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Women 50+ Know: The best methods for facial hair removal

1. Laser hair removal
oftheflowers From oftheflowers in Does anyone else have a problem with facial hair?
“I’ve had facial hair removed by laser. Since then, I pluck the occasional hair. I did laser several years ago, maybe 2 treatments.”

2. Electrolysis
L From L in Chin hair
“I recommend electrolysis. This is the only way to permanently remove facial and body hair. I felt liberated and so much more feminine. This procedure took a few months and was moderately expensive, but well worth the time and money.”

Doryce From Doryce in Does anyone else have a problem with facial hair?
“I have a good electrologist who I visit regularly. Seems ridiculous for one or two course hairs but over time the results show. I am a blonde, so laser is not an option for me.”

3. Pluck, pluck, pluck
EX marks the spot From EX marks the spot in Chin hair
“I pluck – and pluck and pluck. That ‘hair on the chinny-chin-chin’ bothers me so much. I shudder at the thought of having one or more show up to others. Tweezers are upstairs in the house, downstairs in the house, in my handbag, in my car, etc.”

4. Waxing
Glais From Glais in Does anyone else have a problem with facial hair?
“I noticed fine, longer hairs growing beneath my chin and along my jawline so I waxed them. I tried a facial depilatory but fell back to waxing. I prefer the look and feel after.

It doesn’t take long and I do it at home. I use microwave wax. I do not use the paper strips but and old cotton pillowcase cut into strips. Remember to spread the wax in small areas then once the wax is applied the strips must be applied press it on and pull against the grain asap or it will grow cold. It works very well on the chin area. Hair in the waxed areas will become fine and thin. Eventually it will not grow back at all. I have very little facial hair where it is not wanted.

Mermaid From Mermaid in Waxing vs. shaving
“I would definitively recommend waxing when it comes to facial hair. Not only because it grows back at a slower speed, but after some years of waxing it grows back a lot less than it does with shaving, meaning with shaving you will always have the same amount of hair growing back, while with long term waxing, less hair grows back.”

5. Tweeze with magnifying mirror
nannyjo24 From nannyjo24 in Chin hair
“My fear is that the rate of chin hair growth seems to be equal to the growing rate of magnification needed in my glasses and therefore, I don’t see the hairs as easily as those looking at me see them! Thank heavens for magnifying mirrors!”

6. Shave
sugisme From sugisme in Chin hair
“Contrary to popular belief shaving does not alter the physical state of a hair or a group of hairs. It is nothing more than cutting the hair off at the skin surface. If shaving did alter hair growth to be more coarse & darker, then every time we get our hair cut it would grow in thicker & coarser & darker. This is not the case. It feels coarser because when the growing hair emerges from the skin it is bristly, but if it’s left it will be the exact same type of hair as if it were left alone.”


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  1. Generic Image No-Nonsense Beauty says

    I have found that laser  hair removal is the most effective way to deal with the problem. Hoever it only works on dark hair.  Over 50 we start to see white hairs and the only permanent way to remove them is via electrolysis.  I have chronicled my experience with laser hair removal on my  blog– The no-nonsense beauty blog.  have a very low threshold to pain and  I offered a few tips to make the experience  more comfortable.     

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  2. Generic Image S J says

    Sugisme / Chin hair – I disagree.  

    First of all, we don’t shave our heads we cut off the ends of the hairs, most of the time so bad comparison.  

    I use to pluck but it was taking too long so I switched to shaving.  Soon my chin was growing a regular beard and it was coming back with a vengance, I was even getting “five o’clock shadow”.  Now I get threaded  - started every 2 weeks and now every 3 weeks. My mom is down to every 4 weeks and she was plucking daily until about 18 months ago.  

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    • Generic Image escarpment fairy says

      I prefer threading as well….no pulling on delicate skin like in waxing.  You can have all the peach fuzz removed as well from the sides of your face and chin.  I do this every spring.  I am amazed at the precision of the eyebrow threading….unbelieveable.  In a pinch I will use a debilatory but I hate the smell.

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      • Generic Image Emmy says

        This sounds like a great alternative.  But, where do you guys live?  Anyone live in the Orlando area?

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      • Generic Image S J says

        I am in Calgary, Alberta, Canada so no where near Orlando.  Threading has been practiced for generations by the East Indian and Arab communities is my understanding. My hairdresser was born in India.  There are apparently You Tube video on how to do it yourself but I have not checked them out.  

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      • Generic Image rachel sally says

           best bet would be to find some one in the middle eastern ?indian? community–try restaurants(morrocan,indian,) somewhere you will find women from the east..they all know about threading.i have an indian friend in new jersey who opened up the world of little india for me (edison,new jersey).also israeli women know threading,maybe try a local synagogue would have some israeli families..have you tried googling  threading hair in the orlando area?

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  3. DebP DebP says

    Definitely laser, if you can afford it!  I found electrolysis to be way too painful, waxing made me break out, and it’s hard to keep up with plucking.  However, if you can’t afford laser (or other reasons not), magnifying mirrors and good/natural light are the way to go!  Thankfully my husband doesn’t notice them as much as I do!!  Just be careful about ingrown ones…

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