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Who Uses an Epilator?
the electric razor posts got me thinking...
Mrs.Moos
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Date: 5/16/08 0:31 AM

I do not know anyone who uses an epilator --everyone waxes or shaves. But some of your posts on my electric razor topic got me thinking. So I know a few of you use the epilators. Do you like them? Do you use them for fine, yet furry facial hair? What is the pain like? (I have had 3 kids, several kidney stones and migraines so I know pain)
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Date: 5/16/08 0:34 AM

Oldest DD got one and used it for a while. Then she gave it to me. I see no reason to put myself through that. If someone is offended by my stubble, that's tough.

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Date: 5/16/08 2:00 AM

I use a depilator. It's not as painful as it seems. Your skin sort of numbs after a few seconds and you end up being really smooth. But look out for ingrowth after. Its recommended to use som sort of scrub on your skin to prevent any ingrowth. Have used it occationally to rip out stray hairs on my chin. But mostly use a tweezer for that. Hope this helps.

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Date: 5/16/08 2:37 AM

I have two kinds, both emjoi. One is for legs and one is called intimate. Intimate is for the face or brazilians.

It was very painful at first. I could only do a few hairs at a time and it took a long, long time, since there was so much hair. I did 1/4 inch at a time, watching a movie.
The second time it hurt a little bit less. And it didn't take anywhere near as long since it doesn't grow in all at once. Now it doesn't hurt at all. I don't know if the hair doesn't cling so much as it used to or what!
Now it feels like thump, thump, when it grabs a hair... like someone took their finger nail and flicked your skin.
The ankles and armpits were the last areas to flinch, the most sensitive, they are more of being numbed feeling on me too.
Epilating is easier than electric shaving now, since its only once a week or every two weeks to grab a few stray hairs that grow in. Its never the entire leg, just strays, since they all grow at different times.
It doesn't itch either. I don't remember what it was that was so itchy, probably shaving.
You can buy numbing cream to help you, some take tylenol too... but you won't need it after awhile. Amazon carries anti-regrowth cream too.

The electric shaver they use for intimate areas is called cleancut. It was great except you have to shave twice a day to be smooth. ---only good for a few hours before there is stubble, but you don't have to worry about cutting yourself either!
Folica has alot of reviews and tips, Amazon has a few. How to avoid pain and ingrown hair etc.


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Date: 5/16/08 7:29 AM

I use one for my legs and armpits. It's not painful at all on the legs, and quite painful in the armpits, at least the first time. After that it wasn't very bad. I think it's worth it because you don't get the stubble. It's basically the same as waxing but slower. It does have one advantage to waxing, you just need to go over the legs once more to get those inevitable hairs that you miss, instead of plucking them with a tweezer. For some reason I always missed a lot of hairs when I tried waxing, and then I had to spend a lot of quality time with my tweezer. It is not recommended to use it anyhere else, except the bikini line.

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Date: 5/16/08 7:35 AM

Here I go -- telling stuff on the Internet that I wouldn't normally tell anybody! I've used an Epilady Coil since they first came out in 1986. I LOVE it! It was never painful to me but I have a very high pain threshold. I got my DD one when she was a teenager and she couldn't stand it.

I haven't had stubble since I started using it and both DH and I love that. My legs are always very smooth. Since I've been using it so long, I don't have much hair left on my legs. I use my Epilady every couple of weeks for a few minutes and that's sufficient.

The Epilady Coil is not made anymore but you can find them on Ebay. My original is still working fine and I have a backup in storage, just in case. I bought a Emjoi epilator when they first came out but it doesn't work nearly as well for me. The coil never misses any leg hairs, the Emjoi does. I wouldn't use the coil in ''sensitive'' areas (during swimsuit season) but the Emjoi works well for that. HTH!

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Date: 5/16/08 12:54 PM

I have a Braun Silk-epil, I think it's called. I use it only on my legs. The first few times in spring (I'm furry over the winter) it hurts like a !@#$!@##########! but after that it's not too bad. I like it because even as you get regrowth, it's sparse, it's not like stubble where all of a sudden you're completely covered in little black prickles.

I can't imagine using it anywhere other than my legs though. {shivers}

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Date: 5/16/08 1:22 PM

I will get that brand when the emjoi wears out. It does miss hairs. Its like one of those vaccumes, you sometimes go over the same spot a few times. Its not bad enough to buy another one right now though. When it wears out then I will read reviews again to buy a different one. I read that, but got it anyway, some people liked them better despite the strays you have to go over.
There is a thread here from last summer where everyone posted what brands of epilators they liked.

I am not going to pay someone to wax me (too embarrassed and too cheap for such a simple task) and I will not do it myself ever again. I am surprized that even salons use wax.

I read on the european reviews they all diy themselves with the intimate epilator , so I tried it too. I have found its often good to read European reviews, they seem to be ahead of the ones in America. I can only read English, so maybe there are other good ones from other countries as well. They just know about it faster than they do here! Years ahead!
Not that difficult, just follow their tips! Men are using them now too.


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Date: 5/16/08 1:55 PM

My Epilady was made in Israel. I'm not sure I'll ever totally wear it out -- it's very well made. Good idea to check the European reviews!

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Date: 5/16/08 2:54 PM

I used to use one, but I never thought the results were all that great. I didn't find it too painful, and it was less painful over time. I always felt, though that I was always stubbly. Maybe I just didn't spend enough time, or let the hair get long enough to start with.

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