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Bought an epilator today....ouch

(33 Posts)
TettyLouBar Tue 11-Jan-11 21:05:26

Anybody out there have experience of these? please tell me it doesn't hurt like that every time? sad

TattyDevine Tue 11-Jan-11 21:12:47

Ooh what did you buy? I had a dream about these last night. I know, I know.

daimbardiva Tue 11-Jan-11 21:13:12

No, no it doesn't!!! Don't worry - the first time is definitely the worst, and it does get better. The hair grows back finer so it gets less and less painful.

It's really worth persevering with - I've had mine for threee years now, and love it. So much more in control than when I was a slave to waxing appts!

It also hurts more on longer hair so it's worth using the shaver head to trim down to short length.

Good luck - hope you grow to love your epilator the way I love mine!

TattyDevine Tue 11-Jan-11 21:19:21

What brand do you have diambardiva? I'm sick of waxing appointments but dont ever want to shave again. But they are not el-cheapo either...

daimbardiva Tue 11-Jan-11 21:24:40

Oh, and the best thing is definitely how much slower and finer the hair grows back. I've noticed a real reduction...and I am a dark, hairy lady!

Also I find it such a relief to be "in control" of my hair removal. You can have a quick "hoover" from time to time when you fancy instead of having to look like a gorilla until your monthly waxing.

magnolia74 Tue 11-Jan-11 21:24:48

I have the braun silk epil 3 and it hurts a tiny bit but not bad.
What one do you have?

daimbardiva Tue 11-Jan-11 21:26:12

I have a Braun Silk-epil. It was £50 (a few years ago), so only the cost of two professional waxes.

TattyDevine Tue 11-Jan-11 21:36:43

Hmmm I'm sold, have just been reading reviews on Amazon. Seems to be about £20 cheaper on Amazon than the one I saw in Boots the other day. I think I'm going to be buying one of these very soon...

magnolia74 Tue 11-Jan-11 21:38:36

Tatty, I epilated dh's back shock and he coped with it so I knew it would be ok for me grin

Blatherskite Tue 11-Jan-11 21:38:50

The first time is the worst. It gets easier and less painful the more you do it as the hair gets finer and the roots get weaker.

I can now do my legs and underarms without even flinching.

After a shower or bath is best when the pores are open.

TheSydenhamSet Tue 11-Jan-11 21:40:46

Yes, as everyone else says, gets far less painful to the point that it's just a stingy fuzzy feeling that is completely bearable.

Make sure you exfoliate (shower puff is fine) and cream regularly to avoid pesky ingrown hairs.

TattyDevine Tue 11-Jan-11 22:46:56

"shower puff" haha that's cute.

I know that's what they are called it just looks cute written down.

See I wax, and that kinda hurts but doesn't, if that makes sense, I suspect this "hurts but doesn't" as well, if that makes sense.

I've already got the fluffy weak regrowth from waxing for years and years so I dont think I will even suffer like a proper Virgin.

Can't wait to get me one of these! Dont mind waxing but making the phonecall then attending the appointment seems to be a major logistical nightmare with 2 young children so end up foresty half the time (though it doesn't really look it, to be fair, these days, its pretty sparse)

ClenchedBottom Tue 11-Jan-11 22:49:20

Hmm I got one last summer and it was fab but am really struggling with ingrowing hairs now, despite exfoliating. Is there anything I can do????? I now have several of the raised red bumps on my legs, looks really great.....

CointreauVersial Tue 11-Jan-11 23:13:40

ClenchedBottom - Ha! Good name for an epilator-user grin

ClenchedBottom Wed 12-Jan-11 00:12:18

Why thank you! - Although the name is a coincidence, tbh. And I definitely do not epilate my bottom, clenched or not!

But I still need to sort these ingrown hairs, help me someone please......

mummydarlingsausage Wed 12-Jan-11 00:23:15

Clenchedbottom i used an epilator for about a year - first few momths great, then started to get lots of ingrowing hairs despite exfoliating. I had to stop as my legs looked awful. It took quite a few months for the bumps and scars to go. I have had waxing in the past and only the occasional ingrown hair. I just shave now!

MilkNoSugarPlease Wed 12-Jan-11 00:55:31

No idea if it gets better....first time I used it, it drew BLOOD!....last time i ever used it believe me!!

wuggglemump Wed 12-Jan-11 01:01:16

I've been using mine for years and I love it.
You need to exfoliate often, but that's not hard if you use the gloves.
I'd never go back to waxing-More cost and the same result.
It's not sore of you carry on, you do get used to it.

Magicglassesfairy Wed 12-Jan-11 09:32:45

I am a real pain wimp and am managing with an exfoliator. I have one that you can use in water so used in it bath for first few times and it was ok.
How slowly do you have to do it though? The hair seems to grow back really quickly - is that because I'm doing it too fast?

TettyLouBar Wed 12-Jan-11 09:57:28

Hi all, thanks for your replies. Its the first ever time Ive tried anything other than shaving my legs so I guess they were bound to be sensitive.

I did what the instructions said and bathed first and exfoliated. I seem to remember that somebody once told me the first time you have your legs waxed it wont feel as smooth because you have hairs of all different lengths and some will grow back quickly.

So do I do it again in a few days or do I wait now for a good few weeks? hmm How often do you do it when its established?
It says in the booklet that it can be up to four weeks?!

Its a Remington 2-in-1 silk and smooth.
Impulse buy yesterday at Sainsburys £60 down to £29.99. Always fancied trying it and got a little frustrated as we dont have a shower in our house so its a bath only for me. I'm 39+3 wks with DC2 and cant reach my legs in bath to shave them so something had to give!!! wink

Deaddei Wed 12-Jan-11 09:58:59

Be grave. dd who is 14 does it without a thought.
I am being lasered soon

BigHairyLeggedSpider Wed 12-Jan-11 10:37:02


I once epilated my bikini line. Could only do one side before I gave up, weeping! Prefered to be wonky than go through that again!

CointreauVersial Wed 12-Jan-11 12:44:37

Yeah, bikini line is hardcore.

I have done it, but needed gas & air. grin

Can't help on your ingrowing problem - never had it (apart from a couple on my horny old kneecaps, but I can live with that).

Blatherskite Wed 12-Jan-11 13:57:43

I've started doing my bikini line. I've started with the very extremities and am working my way further and further in as I go along. The hairs right on the egde are so fine now that they don't hurt.

Not tried underneath though shock Not sure I dare!

jacquiel Wed 12-Jan-11 14:48:43

If i got one i would mainly want it for 'underneath' - so if anyone does it there regularly i would be very interested in feedback!

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