“With great mustache comes great responsibility.” No, I am not talking about those rugged-looking, “manly” men and metaphorical responsibilities. Responsibilities are quite literal when it comes to women and facial hair. And especially, upper lip hair – that’s right, the tiny stretch of skin between the mouth and nose, hardly 20 mm in length, but successful in giving women anxiety attacks since time immemorial; which explains the one hundred thousand varieties of “the best upper lip hair removal method” out there.
Well, it really is one of the biggest headaches that women have; a question that burns us often – “what is the best upper lip hair removal method there is?” or “how to get rid of upper lip hair?” And there are a few of us who don’t give into societal pressures and don’t really care about these nasty little buggers. But if you are the paranoid-about-peach-fuzz kind (like me) and looking for an answer to the age-old question “how to remove hair from upper lip conveniently”, you’re in luck! I’ve given most of the available upper lip hair removal methods a try. Based on my experience, here’s presenting a list of all the best upper lip hair removal methods, with all the pros and cons. Read along to know my verdict on the best upper lip hair removal method!
So let’s dive right in and see how to remove upper lip hair most efficiently!
1) Using An Epilator For Upper Lip Hair Removal
Even though there are many options when it comes to epilators for upper lip hair removal, I used Braun Epil 3 epilator as it is compact and quite efficient for facial hair removal. It is extremely convenient because of the small surface area. You can easily move around with it and take out those nasty tiny hairs from every nook and corner. I used it on the minimum speed available as I am a little paranoid when it comes to my face.
The pros of using epilators for upper lip hair removal are many. Firstly, it plucks the hair out from the root, and hence I had a pretty smooth run for about a month! Secondly, it is quite efficient and fast. Once you get the hang of it, wouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to get rid of upper lip hair (that’s right!). Also, it is not messy as there is no sticky wax or cream involved. You can do it on your own and do not need any assistance. Epilators are expensive but totally worth in the long run as you do not have to spend on wax kits or hair removal creams every other week.
The only con I found with this upper lip epilator was that it is a bit painful, which was to be expected as it doesn’t cut the hair, but plucks it out. No pains no gains, right?
Coming to the cost, it is not that expensive and if you get the Braun Silk Epilator, you can use it not just for your face, but your whole body! Also, there are a few less expensive ones such as the Philips Satinelle Essential, Emjoi etc. If you are looking to buy an epilator just for your upper lips or facial hair removal, opting for the cheaper and more compact ones would be better.
And in case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what an epilator is, it is an electronic device designed for plucking the hair right outta your skin. It consists of a rotating head with a few tweezers, which lock and pull the hair out as the head rotates. The speed at which it rotates can usually be adjusted.
How To Remove Hair From Upper Lip Using Epilator
- Exfoliate your upper lips using a scrub which would remove all the dead cells and open up the pores. This would make it easier for the epilator to grab and remove hairs from the upper lip.
- If you are using a wet/dry epilator, you can epilate your upper lip in the shower as well. Epilating upper lip in the shower is considerably less painful, however less effective than dry epilation. If it is your first time epilating, go for wet epilation. Depending on the pain tolerance level, you can switch to dry epilation.
- If you are using a battery-operated epilator, charge it beforehand.
- Hairs on the upper lip should be around 0.5 mm. If it is too long, trim it down.
- Most epilators come with different speed settings. Try the epilator with the slower setting first and then move on to the faster setting if you feel comfortable. Also, if you are using an epilator for the first time, try the epilator on a small area, such as the back of your hand before using it for upper lip hair removal.
- After epilating your upper lip hair, clean your upper lip area and apply a moisturizing cream or lotion in order to prevent redness or irritation.
2) Using Upper Lip Hair Removal Creams
Again, there are quite a few options when it comes upper lip hair removal creams or hair removal creams specifically for facial hair. I used Olay smooth finish facial removal kit as I have been a fan of a few Olay products. It consists of a skin guarding balm, which should be applied before using the actual hair removal cream. It works like any other hair removal cream and takes about half an hour.
Coming to the pros and cons, the most obvious one is it isn’t painful. And anyone who’s ever used a hair removal cream will agree with me on this, IT IS MESSY (and nothing like the hairless women removing non-existent hair “easily and within minutes”, as shown in commercials). Another disadvantage is that you need to use it frequently as hair growth starts within a week or two, at best. And for this reason alone, it wouldn’t be my preferred or best upper lip hair removal method. But another positive is that it can be done without professional assistance and at home. The products are also inexpensive but need to be bought frequently.
