Women--have you or have you thought about shaving your face...?
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:54:34 PM
Dang getting old is not a box of chocolates...
The last year or two, I have been getting super-fine baby hair all around my hairline...Luckily, it is such a light pale blond-blond that it is not really noticeable unless you are super-close or looking for it. But it is still there and it bugs me.

I have seen videos on YT of girls/women shaving heir faces, here is one.

I know she/they claim that the hair does not grow back heavier/thicker/coarser, but to me it seems it would, no...?

Thoughts...? yay or nay...?


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:06:06 PM
I've always thought that it would grow back thicker/coarser etc. I'm not sure if that's an accurate assumption.

I guess I would rather be safe than sorry and if I wanted to get rid of focial hair like that, I would wax.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:11:24 PM
I use one of those little electric ones. I know lots of peas will freak out at the suggestion because hair will grow back looking thicker, stubble, etc but all I can say is that hasn't been my experience.

I have dark hair but it's fine not coarse and this works great- fast, easy, painless. I have super sensitive skin so any form of waxing, depilatory, etc is a disaster- bumps, redness and irritation that are way more noticeable than the hair ever was! I'm glad the electric shaver works for me because it was about the only option left.

It seems to me that it totally depends on the type of hair and it's not for everyone, but works perfect for me.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:12:50 PM
I have one of those small face trimmers for the white blonde fuzz on my cheeks, have used it for years. Does NOT grow back thicker or darker, that is an old wives tale. I cannot wax, my face is way too sensitive for that or any creams, etc.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:30:04 PM
I use Smooth Away for stray hairs (and plucking). It's one of those "As Seen on TV" products that actually works really well!

To avoid getting ingrown hairs, I use a daily exfoliating wash.




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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:32:52 PM
I have my entire face waxed (brows threaded) every 3-4 weeks.




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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:36:11 PM
I get a handful of random hairs on my chin and I pluck those when they become noticeable to me.

The thought of just shaving and being done with it does appeal to me from time to time, though!!



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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:48:48 PM
If I thought I had enough hair on my face to shave, I would have it waxed. I hate shaving my legs, I would hate to add shaving my face to my daily regime. With waxing you wouldn't have to worry about except for 1x every month or so.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:50:50 PM
I remember Caroline Manzo (Housewife of NJ) said she shaves her face and didn't have any course hair regrowth issues. I was always curious but too scared to try.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:58:52 PM
I wouldn't shave... I've seen a lady, who obviously shaved her face and you could see the course stubble badly.

I'd find another way!








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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:36:30 PM
I wax my face so it stays away longer. The combination of genetics and high amounts of prednisone have made me self conscious so I take care of the issue that way.

The hair doesn't grow back thicker or more because hair grows in cycles. I may be wrong but some cycles have more hair growing than others so it can seem there is more. If you shave, the end of the hair will be blunt which also makes it seem thicker when it's growing back. The only reason hair will look darker is because it hasn't been exposed to the sun like your previous hair.

I'm pretty sure I read that hair is genetically programmed with it's attributes so cutting it doesn't change that. Consider that bald men would be shaving their balding areas to retain and increase growth if that's how it worked.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:41:57 PM
Heck no! I wax those suckers!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:07:30 PM

I've always thought that it would grow back thicker/coarser etc.


I can't believe that people still think this. If it was true, men would shave their heads as a cure for baldness! Hair outside of the follicle is dead. You are not going to add hair follicles or change their diameter by shaving.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:10:30 PM

I use one of those little electric ones. I know lots of peas will freak out at the suggestion because hair will grow back looking thicker, stubble, etc but all I can say is that hasn't been my experience.

I have dark hair but it's fine not coarse and this works great- fast, easy, painless. I have super sensitive skin so any form of waxing, depilatory, etc is a disaster- bumps, redness and irritation that are way more noticeable than the hair ever was! I'm glad the electric shaver works for me because it was about the only option left.

