Beauty’s Darker Side?

Why is hair removal such a mystery subject?

There’s hardly any information in the beauty books on my shelf (and I have a fair few as a health and beauty writer) and my local library turned up not a single paragraph on hair removal in their collection. Amazon has a few books on it in their huge collection but they are mainly aimed at professional beauty therapists.

It’s no wonder that many girls suffer the misery of unwanted hair and think they must be freaks when it’s really the norm to have some you want to get rid of – about 80% of females apparently want rid of some facial or body hair.

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There are volumes written on applying blusher the right way but hardly a word on getting rid of a mustache – and I think facial hair removal wins hands down in the instant beauty improvement stakes.

Still at least we have the Internet to guide us these days, or so we think. But do be careful because there are also a whole heap of sites out there with as much misinformation as solid advice.

Always check what you read before you proceed with several sources especially if you are thinking about buying a product to remove hair that promises a pain free and permanent solution. There is no such thing!

There are solutions which are pain free such as hair removal cream but they are not permanent. And there are solutions such as electrolysis and laser hair removal which will remove or reduce hair growth permanently, but they are definitely not pain free (bearable but not pain free – blame all those nerve endings in your skin).

So keep your scam detectors wired up when you see ads for products and you should be OK.

Facial Hair Remover

If you’re looking for the perfect facial hair remover you may have been looking a long time. There are none of them perfect. I have seen a lot of unwanted facial hair removal products, both permanent and temporary, in my time reviewing products here, however for some reason I have not come across the REM spring facial hair remover until today and judging by the customer reviews I may have been missing a trick.

Traditional Facial Hair Removal Methods

If you have unwanted facial hair you’re not alone – this problem affects more than 15% of women. It’s pretty distressing but there as more ways to get rid of hair on your face than you can shake a stick at so it’s certainly not an insurmountable problem – there’s no need to get depressed about it. You can do something about it!

Of course all methods of facial hair removal have their disadvantages (doesn’t everything) but just in case you haven’t tried them all and despaired of finding the right method for you I’ll just run through all the traditional remedies for getting rid of facial hair before taking a closer look at the new REM product.

REM Spring Facial Hair Remover

REM Spring Facial Hair Remover - a new and better method of removing unwanted facial hair?

Shaving – For men only unless you want to start developing a five o’clock shadow. Ladies, do not shave your facial hair ever again. There are plenty of better ways to deal with female facial hair.

Depilatory creams and lotions – You can buy special facial hair removal creams which you may want to use on the sensitive skin here instead of your regular depilatory cream. These are easy to use, fast and work like a charm. Only disadvantage is that the hair is “dissolved” just below the skin surface and so you’ll see regrowth within a few days at which point you have to repeat the treatment.

Plucking with tweezers – Tweezing is great for the odd stray hair (and it’s a great method for eyebrows) but difficult (and painful) for a whole mustache or sideburns type problem. It will take you forever but it can be done if you don’t like the other options. Can be difficult to see and get hold of every hair and repeated attempts on each hair mean that the area can get very red and sore. However hairs are pulled from the the root which means regrowth is slower than other temporary methods like hair removal creams.

Bleaching – Bleaching facial hair does not involve removing the hair so it is pain free. You can buy special cream bleach for the face and disguise dark hair by lightening it. Works for many but you may find you end up with a blond mustache which is only slightly less obvious than your dark one depending on the thickness of your hair.

Threading – Facial hair threading is a method which involves trapping hair between two twisted strands of thread and pulling it out. It is now performed on facial hair in a lot of salons (or you can do this yourself if you have the know-how). It’s very fast when carried out by a skilled technician and leaves your face hair free for a few weeks but you do need to set aside money and time for regular salon visits.A bit painful as hairs are pulled out from the root but for some reason seems to be less painful than waxing, probably because fewer hairs are pulled out in one go.

Waxing – Facial waxing is similar to threading however this can be carried out in the salon or at home. At home, consider cold wax strips which are simple to apply. Unfortunately they are still painful to remove (though bearable).

