Most people have hair on their upper lip. For men, it can be removed by frequent shaving, a daily ritual which can't be rushed. For women, shaving is not a popular option for hair removal for the upper lip since the re-growth tends to be bristly and more noticeable. The alternate hair removal methods take longer, are more painful but on the upside are also more effective.
A simple razor will do the trick. Here are some basic shaving tips.
Women have fine upper lip hair and even though it's usually not as obvious as a man moustache, some women may still want it gone.
Women have many options to get rid of unwanted hair on the upper lip. Because this skin can be as tender as the bikini area, the main concerns of hair removal are:
Shaving the upper lip area isn't recommended for women. Shaving cuts the hair at the base, leaving thick bristles at skin level. As the hair grows, the thick shaft emerges leaving a scruffy 5 o'clock shadow.
Plucking is one of the most painful methods but is very effective because it removes the entire hair, including the root. This method has the longest lasting results since the entire strand is removed from the follicle. Ingrown hairs are a possibility but the chances can be reduced with regular facial exfoliating and moisturizing.
If you want to try self-induced torture, using an epilator on the upper lip will test anyone's pain threshold (popular brands include Braun, Panasonic, and Emjoi). Because the muscles under the nose are not very strong, the skin can easily be yanked and pulled into the blades leading to painful nicks & cuts. That said, there are epilators specifically made for facial areas like the upper lip.
The upper lip is a popular area for electrolysis. This method is slow and costly, but the effects can last up to 4 months, depending on the rate of hair re-growth - and for some people, the results are permanent. This method does involve some pain and discomfort but an experienced clinician will numb the area with a topical ointment before inserting the probe into the hair follicles.
The laser for hair removal can be adjusted to the fine hair on the upper lip. Since this is a small area, very little time is needed and the price of the treatment should be cheaper than for the larger body areas like the arms, legs or back. You can also get hair removal lasers for home-use.
Take note that effective treatment should be done on hair that is at least 1/8" long, well past the point when a moustache would be noticeable.
For men, the removal of hair above the upper lip is easy - shave. For women, it's more complicated and painful. Select the best method for you that fits your pain threshold and budget.