well, though. They might be faster than shaving, as don’t really need much preparation – other than sufficiently cleaning the surface area of your skin. However, some people might find that they can be more painful initially, even more so than waxing.
Electrolysis is the space-age equivalent of lip hair removal techniques. It involves inserting a metal probe into the skin until it reaches the follicle, where electricity is then used to zap the follicle and permanently destroys it.
While the medieval method may conjure images of permanent lip hair removal, follicles can be stubbornly resilient. It can take several sessions before the hair removal is completely permanent, with each session costing up to $600. However, once it’s gone, it’s… almost gone. You can expect not to have to shave for at least 5 years post-treatment.
Electrolysis is more effective at lip hair removal than laser treatment, as it produces the same results for all kinds of skin pigmentation or hair color.
You can also try home IPL – it has been shown to be amazing for facial hair removal.
Women must have had hair before the golden age of industrialization gave us shavers and creams, so how did they deal with it? While natural methods tend not to remove hair on the spot, their efficacy lies in slowing hair growth so that maintenance becomes less of a hassle.
There are plenty of natural and herbalistic methods of slowing lip hair growth, including using such exotic ingredients as turmeric, Chana dal Flour, and milk. You can find instructions on the web and Youtube which do an excellent job at explaining how to create such concoctions by yourself using home-grown or store-bought ingredients.