When I moved out of D.C., I lost some things. My favorite restaurant. My hairdresser. The tailor I trusted to care for my clothing. And most importantly, my favorite hair-removal technician at Bliss Spa, Charly.
As most women know, the bond between a woman and her waxer is sacred. Choosing someone to help with your intimate grooming needs requires research, references and most importantly, hard wax, which is far superior to liquid wax. I have called every salon in my new city, and no one uses hard wax. So until I find a salon willing to let me bring my own wax (BYOW, oh yes, I’m going there), I need to find away to tame my bikini line so I can lounge by the pool without scaring the little children. And any potential suitors.
Enter the Emjoi Divine ($60). It looks like a razor, but it’s actually a device that pulls the hair from the root like a wax. Imagine 20 tiny tweezers all working at once. And it is a lifesaver.
Does it work? this thing really works. You use short, quick strokes to remove the hair (not the long strokes you use to shave). And while it is a bit time-consuming (my bikini area took 20-30 minutes), the results were as smooth and hair free as they would have been post wax. A few ingrown hairs after, but no more than if I had gone for a wax. A little Tend Skin and they were gone in a couple of days.
How long does it last? The box claims the result last six weeks, just like a wax. Two weeks in, I can tell you that estimation seems accurate. To get the hair back to the length where it can be removed easily, you’re probably looking at eight, depending on how fast your hair grows.
How long does the hair have to be? The box says it works on 1/4-inch or longer hair. I found that, at least with finer leg and arm hair, 1/4-inch was not sufficient. My current plan is to continue to shave my calves and knees with a traditional razor (cause I don’t want to put the 10 days into growing the hair long enough to be pulled), and use the Emjoi on my arms, thighs and bikini area.
How painful is it? I would not say that the experience was pain-free. I also would not say that it was painful. On a scale of 1 to ten, I would argue that it was about a four. If you’re at all concerned about the pain, just take an Advil, and you probably won’t feel a thing.
Any tips? You must exfoliate before hand. I used the divide fresh from the heat of the shower, and I think that really helped. I also cannot stress enough how important it is to keep the skin taut. It speeds the process and makes it less painful with a lower chance of ingrowns. As for after care, treat your skin just like you would post wax.
This model comes with a shaver and a callus remover attachment at well. If you think you need more than the 36 tweezer attachments in the Divine model, you Emjoi has a device with 72 tweezer heads.
I think this device would be perfect for someone who travels a lot. It would be great for someone whose planning an extended beach vacation and wants the ability to do some cleanup work. Or if you just want to cheaply and effectively remove excess hair from your arms, stomach, legs, etc. And ladies, if your man is looking to keep his body hair in check, they make a model for me as well.