Talk to me about hair removal

(13 Posts)
WorkingItOutForMyself Tue 23-Jun-15 20:21:01

It's the bain of my life.

I'm of Jewish descent and have light olivey coloured skin and very dark thick hair (curly too, lucky me!!). I suspect I might actually be the hairiest person alive hmm.

In the summer to feel confident in skirts etc I have to shave daily in the shower. This would be ok but I get poor results, my legs never feel smooth. I also have sensitive skin and get shaving rash so lather on sudocreme after shaving. I can't go in the sea if I've shaved that day as the salt irritates my legs, that's how bad it is! And when I do shave in the morning, by the early evening I'm all stubbly! It's even worse round my bikini line as the shaving rash is worse. The only time I get decent results is if the hair is really long when I shave!

I've tried waxing and I've tried epilating. Both work but re growth is within days and so not worth the pain or the expense, frankly.

I don't feel confident wearing swimsuits because of it (rightly or wrongly).

I have been looking at the Phillips lumea thing... My husband says I should try a single blade razor but I'm not keen!!

Any advice? Help me out fellow hairies.

Kennington Tue 23-Jun-15 21:02:27

Am of Mid East descent and fairly similar colouring
Lumea is ok, worked on some bits but. It others, but if you have the money get laser
All my middle eastern friends have and the results are fantastic and their skin type isn't ideal as they have darker colouring

Nolim Tue 23-Jun-15 21:06:55

Isnt lumea laser?

ThatFriskyFeline Tue 23-Jun-15 21:10:01

There was a really positive thread on the lumea about a week ago.

I am fair skinned, but sadly have inherited my DF's body hair gene which is pretty much black and thick, despite my head hair being dark blonde. I suffer the same with shaving rash and stubble, and am still plucking up the courage to have my legs and bikini line waxed.

Thing is that I have a pathetic pain threshold, so I am not quite sure how I would cope with it.

ThatFriskyFeline Tue 23-Jun-15 21:13:07

Lumea thread

The back of my upper legs is another problem area for me, and really do hate seeing women in shorts and skirts in summer with beautifully smooth legs. It makes me insanely envy.

CheeseBored Tue 23-Jun-15 22:33:12

same here. never ever have smooth legs, always a rash and itchy, think I will invest in a Lumea...

WorkingItOutForMyself Tue 23-Jun-15 22:35:11

So glad it's not just me... I am very tempted by the lumea but wonder if maybe I just need shaving tips etc? Or perhaps I shall embrace it and become a gorilla. grin

Dudess Tue 23-Jun-15 22:38:57

Hello fellow hairy lasses! I am Cate Blanchet luminescent (very flipping pale) and have the darkest hairs!

I go to Poundland for Nair, apply with a cotton glove (you know, the type for applying overnight moisturizer) and use a tube on both lower legs. I'm 'satisfied' with the regrowth appearing after about 4 days, but the more I apply this, the less strength in the regrowth. I'll never have smooth legs for longer than 48 hours, but Nair is so much better than shaving. And I have a low pain threshold so can't wax etc!

WorkingItOutForMyself Tue 23-Jun-15 22:44:07

I haven't had much luck with creams - tried them all a few years ago but it was soo patchy for me. My hairs are really thick! Has it improved much? Maybe I'll try again.

I've read the lumea thread, it's v interesting!! People really rave about it.

AuditAngel Wed 24-Jun-15 06:54:33

I have a lumea, I bought it a couple of years ago, but only used it once.

It took longer than I exoected, so allow for that.

I used it last month before going away, about to do another treatment, and even after one I can see the re growth is slower. My bikini line has gone a bit patchy where some hairs gave fallen out.

chanie44 Wed 24-Jun-15 08:43:06

OP, I think I may be hairier than you.

You mention waxing, was this at home or the salon. I find the salon does a much better job than I do but I have some strips at home for top ups. Sugaring may be better for you than wax if you are sensitive.

I also have laser treatments on my face, which works well.

WorkingItOutForMyself Wed 24-Jun-15 09:51:17

Waxing has been done in the salon. Don't get me wrong, it works well and looks good for a few days but then I'm back to square one. Not worth the effort. Sugaring sounds interesting - can I do it at home?

I'm fortunate that my facial hair is under control - I get my eyebrows and top lip threaded regularly. A few chin hairs get plucked out as and when but nothing else necessary.

Laser is always an option I suppose. Going to get my eyes lasered in a few years - imagine if I got my hair done too. I'd be basically completely lasered haha!

BumbleNova Wed 24-Jun-15 09:51:44

strange question OP but when you tried waxing how long was your growth at that point? how many weeks? it may not have lasted very long if different hairs are growing on different cycles, i.e. the waxed ones did last longer than a few days, but there were just other unwaxed hairs lurking and ready to sprout. I have to have 6 weeks growth (!) to get a long lasting wax which I appreciate is very frightening. but I am not very hairy. you might be ok with 4 weeks?

waxing is the best hair removal I have found. it lasts the longest - I get nearly a month hair free. get a good local salon and book yourself in regularly - it does make the hair less scarce.

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