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Dec. 19th, 2011 @ 11:00 am Pointers
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Anyone have pointers on dehairing legs? I've naired, shaved, got an epilator, tried home wax all only moderatly satifactory results. Is there anyway to get more than a day or two of smooth?
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Date:December 20th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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The longest that has worked for me has been to have them professionally waxed. Now this takes a bit of self courage, and a realization that the salons have seen folks like us, esp. the closer you are to a metropolitan area. (and that they offer the service to make $$$) Call the salon first to make sure that they will do a whole leg, (and/or a brazilian and bikini, if you want.) and even make an appt. if they request it. the phone call can also be used to feel out the place and determine how en femme you want to appear. Also, check with GLBT resources for your area and find out if there are any salons that they know about. Depending on hair growth, you will get 1 or 2 weeks before you need to do it again.
Also, since many places offer mani/pedi services you can indulge in those as well.
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Date:December 20th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
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I am -really- seriously considering laser removal.

Expensive, maybe time consuming, but oh god so worth it.
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I've done all those things too and I find an electric epilator suits me the most. There are a few tricks to it though. You have to do it a few days inbetween because some hairs are too short for one time to catch them all. Individual hairs grow at different speeds too. You also have to right the right rhythm for passing it over your leg. It helps to go back and forth a few times to make sure you get as many hairs as possible. It's never worked as well as Nair but it's more than enough to wear stockings. The most you use it, the longer it'll be before the next necessary use. Because I'm off and on, I've gone 2 weeks at the most.

One word of caution for newbies: the first time is HELL! You will swear it is a medieval torture device because it is literally plucking the hairs off your legs at VERY HIGH SPEEDS! It can take about 2 hours and you will be flinching and gashing your teeth the entire time. The second time is a lot less painful and the third is a breeze. The time needed will also go down as you get more proficient at it. A bonus is the hairs that do grow back are thinner.

The particular one I have is from Lady Remington from Sears and cost about $50. There are better ones on the market though. Some are suppose to take the guess work out of the process but I've never used them.
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Date:December 23rd, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
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I also use an electric epilator (a Braun Silk-épil Xelle) and my experience matches indigoth's. The key to make it work well (after you get over the initial ouch!!!) is to use it quite regularly and not just give up because it's painful and takes a long time at first. Probably the best way to start is to shave your legs, wait a few days until your hairs have grown again to about 4mm or so, have a good soak in the bath and then have a go with the epilator.
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Date:February 14th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
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I just shave regularly. 2 days of silky-smooth is about right, but if it's part of your regular washing ritual, that shouldn't matter, right?
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Date:April 29th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
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I went out and bought a No-No by Radiancy. Yes it seems like it's a bit expensive but if you consider what you are spending on all the other hair removal products it's a good buy. I've used it twice and it seems to be working great for me. I have really blond hair so laser treatments are out of the question. I got tired of shaving every three to five days to get rid of that nasty stubble from regrowth. The last time I used Veet I ended up with a horrible rash on my thigh (I had used Veet and Nair products for several years). With the NoNo, regrowth is now weeks instead of days. I will admit that I used the unit a bit aggressively at first (kept going over the same areas several times) but the second time I used it (two weeks later) I found that I didn't have as much regrowth as I would normally have. I can't say that it will work for everyone but it did for me.