Which hair removal method do you use?

Which hair removal method do you use?

Jenyana Jenyana
So, we all have our own way of getting rid of unwanted body hair, and often use a combination of them depending on which area of the body we are trying to smooth out, how much time/money we can spend, and how long we want to go without having to go through it all again.

So, what is yours?

Also, feel free to use this post to bitch about epilation in general or a method in particular that you tried and didn't work out for you. I know I have a couple of bones to pick with whoever designed the epilator I own...
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Shaving
136
Waxing
33
Tweezing
59
Epilating creams or powders
15
Epilators (epilating machines)
14
Laser / IPL
10
Electrology
1
Sugaring
6
Threading
7
Other
1
Total votes: 282 (155 voters)
Poll is closed
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Jenyana Jenyana
I'll start: I own an epilator which my mum gave me for my 19th birthday. That thing is evil, no other words for it.

It works pretty well, being esentially a bunch of tweezers combined that work very fast, but fast and well doesn't necessarily mean 'painless'. In fact, it's torture. Unlike waxing, in which you get rid of a whole bunch of hairs at once, you actually feel each and every one of the hairs that part ways with your hair follicles, and boy does that drive me crazy at times.

To add insult to injury, I wear my hair long, and I've actually caught my hair in that blasted thing a couple of times, something that was inevitably followed by twenty minutes of carefully untangling it so I don't lose that lock and the epilator doesn't break in the process.

Now I tweeze the hairs in my eyebrows and over my lip, as I really don't have much hair to speak of there, and shave all the rest. I gave up using the epilator a couple of years ago.

I've been saving up, though, and now I've started using IPL to get rid of all my body hair from the neck down. It's expensive, but if I manage to at least reduce the amount of body hair I have so that I only have to shave once a week or so, I will be a happy woman.
09/06/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I shave, but REALLY want to get a few laser sessions, especially on my armpits!
09/07/2011
Ghost Ghost
I shave, but I've always wanted to get waxed. Unfortunately, most of the places I've seen can be kind of rude if you aren't "perfect" down there, so I don't bother.
09/07/2011
Nora Nora
First, I had to go Google what "epilating cream" was..."Nair" for the rest of the dummies like me, by the way.

It depends on the body part I wish to remove hair from...I shave my pits and crotch, it's just easier for me and takes almost no time anyway. I generally shave my legs, but I like the ease of use with the hair removal creams...at least the ones that work! I like the "stay on in the shower" kind by Nair, but after buying the larger sized "pump action" bottle of "maximum strength" and getting an extremely bad chemical burn that ran from my thigh to my ankle on both legs, I have given up on Nair for the time being! The regular strength worked great, I didn't realize there was a strength difference in the larger bottle. As for random hairs where I dn't want them...face and an annoying single hair on my elbow...I simply tweeze those out, but they are few and far between.
09/07/2011
s<3x s<3x
Quote:
Originally posted by Jenyana
So, we all have our own way of getting rid of unwanted body hair, and often use a combination of them depending on which area of the body we are trying to smooth out, how much time/money we can spend, and how long we want to go without having to go ...
shaving but would love to try permanent hair removal.
09/07/2011
Rossie Rossie
I use an Emjoi epilator on my whole body.
09/07/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
I shave everything.
09/07/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I rip the little buggers out with an Emjoi! Only way to go in my opinion.
09/07/2011
mcl272 mcl272
shaving & waxing!
09/07/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
shaving only
09/07/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Jenyana
I'll start: I own an epilator which my mum gave me for my 19th birthday. That thing is evil, no other words for it.

It works pretty well, being esentially a bunch of tweezers combined that work very fast, but fast and well doesn't ...
The correct way to use an epilator is to trim hair down to 1/8", before you start pulling it with the device, you'll feel much less pain. Taking a painkiller 30 minutes before the procedure helps too.
09/07/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
I rip the little buggers out with an Emjoi! Only way to go in my opinion.
Yes, Emjoi is the way to go!
09/07/2011
Jenyana Jenyana
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
The correct way to use an epilator is to trim hair down to 1/8", before you start pulling it with the device, you'll feel much less pain. Taking a painkiller 30 minutes before the procedure helps too.
I did do these things (expect for the painkiller). It still hurt like a bitch.

What got caught in the machine was not my leg hair, it was head hair. I usually pulled it back in a ponytail before I started, but a few strands would get loose and that's when I would run the risk of getting them tangled, if I didn't notice in time.

Anyway, I got ingrown hair, too, so no more pulling body hair from the root for me.
09/07/2011
JRabbits JRabbits
I sometimes thread my eyebrows, but that hurts like a biyatch. I stick to shaving and tweezing though because creams don't work for me.
09/07/2011
married with children married with children
shaving, have not tried any other methods.
09/08/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
Shave my legs,underarms and lady parts and pluck my eyebrows. Used to get my eyebrows waxed and they retained a nice shape so plucking will do.
09/08/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
I epilate my legs & underarms, but I exfoliate my legs regularly to avoid ingrown hairs. I love my epilator! It is so much easier than shaving, for me. It was really painful at first though, but now I am used to it, so it doesn't really bother me.

