Hair removal methods (epilating?)

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Yeah definitely going to try some of these tips for shaving and waxing (when I get money). Can't bring myself to touching that Nair again though. I guess that's what relaxer burns feel like, lord have mercy.
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Acutally, that's exactly what made me think to use the vasoline. My friend actually triggered that thought process because she suggested I use baby oil as a "base" oh my woman bits before using the nair. I gave her a funny look and she was like "yeah...you know...like how u base your scalp for a perm". As Oprah would say, I had the "AH!" moment and I've been burn free ever since.

If you look at Nair, the main ingredient is LYE or a lye derivative. Then I remembered that when my beautician was perming my hair, she had to use vasoline on my scalp and the length of my hair to prevent over processing (that any my scalp has alwasy been extra sensative). A relaxer uses the lye to the point where the bonds in the hair break but it rinsed out before it over processes....but Nair actually " over processes" the hair down there to the point where it starts to dissolve.
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empressi you are BRAVE!! I tried waxing myself once and was literally crying. I tried to nair the love below and burned my skin off. I was tryin to be sexy and ended up looking HORRIBLE!! chemical sores and gross patches of scabs Shaving always would leave razor burn not on my legs or underarms but on my lady love. I stopped shaving up and the razor burn and ingrowns stopped. on my legs I shave up but in that area I usually shave down unless its gonna be seen ( pool) Waxing is my fave. Its just too expensive. I might as well be sasquatchs mom when it comes to hair though I spend forever shaving.
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Bless those who actually wax themselves. I wouldn't have the nerve. I tried tweezing my eyebrows when I was younger, but I couldn't take the pain. I do that at the salon. I've gone back and forth between using Nair and shaving my pits and legs. I don't have a preference for either method.
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empressi you are BRAVE!! I tried waxing myself once and was literally crying. I tried to nair the love below and burned my skin off. I was tryin to be sexy and ended up looking HORRIBLE!! chemical sores and gross patches of scabs Shaving always would leave razor burn not on my legs or underarms but on my lady love. I stopped shaving up and the razor burn and ingrowns stopped. on my legs I shave up but in that area I usually shave down unless its gonna be seen ( pool) Waxing is my fave. Its just too expensive. I might as well be sasquatchs mom when it comes to hair though I spend forever shaving.
Originally Posted by sweetmx85
hahaha im not brave im cheap! but i loooooooove smooth skin! and im hairy!!!! and i hate shaving. oh my it itches like hell growing back and because my hair is so coarse i'd have to shave everyday, and with coarser curly hair you're more prone to ingrown hairs.

Bless those who actually wax themselves. I wouldn't have the nerve. I tried tweezing my eyebrows when I was younger, but I couldn't take the pain. I do that at the salon. I've gone back and forth between using Nair and shaving my pits and legs. I don't have a preference for either method.
Originally Posted by LadyV69

lol i tweeze my own eyebrows. to make it less painful you can take some motrin beforehand and get a hot washcloth and place it on your eyebrows for a few minutes before tweezing.

though i just dig right in and tweeze. im used to it.

good thing with waxing is the more you do it, the finer the hair grows back and the easier it gets.
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I've never used an epilator. I tried waxing but I couldn't do it. I tried Nair, but it seemed like it made my skin just as irritated as shaving so I decided to stick to shaving.

I did some research online and read somewhere that it's better to shave more sensitive areas with a single blade razor, than a three blade, like those Venus ones. I use a single blade on my underarms and bikini area and a four-blade knock off on my legs. I also do a brown sugar scrub before I shave. This routine has helped a lot. I still get ingrowns but I just pull them out with the tweezers and keep it moving. For my eyebrows, I use a fold-up single blade that I got from Walgreens and just shape them a little bit. I used to tweeze but I hated it. HTH
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Any other tips and recommendations on how to decrease the pain when tweezing, waxing, etc is much appreciated. For me, the pain is unbearable. I have a low threshold for pain and after not even 30 seconds of plucking I can't even see my eyes get so watery. I'll go as long as I can on other parts of my body but I like to at the least groom my eyebrows. My hair is so thick and coarse and it seems like it's deep because it hurts so bad.


My face too.
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Any other tips and recommendations on how to decrease the pain when tweezing, waxing, etc is much appreciated. For me, the pain is unbearable. I have a low threshold for pain and after not even 30 seconds of plucking I can't even see my eyes get so watery. I'll go as long as I can on other parts of my body but I like to at the least groom my eyebrows. My hair is so thick and coarse and it seems like it's deep because it hurts so bad.


