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Will waxing my upper lip hurt?

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Question - (12 January 2018) 6 Answers - (Newest, 14 January 2018)
A female United States age 18-21, anonymous writes:

hi y'all,

I'm 20 yo girl and have a kind of a moustache. it doesn't bother me a lot tbh. I only waxed it once (mum did it for me) and it kinda hurts, so i can't trust anyone to wax it for me( not even myself)..

I would like to shave it, but i dont know if its okay to do so... I'm afraid it will be itchy..

if i go to a place where they do wax it, will it hurt much?


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A female reader, like I see it United States +, writes (14 January 2018):

like I see it agony auntI also would not recommend shaving. It doesn't make your hair grow back darker but it may *appear* that way as the blunt ends of the hair you've cut emerge from the skin. It will however feel itchy and unpleasant.

I routinely wax my upper lip myself. Cheaper than a salon and doesn't hurt any worse. No, it's not a particularly pleasant feeling, but it's not unbearable. Just make sure you pay attention to the direction your hair grows, smooth the strip on in that direction, and pull it off (quick, smooth motion, go parallel to the skin rather than up and away from the skin) in the direction OPPOSITE the way your hair grows. Work in sections if you need to - I like to split it into quarters so I'm not trying to get a good angle on too big a section at once. Outer and inner half of each side works well for me. Over time it will be less painful as less hair grows back.

Chemical depilatories are another option (although the hair will grow back slightly more quickly than with waxing because you don't really get rid of the roots that way). If you go that route, make sure you buy a depilatory cream specifically for face/sensitive skin as the formula marketed for "body" may be too strong. Always, always err on the side of washing these creams off sooner than the instructions tell you rather than later, because (from experience) they can actually burn your skin if left on too long. Be cautious until you know how your skin reacts to a test patch.

Hope this helps. Good luck and best wishes!

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (13 January 2018):

Tisha-1 agony auntNeet or Nair are depilatories you can buy at any drugstore. No pain is involved. Follow the instructions on the package and test first as directed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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A female reader, Anonymous 123 Italy + , writes (13 January 2018):

Anonymous 123 agony auntThreading works best for me so that's what I'd suggest to you as well. I have a pretty low threshold for pain and absolutely cannot bear the agony of waxing. Shaving is a complete no-no.

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A female reader, mishi 1 United States +, writes (13 January 2018):

mishi 1 agony auntPlease don’t shave . The hair is going to be thicker like men if you shave

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A female reader, Andie's Thoughts United Kingdom + , writes (12 January 2018):

Andie's Thoughts agony auntIf it doesn't bother you, why get rid of it? :)

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (12 January 2018):

Honeypie agony auntYou can go and get it waxed, sugared (gentler than wax IMHO) or threading.

It will pinch, they are after all pulling the hairs out by the root. So it's NOT going to be absolutely pain-free - take a Motrin/Advil/Aleve/Aspirin about 30 minutes prior and it won't be too bad.

Some shave their upper lips but the hair coming out after might seem coarser (only because they ends are BLUNT from the initial shaving). With the other 3 methods the likelihood of SOME of the hairs NOT growing big is MUCH bigger than with shaving, plus with shaving you can get ingrown hairs and you don't want that on your face.

Personally, I have used the Sally Hansen wax strips for the face and it's really not that bad. Much much cheaper too. But up to you.

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