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Facial Hair Removal

There are many ways to get rid of hairs on your face. Read to learn the absolute do’s and don’ts of facial hair removal, including the pros and cons for this delicate zone to help you choose safely the right method for you.

Facial Hair Removal

The face has the most sensitive skin in the body. Even the mildest hair removal cream, which is a faster and painless alternative for shaving, cannot guarantee to be 100 percent free from allergic reactions. Next to shaving is waxing, which mostly done on women’s eyebrows. Last on the list of top practical hair removal methods for the face is threading, which is done to the hairs of the eyebrow and area between the tip of the nose and upper lip. Those are temporary methods, versus permanent ones which are Laser, IPL and Electrolysis hair removal.

Temporary Facial Hair Removal Methods and Prices

Exclusively for men, shaving your face creates blunt edges which make the hair appear thicker and it is extremely temporary. It is okay for a woman body, but not her face.

Facial Hair Removal - Woman FaceFacial Hair Removal - Man FacePrices: Razors are priced from a few cents to a few dollars depending on the type of razor you choose to use.

Hair Removal Creams, also known as Depilatories
A strong alkaline product breaks down hair so that it can be easily wiped off. Just be careful because hair removal creams contain harsh chemicals and can burn your skin, especially the delicate area of the face.
Prices: Some creams are priced fewer than $5 while other products can go as high as $50.

This ancient hair removal method using a string is highly sought after for precise eyebrow shaping and facial hair removal that can last up to six weeks. It is quick, uses no chemicals and is generally cheap. A big benefit is that threading can remove any hair that you can feel.

Prices: Below is a list of professional threading facial hair removal costs:
– Eyebrow (both eyebrows, including in-between) : $12 – $50
– Lip (skin right above upper lip) : $6 – $20
– Full Face : $35 – $60
– Chin : $6 – $15

Waxing is very exfoliating to the skin and can cause extreme redness, scabs or burns if you are already using powerful exfoliators on your face.

Prices: Professional facial hair waxing per facial part costs :
– Eyebrow (both eyebrows, including in-between) = $8 – $50
– Lip (skin right above upper lip) = $5 – $25
– Sides of Face (side burn area) = $5 – $18
– Chin = $5 – $25

There are two types of sugaring: paste and a gel. Many people favor sugaring over waxing because it is less painful, gentler to the skin and the traditional method using paste can remove hair as short as 1/16”, compared to the 1/4″ minimum hair length needed for waxing.

Tweezing or Plucking
Tweezing is an easy way to remove facial hair. However, it is time-consuming and can be painful most of the time.

Prices: Epilators cost around $50 – $100 or even more a piece.


Permanent Facial Hair Removal Methods and Prices

Laser / IPL Face Hair Removal
Using pulsed light to disable the hair follicle the best candidates are those with skin tones on the lighter side and dark hair, because the light targets the pigment (color in the hair). Laser hair removal is so far one of the best facial hair removal methods that can promise permanency. It promises a permanent hair-free skin. It is painless and non-invasive.

Prices: $150 – $300 per session, 6 – 8 sessions required.

Electrolysis Face Hair Removal
The best track record, and the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal using an electric current. Unlike laser hair removal, you do not need a certain hair or skin color to attain results.

Prices: A 30-minute session of this procedure can be priced $50. Plan for 15 to 30 sessions before you can achieve a satisfactory result.

Which Face Hair Removal Method is Best for You?

Choosing the best facial hair removal is easy as long as you know how much you can afford in price and take in pain. These 3 guidelines will help you prioritize the right facial hair removal method:
– Choosing based on what is convenient for the areas of your face that you want treated: head, eyebrow, ear, nose, lip, beard , chin, neck
– Choosing based on your budget
– Choosing based on your pain tolerance

Summary of Facial Hair Removal Methods with Results and Costs

Results Cost
Shaving 1 – 3 days Cheap
Tweezing 2 days to a week Cheap
Using epilators 2 – 6 weeks, depending on epilator used Cheap
Waxing 3 – 6 weeks Moderate
Sugaring 2 – 5 weeks Moderate
Hair removal creams 3 days to a few weeks, depending on the product used Moderate
Laser / IPL several months but not permanent Expensive
Electrolysis Permanent but treatment time is long Expensive