How It Works
Tweezing or plucking works by using metal forceps/tweezers to manually pull hairs out together with the entire hair follicle one by one from the root. The hairs have to be long enough to be able to be grasped by the tweezers and should be plucked in the direction of hair growth.
Tweezing is very convenient and can be easily done by yourself at home. It’s not very time-consuming unless you are using it to remove hair from large areas.
It is a very useful method for removing unwanted hair from small areas such as the eyebrows and upper lip and stray hairs from other areas including the bikini area and underarms. It doesn’t leave the skin irritated for a long time so it is ideal for using on the face.
Tweezing works well for people with sensitive skin where other methods of hair removal such as waxing may be too harsh for them.
It is one of the cheapest methods of hair removal as it only costs the price of a pair of tweezers (check out our recommended tweezers here) which usually lasts for years without having to be replaced.
The results of tweezing can last for up to around six weeks although you would usually see regrowth within a week or two and frequent tweezing can damage the hair follicle so it stops growing hair which is therefore permanent.
Tweezing can be painful and can cause redness, swelling, tiny bumps, ingrown hairs and if not used cautiously it may cause pitting and scarring if you nip or tear the skin with the tweezers. Tweezing can also damage the hair follicles which can in turn lead to the overproduction of melanin so that you will see dark spots or hyperpigmentation. The side effects of tweezing however are usually minor compared to other hair removal methods.
It’s not suitable for removing hair from large areas as this can be very time-consuming. It should also not be used for nose hairs as this can lead to potentially dangerous infections.
Tweezing can be difficult to do if you don’t have steady hands or good eyesight and it requires careful concentration.