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Epilators - do they hurt?

(54 Posts)
mistressploppy Fri 28-May-10 13:41:23

Just wondering, I'm fed up with shaving and too wimpy disorganised for waxing.

I heard they hurt loads but it gets better as the hair gets finer/weaker - true?

BitOfFun Fri 28-May-10 13:43:00

Yes. A lot.

cookielove Fri 28-May-10 13:43:28

I know they hurt the first few times, the pain was to much for me to carry on after that, blush

MadreInglese Fri 28-May-10 13:43:50


BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 28-May-10 13:44:26

urrrr their mouthparts going ''ang ang ang''


mistressploppy Fri 28-May-10 13:44:37

Bollocks Oh drat, never mind, on with the shaving then

Eglu Fri 28-May-10 13:45:20

Yes, evil. Much worse than waxing imo. At least waxing takes a load of hairs at once, whereas an epilator is like using tweezers.

Chandra Fri 28-May-10 13:47:13

I think that nobody uses epilators after trying them. They are sold to first time users who soon realise they would rather turn into bears than using them again.

Obviously, there may be people with some very thin hair (or very high pain threshold) who may be the exception of the rule.

Eleison Fri 28-May-10 14:10:27

Yes they hurt! But they are worth it. You stay hairless for longer and it is TRUE that the hair grows back more weakly. If you do it fairly frequently, before you look like Sherwood Forest, the pain is less because not all of the hairs will have started to grow above the surface.

It is reallt worth it to avoid sticky wax horror or the whole leg-beard stubbly thing of shaving

jamaisjedors Fri 28-May-10 14:12:03


But if you wax first and then start epilating about a week later when there is a bit of regrowth it is manageable.

Do not believe that rubbish spouted by magazines about waxing lasting 6 weeks though!

Thistledew Fri 28-May-10 14:17:52

I have been epilating for years and have quite strong dark hairs, and hating having to shave every day. It used to hurt lots so I would get stoned take painkillers before doing it. Now the hairs are much weaker it barely registers. I do it about once a month, and shave once in between times.

arsesandoldlace Fri 28-May-10 14:19:22

What Chandra said.

I still haven't forgotten the pain of using my epilator for the first time - to rip out half my thatch.

And the ice pack does not help.

Celery Fri 28-May-10 20:05:12

To be honest, I didn't really mind the pain, but just kept getting ingrowing hairs, which were a total bugger to get rid of, so that's what put me off, rather than the pain.

ja9 Fri 28-May-10 20:21:40

Anyone done eyebrows? Seriously considering...

jamaisjedors Fri 28-May-10 20:58:59

Eyebrows! Seriously?

I can barely bear to pluck them - usually wimp out and get the beautician to do it.

BallpointPen Fri 28-May-10 21:00:54

You lot are pussies. They don't hurt. Yes, you can feel it but they work good.

nannyj Fri 28-May-10 21:11:25

Yes they do, don't get one.....ever!

Lubyloo Fri 28-May-10 21:15:27

No they don't hurt- they just take getting used to.

I do legs, underarms, bikini line and facial hair blush and it is fine.

nancydrewrocks Sat 29-May-10 14:21:11

Hurts less than waxing but that is cancelled out by the fact that it takes much longer however if I have a good mag or mumsnet to distract me I don't find the job too awful.

That being said I only really do my legs. My bikini line and underarms are waxed and when I have a light regrowth I might use the epilator but really need to have had a glass of wine to numbe the pain in those instances!

SacharissaCripslock Sat 29-May-10 14:26:40

I felt faint the first time I used an epilator. The pain, the pain. Bastard thing lives in a cupboard growing dustier by the year.

mrsjuan Sat 29-May-10 14:29:19

I got one a few weeks ago and don't think it hurt [hard as nails] but I am finding that my legs look like a plucked chicken - not sure if I'm doing it right??

SacharissaCripslock Sat 29-May-10 14:31:28

Get you with your sexy legs. wink

CaptainWinky Sat 29-May-10 14:37:03

I like mine- I use tend skin on it after epilating and don't have a problem with ingrowing hairs/redness. It really doesn't hurt as long as you do it regularly to keep on top of it. I find it weirdly relaxing and do legs, underarms and bikini line. Underarms are difficult but only because they are a bit awkward.

It hurts LOADS less than waxing.

mookle Sat 29-May-10 14:43:16

mistressploppy - I am quite low pain threshold and yes it hurt like a bugger I would say the first 2-3 weeks of using but I was determined as sick of spending a fortune on razors etc. Now 1 year on its honestly the best thing i did, hairs are so fine now even when they grow back you can hardly see them, no scratchy beard legs anymore, and does not hurt a bit. However I have never managed to get past the pain of bikini line usage - just cant do it, nearly passed out from pain!!

StarlightMcKenzie Sat 29-May-10 14:45:44

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