It’s an unwritten rule of twenty-first century life that everyone should look their best at all times. This is where the issue of facial hair becomes a battle of the sexes. At the same time the modern bloke is reaching for his trimmer to maintain his moustache or beard, the modern girl reaches for a facial hair removal tool or maybe thinks about having messy and painful wax treatments.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman; as human beings all of us have facial hair. The problem is that, over the centuries we’ve decided that it’s absolutely fine for men to sport a faceful of whiskers but definitely not women. Slowly but surely we’re beginning to accept other areas of human diversity but we still believe – thanks to what we see every day in the papers, on TV and on the internet – that it’s vitally important to look great all the time. This means that, for now at least, facial hair on women will continue to be seen as undesirable.
How facial hair affects women
For women, having facial hair and having to deal with it can be an emotional issue. A study carried out among British women in 2006 found that 66% of those who took part check their facial hair in a mirror at every chance. 40% of the women said that their facial hair gave them feelings of discomfort when socialising, while 75% admitted to feeling anxious as a result of their facial hair. These findings help to explain why depilatory beauty treatments, and particularly facial hair removal tool sales, are booming.
How can women’s facial hair be treated?
Given the scale of the facial hair issue, it’s no surprise that there are so many different ways to deal with it. Each of method has its own merits and drawbacks in terms of cost, convenience, discomfort and how well it works at getting rid of hair.
A very common treatment for facial hair removal is waxing, which can be done either at a beauty clinic or, for less cost, at home. Although effective, waxing can be painful and impractical. Nor is it the cheapest solution. This is because, in order to avoid skin infections, the wax or wax strips used can only be applied once before being thrown away. Waxing can also trigger an allergic reaction, acne and ingrowing hairs.
Threading and hair removal creams
Threading, as a means of facial hair removal, has become very popular in recent years and pop-up treatment rooms can often be found in shopping malls, for example. Done properly, threading takes skill and is not something that you can easily do yourself at home. This hair removal technique, which began in Asia long ago, involves rolling a length of twisted, fine cotton thread over the unwanted hair and is most often used for tidying up eyebrows. As the cotton is rolled over the area of the face to be treated, it pulls out every hair including the follicle. The cost and comfort-level of threading are similar to those of waxing, but threading provides less opportunity for skin infection unless a dirty thread is used.
Hair removal creams have been around since the mid-nineteenth century and can be bought over the counter in chemists’ shops and supermarkets. While they may cost less than a waxing or threading session and give longer lasting results, there are downsides to using depilatory creams. The chemicals that make up these creams are quite powerful because they actually work by dissolving hair. As such, even hair removal creams that are designed for facial use can cause mild to severe skin irritation, allergic reactions and, in the worst cases, chemical burns. Hair removal creams need to be applied and left to work for between five and ten minutes before being rinsed off. Their chemical nature means that they often have a strong smell and, because they may leave treated skin feeling more sensitive than usual, ladies may be advised not to apply make up for up to 24 hours after treatment.
Using lasers to deal with unwanted hair
Taking a high-tech approach, laser hair removal isn’t as painful as it sounds and each session is relatively quick. The effectiveness of laser hair removal varies and can remove some hair permanently. However, salon treatments are expensive and, to get the full benefits you’ll need several sessions. Sunbathing must be avoided for a while both before and after each laser treatment. Using the gym or having a sauna is a no-go too as the heat from these activities can promote bacterial growth. The laser used actually generates enough heat within the skin to damage the hair follicle, which hinders hair growth. That said, laser treatment can also stimulate the growth of certain hair types so it’s a good idea to get advice before choosing this type of hair removal.
In recent times however, one solution for dealing with unwanted facial hair that has eclipsed all others in terms of popularity, effectiveness, ease of use and cost is the facial hair removal tool.
What is a facial hair removal tool?
The Epiwand, one of Amazon’s best-selling and most highly rated beauty products, is the perfect example of a facial hair removal tool. Very effective, it uses a similar principle to threading, easily plucking out all kinds of unwanted facial hair; even the finest fuzz. It also offers many benefits over the other hair removal solutions we’ve looked at so far.
Firstly it’s a much cheaper option when compared to waxing, threading or laser hair removal. And once you’ve bought your tool you can use it over and over again, always getting great results that can last for up to a month. A facial hair removal tool is really easy to use, can be used anywhere at any time (perfect for taking on holiday!) and is so small and discreet that it can be easily carried in a handbag or pocket.
Does it hurt? The tool works by plucking many facial hairs at once. Users have said that the experience is definitely no more uncomfortable than waxing or tweezing and if it becomes a regular part of your beauty regime you’ll soon become used to the sensation. To sum up: thanks to its low cost, ease of use, excellent results and convenience it’s easy to see why the facial hair removal tool is becoming so popular among women.