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In the whispering alcoves of a Mayfair members' club, top facialist Teresa Tarmey and I are suffering from an attack of the giggles. We're discussing female facial hair, and like most taboo subjects there's an inherent humour involved. The poor besuited gentlemen at the table next to us look shellshocked: they've officially had their bearded-lady cherry popped.
What's the best option if you've got unwanted facial hair as a woman? Waxing, lasering, threading, bleaching, shaving or plucking - it's a minefield out there, and as someone struggling to manage a teeny, tiny ronnie, I want the best answer and I want it now. I must state that this post is strictly aimed at those who consider their facial hair unwanted - if you're rocking those sideburns or embracing your Frida Kahlo unibrow, I'm in awe and full of respect. But for lots of women, removing facial hair is a constant uphill battle that can never be permanently won. Ellen is obviously the expert here.