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#4256 - 05/07/02 04:55 PM Hair Off mitts: my experience
Andrea Offline founder
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The other day I picked up some Hair Off mitts to see how they worked.

The ones I got slip around your hand, with a rough flat side that goes over your palm area.

The rough surface is a little smoother than an emery board. It's like superfine grit sandpaper.

It came with instructions to rub gently in circles. You shouldn't rub too hard.

OK, this next tip is a little gross. One thing is for sure, you definitely want to have well-exfoliated legs before you use it, and no moisturizer. My first one got kind of gummed up with dead skin (yucko!). I tried to wash a lot of it off, but it seemed kind of stuck. It made the surface a little too smooth to be effective.

I found it worked best right out of the shower, with my skin a little damp. Some people like to use it dry, I guess.

Besides taking off the hair pretty well, it left my legs feeling kind of smooth and shiny. I imagine that with regular use, they would be a pretty good option, but I'm mot sure I'd personally use it for anything beyond touch-ups between waxings.

I definitely wouldn't use it on really coarse hair or sensitive skin. I'd say that chest, armpits, bikini area, face, would probably not be a good idea. Legs and arms, though-- I think some might find it a nice alternative to shaving, especially since the exfoliating properties can help reduce ingrown hairs.

[ May 07, 2002, 09:58 AM: Message edited by: Andrea ]

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#4257 - 05/08/02 09:11 AM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Ted Striker Offline

Registered: 05/03/02
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Well I think you are right, I have sensitive skin and course hair and tried it on my chest and it defintley didn't work too well for me.

[ May 08, 2002, 02:39 AM: Message edited by: Ted Striker ]

#4258 - 05/22/02 09:10 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
jon Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 29
ted striker,

i know this is the wrong part of the forum but what were your experiences with kalo?

#4259 - 06/01/02 01:02 AM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Anonymous Offline

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Just to offer up something else ... I tried these mits VERY GENTLY on my face. The instructions tell you not to do it and I'm not urging people to ignore instructions, lord knows I don't wanna be responsible for anybody tearing up your skin! But .... just as a purely anecdotal thing ... I ignored the instructions, used it VERY GENTLY on my face, and found it to be my favorite method so far of extra-temporary hair removal. Unlike some other methods, it didn't require hair to be long - it wiped up the stubble, and the stubble didn't come back quite as quickly as with shaving.

#4260 - 06/08/02 05:05 AM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
stubby Offline

Registered: 06/07/02
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I tried these on my legs, and I guess I had to rub to hard to get the hair off. It stung like crazy, and all in all, shaving was a much better alternative.

#4261 - 06/18/02 04:55 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Anonymous Offline

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Yeah, I actually think it's a little better for small areas like the face than big areas like the legs. (Even though most brands say not to do it - I found a brand that didn't warn that though! So, I don't know. Can't remember which brand lacked the warning.)

Anyway, the trick, at least for me, was working on the same spot for a full minute or so, VERY LIGHTLY - almost no pressure at all, in quick little clockwise and counter-clockwise circles.

It almost feels like you're not doing anything when you do it really lightly. But surprise! Feel your skin in a minute and it's totally smooth. If you do this too heavily, as you say, you'll "friction burn" your skin.

I like it better than shaving for the sideburn area because it just seems to last longer and grow back in a more merciful way. And it gives you the same "total smooth" of shaving. But for a big job like the legs - yeah, that might take forever! I know what you mean.

#4262 - 08/08/02 04:52 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Honey Offline

Registered: 08/08/02
Posts: 1
Loc: UK
I am currently using what is called a 'Silky Mitt' on my face, well under my chin to be precise. I am mulling over the idea of getting electrolysis or LHR on this area so have stopped plucking to get rid of ingrown hairs I always seem to end up with.

There wasn't anything to say I couldn't use it on the face and as anon said if you're really gentle it works great. I use it in the morning and it makes my skin lovely and smooth. Afterwards I put on a soothing balm, not that it hurts or is red, but just to make sure it's OK! By lunch I can feel a bit of hair growth and by evening I definitely can but you can't really see it and it feels completely different to stubble from shaving.

I keep one in my bag just in case I need a top up but so far I haven't needed to.


#4263 - 08/15/02 08:10 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Andrea Offline founder
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Thanks for the info, Honey, and definitely keep us posted!

#4264 - 07/05/03 01:48 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Serendipity Offline

Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 8
Loc: St.Paul, MN
Didn't have a wonderful experience with this myself. I have course hair and sensitive skin.

after i finished using it i liked how smooth my legs felt, but the hair become quite prickly soon afterwards and it irritated my skin quite badly.

#4265 - 07/27/05 07:02 PM Re: Hair Off mitts: my experience
Dyson Offline

Registered: 07/27/05
Posts: 36

I have hairs on the side of my face, cheeks and chin - I cut them with scissors at the moment as I'm terrified to shave and end up with stubble or do anything to make them any worse than they are. I used to wax but I think it's made the hairs thicker and more prominent. They're getting me down and making me feel very self conscious as they are long and noticeable in light or sunshine if I cut them. I've considered using something like a hair off mitt specifically for the face - does anybody have any recommendations on which one to use and the long term consequences. I was kinda hoping that it would just eventually wear the hairs away - kinda like some mens socks do around their ankels!! Am I so wrong?

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