Hair-free arms and legs project femininity like no other, and this is why women are constantly looking for ways to remove unwanted hair safely and effectively. If you have been curious about epilators and would like to try one but are reluctant because of some unresolved questions or issues about its use, here are some facts about the device and some tips on how to use it.
What is epilation hair removal?
Epilation is the process of removing body hair with the use of an electrical device that grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and pulls them out. This motorized method of hair removal is very popular at this day and age because it is convenient to use for the effective removal of hair in various parts of the body.
The first epilator was a spring type device called the “Epilady” which was initially released in Israel. It basically involved a spring that was bowed into a curve causing one side to squeeze tightly together while the opposite side opened up. The motor in the Epilady rotated the spring so that when it crosses the skin, the hairs will be inserted into the opened coils, be caught when it closes and be yanked off when it turns.
As the use of epilators for hair removal became more popular, more innovations had been made to make hair removal more efficient.
What is the difference between epilation and depilation?
Epilation and depilation are both associated with hair removal. The main difference between the two is with regards to their goal.
Any hair removal method or strategy that focuses solely on removing that part of the hair on the skin surface belongs to the category of depilation. Shaving is the most commonly used hair depilating method. Other options involve the use of chemicals to break the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains and make the hair disintegrate.
On the other hand, epilation involves pulling out the hair in its entirety, the roots included. This proves to be a more efficient way of removing body hair because as it pulls out the hairs with their roots, it delays their re-growth process and you get to enjoy more days of hairless smoothness on those parts of your body that you epilated.
Using an epilator for the first time? Here’s how to use it properly!
If you are epilating your hair for the first time, it is highly recommended that you do it at night when you are about to sleep or at least don’t have any plans of going out anymore because you will likely experience a lot of reddening on your skin. If you want to know how to use an epilator properly, there are basically three things to remember with regards to technique:
- Hold the epilator at 90 degrees.
- Epilate opposite to the direction of the hair.
- Keep the epilator close to the skin.
You may have to run the epilator a number of times on the same area to get all the hairs. The epilator will be able to get a better grasp of the hairs on your thighs and legs if your stretch the skin a bit with the use of your free hand. Fold your arms upwards when you are doing your elbows.
When is the best time to epilate?
If you are a first timer, it’s best to do your first epilation at night because it will cause skin redness and you might need the whole night to calm it down. The slight skin irritation will be gone in the morning and you will be ready to sport your hair-free skin to the world. Just remember not to scratch while you sleep as the reddening might develop into an infection if you do so. When your skin gets used to epilation, you can do it anytime you want.
The PROS and CONS of EPILATING
What are the advantages of epilation?
Removing your hair with the use of an epilator offers the benefits of convenience and efficiency. It offers the efficiency of a pair of tweezers and the speed of an electric razor. Aside from convenience and efficiency here are a few more advantages.
- Epilators are relatively very cheap compared to the benefit they can provide. The costs of epilators are not that expensive as to make you think twice in investing on them.
- When you epilate you hair over and over again, the hair eventually grows thinner. Unlike other hair removal methods where you get the same hair re-growths over and over again, the hairs that have been epilated over and over again will show some signs of improvement.
- The hairs take a longer time to re-grow. This means that you’ll have more time to enjoy hairlessness on the areas that you’ve epilated.
- Epilation does not affect the skin between the pores whatsoever. Epilators work very precisely. They don’t pull or scratch your skin. They only grab and pull your hairs.
- You can epilate as soon as you see stubbles. Epilators are very effective in grasping and pulling out very short hairs. The best modern epilators can grasp 0.3mm worth of hairs and yank them out efficiently. In that case, you have to set the speed to low and you’ll have to make several runs to get every stubble of hair.
What are the disadvantages of epilation?
Removing your hair with the use of epilators has only two disadvantages and they are as follows:
- Epilation is a bit painful especially for beginners. Now, how painful is epilating? If pulling out a strand of hair with a pair of tweezers is painful, can you imagine how it will feel like when hundreds of hairs are pulled out simultaneously?
- Epilation can lead to hair ingrown. Do epilators cause ingrown hairs? No, but epilation can create the possibility of hair ingrown. The chances of hair growing in the wrong direction are highly possibly when the hair is pulled out totally. On its re-growth, dry dead skin might block its path forcing it to redirect and create a hair ingrowth.