Laser hair removal for the face – Hair can be zapped in one session however you will need repeat visits and if you are looking for permanent facial hair removal this is not perfect as you may be left with some hair which is not permanently removed and grows back. The main disadvantage of this method is the expense as the cost of laser hair removal is high. You will also feel a bit of pain as hair follicles are being destroyed but a topical anesthetic soothing gel may be applied to reduce this.

Electrolysis – This method results in permanent removal of the hair and is the best facial hair removal method for everyone who can afford it and has time for regular appointments. Each hair is treated individually with the insertion of a fine needle at the hair root through which an electric current is passed to kill the hair. As this method relies on precision in terms of where the current is applied and in treating the hair at the right stage in its growth cycle each hair may need to be removed several times. But after a few months to a year you will be permanently free of your facial hair problems.

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REM Spring Facial Hair Remover – Now if you have worked through these unwanted facial hair removal methods and are not quite happy with any of them for one reason or another you might want to take a look at the REM facial hair remover which seems to be a good choice among the many facial hair removers on the market.

It is like length of spring that you move over your hair removing one or two hairs at a time in fast succession. I guess it’s a bit like threading in that respect which many women swear by but with this device you can take care of facial hair removal in your own home.

You get used to the operation of the device and the sensation quite quickly it seems. (Tip : If you are nervous about trying out a product on your face, practice on your legs first and get the hang of it there!)

I am generally skeptical of products like this as a rule (and with good reason as the scammers are all over the place when it comes to our most distressing problems) but the genuine reviews of buyers of this product are making me think otherwise. It is all the more believable as you see the negative as well as the positive so that you know exactly what you are getting with this unwanted hair remover.

More Info and Reviews of the REM Spring Facial Hair Remover

Face Hair Removal – The Best Method

You may have been thinking about face hair removal for some time wondering what to do about it or maybe you’ve tried a few ways to remove your unwanted facial hair and have found them far from ideal. I know, I tried a few myself many moons ago before I found a permanent way to deal with facial hair.

But I’m not going to tell you about a miracle product that I tried and all the hair was gone like in those scam ads. Believe me there are no such miracle products (although I wish there were). In fact, there is only one proven and FDA approved method to permanently get rid of facial hair. So guess what, I used it!

You see the best method is electrolysis – it’s as old as the hills but it works and it’s still the only way to remove every hair you want rid of permanently.

Face hair removal by electrolysis

Face hair removal by electrolysis

Of course facial laser hair removal works permanently too to an extent (and may be best if you have large amounts of facial hair to deal with as it is faster and less painful to deal with larger areas) but it does not promise permanent removal of every hair just a permanent reduction in hair growth.

In any case I had relatively few hairs to deal with and with electrolysis they were gone and have not come back decades later. So I can vouch for the performance of the solution.

If you’re considering face hair removal I would go along to a local licensed salon and talk to them about electrolysis for your face and see if it’s a solution for you too. It can take some months of short 15 minute treatments to rid yourself of unwanted hair but the sooner you start the sooner you will be free of the problem.

Of the temporary methods of facial hair removal there’s really nothing ideal due to regrowth problems but you may find a facial depilatory cream is good for a few days and waxing for a few weeks if your skin can stand up to the treatment OK and does not become too sore.

If you only have the odd stray hair on chin or upper lip then plucking with tweezers is just fine although you should not pull the hairs from moles – you should treat these by snipping with scissors close to the skin surface rather than treating them with normal face hair removal methods.

Average Laser Hair Removal Price

Although the prices charged will be different depending on where you live and the clinic you choose, it’s good to have an idea of the average laser hair removal price as a guideline for what you might expect to pay before you start your research. This will help you see if laser hair treatment is within your budget or well out of it.

You will see average laser hair removal prices listed here for most areas of the body which were reported by consumers in the US in 2009. The price depends on the size of the area being treated (which affects how long the sessions need to be). The price quoted is for one treatment. Remember you will typically need 4 to 6 sessions to clear 80% of your hair. (If you are looking for for laser hair removal prices for other countries such as the UK these prices are pretty much the same once converted into pounds although there will be some differences due to fluctuating exchange rates).

