The first time I went looking for an epilator, I went to my local Sephora, and I stopped a sales rep to ask her if they carried them in the store, and I will never forget her reaction. She, literally, flinched at the word “epilator”, and I chuckled a bit because I knew exactly why. If you have ever had experience epilating, you can probably relate. I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was determined to get my hands on one. Though, I understand that there can be initial pain involved with epilating, it doesn’t have to be traumatizing, and in fact, there are plenty of reasons why I prefer to epilate, rather than wax or shave, stick around and you will understand why.
First of all, let’s discuss what is an epilator. Basically, it is a handheld device that has about 40-50 tweezers on the tip that spin grabbing hold of each strand of hair pulling it out as it rotates. Depending on the kind/brand, you get, you may be able to pull hairs not only from your legs, but your armpits, and your face. The epilator I purchased, after careful research, does all of this, and comes with the right attachments for the job (5 to be exact).
Below is the picture of the one I purchased last year, after my trip to Miami because I wanted to get rid of the little black dots on my armpits from shaving, and I was very please with the results. It was equivalent to a fresh wax, except that I didn’t have to pay $20 plus tip or have the first layer of my skin ripped off. The Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, below, is pricey, at right around $100 give or take, but there has been a return on my money in the sense that I haven’t had to spend money on waxing since my Miami trip last May of 2014. Plus, it is the only one I have found with the 5 attachment heads at this price, which allows you to use it on different areas of your body. Other epilators I found online where meant to be used only on legs, or very specific areas, unlike the below. Check it out, there is a lot of information available on the product page.
Now, I know I mentioned the pain factor but read on for reasons why I continue to use mine and why I am a believer in the epilator:
1. Not Messy Like Wax: This is a clean process of pulling out hair. We are talking tweezers here, not wax, nor shaving cream. The brand I purchased above can be used in the bath or shower, so you can pretty much wash away the hairs (read directions carefully!). Otherwise, you will just simply need to remove the cap and brush off the hairs that get stuck inside the cap, but honestly, compared to waxing, this is nothing.
2. Short Wait Time: I find it amazing that epilators can reach the tiniest, and I do mean the tiniest hairs (as fine as a grain of sand 0.5 mm) and pull them out with no problem. The last time I did this, which was just last week, I basically waited 24 hours after shaving (my hairs grow back quick unfortunately), and I was able to pull out my armpit hair with no problem at all (was going to wear a halter top). It really is amazing. Compared to waxing, where you have to wait 6-8 weeks, epilating is the better deal for sure.
3. Long lasting: I have friends who have had their epilators for years. It is meant to last.
4. Hair Grows Back Thinner: I can tell you from use on armpits to use on legs, that the hair that grows back is thinner, which I can appreciate. I do not have studies of whether this applies to everyone across the board, but I can say that coming from someone who has course, dark hair, my hairs came back much thinner and were easier to pull out the second and third time around.
5. Pain Subsides After First Use: Yes, based on my Sephora story where the sales rep actually flinched at the word “epilator,” you should know by now that it is painful in the beginning. In fact, I am not sure that everyone will be able to tolerate the pain if their pain threshold is very low. Personally, I dealt with it the first time my own way, which was to take OTC pain medication to help me deal, but everyone is different, which means find your own way to deal…if that means biting on a sock, so be it. However, after the first use, it gets much much better. It is like your roots get used to it, and plus, since the hair in my case grew back thinner, the second round was no problem at all! If you are a woman reading this, I recommend to just check your calendar when doing this, and not to epilate near your period because you pain threshold lowers, so you will tend to be more sensitive.
6. Pulls Hair from Root: This is basically the same concept as waxing, you remove the hair from the root, which means it leaves you smooth and takes a while for it to grow back. What I have noticed is that in order for the machine to grab onto your hair you have to go against the direction of hair growth, because the way it rotates pulls the hair out in the direction of growth. For me, this has meant less ingrown hairs, which I am highly prone to.
The only way you can figure out if this is for you or not is to try it. If you can’t handle it that is understandable, but remember the time you tweezed your first eyebrow hair, or had your first waxing? OMG! They were sooo painful, I remember my eyes tearing up when I pulled my first eyebrow hair, and I cursed like a sailor during my first waxing, but the second time was more tolerable, and the third even more so. It is just a matter of time, because you will get used to it. If you use this along with the tips from this post, you will LOVE the results, aka no dark stains!
Now it is your turn. I would love to know what your experience has been with epilating and if you haven’t tried it, do you think you may give it a shot?
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