Nobody likes hair removal. I really don’t like hair removal. I can’t stand shaving, it’s such a hassle, time consuming and the fact that the results last aprox. 5 minutes are frustrating. Waxing is painful, time consuming and expensive. I also tried at home laser with no significant results, hair removal creams only burn my skin while leaving my hair intact and so on. The reason I don’t walk around looking like a sasquatch is because I have a secret weapon: the epilator.
The epilator is a tool I got introduced to in my teenage years as it’s very popular in Europe and most of my friends used it and my mother always had on laying around. An epilator is an electrical device that pulls hair out via several mini tweezers. It sounds painful, I know… and it is. The good news is that you get used to the pain and I can say that after several years of using it it’s become part of my routine and I can honestly say the pain is almost nonexistent at this point.
There’s more good news. A good epilator will set you back less than $100, will last you for years, you can use it in the comfort of your own home (sipping a glass of wine and watching your favourite show in my case) and the results last for weeks. Over the years I’ve tried different devices and currently have two in my routine, both being brands I trust and like. Why two? Because I find each device to be better at doing different things. Read below.
The Braun Silk-Epil is my favourite, regular, go-to epilator. It has metal tweezers and does a great job at gripping even the tiniest hairs. I find it to be on of the least painful epilators for my legs and arms, it works great on fine, short hair and leaves me with the smootesth skin.
The Philips SatinPerfect has a sturdier feel and features ceramic discs that do a really good job at gripping thicker, coarser hair which makes me reach for it when I am doing my bikini line and armpits. I like to think of it as my heavy duty epilator grabbing hair in one pass but I do find it prefers longer hairs to the tiny ones or new growth.
That being said both epilators are fantastic. I have had previous models of both brands and have been using the current models for over a year and they’re still going strong. Aside from that, as I mentioned before, these devices have been a life saver and have made a huge difference in my quality of life. Seriously, that’s how much of a struggle hair removal can be for me. I will usually give myself a hair removal night once every two weeks (or so), try to relax, watch a show and get the job done. For me, a session lasts anywhere between an hour to two, depending on how much hair I have and how meticulous I want to be. I will usually have smooth legs for about two weeks, that is when new growth starts to be obvious and I like to make sure I do small maintenance sessions which in turn makes it less painful (less hair to rip out) and less time consuming.
If you do want to try using an epilator as brace yourself for the first session as it can be painful. In the past I found an Advil to be helpful and I am known to indulge in a glass of wine during sessions to take the edge of the pain and to relax. Don’t mix the Advil and the wine. I also find pulling the skin taut where I am passing the epilator helps ease the pain and helps the device grab ever little hair. Try watching a show or listening to a podcast, I find it distracts from the pain. Start in small increments and try doing one body part at a time. Try passing the epilator every week or so to help pick up new growth, it’s way less painful than doing it all at once.
What are your favourite hair removal methods? Did you ever try an epilator? Let me know in the comments below.