It seems to me that it totally depends on the type of hair and it's not for everyone, but works perfect for me.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:20:41 PM
I've had my face threaded at one of those nail salon places. It hurts like you know what but my face feels like porcelain after.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:42:40 PM
I would use hair removal creams for the face.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:45:16 PM
I work with a woman who gets her ENTIRE face waxed!
She went through meanopause and she started growing a thick fuzz all over her face. So, she takes care of it that way.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:56:39 PM
I can honestly say from personal experience that those hairs get coarse when they feel like it and not because you shave them. I started getting coarse facial hairs in my early 20s and I had never shaved my face. I had 6 sessions of laser hair removal (over a 5-month span), which they warn you ahead of time might not work at all. It worked for about 18 months. And actually, new coarse hairs were growing in all the time. You can google that if you want to understand why, but basically the hormones are always turning on new follicles and those follicles haven't been lasered. If you had plenty of funds, you could just keep going and it would help.

But! You didn't ask about lasers! Shave it if you want to. That's what I do and it stats pretty smooth. I can feel the stubble at the end of a day or two and I shave again. The fine hairs you have will stay fine until they get coarse, but that's from those blasted hormones, not shaving.

Waxing will actually have an effect over time, because it pulls out the hair at the root and can cause scarring inside the follicle (not on the skin, but underneath what we see).

Let me know if you want to know more. If it gets rid of hair, I've tried it...and I've resigned myself to shaving and plucking.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:34:27 PM

I'm pretty sure I read that hair is genetically programmed with it's attributes so cutting it doesn't change that.


You're right. It's an old wives tale (although I wonder where it comes from).

The hair on your body is programmed by a particular gene that begins expression while you are still a developing embryo. The expression of that gene in various sequences is what determines the length, color, texture, etc. of your hair.

You are also correct in that hair grows in cycles. You are one smart cookie. I like that.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:37:42 PM
hell, I use those little trimmers on my face and it's the same as it was when I waxed it. The wax breaks me out horrible so I was told by my hair stylist years ago to try the little pencil type trimmers, she used them. I LOVE them, the only course hairs I have, are the same 3 course hairs I've had for over 10 years, the rest is downey fine blond fuzz.

I zip that clean as a babies bottom twice a week in 30 seconds using my little trimmer. Easy peasey.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:02:49 PM
No way!
I would use a dipilatory or have it waxed, but shaved facial hair IS going to come in more coarsely and the last thing I'd want is a beard!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:07:46 PM
Hair doesn't get courser from shaving. It looks like it because of the angle that the hair is cut at by the razor so it gets a blunted end that makes it look darker and thicker.

Seems like the older I get the more baby fine hairs I see on my jawline and neck. I've been trying to decide how I want to take care of it at the least expense with the best result.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:06:59 PM
No, but a friend convinced me to have my entire face threaded to remove the super-fine downy hairs because she said it made your foundation look smoother, especially if you wore mineral foundation.

BAD idea.

1.) It cost a lot.
2.) It took a long time.
3.) It hurt like hell.
4.) My face was red afterwards.
5.) It itched like crazy for a few days.

And after all of that, I never noticed a difference in how my foundation looked.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:13:57 PM
I read somewhere years ago that Marilyn Monroe had that soft downy hair all over her face which is part of the reason she photographed so beautifully. The interview I read was with a photographer who photographed her for years and said the fuzz was like a built-in soft focus lens for her face.

I don't have enough hair on my face to worry about shaving. I do get my ladystash waxed since those hairs are dark and I groom my eyebrows which, while not super-thick, do grow all over the place. If I don't take care of them I have eyebrow hairs growing far down my eyelids and far over the browline. It's sparse but widespread and requires vigilance.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:36:11 PM

1.) It cost a lot.


I only pay $16 for my entire face at an Indian salon.




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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:22:06 PM
I tell you we are cursed .It has got to be Eve's fault .I hate them bad boys .I swear I can grow them faster on my face than on my head .I use a one of the seen on TV things works ok but I hate them .


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