How much of a nest egg will you need to pay for laser hair removal?

How much of a nest egg will you need to pay for laser hair removal?

If you reckon on needing 6 sessions costing the highest end of the range for the part of your body you want treated you may be pleasantly surprised. On the other hand thinking you need only 4 at the lowest end of the sale may mean you are disappointed and can’t afford the treatment you thought you could.

Also be aware that sometimes clinics will offer savings or discounts for up front payment for a series of treatments. Just don’t be pushed into signing a “special offer today only” deal if you are not ready. Better to go with a laser clinic which doesn’t pressurize you into expensive treatment.

Once you have completed your initial sessions, you may need top up treatments if some hair grows back. Factor in having one session every six months if you want to be on the safe side.

Average Cost of Laser Hair Removal Treatment for Facial Hair Removal

Removal of all facial hair (full face) typical cost is : $150 – $300
Upper lip typically costs : $50 – $150
Removal of hair from chin only costs : $50 – $150

Average Cost For Arm Hair Removal (includes both arms)

Removing hair from underarms costs : $50 – 150
Half arms typical cost : $200 – 400

Average Cost for Body Hair Removal

Removal of hair from buttocks costs : $150 – 300
Back hair removal costs : $200 – 500
Chest hair removal costs : $100 – 300
Removing hair from abdomen Costs : $100 – 300

Average Cost for Leg Hair Removal

Half legs (both) Costs : $200 – 400

Cost of Laser Bikini Hair Removal

Regular bikini costs : $100 – 200
Brazilian bikini costs : $200 – 300

If you find that laser treatment is out of the question you may want to think about the more effective home laser hair removal machines available. They are not for everyone as you will see in home laser hair removal but they may be worth considering if you are suitable for treatment with a home laser machine and can’t afford professional treatment.

Laser Hair Removal for the Face

If you have been thinking about getting some laser facial hair removal work done, here are what I consider essential for you to know – the key laser hair removal face facts and tips.

  • Laser hair removal is one of the most popular methods of facial hair removal for women – some men use it too, especially those who are going through transgender transformation. A beard is much tougher to remove than typical female facial hair however and may need additional sessions.
  • The cost of laser hair removal is less for the face than for any other area of the body simply because of the small area of skin being treated. Typical laser hair removal for the face cost (upper lip) is around $80 a session with 3 to 5 sessions being needed. If you are looking to get extensive work done around the hairline and neck as well as sideburns and upper lip you can expect a higher price.
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  • The face is one of the most sensitive areas in the body so you will feel some discomfort during laser treatment. It will feel like you are being pinged with tiny little rubber bands many time a minute. That can be quite sore. Ask about pain relief when you go for your initial consultation. You will probably be given a cooling gel after treatment to help reduce irritation.
  • Your facial skin will look a little red after your session so don’t plan any important engagements just after having laser treatment on your face. If possible don’t plan anything the day of your first treatment so you can see how your skin reacts and to be on the safe side maybe the day after too.
  • Facial laser treatment works less well on those with dark skin. As the laser targets the pigment in hair and relies on it being darker than the surrounding skin there is a fine line to tread between ineffective treatment on the hair and burning the skin with that type of coloring. Also if you have fair, gray or red hair there may not be enough pigment in the hair for the laser to work on. Some machines are now available which work with different colors of skin and hair but the treatment is still likely to be less effective.
  • Dealing with face hair by laser removal can be life transforming for some especially if you have been struggling with other methods for some time and not finding any of them satisfactory. If facial hair is causing you distress it is worth trying laser hair removal for sure if you have the type of skin which works well with laser treatment
  • Do not go out in the sun before and after facial laser hair removal, use a sun bed or a fake tanning product. You want the difference in your skin and hair to be as marked as possible. Also do not bleach your upper lip hair for best results!
  • Laser face hair removal has only one rival in effectiveness. Electrolysis is the only proven permanent method of dealing with facial hair for everyone. It is long and slow compared with laser treatment but it does work and is the best method of permanent hair removal if you have dark skin or fair hair.