Top lip...to thread or wax or what?!

(31 Posts)
SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 16:47:57

Hello there

Quick thing.....after many years of hating my admittedly not that bad top lip hair, I finally went to see about laser treatment. To cut a long story short, it won't work as most of the hair is blonde, laser works least well on the face (apparently) and, the clincher for me, I'd have to shave shock to have it done.

So I've decided to make an effort in another way and just wondered if anyone had any advice.

I have been bleaching for years so any advice on waxing or threading? Anyone had this done and happy with results? Ideas regarding time between appointments or any drawbacks I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance for any help

Arisbottle Sun 03-Mar-13 16:49:18

I get mine threaded, it is a ittle unsettling when she offers to do my chin as well.

CatelynStark Sun 03-Mar-13 16:49:59

I've not tried threading but my daughter did a couple of weeks ago and burst into tears as it was so painful. Personally, I use one of those little buzzy razor wand thingys - about every month or so when I remember

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 16:51:15

Thank-you!

Does it get rid of all of it? And what is the regrowth like? I think that's what has put me off doing anything before but I am sure times must have changed!

Guntie Sun 03-Mar-13 16:54:08

I think threading is great for areas like the eyebrow where it really matters that they get individual hairs to give the brow a perfectly polished look. In my opinion I would wax the upper lip as you do not need the same precision level as with a brow and it is much fast and much less painful than threading!

Good Luck

Guntie Sun 03-Mar-13 16:54:32

*much faster..

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 16:55:56

Post threading or waxing (I can't believe I don't really know this!) does it grow back a little "spiky" IYSWIM?

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 16:56:21

And thanks for replies btw!

Arisbottle Sun 03-Mar-13 17:08:55

I think that is a fair point Guntie, I get mine done at the same time as my eyebrows. I don't find threading that painful.

I find threading ok. Not too painful. You could take painkillers half an hour before. I prefer threading to waxing. Not sure why!

carrie74 Sun 03-Mar-13 17:49:02

Waxing here. Re growth is soft and not v noticeable. Definitely not stubbly.

notapizzaeater Sun 03-Mar-13 17:49:26

I threaded my top lip myself a couple of weeks ago, watched a you tube video and off I went ! Wasnt bad at all and I will do it again when it regrows. Would never do my eyebrows too much margin or error but decided what was the worse I could do on my lip .....

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 18:32:23

Threaded your own top lip - kudos notapizzaeater (although kudos taken back for not eating pizza! What is WRONG with you??!!?)

Thanks for replies - nice to have some reassurance with regards regrowth!

x

FoxyRevenger Sun 03-Mar-13 18:38:34

I pluck! Seriously, Tweezerman tweezers and a X12 magnifying mirror. I find waxing means you see hairs starting to come through again fairly quickly, tweezing I do in a minute every day after a shower.

NB; the first time you see how hairy you are in a magnified mirror you will scream in horror and spend approximately 11 hours removing every tiny blonde hair in sight.

Walnutcakelover Sun 03-Mar-13 18:47:33

Love Threading, so relaxing smile I actually look forward to getting my eyebrows and upper lip done.

Arisbottle Sun 03-Mar-13 18:49:34

I am trying to work out how you thread your own lip, as my therapist has the thread in her mouth.

notapizzaeater Sun 03-Mar-13 18:53:48

Was really really easy - just made a sort of cats cradle thing with cotton, twisted it a few times and placed on lip and opened fingers ! Honest just watch you tube .......

( easy not to eat pizza - son is coeliac and doesnt really like the gf ones ! And I won't eat normal ones in front of him)

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 18:58:59

Hmmm, plucking sounds interesting...

Thanks again all and sorry pizza is off the menu sad and esp that GF ones are rubbish!

SequinsOfEvents Sun 03-Mar-13 19:02:25

Incidentally, one look in the afore mentioned x12 magnification mirror and I can only imagine the beauty regime that would suddenly become necessary to simply get out the front door! grin

armagh Sun 03-Mar-13 19:02:50

Do not under any circumstances wax if you use retinol cream on the upper lip area. Dsis did and was scarred for days!

Tweet2tweet Sun 03-Mar-13 19:11:55

I go for electrolysis. That way it will eventually be permanent. I have light hair on top lip too but odd one is a but darker. So far do good!

Walnutcakelover Sun 03-Mar-13 19:22:52

armagh can you thread whilst using retin a? what happened to your sis? was it a burn scar?

armagh Sun 03-Mar-13 22:56:28

A burn scar i'd say.

armagh Sun 03-Mar-13 22:57:25

She got waxing not threading so i don't know about that.

anneriordan Sun 03-Mar-13 23:51:54

Always interested to see that on these threads and similar on other sites. no-one says depilatory cream? that's what I use, works fine, is thinning my mostly-blonde, furry not wiry, moustache gradually too. There is a funny thing the next day when the serious bastard hairs on my chin poke through but they are easy to tweezer out. No doubt there was a big story that I missed about not Veeting (I am old enough to think "Immacing" every time) because it makes you grow horns or some such but worth a try?

Skyebluesapphire Sun 03-Mar-13 23:58:17

my friend/neighbour is a beautician and she waxes my eyebrows, top lip and chin for me. I have been doing this for the past 12 months since turning 40 and since XH left, not that he left coz I have a 'tache I just felt like I had a dark shadow and I feel better for getting it done.

I still get the odd wiry black hair that needs plucking though (on my chin)

waxing doesnt hurt much once you are used to it

FizzyWine Mon 04-Mar-13 00:12:25

I pluck too! although I never even thought I needed to until I looked in one of those big lit up magnifying mirrors, scary!

SequinsOfEvents Mon 04-Mar-13 02:44:53

All great replies - thanks

My biggest worry (as I'm sure is obvious!) is stubbly / spiky hair as re growth and forever regretting I ever touched it! Seems that isn't a problem with any method.

To the poster doing the electrolysis, how is the re growth post shaving?

daimbardiva Mon 04-Mar-13 19:02:58

I use depilatory cream too on my upper lip, simple, quick, effective and cheap. Regrowth is fine too. I just pluck rogue chin hairs, v satisfying. I always get my eyebrows done professionally - waxed. Tried threading once and it made me cry it was so painful. I suspect the therapist may have been rubbish as I've given birth twice with no pain relief!

valiumredhead Tue 05-Mar-13 08:40:33

I am sick of keeping up with my facial hair - I can't wax or use cream as my skin is too sensitive - I have just ordered a Lady shave grin

holidaysrcoming Tue 05-Mar-13 12:07:25

sequin i'm afraid that i am a cautionary tale - i waxed under my chin and the fine hairs have been replaced by dark thicker regrowth. Wish i'd never started. I too bleach, and would rather have a blonde fine tache than a stubbly dark one. i honestly believe my facial hair is caused by hormones and nothing will kill it - i have threaded, had electrolysis for years, laser twice and it just comes back, or is coming back in a different place.

I know others have had success but I think we all have differing level of male hormones. I clearly am half male/gorilla - joy.

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