Epilators have come a long way since their inception, and are today cementing their place the world over as the preferred method of hair removal, particularly among those who are tired of the hassle and mess of frequent shaving yet shy away from idea of waxing. But with the sheer mountain of different epilators on the market, making the right choice is easier said than done.
Through up-to-date reviews and comparisons, this site aims to ease this dilemma, saving you time while helping you get the most bang for your buck.
Before considering any particular epilator, you might be interested in learning some general information about them. What do they look like, how do they work, and — most importantly — how does epilating stack up against other methods of hair removal?
Designs will, of course, vary between models and manufacturers, but generally speaking there’s not a world of difference between the appearance of an epilator and that of an electric shaver. The most striking difference is in the ‘head’ of the device, which comprises of a rotating cylinder mounted with a number of small tweezers. See the photo to the right.
How do they work?
The way in which epilating differs from shaving is that instead of hairs being severed flush with the surface of the skin, they are instead extracted straight from their follicles through tweezers action, just like with waxing, except — mercifully — much faster. Epilators are operated in much the same way as an electric shaver, and come in both mains-powered and battery-powered form.
What are the benefits?
Some of the most obvious benefits of epilating over alternative hair-removal techniques are as follows:
Provided one keeps up a routine and doesn’t let hair growth get out of control, most people find epilating to be particularly quick and convenient. After a little practice, both legs can typically be taken care of in just a couple of minutes.
Epilating does away with all of the cost and most of the hassle of shaving and waxing. Never again will you sink absurd sums of money on continuous supplies of disposable razors and shaving creams. Kiss goodbye to replacement heads and foils for that pesky shaver, which never seemed to last as long as claimed on the packet. So long as you look after your epilator and give it a quick wiping down after use, you should find yourself the beneficiary of many years’ flawless service.
Razors and electric shavers are really quite inefficient. Because they can only reach hairs that protrude above the surface of the skin and are incapable of trimming them any shorter, it doesn’t take long before the dreaded stubble reappears, requiring the whole process be repeated all over again usually within a matter of days. Fortunately, since epilators actually pull hairs out from the root, beneath the skin, it takes a lot longer before they grow long enough to bother you again; and when they finally do rear their ugly heads, they’re much finer and less noticeable. You’ll have fantastically smooth, hairless skin for far longer than ever before, often approaching a whole month, depending on your natural rate of hair growth.
In addition, epilators are capable of removing those pesky fines, short hairs on which the likes of waxing simply isn’t effective.
How are they used?
Again, in short, much like an electric shaver. Ensuring your skin is clean and fresh before epilating, first simply stroke hairs against the direction of growth to encourage them to stand upright. Then, holding the epilator head perpendicular to the skin, move the device slowly against the direction of hair growth. Most users new to epilating will feel some level of minor discomfort at first, but this quickly lessens as the skin becomes accustomed to the experience after a handful of sessions. Irritation can be further lowered by waxing prior to your first epilating, and by keeping up a routine that ensures hairs are dealt with before they have a chance to thicken and lengthen.
Today’s epilators invariably boast some type of inbuilt function to reduce discomfort to a minimum, commonly (though not always) in the form of freezable ice-pack head or a massaging roller. Though one might reflexively dismiss such features as being little more than mere novelty. A quick glance at the vast array of positive customer reviews online may, rather refreshingly, convey their utility in a more favorable light.
Optionally, users with particularly sensitive skin may be interested in the myriad of pre- and post-epilating wipes and creams on the market. They can help smooth and sooth skin, reduces friction, and actually coat hairs in such a way that increases their likelihood of being grasped and removed on the very first pass.