If you’re used to other hair removal methods like shaving and waxing, you may have a few questions when switching to epilating. Here we compare the epilator to other methods. Weigh the pros and cons and see which is a better fit for your needs.
Epilator vs waxing
Technically, waxing can also be considered as epilating because, by definition, epilation includes all methods which cause the hair to be pulled out with its root. However, the word epilator is now more commonly used to refer to the electronic device that does this kind of hair removal so we are going to use the term in this context.
Epilating has at least two advantages over waxing. The first advantage is that you can epilate stubbles even in hairs as small as 0.3mm long. On the other hand, waxing will only work if a large part of the hair is already out as in 1/4 of an inch out. This means that if you are relying on waxing, you have to bear with a few days where your unwanted hair is already out and visible while with an epilator, you can get rid of them as you see them so can be hair-free all the time.
Secondly, waxing will affect the whole skin area and have the possibility of tearing some skin of along with the hair which can cause some irritation or even infections. On the other hand, epilation will only pull out your hairs without damaging the skin around them.
Is an epilator better than a razor?
On the subject of razor vs epilator, a razor is only a depilator which cuts off that part of the hair that’s exposed. Hair grows every second. Technically, this means that the very moment after you‘ve shaved your hair; it has already grown and will be visible again after a few days or even a few hours.
Epilation removes the entire hair with its root. Technically, this means that after depilation there is no more hair there. It will take a while before you develop hair roots and that will only be the time when your hair starts growing from the root and out from the pore. This will normally take about four weeks to happen.
So in comparison, shaving with a razor will make you hair-free for a day at most while epilating with an epilator will leave you hair-free for about four weeks.
How does epilation compare to laser hair removal treatments?
Laser hair removal treatments have several disadvantages. They are expensive and you can’t permanently remove hair in one session. It will take three to seven sessions before you can remove hair permanently. Laser treatments can cause darkening of the skin and will work only for dark hair colors.
On the other hand, you can get a good epilator for $30. It’s not permanent hair removal, but you may only need to do it every four weeks. Epilating will not darken your skin and it works for all hair colors.
Another point to consider is whether you really want permanent laser hair removal. In one episode of the Graham Norton Show, Cameron Diaz was so passionate in discouraging permanent hair removal stating that hairs have important reasons for being wherever they are and permanently removing them might lead to serious regrets later on.
And speaking of permanent hair removal…
Do epilators permanently remove hair?
Though epilation removes the hair along with its root, your body will develop new roots to grow hair on the same area. In this regard, epilation is not a permanent way of removing hair. However, it provides you with about four weeks of being hair-free and every time you epilate, the hair that grows back is thinner and less. In a way, though epilating does not provide a permanent solution for unwanted hair, it produces a little improvement on your hair reduction and thinning every time you epilate.
So if you’ve decided that an epilator is your best bet, how do you go about finding one that best suit your needs?
Things to consider in choosing an epilator
Epilators can be battery-operated, electric-powered or can be both. Since you are most likely going to epilate in your house where a power outlet is available, electric powered epilators with the combined feature of a rechargeable battery will be the better option.
Epilators with variable speed option will be useful for overall body use as hair texture and pain threshold on different parts of the body differ. Choose one that has at least 2 speed settings.
A convenient epilator is something that is easy to use as well as easy to clean.
Some epilators have a skin guard option. If you are going to use an epilator for sensitive areas of your body, you can choose these types of epilators.
Price consideration falls second to the length of guarantee because in the long run the cost of an epilator can be covered by the length of its efficient function.
Where can you buy an Epilator?
Epilators can be purchased in beauty health stores or online for utmost convenience. Online, they are available in popular retail websites such as Amazon.com and others. You can even find them on the actual manufacturers’ websites, but they don’t usually offer the best price.
Epilators are a part of the modern woman’s beauty tools. If it all seems to be very painful for you as you are imagining it and seeing one being used in a video on Youtube, the only way to get over that fear is to buy one and use it as often as possible. There is no reason why you should miss out on the convenience and confidence which an epilator can provide.