Although there are several methods to remove female mustache hair, waxing is the preferred method. Waxing removes facial hair for up to six weeks without the threat of embarrassing stubble or shadow. Additionally, the hair that grows back is often finer and thinner. Sugaring, the homemade version of waxing, performs virtually the same function as waxing but uses common household items, such as cotton fabric, sugar and lemon juice, rather than a professional hair-removal waxing kit.
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Cut two strips of cotton measuring 1 by 2 inches using an old T-shirt or bolt of cotton fabric. Set aside for later use. Pour 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup lemon juice into a medium saucepan. Heat on a low to medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens. Remove it from the heat, and allow it to cool.
Dust your upper lip with a light layer of baby powder. Stir the sugar wax with a wooden craft stick, and dip out a small amount using the flat edge of one side of the stick. Touch the wax to your wrist to check the temperature.
Dip out a small amount of sugar wax using the craft stick and spread the sugar wax on your upper lip, working from the center of the nose outward. Repeat for the other side. Press a cotton strip into the wax on each side of the lip. Rub the cotton strips into the wax with the pads of your fingertips.
Pull your lip taut by placing your less dominant hand onto the skin next to the area being waxed and pressing down lightly. Grasp outside corner of the cotton strip with the first finger and thumb of your dominant hand. Pull the strip back quickly against the hair growth to remove hair.
Remove excess sugar wax with a cotton ball dampened with baby oil.
- "Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology"; Milady, Diane Carol Bailey and Margrit Attenburg; 2008
- DermNet NZ: Epilation
- Food and Drug Administration: Removing Hair Safely