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epilators

topic posted Fri, April 21, 2006 - 12:08 AM by  LionsMane
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Hey,
How ya doin.New to this tribe. Thanks for the posts and tips.
Have been a trimmer for many years, only shaved certain parts
at different times like chest, arms, legs, pubes, and only recently
went with the total body shave. Love it, it feels awesome to be
so free. Any way, have been searching the net for tips and tricks
on body hair removal and ran across a site for nudest nudists, or
smoothy nudists, as they also like to be called.
Some of them are swearing by epilators such as braun, phillips and
emjoi. Any one out there tried one of these? Thoughts? Pain? Results?
Would appreciate anyones input. Thanks for the tips already available
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LionsMane
Dallas
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  • Re: epilators

    Mon, April 24, 2006 - 9:17 PM
    I started shaving my, um "parts" on and off when I was in high school which was about 25 years ago. Liked the feel but didn't like the stubble. Bought a Braun EpilSilk epilator and have been using it for about three years. The first time on the bush it was a bit intense but since then the hair is so much finer that it's pretty much just touch up. In the last year I've started on my pits, chest and legs. I'm pretty much hair-free now. Shave minimizing lotion like Jergins or St. Ives and Aveno shaving minimizer cream also work great. Just make sure to scrub with a loofa or something to minimize ingrown hairs!
    • Re: epilators p.s.

      Mon, April 24, 2006 - 9:47 PM
      Actually, I know that it sounds strange, but I've found by accident that the green Scotch-Brite pads that you can find at the hardware store (at mine they are about 6"x8 but you can cut them down) work great for exfoliating. I had one that I used on my hands after gardening and discovered that they clean really well and exfoliate even better. If they are new you have to rinse them first and kind of ruff them up to get rid of the stray fibers but they clean the skin without getting funky and soft like a real loofa does. Plus they are really inexpensive and you can throw them in the washer. Follow up with your hair removal process of choice and your'e good for days!
      • Re: epilators p.s.

        Tue, April 25, 2006 - 6:37 AM
        Thanks for the tips. I love the clean feel as well, just cant stand the stubble
        I have had my chest and arms waxed before, so I'm kind of expecting that
        sensation. Just didn't know about other more sensitive parts. Great tip on the
        exfoliation, use those pads all the time for cleaning around the house, never thought
        about applying them to skin.
        • Re: epilators p.s.

          Sat, July 8, 2006 - 6:47 AM
          I have to say the best method of removing hair is by using an epilator! The first time I removed hair was by shaving (big mistake). Then I got older and hair were becoming more pronounced. Then I discovered waxing, I have used lots of brands eg nair, nads, etc. These are the gel based which don’t work as well on short hair. Having said that, I have found that the best wax to use is the hot waxes, this are solid you must heat them up spread on skin wait to set then pull. It’s the most effective waxing method. However, it is time consuming like u wouldn’t believe!!!!! Plus the biggest problem is pricing way too expensive. Then u have to deal with ingrown hairs and bruises on sensitive parts. So I moved to epilators!!!!
          I have used emojoi optima, silk epil and Phillips satinelle (basic version, without the ice attachment). Even though I had been waxing for about 4 years, then I stopped waxing and when I was due for the next session (4 weeks intervals) I used the silk epil (first epilator I owned) oh my god! It hurt like hell!!! But it was faster then waxing. Before it took me about 3 hours to wax (working as fast as I could legs, bikini, under arm) with the epilator it took me about 1 ½ hours (I am not really hairy mind u, not ape hairy more like a young teen type). However, with this method some hairs grow back quicker (due to breakage) but with time it is more effective then waxing!!! Hairs are finer and sparser (when I was waxing they never go finer! But growth rate was slower). A key thing with an epilator the more u stick with it the results improve through time and u eventually achieve a slow growth rate (which mean u don’t have to use as often). However, ingrown hairs are a problem but can be over come. I use ingrow-go by skindoctors (effective product) and a scortch (green pad used to wash dishes). U must exfoliate daily the best results after a shower when u just finish drying, go over the area until u skin look powdery (exfoliated skin) then moisturize. The ingro-go, just rub once a week. I used to get lots of ingrown hairs and red pimples after doing that I have not had any ingrown hairs at all (tip go easy on the ingrown solution, don’t use too often coz its strong stuff only once a week is enough or just on the prone areas).
          Although the silk epil worked fine, I decided to upgrade and go for a more expensive type so I bought the Emjoi optima, yes it seemed faster but if broke down after 8 months and it worked just as well (not better or worse) then the silk epil. Now I saw a Phillips satinelle on ebay bought it for a present then decided to keep. It is way cheaper then the other epilators (basic version) I must say that epilator seems to deliver better results, it actually doesn’t break as many hairs and it’s just as fast as the optima.
          Overall the best method has to be an epilator it is way cheaper then waxing, takes time for results but regrowth gets finer, softer, lighter in color, sparser and longer regrowth cycle. As long as u exfoliate after a shower daily you won’t have any problems with ingrowns (after a shower u get a better exfoliating result). I would say if use an epilator for about 6-8 months you will see its better then waxing!
          • Re: epilators p.s.

            Tue, July 11, 2006 - 5:58 PM
            I know that it seems to contradict, but if you also shower with an inexpensive shampoo, and I mean the cheapest you can find, it will help. I discovered this when I needed something to scrub my goatee and didn't have anything except a bottle of shampoo shaped like Gumby that my sister gave to me several years ago. I ended up just using it as body wash and the skin blemishes suprisingly started to clear up. I'm now using Suave Daily Clarifying (about $1.80 a bottle). It really cleans the skin and doesn't leave any residue like you will have with soap, especially if you have hard water.
            • Re: epilators p.s.

