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#6300 - 09/16/02 01:24 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal *****
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Stuart, that is very reasonable compared to costs here.

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#6301 - 09/16/02 02:51 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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It's definitely more expensive to get the legs done in the US. From what I've seen prices start at about $2000. Andrea has a post on typical prices in the laser section.

RJC2001

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#6302 - 09/17/02 07:32 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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Hi Andrea and RJC.

It looks like the same story regarding buying parity between us and the US. We are at about R 10.50 to 1 US$. My quote was R 3500.00 per session. This was from a good private clinic situated next to a good private hospital. We have always had excellent medical facilities here since the first heart transplant done, so I suppose this has something to do with costs. Maybe come across and have all the stuff done cheaper?? By the way Mark is recovering well and with some antibiotics he should soon be back on line (his wife trashed the soldering iron type device). [Smile] I have now got a great suntan on my shaved legs and despite the hot weather there are no night sweats- guys go for it, you won't regret a thing!

Good Luck
Stuart

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#6303 - 09/18/02 08:40 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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I second that.

RJC 2001

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#6304 - 09/18/02 08:28 PM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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Hi All,
I have read all your posting with interest.

I have been shaving my chest/stomach and arms for the past few months (and definitly prefer the smoother look), but as I am really hairy, I get stubble daily (sometimes I notice and feel stubble every 12 hours!!!! [Mad] ) I use a Norelco if I am in a hurry and the Mach3 for a closer shave, but it takes FOREVER [Roll Eyes]

I would love to remove the hair from my legs but I may as well camp out in the bathroom if I did that!!!! [Eek!]

Is the foil-type machines really better than the Norelco? Any particular brand/model that is better than most?

Thanks and regards

PS. Stuart, it is nice to hear from another South African.Maybe the next time I go back for a visit, I may just get my hair laser'd there ($350 is MUCH cheaper than here in NYC. I was charged $600 to just do my back/shoulders)...

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#6305 - 09/19/02 05:59 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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Hi HairyGymRat

I hope life is treating you well in NYC. I was last there in 1998. As you say don't bother camping out in the bathroom with a razor, it sounds like you could really benefit from permanent hair removal. Given the prices for lazer in the US above it's probably well worth a holiday here again and a couple of lazer sessions locally. Have a look at the site for the Mayo clinic in florida (this is a suburb on the south western side of Johannesburg, not the US state for those not familier). They do the whole range from knees, lower and upper legs, feet and full. I can't recall the URL offhand, but just do a search on ananzi.co.za and they should pop up. They also offer online quotations.

All the best.
Stuart

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#6306 - 09/19/02 09:19 PM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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South Africans with hair problems? Ag, no man! [Wink]

Foil razors won't get as close, but they are safer as far as cuts. Some get more irritation from them, though , especially of you don't keep them clean.

For a big area like legs, laser beats razor if you have light skin and dark hair. I know a lot of fitness types and South Africans like their sun, so be super careful about tanning before and after laser!

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#6307 - 09/20/02 04:15 AM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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Foil or rotary razor is a matter of personal preference. You should try each and decide for yourself. I prefer the Braun Synchro 7526. It's a foil razor available at Wal Mart for about $129 and worth every penny. I feel that a foil razor shaves closer than a rotary, and the Braun is the best! The Braun foil can stand up to body shaving much better than a Remington or Panasonic foils do. The Braun is also self cleaning you put it in the included cleaning stand press the button and it takes care of the rest.

The Norelco is the best rotary and it is worth a try too. You can always return them if you are not satisfied. Both Braun and Norelco have 30 day money back guarantees. If you return an electric razor they send it back to the manufacturer so you don't have to worry about buying a used one.

While nothing shaves as close as a Mach 3 Turbo, I believe that the Braun comes the closest. If you haven't tried the Mach 3 Turbo version I recommend that you try it. IMHO it is significantly better than the Mach3 which was also a great razor.

Laser is still the best option if you have light skin and dark hair. $600 for the back and shoulders is not bad. Even if laser doesn't remove all the hair you will find that it makes the results from shaving much more satisfactory. I have had my back, chest, shoulders and upper arms treated with laser and about 90% of my chest and back hair is gone. I can now shave my chest and abs in about 5 minutes.

RJC2001

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#6308 - 09/20/02 01:54 PM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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I went out and bought the Braun 7570 (top of the line). Cost quite a bit of money ($175 but got 20% discout so paid $155). [Roll Eyes] Tried it for the first time last night. Not bad. I had no irritation on my skin but it will take some getting used to compared to my Norelco. My chest does feel rather smooth. I also like the self cleaning gizmo as well. [Smile]

Laser removal is not a viable option right now.I had 2 back and sholder treatments at $600 each and as far as I can tell, there is no reduction in the amount of hair. I would love to have my whole body laser'd but that would cost 000's as I would have to have multiple treatments (and there would still be no guarantee that I would end up with a hair-free body). Will have to wait 'til I win the lottery for that. [Frown] So for now it is shaving. So I will have to think about my legs.I just don't have an hour a day to remove body hair!!!! [Roll Eyes]

I did have my back waxed (twice). They have 'pain free' wax now (which means it is not free of pain but is less irritating to the skin). It was not too bad, just hot and pulling out short hairs was ouch! [Eek!] Was charged $45 per treatment. I did NOT want to try waxing other parts of my body. I think it would be too painfull.
Thanks and regards

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#6309 - 09/20/02 04:58 PM Re: Longer term leg hair removal
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Thanks for the report, HairyGymRat! It often takes a few weeks for your skin to acclimate to a new razor, so I hope you'll continue to update us on your progress! [Smile]

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