Post # 1
I know this isn’t a very classy first post, but what can you do. Im in a bind and I need some help. I’m going on a cruise with some of my girlfriends, and a bikini is a must. I usually go get a wax, but I found something online called an epilator. It basically rips your hair out, and looks like an electric razor. Have any of you ladies ever tried it? I have a pretty high pain tolerance, and it seems like an awesome way to save money if it really works. Any feedback is helpful 🙂
Post # 3
I use one but on my underarms only. I have really dark hair so even when I shave there you can still see the hair – so this helps with that. I used to wax but the epilator is SO much easier and less messy. You also don’t have to wait for the hair to grow as long.
It doesn’t hurt, but I think I killed all the nerves there a long time ago. Can’t tell you how it would be on the bikini but I think if you are accustomed to waxing it should be fine.
Post # 4
@kimm99: Could you tell me what brand you use?
Post # 5
@Raggedy_C-3PO: Emjoi Soft Caress:
I never use it cordless though, I feel it doesn’t go as fast when it’s just on the battery and faster is better when it comes to epilators.
It’s really kind of a ridiculous name for an epilator. There is nothing “caress” like about it, LOL. Not that I really find it painful but it definitely doesn’t feel like a caress!
The only advantage waxing has, in my opinion, is that it is faster. Epilating takes a bit of time to get all the hairs, it doesn’t exactly work like an electric shaver. But it’s less expensive, messy, and you can use it whenever. Like if I look at my underarm and I see a few stragglers came out, I can just whip the epilator out and get rid of them without having to make a salon appointment or get out my wax warmer which is such a pain (I was an at home waxer).
Post # 6
Ugh yes! I have ultra sensitive skin and I get razor burn and rashes from shaving- no matter what I do. My Dr.s recomended other hair removal methods— I have tried several epilators.
They dont work 🙁 They are painful, much more painful than waxing. They miss most hair. They take way too long to use.
Post # 7
@Raggedy_C-3PO: I have one. I have a very high pain threshold and can’t feel it on my legs, but my bikini line blimming hurts, esp if it’s long!
The other downside IMPO is I find it takes AGES; I don’t know if I’m just bad at it, but seriously, it takes AGES (legs more so than bikini line though TBF)
BUT, it lasts me for AGES, much longer than a wax, it’s cheaper than waxing as once you’ve bought the epilator that’s it, and unlike waxing, you don’t have to wait for loads of regrowth: you can epilate on hairs as short as 2mm.
So in summary, I’d recommend trying it.
Post # 8
Regarding how long it takes – I can’t imagine epilating my legs – it would take forever! But my underarms takes about 10 minutes to really make sure I get all the hairs, I would imagine surface area on bikini would be comparable.
It takes a bit of practice, what direction to move the epilator in, and how much pressure to use (I think some use too much pressure and then the hair can’t enter the tweezers). Also your skin/hair needs to be DRY. If it is wet, either the hair won’t pull out or it will break and not be plucked completely. A bit of talcum powder helps with this.
Post # 9
I love epilating… Yes, it does have its downsides as pp mentioned but the best thing about it is that you don’t have to wait for regrowth like with waxing. It was pretty painful initially but you get used to it.
Post # 10
I have a Braun one. It hurts, but not so much once you’ve done it a few times. It’s worth the pain for thick, fast-growing hair, but make sure to use something like tea-tree oil or TendSkin afterward to prevent ingrowns/irritation.
Post # 11
@Raggedy_C-3PO: Ouch OMG I can’t as it was too painful, my husband bought me one as a present thinking it would save me paying to get waxed, but oh my life, it’s more painful than being waxed.
@Ozian: Mine’s Braun, but I can feel each individual hair being pulled out.
@kimm99: Mmm perhaps I need to YouTube it to see how to do it
Post # 12
If you wax it’s pretty much the same thing just not all at once. I have been using one forever and it’s the best, no shaving everyday and no bills for waxing. yey
Post # 13
I have a braun and philips
Post # 14
Started using one about 3 months ago, the first time it hurt a ton! But I heard if you stick with it it hurts much less, now I barely feel it at all! I only do my legs so far though I’m still working up to underarms. I don’t find that it takes too long about 10 minutes for both my lower legs, and my legs look like less is growing back. So much easier than waxing since you don’t have to grow the hair out first.
Post # 15
@Raggedy_C-3PO I use an epilator on my legs, armpits, and bikini line..I typically consider myself as having low pain tolerance, but for whatever reason, epilating my bikini line is actually bearable, and I do it regularly. The legs do take a long time to do, but I’m hairless for so long that I feel the compromise is worth it!
They key is expoliating during a hot bath or shower, right beore epilating. This wil open your pores and make it easier for the hair to be pulled. The shorter the hair, the less painful.
I use an Emojoi AP-9L Epi Slim for my more sensitive areas, and my Emojoi AP-18 Emagine for everywhere else… goodluck!
Post # 16
I love them. But yes, you do have to go over the area several times, and yes, they do hurt. My underarms bleed if I do them for the first time in a long time.
But they beat waxing. They’re less messy, cheaper over the long run, and you don’t have to wait for regrowth. They’re also less and less painful the more frequently you use them. In summary: I would.