When I first started, Nair used to make this spray that you use before epilating, and it just numbs the area a bit, so you don't feel the sting of ripping out your hair. I found that pretty useful when I was getting used to it.
09/08/2011
Wild Orchid Wild Orchid
I'm tweezing my eyebrows, trimming the underarms (shaving always inflames the skin and I wouldn't be able to use a deodorant) and shaving the bikini line - although the last one happens only occasionally.
09/08/2011
FaerieLove FaerieLove
I get my eyebrows waxes every few months and tweeze them for up keep in between. I shave or nair my legs. I shave my underarms and pussy. That's about it
09/08/2011
Kkay Kkay
I shave when needed.
09/08/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I shave my legs and underarms mostly. I use Veet for my lady parts (minus the labia, never the labia!) and I love it. Nair always gave my skin a horrible reaction so I stayed away from creams for a long time. Then I decided to try the sensitive skin formula from Veet and it works wonderfully on me. I use it on my underarms every now and then and my legs less often than that.

I do shave my lady parts in between, though, just to keep it smooth. My biggest problem is ingrown hairs from irritation of my clothes. When I'm just sitting around at home not doing anything, it doesn't bother me. It's when I'm up and moving around and at work that the friction of my clothes irritates my skin.
09/09/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by wrecklesswords
I shave my legs and underarms mostly. I use Veet for my lady parts (minus the labia, never the labia!) and I love it. Nair always gave my skin a horrible reaction so I stayed away from creams for a long time. Then I decided to try the sensitive ...
To fix the ingrown hair problem, you can use small facial size "loofah" pads to exfoliate down there, or any other areas, three days after hair removal.
09/09/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
To fix the ingrown hair problem, you can use small facial size "loofah" pads to exfoliate down there, or any other areas, three days after hair removal.
I was wondering if those would help. Thanks!
09/09/2011
Jenyana Jenyana
Seems like there is an overwhelming majority of people here who shave... I gues it's easier, faster and less painful?

In any case, I would love to hear from those who have tried any of the other uncommon methods, i.e. threading, sugaring and permanent/semi-permane nt hair removal... maybe we're missing out on something here!

I'l going through IPL, and there's one thing I feel I should tell anybody who is considering it: it's not painless. How painful it will be will depend on your hair colour, skin tone, hair width and how sensitive you are.

Depending on a series of factors, what you feel may vary from a slight tickle to a sensation akin to somebody pressing a hot spiky rod to your skin. It only lasts for about a second every time, but it can be intense enough that you may want to reconsider going through the six-to-twelve sessions it will take to get rid of most of your body hair...

In my case, I could barely feel it when it was on my armpits, and the area at the back of the knee and the ankles made me curse, but when it was time to zap my pubic hair it was agony. The burn was so bad I thought I was actually getting burned (a risk you run with darker skin colours) but the area wasn't even red afterwards. It was all my stupid nerve endings overreating.
09/09/2011
K101 K101
I shave everything except my crotch. There, I sugar every week or two and pluck every hair I can feel, find or see daily! It is one hard job, but I'm using a hair inhibitor which will make it stop growing permanantly if I continue sugaring and plucking then using the inhibitor cream. I've been at this for about 4 months now and it's hard to pluck everything daily, but I can't stand any more than a few and I mean A FEW hairs down there. I've used so many different treatments. I've done electrolysis and it was a serious nightmare. The hair inhibitor is going much better.
09/10/2011
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by Jenyana
Seems like there is an overwhelming majority of people here who shave... I gues it's easier, faster and less painful?

In any case, I would love to hear from those who have tried any of the other uncommon methods, i.e. threading, sugaring ...
I sugar and tweeze and use a hair inhibitor to stop the growth permanantly. I tweeze every hair I see DAILY. It was painful at first and around the very top part of the inner labia majora, it made me cry once! Now, I do it with no problems. I've done electrolysis and it was truly terrible and had no effect. I've used other treatments at home. I purchased Verseo's hair remover machine last christmas and it was a total rip off. They seriously are screwing people with their products badly! I have waxed and hated it because it WOULD NOT come off and it bruises me so much worse than sugaring. I've bruised badly from sugaring, but not in a long time. When I waxed, I had serious bruises and there are many women trying to sue the company Nad's for the same problems. It took the skin off and left me raw. I also used Veet (never a good idea!) down there many times and hated it, but once it burned my skin so badly that I had nasty, nasty blisters and scars. It leaked a lot of fluid and I refused to go to the dr unless it didn't clear up. It looked disgusting and I went through a phase where I didn't want my partner looking at it. I took pics incase I needed some kind of treatment and perhaps those photos would be needed, but it finally healed. It took the skin off and bled and when it scabbed over it was black I finally got rid of my scars only a few months ago I was terrified I'd have them forever. Thank God for aloe vera! I'm dark complected so I have problems with certain hair removers. So far the hair inhibitor is working out OK.
09/10/2011
sarki sarki
I trim under arms cause anything else causes a rash, emjoi the legs and lip, use cream on the bikini area and tweeze eyebrows
09/10/2011
fabidefabi fabidefabi
Always wax. Its so much easier and lasts for a while. After a few times it doesnt even hurt
09/10/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by wrecklesswords
I was wondering if those would help. Thanks!
You're welcome. Don't forget to exfoliate once every few days, since there's always new growth.
09/10/2011
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