Even naturally beautiful women find themselves dealing with unsightly unwanted facial hair. Options are limited for semi-permanent or permanent methods of hair removal. There are, however, four natural treatments that can provide long-lasting hair removal at a nominal price, and some that should be avoided.
Waxing and Sugaring
Waxing and sugaring are two natural treatments that remove facial hair. The technique involves swabbing a thin layer of wax or sugar gel on the skin in the direction of the hair growth. A cloth strip is applied to the area and quickly pulled off in the opposite direction. This removes facial hair from the root and results in a hair-free area for as long as two months. After multiple treatments, hair eventually grows in more sparsely, as repeated removal of the hair follicle inevitably kills some of the hair roots. It's not recommended to try the waxing or sugaring methods on your own. Done incorrectly, this can be a painful endeavor that will irritate skin. It is worthwhile to have facial hair removed by a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist, and the results will be better—and safer—for skin.
Threading and Tweezing
Most salons and day spas today offer threading service. This method of natural hair removal involves capturing a small portion of hair with a cotton thread, twisting it and pulling it out. This technique takes hair out by the root, and lasts as long as waxing or sugaring. Tweezing involves removing each hair with a pair of tweezers, and is good for maintenance between treatments.
Threading and tweezing are recommended for the eyebrow area. A salon professional can best shape brows, since it's easy to overpluck or pluck the brows unevenly, which can make you look cockeyed. Once an esthetician shapes the brows by threading or plucking, it's much easier to keep them "clean" at home by tweezing stray hairs as they grow in.
Natural Treatments to Avoid
There are some facial hair treatments that bill themselves as "natural," but this may be misleading. Some depilatory creams may have the word "natural" stamped all over the packaging, but they rely on chemicals to dissolve facial hair. Ditto bleaching kits. While these methods can be effective ways to address facial hair, they also can result in temporary burning and irritation to the tender skin on the face.
Never use sandpaper or a pumice stone to remove facial hair, or shave (this always results in thicker regrowth). Avoid purchasing online products such as oral supplements and herbal creams that promise that facial hair. These rarely are effective.