How to Get Thinner Facial Hair

by Jennifer Hench

Having well-groomed facial hair, for some, means thinning out the hair on the face. Whether beard, mustache or both, thinning out facial hair can help give you a neat and well-maintained appearance. Using multiple approaches to getting and keeping thinner facial hair will help ensure your face does not get too buried beneath facial hair.

Items you will need

  • Hair trimmer
  • Mustache or beard comb
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Sugar
Step 1

Trim all facial hair using the closest setting or guide for a beard and mustache trimmer. Make sure to wash, dry and condition your face before using the trimmer to prevent skin irritations. Shave all other areas of the face and neck to remove unwanted hair. Extra and excess facial hair will give the appearance of thicker facial hair overall.

Step 2

Use small scissors to go back through the facial hair, after trimming, to trim areas missed by using the trimmer. Cut as close to the skin as safely possible. The shorter the facial hair, the thinner the hair will appear.

Step 3

Using a tweezer, remove facial hair in a random pattern. Remove only one hair at a time to prevent overplucking, which will cause bald spots. Consider numbing the skin prior to tweezing by using a numbing agent designed for teeth and gums. Consider electrolysis or threading for a more long-term hair removal option that can help thin out facial hair.

Step 4

Keep facial hair thin and smooth by using a homemade facial on a twice weekly basis. Mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 2 tsp. of lemon juice or combine 1/4 cup lemon juice with 1 cup of honey. Apply the mixture to facial hair, leave to set for 15 minutes and gently wash off using a washcloth. Both mixtures keep facial hair at bay and help make the hair smoother, with finer ends as it grows back.

Tips

  • Go to a barbershop or salon for a professional beard or mustache trim for the first time to see how short you can have your facial hair trimmed to create the appearance of thinner hair.

Warnings

  • Do not use a trimmer on your face without a guide to help prevent against cuts as getting the blades too close to your skin will cause nicks.

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