Even though 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 removal 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. That’s why keeping your hair type in mind is important so you can make a more informed hair removal choice based on your individual need.

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 will 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 and 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 easy 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 gentler 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 option is for people who are in it for the long haul and don’t mind the hefty 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 and have them delivered right to your door.

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

3. Facial epilators are great for isolating fine hairs.

Facial epilators may sting a little, but they work wonders. This tool is easy to use and just as effective as waxing or threading your upper lip. The hair removal results will 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 threading 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.