Turmeric Hair Removal: Does It Really Work?

Many ladies want to achieve smooth, beautiful, and hairless skin. They go to many lengths, from laser hair removal, waxing, electrolysis, plucking, shaving, etc. But did you know there’s such a thing as turmeric hair removal? This is especially effective for getting rid of those unsightly facial hair.

There are many factors that bring about facial hair. Irregular menstrual cycles, some medications, post-pregnancy hormonal changes, hormonal imbalances—these and many more may cause a few strands of hair to just pop up on your face.

We all know that turmeric is a yellow spice that is usually used in the kitchen. It may seem like a strange ingredient for enhancing beauty, but it has been long used by the women of India to aid them in many ways concerning the skin.

Turmeric hair removal is quite popular with Indian women. There are compounds in turmeric that remove unwanted hair as well as inhibit hair growth. When turmeric paste is applied, it adheres to the skin quite tightly. When it is then scrubbed or wiped off, the hair comes along and is removed from the roots. If you do this regularly, the process gradually lessens hair growth. And when some hairs do grow, they will be finer.

Keep in mind that though turmeric is effective in removing fine hairs, it may not be as successful with dense or heavy hair.

Also, when you use turmeric on your skin, it has a powerful staining ability. What you can do to remove the yellow stain on your skin is to gently scrub the area with some baking soda mixed with soap. A cotton ball dipped in milk can also remove the turmeric stain.

Turmeric Hair Removal Recipes

Raring to get rid of all that unwanted hair? Well, let’s go get started! Here are a few tried and tested recipes that you can experiment on at home.

Turmeric Paste

This is quite an easy recipe as you only need 2 ingredients—some turmeric powder and whole milk.


Simply mix together 3 teaspoons turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon milk. Bring everything together until you get a thick paste.

Next, spread the paste evenly on the area you want. Make sure you apply the paste in the same direction as your hair growth. Leave it on for about 20 minutes or until dry.

Afterward, use a clean dry washcloth to scrub your skin. Make sure you use gentle circular motions to remove the paste.

With regular application of this turmeric paste, you will see results in a few months. Your hair will grow finer and will take longer to grow back. Eventually, no more hair will grow.

Exfoliating Turmeric Hair Removal Face Mask

This is what many women swear by. This procedure is painless and easy, and you will notice its effects  gradually. The turmeric powder and the salt work together in thinning out the hair growth. And bonus, this paste works as a great exfoliating mask as well.


In a small bowl, combine ½ cup cold milk, ½ cup gram flour, 2 tablespoons turmeric powder, and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix everything thoroughly, until you form a smooth paste. If the mixture is runny, go ahead and add some turmeric powder until you get the right consistency.

Next, apply the turmeric paste over the area where you want to remove facial hair. Make sure to rub in the paste in circular motions. Do this for about 5-10 minutes or until the paste dries.

After, rinse off the paste with warm water. Finally, pat the area dry with a clean towel.

You can do this procedure once a week to obtain maximum results.

Cleansing Turmeric Face Scrub

This thick paste is quite effective with some stubborn or heavy facial hair. Along with the unwanted hair, this paste has cleansing properties, which helps relieve your face and skin of bacteria and other impurities.


Combine 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 1 tablespoon of gram flour. Apply the paste in the direction of the hair growth. However, make sure to scrub in the opposite direction.

Leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Pat with a clean dry towel.

Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

Want to make your face look lighter and youthful-looking and remove unwanted facial hair at the same time? Then this mask is for you!


In a small saucepan, mix in half a bowl of sugar with 1 cup water. Boil the mixture until you form a sticky syrup. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

After, add in 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir in everything completely to form a thick paste.

Apply the paste evenly on your entire face. With circular motions, massage in the paste to your skin for around 5 minutes. Let dry.

Next, rinse off the mask with lukewarm water.

This treatment can be done 2-3 times a week for optimum results.