Dealing with hairs on your upper lip. What's best?

(46 Posts)
Madratlady Tue 30-Apr-13 18:25:40

I have quite a few hairs on my upper lip, mostly light but a few dark which I bleach. I want rid altogether though because it makes me self conscious. What's the best and most permanent method of hair removal for that area? Wax? Laser? Something else?

I use an epistick. It costs about £2-3 from ebay.

It pulls out the hairs like plucking but it's quicker IMO.

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monsterchild Tue 30-Apr-13 18:55:26

I have been studiously ignoring mine, but they haven't left yet. I am curious to see if other methods are better!

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Tottyandmarchpane Tue 30-Apr-13 18:59:37

Threading - amazing. Disappears for ages. Great for eyebrow shape too.

VivClicquot Tue 30-Apr-13 19:03:50

Threading. Always threading.

BastardDog Tue 30-Apr-13 19:07:46

I wax.

wankerchief Tue 30-Apr-13 19:13:18

I get my tash threaded. I am greek and hairy if i didnt id have a full on tash and beard

Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 20:23:56

Phillips lumea absolutely brilliant!

missnevermind Tue 30-Apr-13 20:41:50

Oohh I have an epistick. I have used it for years. But never knew what it was called.

blibblibs Tue 30-Apr-13 20:48:43

I bought an epistick after another thread on here - it was without a doubt the most painful thing I've ever used on my top lip.

Laser was good but not permanent so now I just use sensitive Nair removal cream. Found that the best after trying most on the market.

Corygal Tue 30-Apr-13 21:15:27

Epilate - fast, cheap - or threading.

LifeofPo Tue 30-Apr-13 21:16:27

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LifeofPo Tue 30-Apr-13 21:21:37

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verygentlydoesit Tue 30-Apr-13 21:23:52

Used to get mine waxed at salon. Now I do it myself, quick, painful for a nanosecond and easy.

I find it best to do it in small sections as its not a good idea to recover areas as that can cause soreness.

kingbeat23 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:28:33

Wax or threading. DO NOT PLUCK! I got in the habit of plucking and now look like Tom selleck but it all grows at random times. I've taken to bleaching until its the same length and then thread again!

Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 21:29:55

I have the latest one (I think) that has the attachment for using on the face.

IPL - halfway through a course of 6 right now and the difference is amazing. Wish I'd done it sooner. Still a few stragglers here and there, but for the most part the full Freddie Mercury has gone grin

boodles Tue 30-Apr-13 23:03:31

Home waxers, what wax do you use?

ScienceRocks Tue 30-Apr-13 23:09:13

Do you have to shave before using the Lumea? And can you use the old Lumea?

zipzap Tue 30-Apr-13 23:23:18

The episticks - if I am brave enough to try them after MissNeverMind's post - are they all pretty much of a muchness on ebay or is it worth paying a bit more for one from the UK or that says it is a particular brand?

And how long do they last when you are using them? Do they wear out or break in a month or two, or are they something like combs or hairbrushes that seem to go on for a long time and then you suddenly realise that they've started to lose the odd tooth/prong and it's time for a new one. and they no longer make the only one you really like for your hair and they all seem to have doubled in price since you last bought one

You can thread your upper lip yourself - there are some videos on youtube. It's really easy.

I wouldn't do my eyebrows in case I got the wrong bit and messed up the shape (although I have tidied them up a bit with threading) but hey, any hair around my lip needs to be gone!

clattypatty Tue 30-Apr-13 23:28:31

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ItsAllTLAsToMe Tue 30-Apr-13 23:35:48

OMG, I can tell just by looking at a picture that epipens are painful beyond belief.

Bluebell99 Wed 01-May-13 07:32:23

how does threading work then? howis it different to waxing or plucking? whenever I have seen threading in a deoartmrnt store, it always seems to be on full view to everyone, no privacy.

Episticks don't hurt more than plucking in my experience. You get used it, like epilating. Just do it in good light, like any other way to remove hair I guess. It's very clear not to use them on your eyebrows though.

I've only bought the cheapo ones from China and haven't had a problem. The first one I bought lasted 2 years and started to have gaps, so bought another one for £1.99. It's been fine. So I can't comment on a particular brand.

I've had the upper lip threaded before but found it hurt much more than the eyebrows.
You can try threading at home, look on youtube, it's quite easy but it's easier if someone else can do it.

