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[Mar. 12th, 2009|06:50 pm]

it is, ultimately, an electronic tweezer with 72 rotating tweezer heads

I ordered one because it was on sale and my cousin was telling me how great it was...that she didn't have to shave anymore and was smooth for weeks at a time. Basically like waxing but cheaper, easier to do yourself (no mess) and you don't have to wait for the hair to grow very long, only .5mm, unlike the 4mm-ish needed for waxing.

It came today and I tried it out with a pretty basic run on my legs. it was pretty painful around my ankles and felt fine on my shins. Hurt like crazy on my calves but was fine on my knees. It hurt, but was totally tolerable on the back of my thighs but felt like millions of tiny razorblades slicing up the front of my thighs, but not leaving any blood...the thighs were traumatic.

Now, I learned when I had laser hair removal (not effective enough, don't waste your money) that hair grows in cycles and that at any given time a specific hair can be in one of 3 stages:
1. hair actively growing
2. when the hair follicle shrinks
3. folicle rest cycle, hair still attached but falls out whenever stage 1 begins again

My cousin tells me, and it is sound logic so I agree, that it hurts the first time because there is more hair (all 3 stages) and that I should do my legs again (or maybe 3 times) in a day or two to make sure I got everything. Then in a few weeks when I'm ready to do it again, there will be far less hair and it won't hurt as bad. We'll see.

[User Picture]From: smbfrei
2009-03-13 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yow! Looking forward to the update on this.

Hey, I bet you're scootering like crazy, right? I STILL haven't been out this year yet.
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[User Picture]From: christy_p
2009-03-13 03:22 pm (UTC)
actually I've not been on the scooter this year either...it's 45 today and I'm a wimp when it comes to cold.
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[User Picture]From: littlewashu
2009-03-13 02:35 pm (UTC)
What is it called? How much was it?

Are you going to attempt to use it anywhere other than your legs?
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[User Picture]From: christy_p
2009-03-13 03:30 pm (UTC)
it's made by Emjoi and it is the Emagine. I got it at drugstore.com for $119. They sell several different models but my cousin said the cordless ones wear out a lot faster. Evidently she's been epilating exclusively for about 4 years.

I did my arms and it was pretty easy. Like 5 minutes and it hurt worst at my wrists. not bad though.

I'll try my bikini area one day but I don't have the courage for that right now...my cousin uses hers on her bikini and her armpits too and said they both hurt quite badly. She recommends getting waxed first so that only stage 1 hair comes back and says it'll be a bit easier.
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[User Picture]From: valerieloveland
2009-03-16 06:50 am (UTC)

I haven't shaved in over 6 years

I used to use that type of thing. I prefer waxing (sugaring, actually, it hurts less). I am thinking about getting one of those again because when I wax (I do it myself) I miss stray hairs sometimes, and this would be good for cleaning them up. It is also a lot less messy than sugaring.

By the way, it hurt a lot at first, but it hurts way less now that I've been waxing awhile. Also, when the hair comes in, it comes in soft.

Something not so great: it is easy to get ingrown hairs, so I would recommend that you exfoliate every day (I use a pumice stone).
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[User Picture]From: christy_p
2009-03-16 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: I haven't shaved in over 6 years

good point about the exfoliating. I've got to remember to do that.

I bet since you've been sugaring for so long, that this wouldn't hurt as bad as it used to.
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