Probes are indeed a personal choice. We have many great choices at our disposal. Aaahh, yes, I did get the big and stiff part silly mhawkes - you were referring to probes, indeed, teehee!
I use ballet because I like the stiffness and sturdiness and the bigger size 6 er's (hehe) for the really coarse hair structures. Depending on some things in the beginning clearance, some hairs can offer some resistance, but do try to get the hairs to slide out. If I feel a little traction, I will go back in the empty follicle, with the hair out of the way, and give it another burst of energy.
I just like the way a ballet glides into a follicle, but I have not tried Sterex or other brands recently.
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