Many a woman has unwanted facial
hair. Not many will like to talk about it as it is embarrassing. Naturally
every woman has facial hair; it is fine as far as the hair is small and
unnoticeable. Facial hair can be seen on the chin, upper lip, forehead and jaw.
What is of concern is the excess hair growth or dark hair. Find out ways for
facial hair removal in women.
Understanding hair growth
It is most important to understand the various types of hair. All hair is made up of protein called
keratin which is a hard protein found even in fingernails and toenails. The
growth of hair emanates beneath the surface of skin from the hair root and tiny
follicles. Basically there are two types of hair on our body
Vellus: They are tiny soft hairs mostly found in the chest, back
and face areas. They are used for proper maintenance of temperature in the body
with adequate insulation
Terminal: They are darker
and coarser than vellus hair. They mainly grow on the head, armpits and pubic
areas. They help in providing cushioning and form a good protection to the
Reason for excess facial hair
- Excess hair growth is termed by a condition called hirsutism.
This condition occurs when hair follicles are sensitive to excess
secretion of male hormone androgen. This condition makes woman feel less
feminine and leads to low self-esteem.
- The excess secretion of androgen occurs due to body
overweight and stress. This condition can be cured by controlling body
weight. It is ideal to consult a doctor before you come to any conclusion
- There are many chances of excess hair growth in women
during pregnancy, irregular periods and menopause due to hormonal changes.
- It could also be the side effects of taking any
steroid medication and hormone pills for treating any other condition.
- Excess hair growth especially in upper lip and chin
is the annoying symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome which occurs
during the reproductive age.
Facial hair removal in women
There is no need to be panic about the excess hair in the face as various hair removal techniques can be
used as remedial measures to overcome this problem.
Waxing: Waxing is the most common and convenient way of hair
removal. A layer of melted wax is applied in the area of excess hair so that hair
gets affixed to a particular area. This application is then pulled off
immediately in the opposite direction of hair growth thereby removing the hair
along with it.
Waxing can be done quickly and easily,
with smooth results. Cold wax comes in
the form of strips, which are then patted to the skin surface. Leftover wax is
then scratched or peeled off from the skin. Sometimes it can lead to skin
irritation and reddening of skin.
Sugar waxing is done in the similar way as other traditional waxing. Here, sugary paste is applied on the
specific area and peeled off with a cotton strips in the opposite direction of
hair growth. As the sugar substance is more water soluble, it can be removed
easily when compared to the other waxes.
Tweezing and Threading: Tweezing is the best way to remove all the
tiny hair follicles. Tweezing is time consuming and requires lot of practice.
It is better to damp little cotton or have a shower before tweezing so, that
skin becomes soften. This application requires a pair of tweezers to get smooth
hairless skin. For using the tweezers the hair shaft must be long enough. This
procedure last for 2 to 6 weeks.
Bleaching: Bleaching is the best choice when the facial hair is
dark. But, it is not apt for dense hair like those on upper lip, neck and
forehead. Many bleaching products are available in the market for this purpose.
Mostly, the result is not satisfactory in just one usage.
Shaving: Shaving should never be done for a woman as it makes the
hair thicker and noticeable. Shaving leaves the skin reddening and leads to
skin irritation. It leaves a masculine look. Shaving should be avoided for
facial hair removal but if necessary can be used for other parts of body. Never
shave on dry skin, always wet the skin with moisturizer before shaving. This lasts
for few days only.
Depilatories: Depilatories make use of calcium hydroxide, sodium or
calcium thioglycolate to dissolve the hair. Depilatory usage brings back the
hair within few days as the hair is removed only from the surface. First a
patch test of depilatory should be taken on the skin to avoid any skin allergy
and irritation. The effect on facial hair can last from many days to 2 weeks.
Hair inhibitors: Hair inhibitors don't remove the excess hair
instead they inhibit or slow down the process of hair growth. As a result hair
treated in the specific area will look thinner and take long time to grow. Hair
inhibitor products come in the form of cream and gel. These creams can be
applied once or twice a day to get the best results.
Electrolysis: Electrolysis is one of the permanent hair removal
techniques used presently. It removes hair by electric shock thereby destroying
the hair follicle. Since, it involves electric shock considerable risk is
involved in it. There are two techniques of electrolysis:
- needle epilator
- tweezers epilator
Another major side effect is usage of non-sterilized needles and improper handling of this technique. Electrolysis
is costlier than other procedures. It requires considerable skill. Nowadays
many handy electrolysis kits are available in the market. Since they use only
very low voltage, the application is not effective. People who have pacemaker
or undergone any surgery should avoid this procedure as it involves electric
Laser hair removal: Laser is the best of all facial hair removal
techniques. A laser beam is flashed at regular interval over the hair growth in
order to deaden the hair follicle. Laser techniques work well for light skinned
people only. Major drawback of this technique is that the vellus hair can be
turned into terminal hair at any time. It should be done by a trained professional
to avoid the risk of scars and burns. They last for 6 months to a year.
It is impossible to remove the hair permanently. By knowing the cause of excess hair growth, it is possible to
have some control over facial hair growth. As the reason for excess hair growth
differs for each individual, these hair removal techniques can also react
differently on them.