How To Remove Hair From Upper Lip Using Hair Removal Creams
- Choose the right depilatory or hair removal cream for upper lip hair removal. It is advisable to use facial or upper lip hair removal creams and avoid hair removal creams meant to be used for the whole body. This is because the skin on the face is sensitive and hair removal creams have a lot of chemicals in them.
- Test the cream on a small area, such as the back of your hand in order to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
- Spread the cream on your upper lips using a spatula or fingertips. Spread the cream in the direction of the hair. Carefully read the instructions on the packet and check the time for which it is to be left on the skin. It is usually 3-6 minutes. Do not leave the cream on for more than the upper limit specified on the packet; it can cause irritation, redness or even burn the skin.
- After leaving the cream on for the specified time period, rub a small part of skin using fingertips or Q-tip to check if the hair comes off. Once all the hair is wiped off, use a wet towel to wipe off any remaining cream.
- Wash the face with cold water and apply any soothing cream or gel, like aloe vera gel in order to prevent redness or irritation.
3) Waxing Upper Lip Hair
Wax kits, as well as facial cold wax strips, are available for removing facial hair by waxing. Again, waxing removes hair by plucking and thus you get smooth skin for about a month. It is comparatively cheaper and can be done at home. However, it is very messy and also a bit risky (especially if you are a bit clumsy like me). Some people are also allergic to waxing and tend to get boils and rashes. It would be a good idea to test it first. And whoever said nothing is more painful than a breakup, definitely didn’t wax their upper lips. But, if you are a bit immune to pain, I would suggest using the GiGi Wax kit as it is comparatively less messy and more convenient. Overall, if you don’t mind a bit of a mess and pain, waxing your upper lips is a good option.
How To Remove Hair From Upper Lip By Waxing At Home
- Buy a wax kit or wax strips. Ready-to-use wax strips are a lot less messy than hot waxing. But using a wax kit for upper hair removal is more efficient as it removes most of the hair in one go.
- Wash and exfoliate your face to open up the pores and make the waxing process easier. Do not apply any cream or lotion on the area you want to wax.
- In case of a wax kit, microwave the wax (if it is mentioned on the wax kit). Once the wax is hot, apply it using the spatula on your upper lip area in the direction of hair growth. Just rub the strips between your palms to heat the wax, in case of wax strips.
- Apply waxing strip over the hot wax. Make sure to pull the skin taut while applying the strips. If you are using the wax strips, directly apply the strips on the exfoliated skin. Ensure that the wax strips are pulled taut and there aren’t any air bubbles in between.
- Wait for the recommended time (as mentioned on the wax kit/packet).
- Hold the skin taut and yank the strip off in one quick motion. This will reduce the pain.
- Wash your face with face wash or soap and cold water. Do not forget to apply your favorite lotion or cream.
4. UPPER LIP THREADING:
It is pretty much like threading your eyebrows, BUT LIKE A HUNDRED TIMES MORE PAINFUL! However, it is one of the most cost-effective and long-lasting methods. But a little inconvenient as I usually prefer to get it done by a professional. And when there are alternative methods for easy hair removal available, this definitely wouldn’t make it to the top of my list as the best upper lip hair removal method.
5. DERMAPLANING OR SHAVING UPPER LIPS
Dermaplaning is using a special razor, specially designed for facial hair removal, in order to get rid of upper lip hair. It is a tiny, single sharp blade which needs to be run across the face or upper lips carefully. It is one of the cheapest methods for upper lip hair removal. It also doesn’t hurt at all. However, it needs to be done frequently, usually every other day. This is because hair is only cut at the surface and not plucked out from its root. I used Tinkle blade while trying out this method for upper lip hair removal as it is one of the most popular ones. It worked fine and lasted about 3 uses. This method is convenient and painless, but not long-lasting.
There are a few permanent methods in order to get rid of upper lip hair such as LASER hair removal as well as electrolysis but these are on the expensive side and should be performed by professionals. Expenses range from $100 to $300 for upper lip hair removal. Since I have not tried these yet, can’t give a detailed review of these methods.
Aaaaand the verdict!
I found using an epilator for upper lip hair removal as the most effective method. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that it is THE best upper lip hair removal method I’ve tried, for it is comparatively less painful, mess-free and you get smooth, hair-free upper lip for at least a month after one use. And it is very convenient to use as well. You don’t have to book an appointment 3 weeks in advance or get your hands dirty to get that smooth upper lip! Hopefully, you’ve got all your queries answered regarding upper lip hair removal and found the best upper lip hair removal method for you!