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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Review: Lindo Twist-n-Roll Tweezers (at-home hair threading tool)

A few months ago I saw an ad in the back of a beauty mag for an "At-home hair threading" tool. This immediately caught my attention because I've been wanting to visit a threading salon for ages now. I've seen the brow magic that can be accomplished by threading, so the possibility of doing this at home? Awesome!

So I immediately contacted the manufacturer of Lindo Twist-n-Roll Tweezers (retail: $12.99) and they graciously sent me a product for review.


Before I used this product, I did some research on the internet. Little did I know that there is already quite a buzz about this product (and similar products) among beauty bloggers and, more specifically, Asian beauty bloggers. A lot of women all over the globe love love love this product but the key is knowing exactly how to use it. Here's an image of the back of the box for directions:

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What struck me first about the Lindo Twist-n-Roll Tweezers is that the device is a lot larger than I thought it would be. The other thing that I think I didn't realize before is that this product is not intended to be used on brows. And honestly, I can understand why, because there's just no way, due to the size of the coil, that you could be as precise as you'd need to be to remove hair from the eyebrow region.

Here it is, compared to a tube of Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara

That said, I still wanted to try it on the area of my face that seems to really annoy me lately: The sides of my face, right next to my ears, where I get what they call "peach fuzz". The hair there isn't too long, but I just don't like way it looks after I apply foundation so I knew this would be a great thing to use to remove it.

Luckily, it seems that this product was made for exactly this type of hair: very fine facial hair that doesn't require a lot of precision when removing. I should note that I did try using this on my leg to see how it would remove thicker, more coarse hair, but I just couldn't get it to work for that type of hair. (But according to some bloggers, it does work for coarse hair, so maybe I just don't have the technique down yet.)

I have to say that using this does take a bit of coordination. This device is basically a long coil that you literally twist and roll across your face. While you're twisting and rolling, your hairs will get caught in the coil and get pulled out. You have to hold it up to your face and twist both ends in an outward motion while moving the entire tool along your face to remove the hair. The object is to get as many hairs into the coils as possible, and the quicker you twist and move, the less painful it's going to be.

The directions say that you can use this product over your makeup, but I've found that you want your face to be the least oily it can possibly be before you use this. If your skin is oily, the coil is just going to glide right over your skin and not pick up the hairs. So my recommendation is to have a clean, dry face when you use this for maximum hair removal.

On a pain level, I'd say it compares to any of your standard epilators. Pulling hair from your body is never painless, but I've used enough epilators in my life to be used to that type of pain. I definitely wouldn't call it excruciating, but if you have a very low tolerance for pain, I might skip this tool.

For me personally, the Lindo Twist-n-Roll Tweezers removed a decent amount of peach fuzz from my face on the first try, but I wasn't able to remove all of it. But like any tool, you get better with practice and over time. I can see how you could get better and better at this method with lots of practice, and it's actually kind of fun to look at the coil afterwards and see how many little hairs are stuck inside.

Cleaning the Twist-n-Roll is super easy. You just wipe it with a cloth, and you can add a bit of alcohol to the cloth to disinfect it. Also, I want to add that I didn't experience any redness or irritation after I used this tool, which made me very happy. And since you're removing the hair at the root, you won't get stubble.

You can view Lindo's instructional video on their website by clicking here. Also, if you go on Youtube and search for "Lindo Twist-n-Roll" you'll see lots of reviews and demonstrations.

Have you tried the Lindo Twist-n-Roll Tweezers? Or are you planning to purchase one? I'd love to know your thoughts.

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and gratis samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

14 COMMENTS:

  1. I saw this last month in Uwajimaya which is a japanese department store. I tried it on my hands and it was like you described.

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  2. Can you do a review on your epilators too? I've always wanted to try an epilator, but the ones I've seen are so expensive. I hear a lot about how they hurt and stuff, I just wanted to know what you think about em. I've seen some in Target and beautychoice.com, I think. But I'm so hesitant to buy!

