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Facial Hair Removal In Summer

Facial Hair Removal In Summer

Waxing vs. Threading – Which Option Is Better?

Women who suffer from facial hair are often embarrassed and go to any lengths to have it removed.

But did you know that one in fourteen women struggle with excessive facial hair? And getting rid of that hair can be detrimental to your skin in the summer if you don’t take precautions.

Waxing and threading are the two of the most popular facial hair removal methods used in salons right now. Yet, they both have advantages and disadvantages.

If you want to learn more about which method is more efficient and beneficial to your skin, continue reading.

What’s Waxing and How Does It Work?

Waxing is a painful procedure where hot wax is applied to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. A cotton strip is placed over the wax, and pressure is applied.

Finally, the strip is pulled in the opposite direction of the hair growth in one swift motion, ripping the hairs from their roots.

Each time you wax, you damage the hair follicles, causing them to weaken. That’s why waxing over a long period of time causes a reduction in hair growth.

While there are many advantages to waxing, it’s not for everyone, and you should know all the facts before taking the plunge.

 Pros

  • Hair takes 2-6 weeks to grow back
  • Reduces thick hair growth
  • Exfoliates the skin
  • No itching
  • Fewer ingrown hairs
  • No more shaving rashes

Cons

  • It is not pain-free
  • Hair needs to be a certain length
  • Causes irritation and temporary redness
  • Pores can get clogged

What Is Threading and How Does It Work?

Facial hair threading is an ancient form of hair removal that originated in Iran. It involves taking two threads of cotton/polyester and trapping the hair between them before pulling it from the follicle.

It differs from tweezing because you can remove an entire row of hairs instead of one at a time.

It’s less abrasive than plucking or waxing, so it’s perfect for people with sensitive skin or certain skin conditions.

Threading has become a popular form of facial hair removal in the West, with more and more salons offering the service.

Pros

  • Suitable for sensitive skin and people who suffer from acne
  • Lasting results
  • Not as painful as waxing
  • No burns or swelling

Cons

  • It takes longer than waxing
  • Not a good option for larger areas
  • Not as effective as waxing
  • Pores can get clogged

Facial Hair Removal – Which Option to Choose?

The answer comes down to personal preference. If you have finer hairs that need more attention or sensitive skin, then threading would be a better option for you.

But waxing is the answer if you have thicker hair covering a larger area and want longer-lasting results.

Another factor to consider is whether you have an appointment after your facial hair removal.

Both procedures will irritate your skin, and the afflicted areas will turn red. But, your skin will recover faster from threading.

Which Option Is the Safest for Summer?

Waxing is an excellent option for the summer months, but it comes with conditions.

Any good esthetician will examine your skin first before starting the procedure. If your skin is irritated or dry, you should not be waxing; it will cause more harm.

Schedule your wax a week in advance when planning an outing or holiday—going out into the sun for the first 48 hours after waxing is not allowed.

And finally, remember to use a high SPF ( between 30 to 50) sunscreen as the affected areas are more prone to sunburn.

Threading your facial hair is also a good option for the warmer months, especially if you have fine hair.

You still have to keep out of the sun for 24 hours after your appointment. But once your epidermis has had some time to repair, you can smear on that sunblock and soak up everything summer has to offer.

Aftercare

The aftercare rules for waxing and threading are the same:

Use a Cold Compress

Applying something cold to the sensitive area will reduce the inflammation and soothe the skin.

Apply Cooling Gels or Ointments

Your skin will be tender for a few days after the hair removal, so the cooling gel will provide you with some relief.

Keep the Area Moisturised

You want to keep your skin hydrated after waxing/threading. But be sure not to use moisturizers with alcohol or a scent, which can cause more irritation.

Be Careful When Exfoliating

Exfoliating afterwards is one of the best ways to prevent ingrown hairs. However, you should avoid over-exfoliating the sensitive area; it will cause more irritation.

Stay Out of Direct Sunlight

Given how sensitive your skin is after waxing/threading, exposing it to the sun could cause a red and itchy rash.

Bonus Option – Laser Hair Removal

If you are looking for a long-term solution, laser hair removal is an option. Of course, it takes longer to achieve your goal, but the results speak for themselves.

The laser vaporizes the hair; it feels like little pinpricks on your skin, and the laser causes some smoke that smells like sulphur.

Patients usually see about a 10% to 25% reduction in hair growth after the first session, but it can take between 2 to 6 sessions to remove all the hair.

It all depends on the size of the area, the thickness and colour of the hair, the laser used, and the colour of the skin.

Depending on the patient, it can take several months to a few years before the residual hair returns. And when it does, it’s usually lighter in colour and a lot finer.

The Takeaway

If you want to make those pesky hairs disappear and gain back your confidence, come on over and check out our facial hair removal services.

We’ll ensure your skin is well taken care of with our cutting-edge treatments and quality service.