AIBU to want my epilator to give me smooth fucking legs?!

(31 Posts)
GammonAndEgg Sun 19-Apr-15 21:00:01

I look like a plucked chicken.
What am I doing wrong? <wails>

ElphabaTheGreen Sun 19-Apr-15 21:02:09

I don't think epilators work for everybody. They only ever worked on my armpits, never my legs. I'm sure somebody will have an explanation.

SweetAndFullOfGrace Sun 19-Apr-15 21:03:07

They never work for me. I have lots of fine hair, so it all just breaks off.

Millie3030 Sun 19-Apr-15 21:05:38

I epilated for about 5 years and to be honest it never made my legs feel smooth, took ages, and hurt!

Do you hate shaving? If you can shave and get smooth legs for a few days I would stick with that. If you can't shave due to ingrown hairs etc, the best things (in my opinion) is laser.

Fluffyears Sun 19-Apr-15 21:12:07

I epilate then shave then it stays smooth for days and I have seriously fast growing leg hair. I can shave in the morning and by the same evening I feel stubbly sad using the epilator then razor I get about a week out of each session. Hate the ingrown hair though I tried wee sorta sandpaper discs that were meant to help but just gave me a rash.

suzannecanthecan Sun 19-Apr-15 21:19:07

after a while the hair follicles die, I have far fewer hairs growing on my legs than I used to!

UnsolvedMystery Sun 19-Apr-15 21:21:30

I love my epilator. I did take quite a while to get the hang of it. At first it hurt so much that I was doing it too quickly and getting a really patchy finish. However, I persevered and it stopped hurting so I got a better result.
I think it does depend on your hair type. I can only use it on my legs.

GammonAndEgg Sun 19-Apr-15 21:31:20

It doesn't hurt, I just look pimply and get bumps and ingrowing hairs. I've used an epilator for years but I can't drop a silk scarf down my leg like they do in the adverts!

NeedABumChange Sun 19-Apr-15 21:47:12

I think you must be doing it too quickly or holding it at the wrong angle. My legs are smooth for weeks and I'm super hairy. I have been doing it on and off for a decade and my leg hair is patchy if I let it grow- a lot of the hairs never grow back anymore.

NeedABumChange Sun 19-Apr-15 21:49:05

Also I was always told to do it after a bath but that makes my legs pimply so I do it after a brisk dog walk- idea behind this is that it's easier to pull a horses mane after exercise and maybe it's similar for us. To do with the capillaries having more oxygen maybe?

SanityClause Sun 19-Apr-15 21:54:47

I shave my legs from just above the knee, every day in the bath. It takes maybe two minutes. There's no pain, and my legs are silk scarf droppingly smooth.

WoweeZowee Sun 19-Apr-15 21:59:17

My epilator experience is one of pimply, spotty and ingrown-haired legs. I was most disappointed and have since returned to my trusty razor!

Minshu Sun 19-Apr-15 21:59:54

I persevered with an epilation for years but the situation never improved from your description. I now have a Phillips Lumea IPL and, although not yet completely hair free, my legs are smoother than ever with just occasional shaving.

AmateurSeamstress Sun 19-Apr-15 22:04:28

I'm another ex-epilator. It worked for a couple of years but the ingrown hairs got gradually worse and worse, and so itchy I scratched the top layer of my skin off.

It was best when I started with a wax and then epilated weekly, so I never had to deal with loads of hair.

FoulsomeAndMaggotwise Sun 19-Apr-15 22:11:52

I found it helps to exfoliate too. I would epilate, exfoliate and grease up with moisturisor.

notice this is all past tense, i go hairy now!

GammonAndEgg Mon 20-Apr-15 20:10:28

I'm going to keep trying. Slowly!

CookieWarbler Mon 20-Apr-15 20:19:50

I had the worst hairy legs ever. Waxing only ever lasted 10 days tops and resulted in ingrowing hairs and itchy skin, ditto with the epilator. I wouldn't get my legs out in the summer unless it was roasting as my legs always looked like they had a bloody 5 o'clock shadow. I bought a Philips Lumea (2nd hand ebay as they're flipping expensive) and now I never have to shave my legs and only have to zap them with the Lumea once every couple of months. I have smooth, hair free legs all the time. If you have pale skin and dark hair OP, ditch the epilator and go for an IPL device.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 20-Apr-15 20:23:22

I am terrified of my epilator.

I bought it in a fit of beauty gadget blindness about 5 years ago. Used it 3 times in that period and every time I have almost passed out with the pain of it. Horrible. Fucking thing. Luckily it has a shaver/trimmer head on it too, so not a totally useless £100 pissed up the wall hmm

soverylucky Mon 20-Apr-15 20:25:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thecatneuterer Mon 20-Apr-15 20:26:10

I can't understand what you're all saying. My epilator counts as one of my best ever purchases. It's very quick, doesn't hurt at all and leaves my legs completely smooth.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 20-Apr-15 20:26:30

I really want an ill thing but fear it will end up being another waste of money beauty gadget like the

Epilator
Clarisonic
Fancy hair straighteners
Heated beachy hair waver thing
BBH

blush

camelfinger Mon 20-Apr-15 20:27:50

Does the lumea hurt? I never get completely smooth legs with either the epilator or waxing. Shaving leaves me with stubble after a day and never feel really smooth unless I use a new blade.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 20-Apr-15 20:27:51

"Ill thing?" Wtf is my iPad on? That should've said "IPL thing" confused

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Mon 20-Apr-15 20:28:25

I thought it was normal for your legs to go all pimply straight after epilating.

Mine look very pimply 1to 6 hours after epilating, then they stay pretty smooth for a week.

CynthiaRose Mon 20-Apr-15 20:41:25

My legs also look shit after epilating. I woder if it is something to do with the kind of skin you have? Mine is dry and sensitive.

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