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How To Pluck Facial Hair


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We tell you how to pluck facial hair whether you have a few or alot to remove. The tips you need to know on how to grab it easily, feel less pain and have longer lasting results.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 - 25 minutes to pluck facial hair

Here's How:

  1. Buy a good pair of tweezers. If your tweezers are sliding off it's going to take you a lot more time to get the job done. Worse, if they're breaking hair above or below skin's surface instead of removing it from the root, then the hair is going to show up days later instead of weeks. My pick: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (compare prices).
  2. Pull or pin-back hair. You want to see your face clearly, so you can get the best results.

  3. Wash face with warm water. You want skin nice and clean, and warm water helps relax skin and hair follicle for easier removal. If you haven't exfoliated recently, now is a good time to do that so there isn't a build up of dead skin cells around hair. Wipe off and pat dry to remove moisture.

  4. Tweeze hair. Standing in front of a mirror with good lighting hold skin taut with free hand, grab onto hair as close as you can near the skin and remove it in the direction that it grows.
  5. Keep going. Begin with only the thick, dark hair first and see if that does the job.
  6. Fine tune. If the finer hairs are still bothering you then remove them too in the same way. If you're having a hard time seeing them, apply a little baby powder to area and the hair will be more noticeable. While working, dust off any hair with towel to keep the place you're plucking clean and clear.
  7. Soothe skin. When finished and skin is red or irritated, you can apply an aloe-based lotion or gel with a cotton square.


  1. Don’t dig tweezers into skin to grab really short hairs. Wait until it grows out in a couple days for removal.
  2. By gently holding skin taut with your free hand while tweezing, means less tugging and pain on the skin.
  3. If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray (compare prices) to a cotton swab and then to facial area. Make sure not to get near eyes!
  4. Learn more about other hair removal methods: How To Remove Facial Hair.

What You Need

  • A good pair of tweezers
  • A mirror
  • Aloe based-lotion or gel (optional)
  • Baby powder (optional)
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