Discover the ultimate guide to facial hair removal for women in Singapore. From traditional methods to cutting-edge technology, we explore 10 effective ways to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. Dive in to find the best solution tailored to your needs.

10 Ways to Remove Facial Hair for Women

TL;DR Summary

  • Tweezing Precision: Ideal for targeting individual hairs, though may cause irritation.
  • Shaving Simplicity: Quick, easy, but results in temporary smoothness.
  • Waxing for Endurance: Longer-lasting smoothness, yet comes with pain and potential redness.
  • Depilatory Creams: Chemical magic that requires patch testing to avoid irritation.
  • Threading Accuracy: Best for eyebrows, offers precision but can be uncomfortable.
  • Laser Longevity: Offers durable results, albeit with a higher cost and multiple sessions.
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Benefits of Hair Removal


I have talked to many young women in Singapore, particularly those in their 20s and 30s, who want to find safe and effective ways to handle facial hair. It’s a common concern, and the desire for a clear, smooth complexion is universal.

Facial hair removal is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about how it makes you feel – confident and comfortable in your own skin.

In this article, I will share 10 different ways to remove facial hair, drawing from my professional experience and the latest research in the field.

Tweezing can be done at home with a pair of tweezers, making it a convenient and inexpensive hair removal option

1. Tweezing

Over my years in the aesthetics industry, both here in Singapore and previously in Australia, I’ve seen my fair share of tweezing mishaps. It’s so easy to get a little too pluck-happy and end up with sparse or uneven brows. Trust me, we’ve all been there!

The key is to go slowly and use the right tools. Invest in a quality pair of slanted tweezers with sharp tips. This will allow you to grab even the finest hairs with precision. I also recommend tweezing after a warm shower when your pores are open and the hairs come out more easily.

When shaping your brows, use your natural arch as a guide. Pluck the strays that fall outside that shape, but avoid the temptation to overdo it. Remember, you can always remove more later, but you can’t stick the hairs back on once they’re gone! Step back from the mirror frequently to check the overall effect.

If you do accidentally over pluck, don’t panic. Put the tweezers down and let your brows recover for a few weeks. In the meantime, you can use a brow pencil or powder to fill in any gaps. With a little TLC, they’ll be back to their full, fabulous selves in no time.

Shaving is a common daily ritual for many people, but it may come with some unwelcome side effects. Skin darkening, or hyperpigmentation, is a common consequence of shaving that can be unsightly.

2. Shaving

Shaving is one of the most popular hair removal techniques because it’s quick, easy, and inexpensive. You can shave virtually any part of your body, from your legs and underarms to your bikini area and face. However, improper shaving techniques can lead to skin irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs.

To get a close, comfortable shave, always start with clean, wet skin. I recommend shaving after a warm shower, as the steam will soften your hair and open up your pores. Apply a generous amount of shaving cream or gel to lubricate your skin and help the razor glide smoothly.

When you’re ready to shave, use a sharp, clean razor and shave in the direction of hair growth. Going against the grain may give you a closer shave, but it also increases the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs. Rinse your razor after every stroke to prevent build-up and ensure a clean cut.

After shaving, rinse your skin with cool water to soothe any irritation and pat dry gently with a clean towel. Apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and supple. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, look for products containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid to help exfoliate and prevent those pesky bumps.

One of the things you should not do before your laser hair removal session is to use other hair removal methods that affect the hair root. These include waxing, plucking, or electrolysis, which are common ways to get rid of unwanted hair.

3. Waxing

One of the biggest mistakes I see is improper skin preparation. Before waxing, always make sure the skin is clean and dry. Apply a pre-wax oil or powder to create a barrier between the skin and the wax. This helps the wax adhere to the hair, not the skin, reducing the risk of irritation and pain.

Another common mistake is using the wrong type of wax for the area being treated. Hard wax is best for sensitive areas like the face, underarms, and bikini area. Soft wax is better suited for larger areas like the legs and arms. Using the wrong wax can lead to breakage, ingrown hairs, and unnecessary discomfort.

Technique is everything when it comes to waxing. Always apply the wax in the direction of hair growth and remove it in the opposite direction. This ensures that the hair is removed from the root, reducing the risk of breakage and ingrown hairs. Work in small sections and keep the skin taut to minimize pain and get the best results.

Depilatory creams are a cheap and easy to use method of hair removal. They can be used on the entire body, including the face

4. Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal creams, also known as depilatories, can be a great alternative to shaving or waxing for those looking for a quick, painless way to remove unwanted hair at home.

Hair removal creams work by breaking down the keratin structure of the hair, essentially dissolving it at the surface of the skin. The active ingredients, like calcium thioglycolate and potassium thioglycolate, work to weaken the hair, so it can be easily wiped away, leaving the skin smooth.

One of the main advantages of hair removal creams compared to shaving is that they don’t cause nicks, cuts or razor burn. The results also tend to last a bit longer, since the hair is dissolved rather than just cut at the surface. However, it’s important to note that depilatories don’t provide permanent hair removal like laser treatments or electrolysis.

When using hair removal creams, always start with a patch test to ensure your skin won’t react negatively to the ingredients. Apply a thick, even layer over the hair and leave on only for the amount of time specified in the instructions – usually between 3–10 minutes depending on the formula and area being treated. Remove the cream with a damp cloth or spatula and rinse the skin thoroughly.

