Post # 1
For 10+ years I have bleached my upper lip hair. I am 1/2 Italian with lighter skin and DARK brown hair. I never ventured into the land of waxing – I hate the idea of stubble on my face.
When my husband and I started discussing TTC – I found out that using products like sally hansen’s face bleach are not allowed during pregnancy. Also, I had heard that all the homones etc during pregancy can cause more hair growth.
I’m not a vain person by any stretch of the imagination, but I do not like looking like a 7th grade boy growing his first straggly mustache! haha.
Is the only safe option during prenancy to wax or go au natural? I’d love to hear other people’s solutions…. Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
meadow_jersey: I would wax, personally. I usually get my eyebrows waxed (just to shape them) when I get my hair cut. It only takes a second and the hair takes quite a while to grow back- it isn’t like shaving where you have stubble. I’m 33 weeks pregnant and it seems like my body hair isn’t growing as fast but who knows, it’s hard to tell.
Post # 4
meadow_jersey: Hi! Light skinned Hispanic with a moustache here. I’ve always waxed. It doesn’t work like shaving. Shaving gives stubble because you slice all the hair off at the thicker part of the hair shaft. Waxing yanks the hair out by the root, so when it grows back it grows out thin at first… So it goes from peach fuzzy to normal instead of stubble to normal. Annoying, because shaving it would be faster. But waxing works excellently, I’d recommend it.
Post # 5
I am pregnant right now and still bleach. I wasn’t aware of any countreindications and just googled it for peace of mind:
It seems ok. Most of the products contain hydrogene peroxide, which is broken up pretty fast – no harm done to the baby.
Post # 6
Try threading specially if you have sensitive skin. I have waxed before but sometimes the wax can lift live skin cells, not pretty and painful. IMO threading lasts longer and when the hairs do grow back they aren’t as noticeable.
Post # 7
meadow_jersey: I had my upper-lip waxed for the first time about a month ago; 2 of my friends have been doing it for years and swear by it, so I took the plunge.
With waxing you will not get stubble; yes, you will get regrowth, but the hairs won’t be blunt as they are if you shave, and typically, over time, they become finer. So, you will have to spend some time with a bit of hair, but it shouldn’t be too long.
As I said I had mine done a month ago, and I’m still waiting for any regworth; it’s great! When it does grow back I’ll wait a few weeks and then get it waxed again.
Post # 8
I second PP on the threading! I’d be worried about redness with the waxing, but it would be easier. If you have a few days where you can stay at home, I’d try waxing. If you get it professionally done, you’ll probably be okay.
But I’d say the safest would be threading. I use to do that and it worked out great.. I don’t anymore because I feel like the hair isn’t noticable anymore. (Could be because of the threading, or as I got older I changed.. not sure)
Post # 9
blue_cat77: I also didn’t know you weren’t supposed to, and have bleached my top lip a couple of times during pregnancy. I use it as a interim between waxes, but could maybe go without if i had to and wax a bit more often. I have noticed that my lip hair seems not to grow so fast since I have been pregnant. Think it is all growing under my belly button instead!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I personally find threading 1 million times more painful than waxing. I tried sugaring, but that really doesn’t work at all. Waxing is the best way to go. It’s over in a second and the redness/irritation goes away quickly. Just be sure to go to a good salon that doesn’t double dip sticks or use too hot wax. I have gotten burns on my face before because the wax has been too hot. But I go to a great place now and it only costs $6. SO much easier and faster than bleaching.
Post # 11
Thanks all……i think i might give waxing a shot…….
barbie86: good to hear that a recent “convert” to waxing likes it…….I am nervous about starting something and having to committ forever……but if it means 1x month maintance rather than 1x per week – thats probably better right?
I don’t have any desire to wax it myself but would go somewhere – a regular salon or spa should be fine right?
Post # 12
This may be more helpful long term rather than short term (during your pregnancy), but as a former chin plucker/upper lip bleacher I have to say that having permanent hair removal through electrolysis was the best decision I ever made. I had wanted to do it for years but didnt feel I had the time to dedicate. Now that I do I pop in for a 15 minute session every 1-2 weeks, I’ve been going for a few months and the difference has been amazing! Maybe something to consider while on your mat leave so that you don’t need to continue bleaching/waxing forever!
Post # 13
meadow_jersey: Try bleaching with hydrogen peroxide.
Post # 14
Laser hair removal might be an option too, I’m not sure the limitations for when you’re pregnant.
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
I’ve been waxing my lip since I was 11, no stubble! The hair grows back pretty fine and sometimes I can just pluck the strays. I get waxed every 3 weeks. If the person who waxes your lip puts their finger down immediately on the part they just waxed the pain goes away instantly. I find threading my lip painful so I stay away from it.