              Sun, July 16, 2006 - 1:24 AM
              i never thought about shampoo, i'll give that a go!
              • Re: epilators p.s.

                Sun, July 16, 2006 - 2:29 PM
                A splash of bay rum or rubbing alcohol also helps. Smarts for a second but kills any bacteria and clears it up even faster.
                • Re: epilators p.s.

                  Tue, July 18, 2006 - 11:57 PM
                  Octavious, I tried your cheap shampoo tip! After finish my shower and dried myself, I exfoliated with the scorch pad. Wow the dead skin just stared coming off!!! And it fried all the ingrowns. I think the shampoo softens the skin more and it makes exfoliation more effective.
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                    Re: epilators p.s.

                    Wed, July 19, 2006 - 2:51 PM
                    Glad that I didn't lead you down a dead-end path. Everyone has a different reaction. Something that works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. Never thought about exfoliating AFTER the shampoo, I've done it WITH the shampoo -- might have to try that!
                    • Re: epilators p.s.

                      Wed, November 18, 2009 - 8:21 AM
                      Hey guys - I stumbled upon the cheap shampoo and scotch pad discussion here. It is working pretty well. Just to add - I use exfoliating mitts in the shower with the shampoo. Then the pad afterward. Then Tend Skin a couple times a week. Still getting a few ingrowns but it is getting better.
                      I have found that my gray hair on my chest are exremely stubborn and extremely painful. Right now I epilate everything except my balls, cock, crack and chest. Any more suggestions from the last couple years?
      • Re: epilators p.s.

        Tue, May 25, 2010 - 8:27 AM
        Octavius,

        I know it has been years since you posted this, but I came across it using Google looking for information on how to shave the entire body and what good if any were/are epilators. I have a question for you: Do you use the Scotch-Brite pad with the Suave shampoo after you shower with your regular body gel and then use the epilator? Because I read somewhere that a guy said to semi dry off and then use the Scotch pad until you had a powdery look to your skin? Is this a correct method too? I have an epilator on order and am wanting to well educated before it arrives. It was this tribe and post that motivated me to join Tribe......thanks for the posting.
  • trashed the tender tidbits - help!

    Sun, January 14, 2007 - 7:47 AM
    OK, I just bought a Braun Silk-Epil. Ripped out my chest - not too painful, a warm up. Got to my lower abdomen and thought, ok, endorphins, PLEASE do your magic. Ouuuuuch! But smoothness encouraged me to continue. Upper thighs were a piece of cake. Went for The Boys, my scrotum held tightly to one side to get the hair growing over the right nut. Holy mother of god it drew blood!!! Seems the hair follicle is bumpy on the skin, and was pulled up with the hair into the devil-teeth of the machine. Full stop. No frickin way do I want to turn the rest of my junk into raw ground strip steak!

    So please, share your secret technique. How do you get your sack, taint, and butt crack hair-free with this freakin' thing without having to get a transfusion at worst, or a most ugly and embarrassing strawberry at best?
    • Re: trashed the tender tidbits - help!

      Tue, January 16, 2007 - 3:17 PM
      1. Ignore the directions to bathe first before using an epilator. The moisture in your skin from a shower seems to make it too "flexible" and can get caught in the tweezers. I think that that instruction is included to help eliminate bacteria. A splash of alcohol (yeah, it'll smart) will take care of that.

      2. It get's easier every single time you use it. The hair also gets finer and easier to remove.

      3. Make sure the hair isn't too long.

      4. Sack is tricky since the skin is so flexible. Don't try to do it all at once. Go in smaller sections.

      5. Crack - Trim first. Again, don't try to get everything on the first try.

      6. Shaft - See #4.

      7. Pubes - See #5 and #2.

      8. Drink a few beers before trying items 1-7 for the first time. First time is a bitch, but after you have done it three or four times it's no more painful than shaving your face dry with a regular disposable razor.
  • Re: epilators

    Sat, March 6, 2010 - 7:14 AM
    I have been using an epilator on my entire body from my nose to my toes for about 5 years. The results are great. At first it hurt like hell, but after a short time the pain got less and less until I feel nothing at all when the hairs come out now. I stay smooth for a long time and have NO stubble. My pubic hair and chest hair have stopped coming back. My legs and arms can go for weeks, but I prefer to go over my body every day. I used to get a 5:00 shadow every afternoon after shaving my face, but now I am clean and smooth. I will never go back to shaving and my wife and I both love the hair free and stubble free skin.
    • Re: epilators

      Tue, March 23, 2010 - 5:04 AM
      HI, I have started using an epilator on everything from my neck down but tried it on my face and MAN that was too much. BUT i sure would like to get that off too. Any secrets on trying to minimize the pain?
      • Re: epilators

        Tue, May 25, 2010 - 2:29 PM
        Take some aspirin before you start. Keep the epilator at the slower speed. Keep your skin as tight as you can. Keep doing it and the pain will lessen over time. I now feel no pain when doing my face or any other part of my body. My skin is very smooth. I stopped washing with soap. i now use a shampoo and a shower puff. I get a lot of lather and it rinses off with no residue. Afet I rinse off I run hair conditioner all over my body and let it rinse off. My skin feels very so smooth and silky.
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    Re: epilators

    Fri, July 2, 2010 - 7:47 PM
    I've been reading that you should shave first before using an epilator. Having never shaved down there before, does anyone have a recommendation of a shaver to start off with? I've been looking at the Philips BG2030. Would I use something like this first then use an epilator thereafter?

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