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You have to experiment to get it to work but it does work very well
on April 21, 2009
I ordered this because I read about it in Oprah's O Magazine and they loved it. When I received it, I read the directions and even went to the REM website and watched a video of how to use it, but I couldn't get it to work for me. I almost gave up and thought about tossing it, but then I decided to experiment since there were other people who liked it.
Here's what worked:
1.) You don't necessarily have to bend the spring into a tight U shape as shown in the pictures (you can also use it bent just a little into a wide rounded U shape).
2.) Lay the spring against your skin just below where you want to remove the hair.
3.) As you slowly move the spring upward, twirl the right hand fingers clockwise and the left hand fingers counter-clockwise. If you twirl them the opposite way, no hairs get grabbed (this was the main thing I needed to figure out and the instructions didn't explain it).
4.) Doing this grips the hairs and pulls them out, and yes, it does hurt for a split second but no longer than that and it doesn't leave your skin at all pink or red or irritated. I suspect it hurts more when you first start using it, but after multiple uses, I'm thinking it will hurt less.
I cannot understand why the REM company doesn't explain how important it is to twirl your fingers in the right direction. I was ready to toss the thing. I should add that the hairs I want to grip are not at all unusual (just your average thing). So I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 only because I had to figure this out for myself, whereas the company could have done a better job of explaining how to use it. Once you figure this stuff out, the spring itself does a great job and is worth 5 stars for how it actually works.
Update: I have used this for quite a while now, and it by far hurts the most the first time you use it, I guess because it is grabbing the most hairs that first time. I find that I need to use it 2 or 3 times a week, and when you do that, you're only picking up those hairs that are long enough to be grabbed. It hurts much less because there are less hairs than the first time (I think individual hairs grow at different rates). So definitely do not judge this based on the first-time level of pain - it's no big deal and I LOVE the way it works. I have read what other people said about turning "both hands in, then both hands out" and that accomplishes the same thing I recommended (right hand clockwise, left hand counterclockwise) - that accomplishes "both hands in" and that is the sweep that grabs the hairs and pulls them out. The "both hands out" doesn't grab any hairs.
Another update: I'm still using this 2-3 times a week and I love it! I have noticed one additional thing that I thought I would mention. I have a magnifying mirror which I use occasionally and I've noticed that there are a few hairs that grow in somewhat different directions from the others. Most of my hairs get grabbed when I sweep upwards at them from below, but there are a few that grow in an upward direction, or from right to left or left to right, and those weren't getting grabbed with the others. So now I sweep at the hairs from every possible direction: upwards, downwards, right to left, left to right, diagonally, etc. This picks up those remaining hairs. This also should help if you're trying to get hairs on a curvy surface like your chin area. Just remember that whatever direction you're sweeping, the right hand goes clockwise and the left hand goes counter clockwise.