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Pros and Cons of Tweezing, Threading, Waxing, or Shaving Facial Hair

Updated on August 16, 2017

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.

Soft wax is used on legs, faces, and underarms to remove hair.
Soft wax is used on legs, faces, and underarms to remove hair.

Waxing

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

Pros
Cons
Quick.
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 eyebrows takes about five minutes and doesn't leave the skin red or swollen.
Threading eyebrows takes about five minutes and doesn't leave the skin red or swollen. | Source

Threading

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?

Pros
Con
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.
 
Tweezing is an inexpensive and fast way to keep your eyebrows in shape, if you're good at creating symmetrical lines.
Tweezing is an inexpensive and fast way to keep your eyebrows in shape, if you're good at creating symmetrical lines.

Tweezing

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

Pros
Cons
Very inexpensive.
Time-consuming.
No appointment necessary.
Hair grows back the same texture within a week.
 
Difficult to achieve symmetry.
 
Can be painful.
A traditional facial shaving kit.
A traditional facial shaving kit. | Source

Shaving

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?

Pros
Cons
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.

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      Alisha 5 weeks ago

      Your blog is not suggesting which is the best one there should be clarity ...it is the most common plm faced nowdays i pluck chin hairs but it has lead to more hair growth i think trimming excess hairs on chin is better

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      Anto 2 months ago

      Hi, while it's a myth, that it grows back darker, however it's curious how our body hair seems to rest at an average length only to grow back when shaved or otherwise cut and they all try to reach back to their old length, to stop at it again, cool.

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      Maryanne 3 months ago

      I did threading and out of all the options i used, it the best facial hair removal i used. I will never wax or shave my face again. On my body the shaving and waxing works fine. My confidence has improved and no longer the bearded lady.

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      Jen 3 months ago

      first time eyebrow threading today, looks great, hurt a little bit but recovered fast; going for full face next time even though I know it will hurt. threading is a great solution! thanks for the summary here.

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      Laine Joyce 4 months ago

      I had a full face threading for the first time. It really did hurt alot - but once it was done, I think it is totally worth it.

      However, my face really itches and seemed a little swollen. But that is understandable. I wish they had some kind of face number before the threading.

      But I will do it again when the time comes.

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      Linda Samuelson 4 months ago

      If waxing (pulling out hair by the root) causes the hair to gradually reduce in 6-8 weeks, explain the logic that pulling hair out by the root with tweezers causes it to come back exactly the same in a week?

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      Anto 5 months ago

      Shaving doesn't make your hair grow back thicker or darker. What's best is subjective, if you don't mind the upkeep but want much less pain and hassle, shaving is best. Waxing is more long lasting but it hair has to be a mile long :).

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      Maureen 5 months ago

      Friday was my first eyebrows threading, I will never go back to tweezing And Waxing. Threading is neat and it takes less than 5 minutes and I paid 25 ZAR

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      April 5 months ago

      Thank you buddy send message you're a good person to be a woman feel good makes me happy waxing is phenibut one day we're pretty dress and so beautiful you don't I love to put makeup on beautiful makeup

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      kiran 12 months ago

      does tweezing leads to permerent loss of hairs

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      7768868085 12 months ago

      hiii i tweezed my upper lips does it grow back same and how long does it takes to grow back please explain in detail

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      Patricia 16 months ago

      Have tried waxing and threading my top lip etc but find threading is not as painful as waxing and think the results are better and last longer

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      Logan 17 months ago

      yes you people are correct in that shaving does not make the hair grow back thicker but the hair appears to be thicker because when you shave the hair you are creating a blunt end on the hair and someone can see the blunt end better than a non-shaved thin end, so this is why it appears to grow back thicker

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      Wendy 18 months ago

      just wanted to say that shaving does not make hair grow faster or thicker or darker. This is an old wives tale and it had been scientifically disproven. Might wanna get your facts straight.

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      brandon 2 years ago

      "Okay ladies?" Weirdly didn't feel like reading it after those two words, maybe i'm too sensitive haha

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      Fran 2 years ago

      Shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker and darker, that's an old wife's tale! I've been shaving my face for 25 years so I think I'm a good judge. Shaving actually exfoliates your skin by removing the dead skin, it makes your skin look more youthful! Razor's and shaving cream will only cost you around $20.00 every 3 months. Shaving is the quickest, easiest & best for your skin. Shave before moisturizing and make up application.

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      tchapa 2 years ago

      Please stop saying that shaving causes hair to grow back heavier. If that were true, all the men would be really hairy ape like men. Hair that is shaved off is dead. Shaving in no way affects the folicle growing beneath the skin. Shaving is required more often because you are only removing the top portion (the end) of the hair, whereas other treatments remove the folicle.

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      mypleasurefantasy 5 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I'm not sure why your face reacted the way it did....mine had a similar reaction however I used witchhazel and the bumps went down within 48 hours. You may have sensitive skin.

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      Diane 5 years ago

      I had threading done last night for the first time. I had my entire face

      done. I thought it was extremely painful. I can't imagine going back for another treatment. Today my face is covered with red bumps like acne, and although it has gotten better throughout the day, 24 hours later I can still see the redness & blotches. I have my upper lip waxed regularly so I am used to waxing. I also wax my legs during the summer and have never had a problem with that. Any idea why my

      face reacted the way it did? I'm sure I'll like the feel & look of my

      face after the bumps go down. Could age have anything to do with it?

      I am 63 but my skin is used to the sun, etc.

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      mandie 5 years ago

      I still like waxing its super quick lasts and my skin feels softer

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      Taylor Joyce 5 years ago

      I'm only 14 and I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time ! I got them done at a local mall and they turned out AMAZING ! At first , it hurt just a little but after a minute , I got used to it and it was a breeze ! It only took about 5 minutes , maybe shorter , to do both eyebrows and it only cost me $8 ! Plus , at the end , there was no pain -- nothing ! I highly recommend threading , its quick and easy , and if you're used to it , pain free ! I loved getting my eyebrows threaded and I will get them done again !

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      Llrauntie7 5 years ago

      I have been having my eyebrows and lip threaded for years, although painful the first time once you learn to follow the techniques they recommend, holding your skin taught in the area they are working, it's a breeze and gives amazing results! I took the plunge today after buying a super powered magnifying mirror and discovering hair growth in new areas I'm sure another factor in my 50+ age had my entire face done! Although it hurt, I was told next time won't hurt as bad, the results were awesome and the difference in how makeup looks is incredible! You too will be amazed at the results!

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      melazerie 5 years ago

      Threading works the best for me and honestly it doesn't hurt as much as waxing. Good tips :)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great tips! I like threading. It is easy to learn. I have learned it by watching some videos online.voted up!

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      clothes for baby girls 6 years ago

      This is a good tips as a mom like me! love it.

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      breathe waxing kidderminster 6 years ago

      This is a lovely summary that explains the options very well. One point , it is worth noting when you start waxing you will need to book your waxing hair removal appointments a little more frequently until you have established a routine. You will workup to 4-6 weeks but at first maybe 2-3 weeks.

      thank you