O.K., I hate to admit it, but I have to bleach my upper lip or my moustache! I used to be able to do it once a month, then every two weeks, now I feel I need to do it about every three days and I am really getting sick of it. I am considering going and having it waxed. My fear is when the stubble grows in you will be able to see it, can you get it waxed as soon as you notice it? Or does it have to be a certain length? And how long does a waxing last? Any advice would be greating appreciated!
I hate to say this, but quit the bleaching! I bleached for a while when I was younger(not sure how long, maybe a couple of years) and finally quit and used alternative methods. Now years later, especially during the summer months, if I get any kind of sun on my face I develop a strip of dark skin right across my lip exactly where I used the bleach (looks worse than the hair growth). I don't know if I burned it one time (I think I over did it on several occasions) or what, but now I have to do everything that I can to keep my face covered from the sun 'cuz it's awful looking.
I would definately have it professionally waxed and there is a new product that you can get with a doctor's prescription that slows down hair growth (vanica or vatica?). Maybe during the grow out periods you can bleach, but be careful! The hair has to grow out so that the wax is able to grab hold of the hair that needs to be pulled out. So depending on how fast your hair grows is how long the waxing lasts.
Also if it really is that bothersome, you might consider saving up for a laser procedure to get rid of it once and for all.
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I used to bleach also, but I found it really hard on my skin. I now use wax to remove my hair. I would get it professionally done for a while until you think you can do it yourself. I like waxing because it is cheap and quick. I have my husband do it for me every month or so.
I am really trying to avoid having any dark hair on my face at all, this is why I bleach every three days. I've heard comments from people about people who wax, that when it starts to grow back in it looks like a man's "five o'clock shadow". Does this happen to you? Is there a period of days when you can't wax because it's not quite ready, but it's still noticeable? Thanks.
Thanks for the advice. I have been bleaching for eleven years now (since I was 15), the only trouble that the sun gives me is making my face very red while I am outside (even where I don't bleach), but the tan seems to look ok. But your right, I'm sure if the hair was totally gone, it might look strange in someway.
I have never had 5 o'clock shadow happen to me, but my hair is not as tough as a man's. I don't know what kind of hair you have on your face, but I really doubt that will happen to you. You can always wax and when it starts growing back you can bleach it until it is ready to be waxed again. I waxed my face almost 2 weeks ago and it is has barely grown back at all since then. I do have some hair on my face but nothing like I usually do if I don't wax. It is so minimal that I could probably tweeze it all off in minutes. The hair that is growing back is very fine and no darker then it usually is. My mom has been waxing for years, and I have never seen her with 5 o'clock shadow. I willnever go back to bleaching again. I hope this helps.
Thanks for writing back. It feels like such a big step to wax facial hair. I've heard some horror stories and wanted to hear something good. I am not unhappy about the results of bleaching, just don't like doing it every three days. I think my upper lip hair is average. Not coarse or too long or anything. My husband thinks I obsess over and for no reason. It's a girl thing.
Shel<p>[This message has been edited by Shel (edited 02-27-2001).]
Shel, If the hair is dark you can have it removed by laser. I had this done and it worked great for me. You might have to have at least 3 treatments but the hair will start to come in lighter and finer after the first treatment. I think it worked great for me. This might also be an option for you.
No the laser wasn't really that expensive, for the upper lip I paid $150. The prices can vary depending on what area of the country you are from. But if you look at waxing, the price adds up. With the laser it might take 3-5 treatments and then maybe a follow up once a year and that is it. I know some places are cheaper after you first couple of appointments. Its just something to check into, its fairly painless to have to done. Most dermatologists offices do it, and some other places all they deal with is laser. Here is a site you might want to check out <A HREF="http://www.consumerbeware.com," TARGET=_blank>www.consumerbeware.com,</A> this site helped me make my decision on what to do and to help me find a good place to have it done. The moderators on the board are professionals and most of them own their own practice and will give you honest answers, they are very helpful. There is a moderator on there by the name of Joel and Marcella that own a clinic in NY so maybe you could check them out. Let me know what you decide.