Post # 1
So I have medium-brown hair, and like most brown-haired women, I get a bit of a “mustache” above my upper lip. I do bleach it every couple weeks, but I would like to make it even less obvious, so I was wondering if anyone shaves theirs? I’ve heard from some sources that shaving it is a really bad idea, so I’m wondering if anyone has either succesfully done that, or has a horror story about it…
Post # 3
I don’t know is growing back thicker due to the blunt ends is an old wives tale but I just wouldn’t want to mess around with that. Maybe look in to waxing?
Post # 4
I wax mine on a weekly to biweekly (depending how busy I am) basis. I have to psyche myself into ripping it off but its just a moment of pain for lots of benefit. I wouldn’t shave it…you’d have to do it on a very very regular basis….
Post # 5
I had to shave my face in order to get laser hair removal for the past year. When the hair would grow back, it wasnt thicker. But, it looked really bad as it was growing back. I wasn’t stubbly, but the hairs had blunt tips rather than fine tips. BUT the actual hairs weren’t thick.
I used to wax before my laser hair removal and the hair would grow in with finer ends and it looked better. So I’d recommend waxing. Or laser hair removal!! From what I’ve seen, in California, it’s only $75-100 per treatment for 6 treatments for the upper lip.
Edit: I agree with the previous poster. If I were to shave regularly, I’d do it every day so that I’d never see it growing out.
Post # 6
I pluck/wax/nair mine (black hair, lighter skin) – I want to say that women in Japan used to shave their entire faces (and some still do) and that the act of shaving exfoliates your skin. I’m not saying to go and shave your face but that’s what I’ve read. I will say that I use nair for face and it’s not much different, it removes hair from the skin level but it can be a little irritating so I usually wait to do it at night so I can let my skin calm down while I sleep.
I do shave my arms, they’re not hairy per-se but the hair is more apparent because it’s dark. It does look bad when it starts to grow back in – the hair is usually staggered and spikey but it’s all about maintenance and what it’s worth to you.
Post # 7
@allegrovivo: Just curious- why exactly did you have to shave it for a year? And so are you saying you would totally recommend laser hair removal?
Post # 8
I wax it about every week and a half. I don’t think I would mess around with shaving it.
Post # 9
My mom has shaved her face since she was in her 20s. Do not do it!! She has to do it almost twice a day for it not to be noticable. She has 5 o’clock shadow almost all the time. It is actually my biggest pet peeve because it is embarassing for me when I introduce her to people because you can see it and people always ask me why she shaves??
Wax, use cream, bleach do anything but shaving!!!
Post # 10
haha I’ll be the outlier here-
I always do it! But I’m naturally ginger, so it’s supppperr white blonde. I just got in the habit when I was like, 12 or something. I can’t bear myself to let it grow long enough to wax! And I can’t get laser removal because it doesn’t work on really light hair. Mine is still super blonde, almost 10 years later.
Post # 11
I would never shave it unless it was for something like laser hair removal. I would wax before I would shave.
I’ve only ever bleached it before.
Post # 12
I made the fatal mistake of shaving my big toes (??? seriously) when I was like 12, and now I have to do it all the freaking time because the hair on my toes grows back thick and dark. It’s so bizarre.
Because of this experience I would NEVER, EVER shave my lip even if I needed to. I’d look like Liuigi.
Post # 13
@Blanche: Hahaha, Luigi!
Don’t do it, OP! My brother used to have a female friend who shaved her whole face and you could TELL. Poor girl. 🙁
Post # 14
I use one of these: http://www.remingtonproducts.com/womens/HairRemoval/PersonalGroomers/Smooth–Silky-Facial-Pen-Trimmer.aspx
And I really like it. I used to bleach, but I felt it was still too noticeable. My hair is naturally dark and thick – when I shave my legs, they’re stubbly again within 24 hours. I use the trimmer every other day or so, and it’s a godsend. All my friends and my sister and mom use it too. (I sound like a commercial, sorry.)
I’m considering plucking my upper lip hair, though…I’ve been plucking my eyebrows for about 15 years and the hair has kinda stopped growing back. Not totally, but I have to pluck much less frequently than I did when I was younger. Maybe it would be the same for upper lip hair?
Post # 15
I use an epilator. It does irritate the skin though and seriously owww and not over quickly.
Post # 16
I bleach mine about once every week or so. Sometimes, if I notice it getting longer, I will trim it with tiny scissors (the kind I use to manicure my eyebrows), but I don’t think I’d ever shave it.