Even though you know having facial hair is natural, you can’t help getting frustrated at those pesky little strands on your upper lip. You’ve shaved it, tweezed it, said a prayer but it always comes back thicker and more irritating to get rid of.

When it comes to successful upper lip hair removal, the technique you choose and your hair type are two huge factors.

You want to make sure that you aren’t irritating your skin any further or making the problem worse by breaking off the hair at an unnatural point. Keeping your hair type in mind is important so you can make a more informed hair removal choice.

Believe it or not, there are a few facial hair removal techniques that will make your hair situation more difficult the second time around. Exhibit A: There are some hair removal creams that will get the job done, but make your hair grow back darker. Or they will leave your upper lip line looking and feeling as if you made out with a cactus. Nobody wants that!

Here are our top tips for upper lip removal that will leave your skin feeling smooth and your lips selfie-ready.

1. Create your own at-home remedy with honey and lemon juice.

If you want to try the natural route before pulling out all the stops (and cash), making a simple honey and lemon juice paste will do the trick. Honey is a lot more gentle on your skin than wax and is just as effective. All you need is a tablespoon of honey and a half tablespoon of lemon juice. The honey will pull the hairs while the lemon juice acts as a natural lightener.

2. Laser and IPL hair removal is pricey, but efficient.

This next option is for people who are in it for the long haul and don’t mind the price tag. The good news is that you no longer have to go to the salon for IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal. If you’re willing to spend the money, you can buy IPL products online.

The only cons are that it doesn’t work as well on people with darker complexions and you have to use it consistently for a few months to see permanent results. But trust us, it’s definitely worth the splurge!

3. Facial epilators are great at isolating fine hairs.

This may sting a little but works wonders. Facial epilators are easy to use and just as effective as waxing or threading your upper lip. It will also last you a month. You can also save a trip to the salon and buy epilators in-store or online.

4. Consider threading your upper lip hair for serious, long-lasting results.

Of all of the hair removal tips for women, this one is the most popular for a reason. Even though it may feel a little uncomfortable at times, it lasts for a month and leaves your upper lip looking and feeling smooth. I don’t think we could ask for a better trade-off than that.

Note: This one is best left to the professionals.

Cassandra is a beauty and lifestyle writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.