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Bleaching Body & Facial Hair 101

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Bleaching body and facial hair doesn't take the hair away, but can make it appear less noticeable because it lightens the color of hair to a light shade of blonde. Results last anywhere from 2- 6 weeks.

How Does it Work?

The bleach is applied over hair and left on about 10 minutes, and takes out the pigment (color) of the hair. It's then removed with cool water. While similar ingredients (like hydrogen peroxide) are used for bleaching hair on the head, the specific formulation used on the face and body is gentler.

The Pros
 

  1. It's fast, easy, and without a lot of risks. Bleaching creme can be found at any drug store fairly cheap, and you can bleach right in your own home. Large areas of hair can be bleached at the same time, with the entire process only taking minutes from start to finish. You don't risk a lot pain or getting ingrown hairs, since you aren't removing the hair follicle.
     
The Cons
 
  1. Bleaching facial and body hair doesn't give you a smooth and hairless surface. These are the main reasons people want to rid hair. Even though hair is lighter, it still may be noticeable, especially if you are standing in the sun or a bright room.
     
  2. Not all hair or skin types can benefit. Don't count on bleaching disguising long or thick hair- only finer ones, like on the face or arms. Bleached hair on dark or tan skin, can still stand out because of the color contrast (light hair against dark skin).
     
  3. The results aren't very long-lived. The hair above the surface is the only part of the hair follicle that has been lightened. As the hair grows, you will see the darker, natural color.
     
  4. It can temporarily lighten dark skin tones. The lighter skin tone can last for up to 3 days.
Ouch Factor

A tingling sensation while the cream is working is normal, but shouldn't be painful. A strong, burning feeling is a good indicator it's too strong for your skin, or you're allergic to a bleaching ingredient. In either of these cases, you could turn red for hours or days, and even blister.

Bleaching Body and Facial Hair Costs

A bleaching kit (compare bleaching body and facial hair prices) is about $4 - $8. Depending on how large of an area you bleach, a tube could last just a few or many applications.
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