Post # 1
I saw it pop up somewhere recently and have been doing research. I’m intrigued! I don’t shave my legs much b/c I have thin/blonde hair on my legs, and I’m lazy. So I can get away with maybe once a week… But I also see you can use it on under arms (which I shave daily, or else I have NASTY stubble!). So here’s my question. I know it has the potential to be painful.. but isn’t most of the stuff we do for beauty? lol
Do you epilate?
What epilator do you use?
How long have you been doing it?
How often do you have use it, and what is the texture of your hair?
PS not sure where this goes so I put it under Wellness since it’s hygiene related.
Post # 3
If you do use one, do you have any tips?
Post # 4
Shaving makes me SO dry, which is why I started waxing, but that is expensive and your hair has to be quite long, so about 6 months ago I started epilating. I now do it roughly every 2 weeks.
I do my legs, underarms and the little bit of hair that annoyingly grows right in the crease at the top of my leg right on the edge of my bikini line.
I can’t say the texture of my hair has changed, but it definately takes longer to come back, and is getting scanty in places on my legs
My main bit of advise is put on ice after. I find my underarms to really benifit from this. Because about 10-15mins after epilating I get really itchy, but the ice soothes this, and then I will usually put an unfragranced cream on.
Also don’t have a hot bath or shower for about 12 hours, otherwise that makes it itch again.
I also find exfoliating 1-2 times a week in the shower helps with any ingrown hairs
Post # 5
Epliator gives me the worst ingrowns ever. My legs are all scarred up from them.
Post # 6
@Sparkidoodle: I like the ice advice. I haven’t heard that one yet. What brand epilator do you use? and does it matter if I get a $50 vs a $100+ one? I keep reading about how if you make sure you exfoliate you are good to go when it comes to preventing ingrown hair. Do you have a favorite thing to use when you exfoliate? I used to have this great scrub stuff from arbonne… smelt and felt so good!
Post # 7
I live in the UK, and I use a Braun silk-epil but apparently the wet/dry ones are really good because you don’t have to be mains attatched and can take it in the shower with you…. while I personally wouldn’t use mine under water even if I could (because it takes a while, and I wouldn’t be able to see very well with all the water I don’t think) it would be great to be able to do it in the shower, because then all the little hairs that get pulled out would already be in the shower to get washed away (I often do mine sitting on the edge of the bath with my legs in the tub, not filled with water)
I don’t think price is really that important, mine cost me around £30 (about $45-50) as does the job
Also I use a body scrub from body shop because it has oil in it too which leaves my skin moisturised when you wash all the scrub off
Post # 8
I do it very, very occasionally, and use the Braun Silk Epil.
You can epilate on very short hairs; so, unlike waxing, you don’t need to wait ages for pesky re-growth
I personally find it lasts longer than waxing: about 4 weeks compared to maybe 2 with waxing if I’m lucky
I got awful in-grown hairs when I had my bikini line waxed; I get none with epliating
This might just be me, but I find it HORRIBLY time-consuming; it takes me blimming ages, and this is the main reason I rarely do it, as I find I always leave shaving to the last minute and just don’t have time to epliate
Some people find it painful; I personally can’t feel it on my legs, but my bikini line hurts like hell; and I have a VERY high pain threshold (a bikini wax, for example, sends me to sleep; I find it relaxing…)
Post # 9
@barbie86: It IS time consuming!!! I find that is my major downsize. And the pain doesn’t bother me on my legs, but my armpits hurt like a muddafuffer!! Luckily it’s only a small spot, so I do one underarm, then some leg them the other underarm! 😀
Post # 10
Cool thanks for the tips! Im definitely excited to see how this works on my pits. Lol now I just gotta convince dh this isnt just a waste of money 😉
Post # 11
Yes, I use it on my bikini line and sometimes legs. I find it more painful than waxing, but good for maintenance between waxes. It is really time-consuming though and I can never get all the hairs! I think mine is a Braun.
Post # 12
I have a cheap one, cost like $25 from walgreens but it works just fine. It does take a lot of time but I like the results. I only use it on my legs and the pain isn’t bad. It doesn’t work on coarse hair like underarms or bikini, but that is likely because I have such a basic version.
I do have to exfoliate a lot to prevent ingrown hairs.
Post # 13
I have an epilady that I got a few years ago for around $75 and it works well, but I mostly use it for maintenance. I use it for under my arms because I never got the hang of waxing there, and I use it in between leg waxes if I want to clean up a bit. It’s slow, so I can’t imagine doing it as a main thing.
Post # 14
I used one on my legs only, and I really liked it. Can’t remember what brand; Braun, I think. I tried it once on my underarms and bikini lines and will not being doing that again!
Post # 15
I have three epilators and I love love Love epilating. I know it sounds crazy, but it is really the best way to remove hair! I use the one with the ceramic head for my nether regions and the normal ones with the metal type head for legs and underarms. It takes a long time the first coule of times, but thereafter hair growth is slower and the hair becomes finer. I do my complete nether region, as in EVERYTHING, because I hate pubic hair. The first time was moderately painful, but now I dont feel it. There are also special sprays that you canuse ahead of epilating, as well as special lotions to put on afterwards. For your legs, just make sure that between epilation you useoneof those nylon scrubby sponge thingys, it will prevent ingrown hairs and also applying tee tree oil helps! My ceramic head or pube epilator, lol, also has a light… Which helps you to see the lighter hairs…. Helps you to do a proper job. do it after a bath or hot shower, just make sure you are Dry. Skin should be clean and dry, always. I highly recommend it…. I actually look forwards to epilating, but as you go along the hair becomes less… So i have started epilating my husbands chest… Just to be ale to epilate something!!!
Post # 16
I LOVE my epilator. Almost all of my good friends have one, and I bought mine two years ago and love it. I mainly use it on my arms though. I know, I’m weird and have really hairy arms, but like, 3 hairs on my underarms. If you’re using it mainly for your underarms, my good friend SWEARS by her Wet/Dry epilator. She uses it in the shower for her underarms and says it makes the whole thing pretty painless. I highly recommend getting one!