Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Beauty Do's and Don'ts: Ladies Shaving Face

By Allyson Mulloy

Most people assume that facial hair is more of a concern for men than for women. That would probably be the case in a woman's ideal world-but it's simply not true. In fact, while a 5 o'clock shadow or some trimmed facial hair might look even sexy on a man, visible facial hair on women is a bit of a taboo in society. Finding methods to get rid of facial hair is probably not one of the most conversational topics amongst women. It's one of those topics you probably want to search up on the Internet to find the solution to-which is why I'm here to help! Listed here are some guidelines for women waxing face.

Though shaving is fairly easy and painless, it's probably not the way to get rid of unwanted facial hair. One thing to be happy about is that the concern about coarser and thicker hair after shaving is probably not true. Imagine the shape of the hair as somewhat cone like-one end is wider than the other. Now the part that you shaved off is the thinner part, and hence, you are stuck with the wider base. When stubbles appear, what you see is the size of the wider part of your hair. Wait for it to grow out and...presto! You'll discover that your hair didn't get thicker; it just tapered at the end.

Remember you have to be stuck with those slightly thicker looking hair for at least a few days. Are you willing to risk your appearance for that? Plus, you might get a problem with ingrown hair on your face. While those are already bad enough on your legs, imagine how terrible it would be to have those on your face. According to MedicineNet.com, ingrown hairs are cosmetically disfiguring, lead to scarring, cause skin discoloration, form skin infection, and worst-case scenario-begin keloid scar formation (just imagine scars that enlarge over time and does not stop). I would suggest that you don't take that risk.

But don't give up hope just yet! There are other methods worth considering. You can think about bleaching those darker facial hairs so it wouldn't be as easy to notice. But some women are not satisfied with this because they still cannot apply foundation and concealers smoothly (just imagine an artist with a clean canvas).

If that's the case, it seems as if removing the hair itself would be the best option. You can apply depilatory creams that magically "dissolve" your hair away. But from what I understand, it causes irritation for a lot of people so it might not be the option for you. You can also wax the facial hair off. Keeping in mind that the skin on the face is much softer, thinner, and more sensitive than the hair on your arms, legs, and other places, waxing might not be that good of an idea afterall.

It seems as if plucking those hair might be your best choice if you want to get rid of the hair itself cleanly. But one at a time? You have a lot more facial hair (that's also finer) than eyebrow hair so that's probably not going to happen with a tweezer.

I don't know if you've heard of something called an "epi stick" but they became a popular tool to remove hair in the recent years. It works similar to threading and let me tell you, it hurts just as much as it sounds. But the good thing is that it definitely works and you are not applying anything that might irritate your skin. After you bend the stick into an inverted U, you put it next to where you want to remove hair. The coils on the stick get a good grip on your hair and proceed to pull them out when you twist the ends. I would say that while this might hurt, it is very effective. And it's worth a try. The popular saying definitely comes into mind: no pain, no gain!

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