So, I haven't shaved in a few years (except my pits). It just gives me too bad a rash, even with lots of moisturiser afterward. But I do prefer the feel and look of shaved legs, esp. in the summer. I haven't done anything about it until now, but I guess I'm just fed up. I tried waxing recently. The only thing I could find that my skin would be able to tolerate is a sugar wax by Veet. It says that it's supposed to last up to 3 wks. Bah! I had stubble a day or two later. Not to mention that it only removed about half of the hairs. The rest were either left intact or shorter but not gone. I figured that this problem was just because I was starting with long hairs. So a week later I tried it again. It still left about half the hairs. I got a bit of a rash the second time, too. I'm very frustrated. Is that what waxing is like? If so, why would anyone bother waxing?
Now, I did a search on this forum, and it seems some of you like the epilators. Do they work better than waxing? Is the pain factor about the same (I didn't find it too bad, really)? What brand do you recommend? How long do the hairs have to be before you can use it again (I really don't like the stubble)?
I need some help. Any suggestions and information you'd like to share. Right now my legs just look silly.
For rashes from shaving my pits, I use the rock crystal deodorant - I haven't had a rash in years! Never had a problem with my legs, but I'm sure it would work as well.
I have used Silkepil & Epilady in the past & have recently started thinking about doing it again. After the first time (which I found very painful - like waxing only slower
) it wasn't bad at all. From what I recall, it took a few times before it got them all & ingrown hairs were a BIG problem. Don't know what you could do about that.
I tried my best to follow the instructions included, but who knows. Unfortunately, a professional wax isn't an option for me. I'm chemically sensitive and can't set foot into a salon without a real problem. Besides we live way out here, so it would be a headache. That's why I'm wondering about the epilator.
I feel your pain - my legs get all hard cystic-like zitty if I shave for too long. I have gotten waxed professionally a lot but it is way too expensive and depends on the skill of the esthetician working that day. Now I do it myself sometimes and then maintain it with the epilator (I have a Braun but they are all the same). You cannot really start with the Braun unless you are a masochist b/c it hurts sooooooooooooo
: bad, but once you have waxed even a halfway decent job it is good for upkeep. As for waxing, if you have a beauty supply store anywhere near you, that is the place. Here they are called Sally Beauty Supply. Just a supply for salons. They have several types, including natural honey waxes. You microwave them and then use strips of muslin to pull them off. Depending on the way your hair grows, you might need a partner to do the backs of your legs. Make sure you lay the wax on thinly in the direction of growth and then rip of quickly in the opposite direction. Also don't pull the strip up, pull directly back parallel to your leg. Make sure legs are clean and dry - like 4 or 5 hours after a bath/shower but don't use lotion or oil. Very fine hairs will often break but you can't see those anyway.