Hi gals!! This time I wanted to write about a frequently asked question: “What are the pros and cons of epilation?” I’ll start with the pros.
Why Epilators Rule The World
The best part is unlike waxing, you don’t have to wait for your hair to be a certain length. You can do it weekly if you want. Some of the newer models pick up the shortest hairs.
If I am waxing, I like getting waxed in a salon. I find it creates a pretty sticky mess at home. You really have to make time and plan for it. With an epilator, you can just pick it up when you notice the hair and go to town at anytime you want.
When I first heard about epilators, I thought it was just like tweezers. Epilation refers to using an electric device to remove the hair from the root. Epilators have little teeth in them that spin around, plucking the hair out as they open and close. That part I got. The thing that drew me to epilators was that I could remain hairless for weeks. I don’t think there is any woman in the whole world who wouldn’t want not to have deal with hair removal..
Shaving is the easiest and least painful form of hair removal. The problem with it is that if you want smooth skin, you have to do it daily. I was one of those people who went straight from shaving to epilating.
- Trim the hair
- Take a bath or shower
- Cleanse the skin
- Dust the area
- Pull the skin taught while you run the epilator in the opposite direction of growth
- Change directions when the hair changes directions
- 2 days after you epilate, remember to routinely exfoliate the area with spa gloves or an ingrown solution while the hair grows back
Compared to going to the salon, epilators usually pay for themselves in a couple of months. You want to find a good quality epilator for your budget. With the price differences, you will usually get a different amount of tweezers, rotational speeds, and convenience features like a cordless option. Some even feature a trimmer to trim the hair to the correct length of epilation. We usually recommend a wet and dry model for beginners but you can get a pretty decent one under $50 dollars. It does take a little longer to remove hair with some of the models especially at the low end. One thing I love is that the tip of the hair is much softer than shaving, which makes the growth feel lighter.
Why Epilators Suck
That all sounds great, but then there is the pain. Most women stop right here. Okay, I admit the first time I used an epilator, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Back then there wasn’t a lot of information about epilators. I really didn’t have anyone to hold my hand and it was super scary. I don’t exactly remember how I found out about them. I do remember searching online for reviews about them and back then there weren’t a ton of reviews online. That is part of the reason I created this website.
I still remember my first epilation session which was probably about 5 years ago. When I first turned the epilator on, I turned it off like a big wimp. The sound it made was so intimidating. I was scared to bring it even remotely near my skin. I felt like I was in a horror flick. Just looking at it spin round and round and make that grinding noise made me dizzy. I must have screamed even before I put it near my skin. I didn’t read the instructions or even know what the heck I was doing. I tried epilating on full growth. Big No! No! It was painful. It was difficult to make it through it. I kept putting the epilator off and taking breaks. It must have taken ages to remove the hair the first time through.
A few days later I tried it again and braced myself for the worst. This time I actually managed to get through it. The weirdest part is that it didn’t hurt as bad. Years later it just feels like waxing your eyebrows. There is a slight tug when each hair is pulled and the stinging sensation is gone.
I think the reason why I was able to epilate the second time through was because I was already used to removing hair from the root. That’s probably the best advice for someone new to epilation. So if you think you can’t get through the first session, I recommend waxing first. I find this makes a world of difference. That’s the biggest trick. When the hair starts to grow back, just start to epilate. Not all the hair grows out at the same time, so you won’t be epilating all your hair out at the same time. This will help you build a tolerance. If you don’t want to wax, consider a wet & dry model. While epilators don’t work well under water, I think it’s a good way to condition your skin to the plucking sensation.
With all epilators, you do have to make several passes to remove hair. It’s not like shaving where you move the blade over the hair and the hair is instantly gone. Epilation is a much more methodical process especially in the beginning when you have to remove a lot of hair. Once you become proficient, as long as you keep it up, it shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes for each leg which is about the same time it takes for waxing.
Besides the pain, you have to worry about ingrown hairs. Since you are removing hair in the opposite direction of growth, I can’t stress how important it is to develop a routine of exfoliation to avoid nasty ingrown hair.
Let me know in the comments if you have tried epilation or want to try it? What are your biggest fears? What do you like about it?