Taking care of your granny whiskers

Dear Home-Ec 101,

Ok, so I don’t know if I’ve just noticed it, or if it is getting darker (is this what aging does to you?!?), but suddenly, I’m noticing fine but dark hair growing on my face. What do I do?! I don’t want to nair it, because that upsets my skin. Can I use peroxide to lighten it or what? Ack!


Ms. Kong

WinkIvy says:

Ah, the curse of the granny hairs. My mom Someone I know gets them and she totally freaks out about it. Since you said there are several fine hairs, I probably wouldn’t go the tweezers route, as my mom someone I know does.

Fortunately, your girl Ivy is all about dying things on her face (my eyebrows, people! when my hair’s blonde! sheesh!) so I have quite a bit of experience in this. What you need to get is a creme facial bleach. Usually you mix up small bits with the bleach activator and the bleach crystals on a saucer (no metal!!) and then apply to your face and wait the amount of time the package recommends. I’ve always had this work really well on my dark-as-night eyebrows, so I expect it would also work well on your granny hair, too.

You could also try waxing it, but I’m not a huge fan of waxing anything other than eyebrows and legs, heh.

Just as a side note, dark facial hair suddenly cropping up can sometimes mean a hormonal imbalance, so be sure to mention it to your doctor next time you go for a check-up.

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