One of the first areas that many MTF transgender individuals want to address is their facial hair. While some transgender folk have incorporated their beard and moustache into their style, we know that when many people begin transitioning, removing their facial hair is one of the first priorities.
So, if you’re looking to remove your facial hair for a more feminine appearance, what are the best options available? This post will cover some of the leading facial hair removal methods as well as the advantages and considerations to bear in mind for each option.
Why Do Beards Grow?
The growth of facial hair can have several different factors. The first is genetics; this determines the number of hair follicles on the face. Another factor is the level of testosterone. This can affect both males and females. Typically, high testosterone levels will result in faster, bushier beard growth. The average beard growth rate is 0.27mm per day regardless of testosterone.
For transgender individuals, it is no guarantee that hormone inhibitors or hormone replacement therapies will necessarily stop facial hair growth. So, methods for hair removal for transgender individuals will need to be considered if this is important to you.
Facial Hair Removal For Transgender Individuals – When To Start
If you’ve decided that facial hair will be part of your MTF transition, you may be wondering how and when to start.
Typically, although not always the case, transgender individuals will start removing their facial hair before transitioning full time. Beard and moustache growth can be a significant gender cue in many societies. Getting used to removing this facial hair can help as you transition full-time.
Best Methods For Facial Hair Removal For Transgender Individuals
Often, this is the first choice of hair removal for MTF transgender folk. It is a quick and easy option to remove hair. However, the results will only last for one to three days and can leave stubble, which may need to be covered with makeup for a bare-faced appearance. While shaving doesn’t make hair grow back thicker, it can blunt the hair, making it look more pronounced.
For longer-lasting results than shaving, tweezing and epilating remove the hair from the root, which means the results can last for up to four weeks. However, this method can be painful. Epilating also requires the hair to be a certain length in order to deliver the best results.
- Electrolysis/Laser Therapy
This in-salon treatment works to destroy the hair follicle. This offers more permanent results; however, it can take a long time to get your desired results. As a result, treatments can be extensive and expensive.
- Hair Growth Inhibitors
Hair growth inhibitors are easy home treatments that can not only remove hair but help to prevent its growth too. It may take several applications, but the facial hair will start to grow thinner and lighter and then eventually stop growing altogether. This convenient hair removal method can offer the same results as electrolysis and laser therapy, but you can complete it at home while being more cost-effective.