Unwanted hair growth is incredibly frustrating, and nowhere is this truer than in the region between the nose and the lips. While unsightly hair 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 upper lip hair from your face, some temporary and some permanent (almost). Here, we give you the best ways to manage that pesky upper lip hair, and the pros and cons of each method.
Facial Epilator for Lip Hair
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, designed specifically for the face! Epilators work by plucking the hairs right from their warm follicles, so they typically have a longer-lasting effect than other methods.
The Braun Face 830 has a small head of tweezers that plucks out hairs as tiny as 0.5mm from anywhere on your face with extreme precision.
The great thing about epilation is that the hair is pulled from the root. This means there’s no regrowth until at least a week after you epilate.
It also means there’s no chance of the dreaded 5 o’clock shadow that some people get. This is caused by the tips of cut hairs lying just below the skin.
This would have to be our top choice for removing lip hair. It also has an exfoliating attachment to maintain skin health!
Hair Removal Creams for Lip Hair
Hair removal cream is becoming more and more popular for use on the upper lip.
That’s why we’re recommending Veet Gel Hair Remover. It’s made with hydrating essence, aloe vera and vitamin E. This means the possible irritation that comes along with depilatory creams is reduced greatly when you use this.
It’s simple to use and is virtually painless. You simply put the cream on your upper lip, leave it for a few minutes and wash it off.
There are a number of hair removal creams we recommend, though this is the most popular on the market.
If you’re looking for simplicity and convenience, hair removal cream is your best bet. It’s cheap to buy and leaves you hairless for at least a week!
Electrolysis for Lip Hair
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.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Lip Hair
You definitely get what you pay for though, as IPL results in permanent hair reduction in around 3 uses.
This means that your hairs will grow back less frequently and will also be thinner. The light emitted from the device will damage the hair follicle, so after using it you should start enjoying the fact that you’ll have to use it less and less!
Don’t worry, IPL is clinically proven and approved by the FDA. It’s completely safe and is extremely effective. Many women swear by it.
You can also try home IPL – it has been shown to be an amazing new alternative to electrolysis for facial hair removal.
Waxing your Lip Hair
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.
Sugaring for Lip Hair Removal
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.
Natural Hair Removal Method for Facial Hair
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.
No matter which method you choose to remove lip hair, we really recommend you try to stay away from shaving.
The reason for this is that shaving cuts the hair at the skin level. This leaves the tip of the hair blunt and makes it appear darker. The last thing we want when it comes to hair on our face!
There are, of course, other methods that you can use such as tweezing and threading but we feel these either take too long or are just ineffective.
When it comes to hair on our face we want to be certain that what we are doing will have a strong effect and will leave us looking nice and smooth!