I have hair on my upper lip and it drives me crazy. It looks like a mustache and I want it gone! What’s the best way to get rid of it??
Society teaches us that men have mustaches and facial hair, and that women do not. So when you’re a woman, and you notice some facial hair, specifically some dark hairs sprouting on your upper lip, you can start to feel panicky about it. Suddenly, those light hairs on your upper lip are all you can see every time you look in the mirror or take a selfie – and you want them gone. Now.
Unfortunately, removing upper lip hair isn’t as simple as shaving your legs or your underarms – it’s not exactly the spot you want to take a razor to (and please don’t!). So, what’s the best way to remove mustache hair? You’ve got a few options.
1. Use a depilatory cream. This is probably the easiest and most painless way to remove upper lip hair. Simply spread some cream all over your upper lip, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away. I recommend Bliss Fuzz Off if you’re going to try this option. Just test it on another part of your body before putting it on your face to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction. Pros: it’s fast, it gets the job done, and it’s cheap. Cons: it smells very bad, it can’t be used over and over again and will usually leave a least a few hairs behind, and it doesn’t remove hair from the roots, so that means it will grow back faster.
2. Wax it off. Waxing is always an option with facial hair. It will remove your upper lip hairs quickly and pulls them out from the root, so you’ll able to go at least a week or two without getting it done again. You can do it at home with kits you can buy at the drugstore, but personally, I find that getting it professionally done is always more effective. Pros: it removes all the hair and lasts for a while, and it leaves the area super smooth. Cons: it hurts VERY badly (like worse than you would think), and it can get expensive.
3. Try threading. Threading is another option for facial hair that a lot of people swear by. It will remove all the hair and probably lasts longer than waxing does. It’s also less painful. Pros: it works, it leaves your skin smooth, and it lasts. Cons: it can get expensive, and it’s also kind of painful.
4. Bleach it. If you’re not into the idea of pulling hair out of your face by the roots and depilatory cream is too harsh for your sensitive skin, you can always bleach the hair so it’s not noticeable. Pros: it doesn’t hurt, it’s fast, and you can do it at home. Cons: it’s not actually removing the hair, it’s just making it less obvious.
5. Laser it away. If you can’t stand your upper lip hair and never want to deal with it again, go for this option. Laser hair removal lasts for a very long time and doesn’t require much maintenance – and the hair won’t be an issue again. Pros: it removes all the hair for years. Cons: Laser hair removal hurts, it’s the most expensive, and it usually takes more than one session to complete.
There you have it – five options! Pick the best one for you and try it out. Just remember, though: upper lip hair honestly isn’t the end of the world. You probably notice it more than anyone else does, and even if they do, it doesn’t mean you’re weird. It’s hair! Everyone has it, even if you don’t see it.
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