I can’t for the life of me just slide a size 3 probe into a leg hair follicle without feeling it at all. Is there supposed to be some piercing? I’m currently using a professional system. Would this just be easier if I bought a one touch?
If you can’t do a proper insertion with a pro unit, you would only do worse with a one touch… and no, you should not be breaking skin.
Like we said, it is easier to do this on someone else. It is much harder to do it on yourself, as you can’t get a good angle, and you can’t see very well and most people are not contortionists.
If buddying up isn’t an option, what other suggestions are there? I’d gladly pay to have it done but none of the pros in my area (Toronto) are willing to do legs. I’ve thought of laser but heard most people say it grows back eventually.
If you absolutely can’t get a buddy (why not? Craigslist maybe?) your only hope is to get really good at insertions.
I’ve been doing this a while and still have trouble on leg hairs. The follicles are of varying depth, and they go in a remarkable variety of directions. Plus a lot of them, particularly in the upper calf, seem to make a right turn as they leave the skin, pointing straight out while the actual follicle is much closer to horizontal.
Are you using blunt probes? Uni-Probes are ball tip, while Ballet, for example, are pretty sharp. Sharp probes make insertions easier but they are less forgiving in that they are more likely to easily pierce the follicle wall and leave the follicle.
Ease of insertion depends heavily on the growth stage. For some anagens, the probe slides in with almost no resistance. For telogens, it’s nearly impossible to tell whether you’re going in at the wrong angle or have simply hit the telogen anchor ball. Work on three day growth after shaving to make anagen the majority of visible hair.
But the proof is in the epilation: If you get clean removal without blistering the skin or leaving large scabs, you’re doing something right.
yup the ballets are sharp <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
but it heals <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> especially on swollen flash faces <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
my advice is don’t panic even the most needle sticked face recovers x
keep using your professional system <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />