Pros and Cons of Tweezing, Threading, Waxing, or Shaving Facial Hair
There are multiple ways to remove hair without paying a fortune. The most common are tweezing, threading, and waxing. I am going to explain the pros and cons for each one.
I have used all three methods to remove unwanted hair from my face (which no woman ever wants to admit, but it's reality ladies, so don't be ashamed!). Out of the three, threading was the best investment. I had my facial hair threaded over a period of two months and found amazing results.
But you need to decide for yourself which method will work best. Read on for detailed reviews of each method.
Waxing is a quick and cost efficient method of removing unwanted hair, especially on the face. Currently there are two widely used types of wax: hard and soft. Hard wax is used on more sensitive areas, like the lips of your vagina when getting Brazilian. Soft wax is used on legs, faces, and underarms—areas that can handle more tug and pull. One of the most common ingredients in all waxes is pine rosin, which helps the wax harden and bond not only your skin, but to the hair follicles and paper as well.
The facts about waxing:
- You can get waxing done on any part of your body.
- When you go in to get waxed, whether facial or body, you always leave with red areas and sometimes bleeding. This redness normally subsides about an hour or two after the waxing. The reason for this is that the wax not only pulls out the hair from the folicles, but also takes off the top layer of the skin.
Pros and Cons of Facial Waxing
Can be painful and tender the whole day after waxing.
Inexpensive, especially for upper lips and eyebrows.
Hair has to be 1 cm before it can be rewaxed.
Hair grows back finer than before.
Causes redness and sometimes bleeding.
Lasts 6 to 8 weeks.
Some are allergic to wax ingredients.
Threading hair removal is rapidly becoming one of the world's best and fastest hair removal techniques. This technique, developed in the Middle East, is an ancient method.
The facts about threading:
Threading gets rids of the finest and smallest hair with ease and doesn't leave the area extremely swollen or red. Here's how it works: A cotton thread is pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion to trap hair in a mini lasso and lifts hair right out of the follicle. Sound painful? Well, to tell you the truth, if it is your first time, it can be a little painful. Its not that bad. I honestly think waxing hurts more.
Threading allows for the sharpest eyebrow form and definition, more so than with tweezing and waxing alone. When you draw lines from the arch to each end, in accordance with your eye, they are perfectly aligned.
What Is Facial Threading Like?
Hair can be threaded out earlier than with waxing or tweezing.
Can be more painful than waxing.
No redness or swelling.
There can be a long wait in the salon as many don't take appointments.
Inexpensive (about $5 for eyebrows and $30 for full face)
Quick. Takes 3 to 5 minutes for eyebrows.
Last 6 to 10 weeks.
Hair grows back finer than before.
We have all done this, and honestly it gets rather annoying. The cost is the lowest (the price of a pair of tweezers), but it is extremely time-consuming and can be rather painful, especially if you have never done it before.
The facts about tweezing:
If you have never tweezed before, it can be quite an eye-opener. Tweezing takes patience, attention to detail, and some drawing skills. Usually, before you start, you have to first draw the shape you want for your eyebrows with a makeup pencil. From there, you pluck all the unwanted hairs around the drawn line. Now, if you're not symmetrical in your drawing, you will end up with quite odd-looking eyebrows because they won't be even.
There will be times, even for some of the best professional tweezers, when they miss the hair and catch the skin instead. This can be rather painful and you may even break the skin.
The Truth About Tweezing Eyebrows
No appointment necessary.
Hair grows back the same texture within a week.
Difficult to achieve symmetry.
Can be painful.
We have all done it, whether our legs or facial hair. Shaving is probably the worst of these solutions, but is quick.
The facts about shaving:
If you are not careful, shaving can cause razor burn, a red rash along the shaved area. It's also easy to nick or seriously cut yourself. Shaving only cuts the hair above the skin, causing the hair to grow back faster and heavier.
The cost of shaving the actual razor to the replacement blades. This can run upwards of $15 excluding shaving cream. Blades last 3 - 4 weeks before they should be replaced. A dull blade is more likely to cut and cause razor burn than a sharp one.
Is Face Shaving a Good Option for Women?
Quick and simple.
Expensive to replace blades regularly.
Hair grows back quickly, coarser, and darker than before.
Only removes hair above the skin.
Increases likelihood of in-grown hairs.
Can lead to cuts and razor burn.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Does the hair grow back darker when it's threaded from the face?
No. It actually grows back fainter, creating almost a green tinge when it's time go thread again.Helpful 44
If each time I wax my lip, the hair will be thinner, will it eventually not grow back?
That I'm not sure about. In some cases with threading, the hair eventually stops growing, but I'm not sure about waxing.Helpful 11
How often can you wax face as a woman?
It depends on your hair growth. Usually, you can wax every four to six weeks, but in some cases, every two weeks is okay.Helpful 10
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How old should you be to start to waxing your upper lip?
I would recommend 12-13 years of age for waxing, if and only if, the hair growth is noticeable and is something that bothers the individual.Helpful 5