My face too.
Originally Posted by CocoT
Tweezing is easier for me after a hot shower.
For my eyebrows I get them waxed at the salon. That way, they are shaped nice and I just use the twizzers to get the strays that come in between visits. The lady that does my eyebrows charges like $8 and I usually tip her $2....in and out in 5 minutes tops. I go every 3-4 weeks depending on how much the hair grows and needs trimming. Less twizzing so it should be easier to manage. Also, you can use a numbing cream/gel on your eyebrows...just be careful around your eyes!
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Last edited by Nappy_curly_crown; 12-10-2010 at 09:25 AM.
Coco, I'd try getting your eyebrows waxed at a salon if you have a difficult time tweezing. They do it so fast that you really don't even have time to feel the pain....Right before you're about to say "NOOOOOOOOOOOO", they pull the wax off, lol.
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I'm Italian. I have 'old Italian lady' hair popping up where I'd rather it didn't. So I've tried it all. Waxing was too expensive for my blood. And I didn't like having to wait for it to get longish to do it again. I've used a few different epilators with limited success. Nair worked well on some areas and not so well on others.

I finally just went back to the fast, easy, cheap way of removing hair.
Eyebrows and chin hair - tweeze
Legs, underarms - shave (I actually enjoy shaving, cheap mens 2-blade razors)
Ladybits - I shave parts of it and trim up parts with scissors, sometimes making a design
I also have an inexpensive cordless electric razor for quick touch ups
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Ok yall are brave I could never wax myself, hell sometimes I want to beat the woman who is waxing me lol.

Then I tried my girlfriends Braun Silk Epil for real it was like slow torture...on the up side it did give a nice shave but man it hurt like a bit@# maybe I am just a baby.

Anyway I shave and my ex actually taught me I was doing it wrong. He gave me some tips and I have to say I no longer get ingrown hairs and I stopped destroying my skin. So here are the the three things I learned number one women's razor suck I use mens, the Mach3 is awesome and thy always have a sale and a coupon (about $9 for 5). Second shave the way the hair grows so for most ladies you should shave your legs going down not up. Third use a thin layer of oil and then a good shaving cream. When you apply a thin layer of oil (I use coconut) it makes the razor slide better thus no bruising the skin and get a good quality shaving cream again men's stuff is superior to women I actually use this stuff from crab tree and evelyn, Nomad I think ($14). It is a really good shave and the best thing is there is no pain.

HTH
Originally Posted by ajna

After almost a month, I have to say this method of shaving WORKS. I was always taught to shave against the grain/direction the hair lies (i.e., up for the legs). My legs are smoother longer shaving down.

I still haven't tried the men's razor yet. I still have some of the women's fillers. When I run out, I'm going to buy some of the men's fillers and see if they'll pop into my women's Quattro handle.

I haven't tried the oil, but I have stopped shaving in the shower. I actually shower and then shave with a foot on the toilet cover near the sink. I have more control this way and don't feel rushed.

So....I don't know if I'm going back to getting my legs waxed now. Maybe one day, but why go back to waxing them when shaving gives me the same feel now that I'm doing it using a better technique?

Still haven't done anything with my pit hair. So afraid of ingrowns and don't want the darkened pits.

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I've done laser treatment for my face (chin area) and it's the one of the best cosmetic decisions I've ever made. 8 sessions with a 3 year guarantee of 4 touch up sessions - $550 total at a medi-spa (Laser Cosmetica in NYC and Philly). Greatly reduced the amount of hair.

@ Nappy Crown. I'm dark-skinned as well. As you probably already know, the key is to find a place (that you trust of course) that uses the "Cool Glide" or "YAG" laser for dark skin types.

And then there's electrolysis. I've researched this technique used by Lucy Peters which is supposedly permanent. (Although the FDA says there is no such thing as truly permanent hair removal for some individuals.) When I read the reviews, it seems like a lot of transgender folks love the Lucy Peters technique for facial hair removal. I think I trust their opinion...LOL.

And then there's this litte thingy: The Epicare Sort of based on the threading technique, but you do it yourself. Takes a bit to get the hang of it, but I loved using it before getting laser treatment. Here's a link to a youtuber demonstrating it: YouTube - Bellabe/Epicare Facial Hair Removal

This is a generally good site to read up on hair removal: Hairtell: Hair removal forum

Funny. We spend so much time and money keeping the hair on our heads and keeping it off everywhere else.....