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  3. OOH! I have the REM Spring, which looks just like your thingy. http://www.remspring.com/ I got it for a mere $20, which I think's a pittance considering how much it does for me. I have been nearly in tears before about the hair on my upper lip and chin (that never used to be there until I stopped using BC! HMMPH!) I've tried tweezing (too tedious and takes forever), bleaching (left me with a bright yellow mustache, LOVELY), and Nair for face (took off a layer of skin along with the hair, GOOD TIMES). Finally I got this thing and I feel so much better. I love it, I don't even need a mirror, I sit on the couch watching TV and 'spring' the hair right off my face! It's so awesome! :-D

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  4. Hi alteregoishere! Oh I've heard of that store before--it's in Seattle, right? I'd love to go there someday. :)

    Hey Belle! I'm afraid that the epilator I use is a bit out of the price range for my blog (I think I paid $99 for it at Target) but I'd be happy to tell you anything you'd like to know about it over email! Just email me at nouveaucheap@gmail.com if you're interested. :)

    Hey femputer! Wow, it sounds like the Twist-n-Roll (which is only $12.99, btw!) is a lot like the product you use and that it has great potential for me! I think I just need to master the technique. How long did it take you to become good at it? And PS: I'm so glad you found something that you love for hair removal!! Yay!

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  5. $12.99??! D'oh! Ah well. It was $20 well spent in my opinion. ;)

    It didn't take me very long at all, I was yanking out huge swaths of hair at a time the very first time I used it. I think the hardest part is the 'twirling' of the handles, once you've got that figured out it's a piece of cake. :-D

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  6. Epilators?? Ouch! I know what you mean by peach fuzz, but I'm too much of a wimp to try this out...

    ...yet. We'll see.

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  7. Totally unrelated - I was in Target tonight and thought of you. While trolling the aisles for something else, I discovered Philosophy's Exfoliate set on the shelf! I haven't seen one anywhere else - even Sephora. It's got a 5oz The Great Mystery (1 min daily facial) and a 3oz The Greatest Love (microdermabrasion scrub) and was only $28 - a veritable steal by Philosophy standards.

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  8. hello,
    i've been reading about this epilators for quite some time now. but cant really figure out where to buy it here at my place. im based in Hong Kong. can anyone help? pls pls...
    thanks =)

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  9. Hey femputer! OK, I'm going to have to keep on practicing because I just can't seem to get the twirling motion down yet. lol. I'm not going to give up though, because you've totally sold me on this! xo

    Hey Shela! I swear, epilators aren't scary once you become immune to the slight pain. lol. It does hurt at first but you totally get used to it and then it doesn't hurt at all! xo

    Yogagrrl! You ROCK! I am seriously wanting to get in my car and drive to Tarjay right now! Thanks a million for this info, and how sweet are you to think of me when saw this? And then to take the time to leave this comment? I want to give you a big ol' bear hug right now! lol! xo

    Hi Anon! I'm sorry that you're having trouble locating this product in HK. My advice would be to do a google blog search for beauty bloggers in HK that have reviewed this product. They will definitely be able to tell you where they found it. Hope that helps! :)

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  10. Aside from my low tolerance of pain, my skin's pretty sensitive. But I'll take your word for it and maybe try it out...maybe.

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  11. hi Recessionista.. yes, its in seattle. I love their shop. The only con is that all the products are written in japanese :( . But i love visiting it.

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  12. Hey Shela! If you've got a low tolerance for pain AND sensitive skin, I might skip epilators. :) But I can say that you get immune to the pain after a while and it really becomes second nature. xo

    Alteregoishere! I feel the same way about the Japanese stores here in San Diego. I desperately wish I spoke Japanese because I'm convinced that there are the most amazing products in the world in those stores and I walk right by them totally clueless, because I can't read the labels. lol. Just think of all we might be missing! :)

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  13. Good point. An as for Japanese-- I feel the same way.

    When I walk by the beauty section at 99 Ranch market, I'm so curious about those cute packages but I don't know what their functions are aside that they're shampoo or eye cream. Different products work for different skin types and hair types!

    I'm so glad the Shiseido packaging is in english, at least there's one thing I'm not missing out on, right?

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  14. OMG, I am so glad someone else feels my pain! lol! I seriously feel like I'm missing out on the one miracle product I need to have in my life, and it's all because I can't read the darn label. lol. And you're absolutely right--thank goodness for Shiseido! :)

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