7 Things You Need To Know About Waxing Facial Hair

Here at Gurl, we like to talk a lot about sexy time activities and relationship issues, but hair is another big thing. We’re game to chat about anything from the coolest hair colors to random places you get body hair to facial hair. The last one might not be as sexy to talk about as rad hair colors, but facial hair is something that most of us have and it isn’t something to be ashamed to talk about.

What you do with your facial hair is your choice. No one is here to tell you that you need to wax it, pluck it, or dye it neon green. If you want to do all of those things, that’s cool, but if you want to leave it be, we’re down for it. If you’re someone who is considering waxing your facial hair, come gather around because there are things you should know before you (or someone else) picks up a wax strip.

You probably have an idea what the end result will be: a hairless face. However, there are some things that you may not realize. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to a pro to get your fuzz removed or you’re doing it yourself. They’re important to know. Take it from someone who has seen some interesting things from facial waxes. It is better to be fully prepared than to end up with what can sometimes be a very nasty, red surprise. These are the seven things you need to know about waxing facial hair.

Regrowth Can Be Itchy

Unfortunately, your hair does grow back after you wax it. Be prepared because things may get itchy when the hairs are coming out. You might also have to deal with some ingrown hairs. A bit of exfoliating will help, but don't go crazy with it or you'll irritate your face.

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There Can Be Obvious Side Effects

I'm not talking about the usual medication side effects with nausea and vomiting. I'm talking about redness. Do not plan a facial wax anywhere close to a major event because your face can remain red for hours, if not days after. If you have sensitive skin, expect your face to be inflamed longer. Note that covering up your red skin with foundation isn't a solution. That will just irritate it more.

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It Can Improve Your Makeup Application

Sometimes your makeup can *sit* on the fine hairs on your face. When you remove them, you will notice that your makeup will go on smoother and more evenly. FYI: You'll have to continue waxing your face to keep things this way. When the regrowth starts, your foundation application will obviously be less smooth.

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Skin Ripping Can Happen

Sorry if I scared you with the words *skin ripping* but it's true. You're not going to rip your skin off down to the bone, but if you or the waxer doesn't do things properly, layers of skin can be removed with your hair. If you think your face is red after a proper wax, just imagine what it is like when you have layers of skin missing. It's red, sometimes blistered, and it can be painful.

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It Can Hurt

If you're familiar with shaving, be aware that waxing is more painful, especially when you're dealing with a sensitive area like your face. Think about it for a second: You're using wax to rip off your facial hair by the root. Just that description makes it sound painful.

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DIYing It Can Be Awkward

Waxing is like making cupcakes, there is a precise way to do things to make sure you get a good end result. The wax has to be the right temperature and you need to apply the right amount. Then you have to put on the strip at the right time and rip it off in one smooth motion. When you're doing it to yourself, it can be very tricky. Even if you've successfully waxed your legs, waxing your face is a whole different game considering you're constantly looking in the mirror at weird angles.

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Hair Appears Thinner Over Time

After the first time you wax your face, don't be horrified when you start seeing thicker hairs sprouting out of your pores. Your hair might feel prickly or coarse if it wasn't completely pulled out at the root or it grows back uneven. If you stick with waxing, you hair will actually appear finer over time. Cha-ching.

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Have you ever tried waxing your facial hair? Did you do it by yourself or go to a pro? Let us know in the comments!

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