I'm in the same boat as Coco T...I want laser!! The only problem is that as a dark skinned woman, I have to go to a dermatologist rather than a medispa to get it done, which like triples the dayum price. So instead of $100-150 per session (every 4-6 weeks) I'm looking at like $300-500 per session. *sigh*

I shave my legs and under arms and I nair my "other" areas and face. I tried plucking but the ingrown hairs on my chin were the WORST and waxing left ingrowns on my chin also. I do wax the other areas from time to time, but I kinda perfer the nair because of the expense. The trick I found to using the nair is that I cover the area that I'm removing the hair from with vaseoline...a thick layer of vaseoline and then apply the nair. I haven't had a problem with buring since I learned that from a friend. I can leave that stuff on for 15-20 minutes and not have it burn and be smooth as a baby's bottom. I usually apply prior to my shower and then let it sit for about 10 min while I do other stuff, hop in and rinse off and shower as normal. After my shower I apply some shea butter or coco butter to the area to sooth it and I'm good for weeks at a time and no ingrown hairs.

I have thought about using an epilator, but I'm afraid that its going to be just as bad a plucking as far as ingrowns so I havn't explored that option just yet.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Thanks Morenae! I'm going to look into the laser thing again. It's been a few months since I called around, and my dermatologist gave me the name of a place that she knows uses the YAG lasers...although to be honest, I'd prob feel more comfortable letting her (my dermatologist) do it since she specializes in African American skin.....I mean I guess I can eat noodles for a few weeks and be hair free....
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I've done laser treatment for my face (chin area) and it's the one of the best cosmetic decisions I've ever made. 8 sessions with a 3 year guarantee of 4 touch up sessions - $550 total at a medi-spa (Laser Cosmetica in NYC and Philly). Greatly reduced the amount of hair.

@ Nappy Crown. I'm dark-skinned as well. As you probably already know, the key is to find a place (that you trust of course) that uses the "Cool Glide" or "YAG" laser for dark skin types.

And then there's electrolysis. I've researched this technique used by Lucy Peters which is supposedly permanent. (Although the FDA says there is no such thing as truly permanent hair removal for some individuals.) When I read the reviews, it seems like a lot of transgender folks love the Lucy Peters technique for facial hair removal. I think I trust their opinion...LOL.
Originally Posted by morenae
Was it difficult finding a place, and then laser settings that worked?

I asked my derm about laser, back when I had insurance. Never went through with it, because I didn't want to put out the money and also thought it wouldn't be worth it. Isn't it all about whether the hair is darker than the surrounding skin? My hair can be super fine and hard to see until it's in great quantities. It creates shadow on the skin, but it's not a true contrast with my skin, you know?

I thought the electrolysis would be a better route, but then the time is greater.
I've done laser treatment for my face (chin area) and it's the one of the best cosmetic decisions I've ever made. 8 sessions with a 3 year guarantee of 4 touch up sessions - $550 total at a medi-spa (Laser Cosmetica in NYC and Philly). Greatly reduced the amount of hair.

@ Nappy Crown. I'm dark-skinned as well. As you probably already know, the key is to find a place (that you trust of course) that uses the "Cool Glide" or "YAG" laser for dark skin types.

And then there's electrolysis. I've researched this technique used by Lucy Peters which is supposedly permanent. (Although the FDA says there is no such thing as truly permanent hair removal for some individuals.) When I read the reviews, it seems like a lot of transgender folks love the Lucy Peters technique for facial hair removal. I think I trust their opinion...LOL.
Originally Posted by morenae
Was it difficult finding a place, and then laser settings that worked?

I asked my derm about laser, back when I had insurance. Never went through with it, because I didn't want to put out the money and also thought it wouldn't be worth it. Isn't it all about whether the hair is darker than the surrounding skin? My hair can be super fine and hard to see until it's in great quantities. It creates shadow on the skin, but it's not a true contrast with my skin, you know?

I thought the electrolysis would be a better route, but then the time is greater.
Originally Posted by DangerBlakey
Yeah, I was on the fence for a long time trying to decide where, when, and if I wanted to do it. I wish I would've just done it sooner - although finding the right person was critical. It was on the recommendation of other dark skinned people that I chose the place that I did. I think they found my "setting" relatively quickly within 2 sessions.

