bleaching your facial hair

To Do Or NOT To Do? Your Guide To Bleaching Facial Hair!

Priyanka Ghura

Beauty Editor

Ladies, facial hair is a problem most of us Indian girls deal with and we all know how annoying it can be. If you don’t want to wax your face (remember, it can cause wrinkles!) and don’t want to spend absurd amounts of money on laser hair removal, bleaching is a great alternative. It’s quick, cost-effective and can be done at home. Plus, it can bring a glow to your face. So, we give you the ultimate guide to bleaching your facial hair; follow these tips to ensure you don’t cause skin irritation and to make sure your facial hair doesn’t turn that weird shade of orange blonde! Don’t worry, we help make sure it looks super natural.

A Few Important Things To Keep In Mind Before You Bleach

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1. Be wary of your products. Please use trusted over-the-counter products. Some good quality brands for bleaching your face are Fem, Jolene, Oxy Bleach, Sally Hansen and Oxy Glow.

2. Look at the formula. Most brands come with different types designed for your skin tone or type. Please ensure to pick one for sensitive skin if you need.

3. ALWAYS do a patch test. Apply a small patch on your arm or leg before applying it to your face to make sure your skin doesn’t react to it. You don’t want to end up with a terrible rash on your face. This way you can be sure that the bleach suits your skin.

4. Apply it externally only. Don’t get it inside your eyes, nose or ears.

5. Avoid irritation. Be careful not to apply bleach on irritated skin as well as on warts, moles and abrasions.

6. It WILL tingle. Your face will tingle when you have bleach on and we’re not going to lie – it doesn’t feel very pleasant, but it just means it’s working. If it does tingle and burn a lot, though, wash it off immediately.

How To Bleach Your Face – The Process

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Before you begin, make sure to tie all your hair away from your face and wear a headband – you don’t want to accidentally bleach any of your strands, right?! Also, prep your skin by making sure it’s cleansed well.

Step 1: Read the instructions and mix up the powder and cream with the spatula provided. (Though you may find it easier to use a bowl and your fingers.)

Step 2: Now apply the mixture on your face with the spatula or your fingers. It should be applied evenly ALL over your face (except around the eyes) and not just on the patches with hair – this will ensure an even skin tone. (Be careful not to get any on your eyebrows!)

Step 3: Once you have applied it, don’t rub it. Leave it on for anywhere between 8 to 15 minutes. This depends on your skin tone. To be safe, I would suggest to leave it on for anything between 10 to 12 minutes to prevent your hair from getting too processed and turning super blonde or orange. It’s smart to remove a small patch after about 8 minutes to check and then determine how much longer you want to keep it on.

Step 4: Dip cotton balls in cool water and gently wipe the bleach from your face. Once you have wiped it all off, splash your face thoroughly with cool water.

Step 5: Pat dry. If your skin is sensitive or prone to acne, you should run a cube of ice across your face to soothe it and avoid redness. Finish off with a fragrance-free moisturizer.

We told you it was easy!

After Care

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1. Stay sun safe. Do not step out in the sun after you’ve bleached. It’s safer to bleach after sunset to avoid pigmentation. Also, once you have bleached, you need to be even more careful about sun exposure and be meticulous when it comes to SPF-protection. Don’t compromise on the sunscreen!

2. Bleach regularly. Your hair may start darkening within a few weeks, so make sure to stock up on your bleach. Repeat the process every 3 to 4 weeks and keep checking to see if you can rinse it off when you have it on. You don’t want to over process your skin and hair, after all!

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Published on Apr 01, 2016
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