Threading pulls out the hair with a piece of cotton. It's quicker in theory and can shape your eyebrows nicely.

carrie74 Wed 01-May-13 13:16:25

I have mine waxed at a salon at the same time as my brows, legs, bikini. This is a relatively new idea to me (tache waxing), and I feel like it's something my mother should have taught me. It is phenomenally painful though, so v pleased not to have to do it myself, and that it's over v v quickly (and my beautician gives me a tissue to mop up my tears blush).

WildlingPrincess Wed 01-May-13 13:21:35

I have this problem sad I may get one of those epistick things. The problem is my full beard and hairy cheeks. Where do I stop? Can I do my whole face? Is that crazy?

phantomhairpuller Wed 01-May-13 13:33:46

Clatty, yes I did this time. Never had the problem before and always get threaded at the same place. Weird! wink

NeverBeenToMe Wed 01-May-13 13:42:13

I noticed this morning I have increasingly furry descending side burns! This maintenance malarkey as I get older is ridiculous!

If the hair is fine, then bleaching it might be better?

BornToFolk Wed 01-May-13 13:48:39

I love my Epistick! It does hurt like a bastard the first time you use it but you do get used to it. I've found that it's best to use it little and often, every other day is probably best.

I got the cheapest possible from ebay and it's been going strong for about a year now.

blondebubble Wed 01-May-13 13:52:26

An epistick is worth getting - cost less than £3 on ebay and does the job. It is a bit painful but you get used to it. I find after the first initial hit (which is a bit toe curling) all that is need is a quite run over every couple of days - takes seconds.

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 14:02:18

Which one actually hurts the least?
I had a few zapped with electrolysis and Never Again.

missnevermind Thu 02-May-13 14:26:20

I am still using the same epistick I bought 3 years ago. I might invest in a new one to put away now I know what I am looking for. It was only a cheapie off eBay.
Princess I do all round my face with mine. Including the peach fuzz which is starting to appear round the sides.
I didn't know you were not supposed to do your eyebrows. I always do the middle of mine.

I use it for about a min every other day once everything is looking as it should.

kingbeat23 Thu 02-May-13 22:01:43

Spoke to a therapist today about bleaching. She said to use factor 30 on the top lip as the sun will activate it a bit more. Or something like that wink

VenusRising Thu 02-May-13 22:21:10

Threading. Just get a 10 inch length of common sewing thread, tie a knot in it and twist it, and run the twist back and forwards over your lip, by opening your hands- a bit like cats' cradle.

It's brilliant for getting rid of all the little fine hairs, and excellent for eyebrows.

There are some excellent YouTube tutorials.

wreckitralph Fri 03-May-13 04:06:15

I thread my upper lip, but I do not thread my eyebrows anymore. I used to do it all the time but I found that the therapist always took too much off and in the end I was left with gaps in my eyebrows - think rapper slash on one eyebrow. I have since decided to grow them back and do it myself with tweezers and I have been using rapid brow with FAB results.
I have been looking at my friends eye brows recently and most of them (in their 40's) don't have any or have really patchy ones. It's really ageing. If you are young please don't pluck them too much. Lisa Eldridge agrees with me wink

As for my lip, I usually just use a little bit of Immac removal cream. On for 3 mins, then it's gone. I did have IPL but it is lots of money for not a very good result.

Salbertina Fri 03-May-13 13:59:01

So you thread and immac your upper lip? Am a fan of threading but use epipen on myself, isnt self-threading v hard?

mrspaddy Fri 03-May-13 14:03:22

I got mine lazer treated I found it ok but not permanent at all and very expensive. Last time I got it waxed and this seems to be lasting. I have few horrible ones on chin I absolutely hate so tweeze.

Madratlady Fri 03-May-13 17:58:06

I think I'll try waxing. How long do you find it lasts compared to threading though?

MissPB Fri 03-May-13 20:30:59

I tend to use Parissa hot wax - lovely little metal tub that you heat up on the stove, then it cools a little and it works brilliantly. I have never been able to get on with wax strips sad

WildlingPrincess Fri 03-May-13 20:33:18

Thanks Miss [smile[

wreckitralph Sat 04-May-13 01:06:20

I thread if I have time to go to the salon. Otherwise I use Immac.

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