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Answer Angel: Facial hair woes

Ellen Warren, Tribune News Service on

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have a longtime, very close friend whom I don’t see often because they moved to another state. When I saw her a month ago, she had two long chin hairs plus a really fuzzy face. I saw her a week later and they were still there. How can I tactfully tell her about using a women’s facial hair remover? I think she would be embarrassed and maybe very sensitive about the subject.

— Joy I.

Dear Joy: First of all, as we age, errant facial hair in women is natural. Bummer! I’m guessing your friend has no idea that she’s got stray chin hairs — since another fact of life of the aging process is declining vision. Without a good magnifying mirror, your friend might never know she’s got an issue. So, ask yourself, if the situation was reversed, — and you had the facial hair problem — what would you want your very close friend to do? Start there. If it’s say nothing, then take your own advice. Easier said than done, I know.

Your options here are:

— Mind your own business

— Be blunt


— Make it about you (in other words, be a little deceptive)

Minor deception is the easiest way to go. You could bring up the subject of the downside of growing older: age spots, crepey skin, thinning hair, weird facial hairs. “I had some surprise facial hair and here’s what I found to fix it” is one way to introduce the topic.

Or, if you are truly dear friends, just be direct: “Caroline, you know you are gorgeous, but maybe you haven’t noticed a couple of facial hairs that would be easy to do something about ....” If you’re not truly close friends, you might want to do as my pal Judy related, “There’s a woman in my condo complex who had a full beard. I didn’t say a word.”

Here are some ways to deal with unwanted hair: waxing (DIY with a drugstore kit or salon waxing); bleaching (DIY drugstore kit, which I do not recommend; it’s smelly, can burn and really doesn’t conceal the hair very well); threading; plucking (with seriously good tweezers — like Tweezerman — and a magnifying mirror); laser (expensive but effective; requires a professional and a dermatologist can refer you to an expert in this); electrolysis (which kills the hair root, hurts a bit, often requires repeat visits and isn’t cheap, also ask a dermatologist for recommended experts); shaving (there are many gentle devices like Finishing Touch Flawless, $19.99 at Readers, how do you handle this delicate issue?


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