Epilators are hand-held electrical devices used to remove body and facial hair by pulling it out at the root (or follicle).
Although the hair removal is not permanent, epilation slows and reduces hair growth over time .
There are a number of other advantages to this method of hair removal. There are also a couple of disadvantages – so we’ll look at those too to help you make an informed decision on whether epilation offers the right hair removal method for you.
How epilators work:
Have you ever tweezed out hairs? Of course, you have. You routinely tweeze eyebrow hairs, ‘mustachoes’, and pesky chin hairs, and maybe even bikini-line hairs. Tweezed hairs come out at the follicle, so they take a long time to grow back.
Epilators work on the same principle. The device works with multiple tweezers packed into a rotating disc. This pulls out multiple hairs at the root at the same time, very fast. (Best you are already taking a guess at a major drawback…)
Epilators make it possible to tweeze large areas – such as legs – as effectively as you would small areas. They can also be used anywhere the rotating head can connect with the skin.
Benefits of epilation:
- Epilation can be done at home as an alternative to salon waxing and laser hair removal.
- It is quick and not nearly as messy as waxing. There is also no risk of burning or cutting the skin.
- Hair takes a long time to grow back, and it grows back softer, lighter, and easier to pull out.
- Although you will experience skin redness and bumps where the hair root has been pulled out, this dies down quickly. You will be left with silky smooth skin for up to four weeks.
- You can use the epilator as soon as new hairs become visible. Unlike waxing, you do not need to suffer through letting your hair grow out between sessions.
Epilator disadvantages and risks:
- You’ve guessed it already! Pain. Epilators can be very painful, especially if you are using one for the first time. However, it’s not much worse than the pain from waxing. It also gets less and less painful with each session.
This is because each time a hair has to regenerate the follicle to grow back, it becomes weaker. The roots become easier and easier to pull out over time, and the pain less and less. (Still – it’s not always recommended for those stubborn underarm hairs!)
- Epilators are electrical devices. Take care if you use them with water or in a bathroom due to the risk of electrical shock.
- This method is not always suitable for very sensitive or small, awkward areas.
All in all, epilators offer effective hair removal. As for the pain – if you can wax, you can epilate!
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