Friday 13 September 2013

Threading, waxing or bleaching? Which is the best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair? (Beauty query of the day)

Threading, waxing or bleaching? Which is the best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair? (Beauty query of the day)

I am a 20-year-old girl and I have a beauty problem. I have unwanted hair growth on my face and since it is a delicate area, I am not sure what is the right way to get rid of it. Can you please suggest?

Unwanted facial hair growth can be quite troublesome. However, there are various ways in which you can tackle this problem. Here are some options:


Although bleaching is not a hair removal method, it changes the colour of the hair which helps in camouflaging it. It involves applying a paste on the face and keeping it for 10-15 minutes and then washing it off. Once this is done, the hair colour matches your skin tone, making it unnoticeable. This method is effective as the colour stays for weeks. You can buy a kit and do it yourself at home or get it done at a beauty parlour which will be slightly expensive. Do not over-do it or expose your skin to the sun after bleaching at least for an hour and even when you do, apply ample sunscreen before you step out. Stay away from harsh bleaches especially if you have sensitive skin. but if you have a very thick growth then bleaching won't help.


Many beauty salons offer special waxes like chocolate or mango wax for facial hair removal. Apparently, the growth is prolonged and leaves your skin feeling smooth after the session. While waxing does remove hair from the root, one should note that the skin on the face is very delicate and thin, and regular pulling will result in loose skin, especially the area around the mouth. So if possible, don't opt for this method for the face. (Read: Shaving or waxing: which is a better choice to remove hair?)


Threading is done with the help of a thread where the hair is pulled out by a criss-cross movement, cutting it out just like a scissor would cut cloth. Many find this method quite painful, leaving their skin red for quite some time. If you opt for this method, remember you will have to undergo the pain every few days – since the hair isn't pulled out from the root, it grows back faster. Also, constant threading on the face can leave marks on the cheeks.

Apart from these three, there are other options as well which can help solve your problem. They are:


Laser hair reduction is also a good option and a near permanent solution. It requires a few number of sittings as per your hair growth. Though it can be slightly expensive, it reduces and prolongs the growth and makes the hair finer in appearance which makes it a worthwhile treatment. (Read: Laser hair reduction – all you need to know)

Hair removal creams

These days, DIY hair removal creams are quite popular. You can choose a mild one to remove facial hair. Again, it is best to go for creams which are specially made for facial hair removal than a generic one. Keep the usage to once a month to avoid any side-effects and if you feel it is too strong for your skin then discontinue its use.

Home remedies

There are various ingredients easily available in your kitchen which you can make use of to reduce the growth on your face. The only hitch is, it takes time for the results to show and you need to regularly stick to the opted treatment be it the use of a sugar mix, egg mask or turmeric. (Read: Home remedies to get rid of facial hair)

While using a razor to shave one's body hair is a common practice amongst women, it should not be an option when it comes to the removal of facial hair as it will result in faster and harder hair growth which will be even more difficult to get rid of. A good idea is to try a few of the mentioned options and then decide which one is better suited for your skin and face. 

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