Emery cloth for hair removal

One inexpensive method of friction for removing hair is a very fine grit sandpaper called emery cloth.

  • Inexpensive
  • Fast
  • Essentially painless
  • Can be done at home
  • Available widely
  • Exfoliates and smooths skin
  • Many types can be used wet or dry
  • Good for legs with fine hair
  • Some use it between shaving or waxing sessions
  • Effect lasts a short time– anywhere from a few hours to several days.
  • Dark-haired users may have visible “shadow” of dark hair under skin.
  • Often requires use every two or three days.
  • Can cause skin irritation if rubbed too hard.
  • Do not use on face, arms, or bikini area.
  • Do not use on irritated or damaged skin.
  • Mitts: From $4.00 to $15.00 for sheets and rolls
  • Use a high-grit emery cloth, at least 320 or higher. Lower grit will be too coarse.
  • Legs should be clean and dry. Slip the mitt over your hand with abrasive side facing the legs. Select an area of skin surface approximately the size of the mitt. Use small circular movements and gentle pressure to smooth the surface of your skin. Without lifting mitt off the skin surface, alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise motions until all hair is removed. Do not rub too hard or you may irritate the skin.
  • Wash the mitt in warm soapy water to maintain its cleanliness and effectiveness.
  • Use on legs only.
  • Do not use on face, arms, or bikini area. For sensitive skin, “condition” the mitt by gently rubbing on palm for a few seconds to remove the coarser grit.
  • Do not use on irritated or damaged skin.
  • If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
  • Do not stroke up and down or apply too much pressure.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Follow up with a mild lotion.
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