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#103341 - 12/15/12 12:49 AM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? ***** [Re: JoHose]
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I have used a mechanical epilation in the past, it caused ingrown hairs for me. I frequently was pinched by the thing, on the inside of my thighs, OUCH! The pinch left me bruised. I'm glad I don't use it any more.
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#103342 - 12/15/12 01:07 AM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: JoHose]
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Originally Posted By: JoHose
I have to disagree from personal experience, but this IS PERSONAL expereance, epilation of my (male) legs has resulted in a huge reduction of re-growth, so much so I only need to use the device once a week to keep fully smooth, maybe I am just a lucky chappy with few hairs to remove, but I have been shaving my legs for over 20 years! And that was a daily chore! Oh, if only braun had had the new Tech back then..... Hey ho got it now!! WooHoo!!!


Have you ever tried stopping and not doing anything for a year to see whether it actually has made any difference to your hair growth?

Epilating is supposed to remove the whole hair from the follicle, not just cut it like shaving, so of course follicles will remain without a hair for a while. You can't compare those two. I'd say if you left the hair alone for 2 months and went for a professional wax at a good salon, the results would last longer than what you experience with your epilator.
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#105617 - 03/22/13 08:21 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: izyday]
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I love my rotary epilator! I use it on my upper legs which aren't coarse and dark enough to laser, too expensive to electrolysis, too coarse to wax at home, and I hate shaving. I have noticed a reduction in growth on my upper legs. Hair is lighter, thinner and sparser, but doesn't grow back and slower. I get some ingrown hairs around my bikini line, but not that bad, and not enough to bother me.

I would not use it on my face - when I tried, I had increased hair growth.

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#105629 - 03/23/13 12:18 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: ZoeStevens]
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Those who have read lots of the forum here know that we have said for years, eyebrows and legs hairs can actually reduce from repeated plucking, tweezing, and waxing, because those follicles are shallow enough in the skin to fill up with scar tissue. Any type of ripping hairs out of the follicle practiced on the rest of the body tends to cause hairs to grow back, thicker, darker and maybe even distorted. It is often the case that all three will happen when facial hairs are ripped out repeatedly.
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#109044 - 09/13/13 10:31 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: JoHose]
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still being lucky, no pain, no gain, and no regrowth on my legs. WooHooo!!!!

Have to say there must be something in the hair retardant moisturiser that assists my predilection?


Edited by JoHose (09/13/13 10:35 PM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#109048 - 09/13/13 10:48 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: JoHose]
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I am glad that I am an isolated case, that means there are more of us than you are aware of ,,,, Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#111828 - 01/17/14 02:54 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: JoHose]
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in my case, using an epilator reduced the number of hairs but I've been using an epilator for 7 years now
of course, if I'd go on without epilaton for months in a row then I think that I would end up having to remove a great number of hairs but I never let more than a month pass without using my epilator
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#111834 - 01/17/14 09:22 PM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: epilatorgirl]
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I find that if you use it on your legs and under arms as I do the hair does reduce like waxing however if you used it on any traditional male area's which I haven't done and never would but from what I have read on the upper lip or chin it will make the hair darker or thicker better to stick with dipilator creams or snipping with scissors only if your seeking electrolysis which I'm hoping will be my permanent solution to chin hair.

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#118067 - 05/03/15 12:41 AM Re: Does using an epilator reduce/increase hair? [Re: Helen1983]
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There is no way to predict what will happen. There are genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors that can affect the regrowth. Sometimes it can thicken hair growth and sometimes it will lessen it. There are some legitimate concerns that plucking or tweezing hair can make it difficult to use more permanent forms of hair removal.
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