Upper lip hair removal in Singapore: Home and professional solutions, aftercare, tips and more

Upper lip hair removal in Singapore: Home and professional solutions, aftercare, tips and more

Fuzz (and fuss) free

Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

As a society, we tend to talk more about body hair as compared to the seemingly taboo topic of facial hair. Well, newsflash: mostly everyone has facial hair, including on our upper lip, and there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Be it fine peach fuzz or hirsutism, having strands laying atop your upper lip is a complete norm. And just like body hair removal and every other decision concerning your body, the decision to remove your upper lip hair is entirely up to you.

For those interested to de-fuzz your upper lip of hair but you're not sure how and where to start, we've got you covered. Removing hair on your delicate upper lip area is a completely different game as compared to the other parts of your body. Below, we highlight the most common ways to remove strands off your upper lip, whether it's at home or from a professional, as well as tips and tricks that you can fall back on.

Upper lip hair removal: Home treatments

The common go-to method when it comes to brow hair removal, tweezing is also one of the easiest and most affordable methods when it comes to removing upper lip hair. Make sure to use a quality pair of tweezers so as to make catching and plucking hair a breeze. However, be forewarned that this method could potentially be incredibly time-consuming, especially for those with more facial hair.

Coil hair removers
This contraception might look slightly scary and nothing you'd want near your face, but it's incredibly useful when it comes to removing facial hair. The coil removes hair quickly and effortlessly through plucking hair from the roots. It's like tweezing, but much faster with the ability to grab more hair at once. Curious to try it out yourself? Tweezerman's offering is one of the more popular ones on the market.

Hair removal creams
Hair removal creams are popular for their uncomplicated process: simply slather on the cream as per instructions on the packaging, wait for the appropriate amount of time, and thereafter wipe the cream off. However, hair removal creams can often be loaded with harsh chemicals, so for those with very sensitive skin, you might want to skip this one.

Facial epilators
We trust you've read our guide on epilators, but if you've forgotten or haven't gotten around to it, here's a quick refresh: epilators are essentially electrical devices that removes hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. For removing hair on the upper lip area, there are precise epilators specially designed to pull hair out on smaller areas. These epilators are not only built for easy manoeuvring around tricky areas of the skin, but also to catch shorter and finer hairs.

Upper lip hair removal: Temporary Professional Treatments

Another favourite go-to when it comes to taming brow hairs, threading is another effective method to rid your upper lip of its fuzz. Expect the same level of pain you experience when threading your brows, i.e. swift nips but nothing completely intolerable. However, since your upper lip area is more delicate, you might observe redness around the area after threading, which will likely last up to an hour or so. If you're in the CBD area, pop into Bonita for a quick session. Rupini's and Browhaus, with outlets around the island, are other popular alternatives offering upper lid threading.

The latest method around the block for hair removal, dermaplaning involves scraping hair off the face with a scalpel. Whilst it might sound dangerous, it's completely pain-free with little to no down time. Due to the risky nature of the treatment, it's best to not DIY this treatment at home and instead seek a professional. Another potential con is that the treatment is typically done on the entire visage, and not just the upper lip area. Since the treatment is still rather new in Singapore, relatively few clinics offer the process, with one of the few being The Clifford Clinic.

Waxing is another favoured treatment for removing unwanted peach fuzz. It's effective in keeping your upper lid area free of strands for a couple weeks or so, and depending on your pain threshold, it can be nothing less than an abrupt sting. Waxing parlours such as Strip, Honeypot and N20 all offer upper lip waxing that will set you back no more than $15.

Upper lip hair removal: Permanent Professional Treatments

If you've made the decision to rid your upper lip of hair permanently, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are painless and effectual. Places such as Beauty Room offer a non-invasive and pain-free IPL treatment, while others such as EstheClinic, use a patented MacPeel technology to ensure safe and effective upper lip hair removal for coarse dark hair and darker skin tones. If you're not a fan of IPL, you can try Short Hair Removal (SHR) treatments at places like Lush Aesthetics, where hair follicles are destroyed by low fluence repetitive laser pulses. Musee Platinum, Japan's number one hair removal salon, offers a Smooth Skin Control (SSC) hair removal treatment, where the laser hair removal is completed in a short amount of time compared to other methods, and is supposedly much gentler to the skin.


Upper lip hair removal: Tips and tricks

Ensure the upper lip area is clean
Whether you're removing your upper lip tendrils at home or with a professional, make sure that the area is clean and free of oil, dirt and makeup beforehand. This helps minimises any potential irritation causes, and hair can be removed much more effectively as well.

Dedicated for the face
Be it home or professional treatments, ensure that they're dedicated for your face and not  other body parts. For hair removal creams, wax and epilators, check that they're formulated for your face, where the skin here is more sensitive compared to the rest of the body. For professional treatments, confirm with your aesthetician that the treatment you're receiving is specifically for your face. Otherwise, things could rapidly turn awry and you could end up with skin damage.

Aftercare procedure
As aforementioned, your upper lip area is much more delicate and sensitive. Post treatment, use soothing and natural products such as calming gel creams or aloe vera to help calm and soothe the skin. If you've opted for threading or waxing treatments, aloe vera could also help tone down any potential redness.