I was under the impression that laser treatments were off limits for us dark skinned folk. And indeed it was for quite some time before the development of YAG lasers that were able to distinguish dark hair from dark skin. But they aren't perfect. Hair removal is tricky - especially on the face (which is often related to hormonal changes). And the finer, lighter or more sparse your hair is, the more difficult it will be for the laser to distinguish it and sort of "pick it up" and send light waves along it to it's root. And the success of the treatment depends heavily on the patient's case and the skill of the practitioner to fing that just right setting and frequency of treatment. Hence the promise is "permanent hair reduction" not "permanent hair removal."

My hairs were more like dark pesky whiskers concentrated in a finite space on each side of my face. It wasn't a full on beard, but it bothered me. I tried Vaniqa, but that was EXPENSIVE, and plucking, threading, shaving was becoming a chore. Thankfully, most of my hairs are gone. With the exception of about 10 sparse but stubborn gray hairs (I'm getting old), which lasers cannot remove because they are too light. My recommendation is to get it done before you turn gray. LOL. Lasers can't remove gray hairs, although electrolysis can.

For this I am considering electrolysis just to clean it up for good. My derm says electrolysis will now be less expensive since I have less hair to remove.
Ok yall are brave I could never wax myself, hell sometimes I want to beat the woman who is waxing me lol.

Then I tried my girlfriends Braun Silk Epil for real it was like slow torture...on the up side it did give a nice shave but man it hurt like a bit@# maybe I am just a baby.

Anyway I shave and my ex actually taught me I was doing it wrong. He gave me some tips and I have to say I no longer get ingrown hairs and I stopped destroying my skin. So here are the the three things I learned number one women's razor suck I use mens, the Mach3 is awesome and thy always have a sale and a coupon (about $9 for 5). Second shave the way the hair grows so for most ladies you should shave your legs going down not up. Third use a thin layer of oil and then a good shaving cream. When you apply a thin layer of oil (I use coconut) it makes the razor slide better thus no bruising the skin and get a good quality shaving cream again men's stuff is superior to women I actually use this stuff from crab tree and evelyn, Nomad I think ($14). It is a really good shave and the best thing is there is no pain.

HTH
Originally Posted by ajna

After almost a month, I have to say this method of shaving WORKS. I was always taught to shave against the grain/direction the hair lies (i.e., up for the legs). My legs are smoother longer shaving down.

I still haven't tried the men's razor yet. I still have some of the women's fillers. When I run out, I'm going to buy some of the men's fillers and see if they'll pop into my women's Quattro handle.

I haven't tried the oil, but I have stopped shaving in the shower. I actually shower and then shave with a foot on the toilet cover near the sink. I have more control this way and don't feel rushed.

So....I don't know if I'm going back to getting my legs waxed now. Maybe one day, but why go back to waxing them when shaving gives me the same feel now that I'm doing it using a better technique?

Still haven't done anything with my pit hair. So afraid of ingrowns and don't want the darkened pits.
Originally Posted by curlyarca
I am glad it worked out for you
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Hi all,

I think electrolysis is the best way to remove unwanted hairs permanently because this method kills the "germative" cells which form the growth centre at the base of the hair follicle. In this process a direct current is passed through the hair to the base of the follicle which in results remove unwanted hairs permanently. The electrolysis process damages the root of the hair each time a treatment is repeated resulting in the cells being unable to grow more hair.

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I tried laser hair removal on my legs 3 years ago and it completely burnt my skin! I was very dark red burns on my thighs and under my behind for several months. Thankfully, now they're all gone! And it wasn't even a regular burn, hard to explain but my skin felt normal but i just had very dark scars all over my skin.
I had it done at my dermatologist's in France and it cost me 600 EUR! Never again man!
5 years ago, i had itense pulsed light epilation done on my arms. I only did 8 sessions out of 10 (once per month) and for many years i had no hair. Now i just have a few but they are barely noticeable. When i want to go for a clean look i just shave them off or pluck them. I'm very glad i had that done.
I had it done in Japan for 40.000 JPY.

For the rest, i pluck my eyebrows, wax my upper lip and bikini myself and get my legs waxed at a waxing salon (did it myself for years but just can't be bothered to do it anymore).
I pluck my armpits as years of waxing has removed almost every hair i have.

I shaved when i was very young but i'd never do it again. I'm all about waxing!

I am a hairy gal as well as i have PCOS, therefore I make sure my hormones are on check. I take Diane 35 and Androcur and this has helped tremendously!

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