5. Threading

One of the biggest advantages of threading is its precision. It allows the threader to shape brows hair by hair, creating clean, defined lines. This makes it an excellent choice for eyebrows, as you can achieve the exact arch and thickness you desire. It’s also great for removing peach fuzz on the face without the risk of harsh chemicals or skin irritation.

Unlike waxing, threading doesn’t remove a layer of skin, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin. There are no products applied to the skin, so there’s less risk of allergic reaction. Many of my clients who break out from waxing find that threading allows them to remove facial hair without the bumps and irritation.

The results from threading also tend to last longer than other methods like shaving or depilatory creams. Because it removes the hair from the root, you can expect smoother skin for 2–5 weeks. And over time, the hair often grows back finer and sparser.

Laser hair removal is a super cool and advanced way to get rid of unwanted hair for a really long time. Imagine a special light, called a laser, that zooms in on the tiny root of your hair, which is known as the hair follicle. When the laser hits the follicle, it makes it really hard for the hair to grow back again. So, you get smooth skin that lasts!

6. Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle with concentrated light energy. This energy is absorbed by the follicle, damaging it and preventing future hair growth. Unlike other hair removal methods like shaving or waxing, laser treatments can provide long-lasting reduction of unwanted hair.

One of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal is the precision it offers. The laser can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. This makes it a great option for treating smaller areas like the upper lip, chin, or underarms.

Most people need a series of treatments to see optimal results, as the laser is most effective on hair that’s in the active growth phase. Treatments are typically spaced 4–8 weeks apart, depending on the area being treated. While some people may see permanent hair reduction, touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain results.

7. Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal. It works by inserting a very fine needle into each hair follicle and delivering a small electrical current. This current destroys the hair growth cells, preventing future hair from developing in that follicle.

One of the biggest advantages of electrolysis is that it can be used on any skin or hair type. Whether you have light or dark hair, fair or deep skin tones, electrolysis can be an effective solution. It’s also precise enough to target even the finest hairs, like those on the face or bikini area.

It’s important to understand that electrolysis is a gradual process. Hair grows in cycles, so multiple treatments are needed to catch each hair in the active growth phase. The total number of sessions depends on the size and location of the treatment area, as well as your individual hair type and growth patterns.

IPL may not be as effective on certain hair colors, such as white or gray hair

8. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. Unlike laser hair removal, which uses a single wavelength, IPL can treat a larger area of skin in a shorter time.

One of the biggest advantages of IPL is the long-term hair reduction it provides. With consistent treatments, many of my clients at Wellaholic have seen a significant decrease in hair growth. Research suggests IPL can reduce hair by up to 70-80% after the recommended treament course

9. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation technique that uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells and fine facial hair, often called “peach fuzz.” It’s a great option for those looking to brighten their complexion, even out skin texture, and create a smooth canvas for makeup application.

One of the biggest advantages of dermaplaning is that it’s suitable for most skin types, even those with sensitive skin. Unlike some chemical exfoliants or abrasive scrubs, dermaplaning is a gentle way to remove buildup without causing irritation. It can also help your skincare products penetrate more effectively, as they don’t have to work through that barrier of dead skin and peach fuzz.
However, it’s important to note that dermaplaning isn’t for everyone. If you have active acne, rosacea, or very sensitive skin, you may want to avoid this treatment as it could potentially aggravate these conditions.

10. Prescription Medications

Eflornithine is the first and only FDA-approved topical prescription medication for reducing unwanted facial hair in women. It works by blocking an enzyme called ornithine decarboxylase, which is necessary for hair growth. By inhibiting this enzyme, eflornithine slows down the rate of hair growth, making the hair finer and lighter over time.

It’s important to note that eflornithine is not a hair removal cream. You’ll still need to use your regular hair removal methods like shaving, waxing, or plucking in conjunction with the medication. The cream is applied twice daily, at least 8 hours apart, to clean, dry skin on the face and under the chin.
In clinical studies, eflornithine cream was shown to significantly reduce unwanted facial hair compared to a placebo after 24 weeks of us

. However, it’s not a quick fix – it can take 4-8 weeks of consistent use to start seeing results. And once you stop using the cream, hair growth will gradually return to how it was before treatment.


Facial hair removal is a personal choice, and what works for one person may not be suitable for another. The key is to find a method that aligns with your skin type, pain tolerance, and lifestyle. Here at Wellaholic, we offer a range of advanced skincare treatments, including laser hair removal, to help you achieve your beauty goals in Singapore. Remember, the journey to smooth, hair-free skin is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time to explore your options and consult professionals to make an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: How often should I undergo laser hair removal at Wellaholic?

A1: The frequency of laser hair removal sessions varies depending on the individual and the area being treated. Generally, we recommend a session every 4-6 weeks for optimal results in Singapore.

Q2: Are there any side effects to using hair removal creams?

A2: While hair removal creams are generally safe, they can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. We advise performing a patch test before full application.

Q3: Is electrolysis suitable for all skin types?

A3: Yes, electrolysis is suitable for all skin types and colors. It’s the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal, making it a reliable option for women in Singapore.

Q4: How does IPL differ from laser hair removal?

A4: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses a broader spectrum of light, making it less precise but generally quicker and less painful than laser hair removal. Check our guide to understand the differences.

Q5: Can men also benefit from these facial hair removal methods?

A5: Absolutely, men can also benefit from most of these facial hair removal methods. Read our hair removal for males guide to find out more.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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