As the gender with the more delicate physique, women are less likely than men to grow coarse hair in their cheek, chin and upper-lip areas. Yet many women do grow hair in these areas, which can mean hundreds of dollars and countless hours spent over the course of a lifetime trying to keep facial hair to a minimum. While laser surgery and electrolysis are the only ways to completely stop facial hair from growing, you can effectively slow its growth in the privacy of your home.
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Things you need
- Facial wax
- Spatula or craft stick
- Wax strips
Take a warm shower or bath. This will remove bacteria from your skin, decreasing the likelihood of infection throughout the hair removal process. The warmth will open your pores, making facial hair easier to remove.
Pat your skin dry with a towel. Apply a thin layer of cornstarch on the area where you will remove hair to absorb any excess moisture, as moisture will disrupt the process.
Use one hand to hold your skin taut in the area where you want to begin removing facial hair. Do this with your non-dominant hand since your dominant hand will be better for removing the hair. This reduces pain by making hair easier to remove.
Grow the unwanted facial hair until it is a quarter-inch long if necessary. This is the minimum length of hair that wax can remove.
Warm your facial hair wax according to the directions on the package. It needs to be hot enough to smooth over skin and attach to hair, but not so hot that it burns you.
Use a spatula or large craft stick to apply the wax in a thin layer in the area where you want to remove hair first, in the same direction as the hair grows. Apply it in a long, smooth stroke for the best results.
Lay a piece of wax strip on top of the area. Smooth it down in the direction of hair growth, using one smooth stroke.
Wait until the wax appears to have thickened or hardened a little. You may be able to determine this through the strip, or you may need to peek under the strip a little. If it's not thick or hard enough, it may not remove any hair, but if it's too hard or thick, it may be painful to remove.
Continue holding your skin taut as you quickly pull the cloth back, parallel to the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. Do not do this slowly, or it may hurt worse or remove too little hair.
Place your hand immediately over the area you waxed. This soothes the nerves in the area, making the process less painful.
Repeat Steps 1 through 6 to remove all the unwanted hair on your face. Don't wax the same area more than once within 24 hours or you may burn yourself, even if the burns don't appear immediately.
Remove facial hair by waxing whenever it reappears. Within a few months, the hair will grow back finer and more sparsely, and it will take longer to grow back. This is because the repeated trauma of removal from the root damages the hair follicle.
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