Derf Assist List > Pluck, wax, bleach?

While menopause has been accompanied by long-awaited relief from hormonally-triggered migraines, it has brought along some unwelcome gifts. The mustache and chin hairs are going to require some attention. What works? I'm Caucasian with brown hair and eyes. The hairs, of course, are annoyingly dark but relatively fine.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnaMaria

AnaMaria - I've bleached, waxed, plucked and creamed (Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal). All methods worked well until the last few months when the hair started growing faster, so I'll be interested to see what others post.

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermartha.30004

I don't have this issue, so I'm no good for suggestions. I do know some women who used to pluck but now have to wax. Good times, this getting older.

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

Here's my regimen:
chin - pluck
lip - wax - I use GiGi microwave tweezeless wax from Sally Beauty Supply about every couple of months or when I notice it.

Much cheaper than going to a salon to get it done.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie in AZ

There will be some dissension about my recommendation, but I go to a threading salon for brows, lip and occasional chin/face hair. Works like a charm, fast, cheap ($12 - $15 with tip), and thorough. No nasty lye, no burning wax. I go once a month or so.

Some People have found threading to be painful; I have been to several different threaders, and there's a wide variation in technique. Give it a try and find a threader you like and keep going to her.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

You're right, Aunt Snow, but for the price and lack of mess, I would consider suffering the pain I felt when I had my eyebrows done!

April 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterMrs. G.

At the age of 56, I have battled mustache hair since my teens, and chin hair since my 40's. I used cream bleach on the upper lip for decades, but ten years ago I saved up my money, did my research and found the best laser clinic run by an MD in my city. I rarely have any dark hair now, but to keep up with the odd chin and lip hair, I bought a home laser unit from Costco when they offered a $100 off coupon. It paid for itself within six months by eliminating further laser appointments. I also use it to touch up my legs when fine new hairs sprout. I had coarse, dark hair (with fair skin) all my life, and I swear that spending the money on four, full leg laser treatments was the best investment I ever made. You also need to buy one of those 10X magnification mirrors. (I know, I know, it will traumatize you the first time you look into it in natural light, but it will help find those chin hairs before they even pop out!) I cannot caution enough about finding a qualified and well-recommended laser clinic, since I have several friends with horror stories about burns and wasted money. Buyer beware!

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

This is all good information. Laser hair removal worked well for one of my sisters, but that seems to work better on darker haired women. Over Easter another one of my sisters mentioned that her daughter's dermatologist said NEVER pluck -- but to shave. I'm interested to see what other Derfs think about this....

PS - you can tell this is quite the topic between my sisters and me.

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranon today

Much as I'd love to laser them all, it's not something that can squeeze into the budget. I'm currently plucking, but the little buggers are hard to see even with the magnifying mirror. Waxing the lip might be the next step. I don't think bleaching would be enough in my opinion. Oh well, there'll be plenty of time to practice!

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnaMaria

anon today

Please don't shave anything on your face - I stupidly shaved my chin one day in a hurry to get out the door and have payed for it in spades. Those 3 errant hairs turned into 25 or so hairs that now require daily maintenance. Worst. decision. ever!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHairy anon

Hairy anon - I'm glad you posted with your experience. I can't say I was 100% for that route!

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranon today