Kim Kardashian isn’t afraid to try unusual beauty treatments (remember when she had a vampire facial using her own blood?). Most recently, she admitted to having laser therapy to remove baby hairs along her hairline. “I have the hairiest forehead you could ever imagine,” she told People magazine.
We all have some unwanted facial hair—and sometimes it can sprout up in awkward places like your cheek or your chin. Not sure how to remove the unwanted fuzz without irritating your skin? Here are five hair-removal techniques to consider.
Waxing is a good option for any area of the face—and you can count on hair-free skin for four to eight weeks for anywhere from $9 to $20. Just make sure to prep properly and take care of your skin afterward. “We use organic jojoba oil before and after [a wax],” says Holly Green, a hair-removal specialist and the owner of Norabloom Botanicals & Beauty Lounge in Ithaca, New York. “After the treatment, we recommend no harsh chemicals or exfoliating products and lots of sunscreen because you lose part of the top protective layer of skin.”
Whether you’re visiting a professional or DIYing it, make sure you choose a wax that’s formulated for sensitive skin. “For those sensitive areas, it’s important to use an all-natural elastic wax applied on the skin at body temperature,” says Noemi Grupenmager, the founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Centers. “This makes for a more comfortable experience.”
Threading is similar to waxing in that it pulls hair from the root for long-lasting results. “If you have a really good threading specialist, they can get all of the unwanted hair and even the fuzzies,” says Green. The treatment has similar results to waxing, but it may be less painful since it doesn’t take the top layer of skin off. If you’ve ever experienced sensitivity to waxing, you may want to try this option next time. “People who have had a bad experience with wax tend to try threading,” says Green. Results last for four to eight a weeks, and a session will put you back anywhere from $5 to $40.
In salons and spas, tweezing is used primarily for touch-ups. “We’ll wax side burns and if there’s a hair or two left, we’ll hand-tweeze instead of re-waxing,” says Green. Tweezing is essential, however, for at-home maintenance. If you have a stray hair on the cheek or chin, for example, Green recommends this method. Tweezing is comparably priced to waxing, and the results should last you the same amount of time as waxing since tweezers grab the hair at the root.
“Laser hair removal for the face is a very popular procedure,” says Adriana Martino, the co-founder of New York-based SKINNEY MedSpa. “Popular areas are the upper lip, sideburns, and chin, due to hormonal fluctuations.” The benefit? Each time you go for a 30-minute session (which costs between $99 and $199), not only will the hair grow back thinner and lighter, but fewer will grow back over time. Martino recommends touch-ups every four to 10 weeks, depending on the area and number of times it’s been treated.
Laser therapy may not be the best option for the hairline, though. “For the majority of people, laser hair removal on the forehead is not possible because the baby hairs are too thin and lack sufficient pigment to respond to lasers,” says Omar Ibrahimi, the medical director of Connecticut Skin Institute. “Blindness is a risk, especially in this area.” That’s why you’ll be asked to wear special goggles when you get this treatment.
Yes, you can shave your face. Keep in mind, though, that a razor doesn’t pull hair from the root. “When you shave, it’s just at skin level,” says Green.” Shaving also exfoliates your skin, which can hurt it. “If you have to shave every few days, it’s a constant irritation to the skin,” says Green. Bottom line: It’s effective when you’re in a bind but not ideal as your go-to for facial hair-removal method.