Epilators Guide: All you need to know about epilation, Tips & Reviews

What is an epilator?

springThis might sound weird to you but a lot of people don’t even know what epilators are. That’s right, the majority of people tend to confuse epilation with “de”pilation therefore associating every electrical device for removing hair with the most common products of this genre: electric shavers. Epilation is a whole different story and it removes the hair at the root instead of simply cutting it on the surface. That’s the main reason why epilating is considered to be a long lasting solution for getting rid of unwanted hair.

To accomplish this task for us, epilators have been invented! *hurray*

The first epilators (Epilady was actually the first) used a rotating spring to grab the hairs out of the root, these springs often needed to be replaced after continuous usage, which wasn’t a great deal. After that came rotating epilators, which instead of springs, used rotating metal discs. Remington introduced this kind of epilator to the market.

rotaryThe last development in the field are electric tweezers and rotary epilators; these devices use various metal plates incorporated in a plastic housing that form the epilator “head”. These fairly small electric devices come in corded or cordless and wet & dry models to suit everyone’s needs. A downside to epilators is the pain factor, let’s be honest, grasping multiple hairs from the root cannot be pain free…

How to choose the best epilator?

Epilators are personal care devices, that implies every one of us might have their personal favorite features, style, brand and of course, price range, not to mention it also depends on if your a woman or man. These are our main guidelines for judging an epilator, and all of our reviews are based on these few key points. Check them out so that you’ll have a better understanding of the product while reading our epilator reviews!

1. Wet and Dry/cordless-corded

wet dryEpilators come in cordless and corded. Usually the majority of cordless models are also wet and dry epilators, which means you can use them while in the shower or bath. They are extremely useful for travelling but they need to be recharged quite often. Corded models are for dry use only, they usually have more power being always connected to the power source and you don’t have to worry about recharging them

2. Number of Tweezers

More tweezers mean a larger area of epilation but more pain as well. Usually high end epilators have more tweezers.tweezers

3. Made for Different Body Parts

One of the first things you need to consider when choosing an epilator is the area that needs to be treated. Is it the underarms? the bikini lines? or the legs? Different epilator are made for different body parts, but most good epilators also come with different heads or interchangeable parts to suit your needs.

4. Massage Function

massage functionThe massage function is a special function featured on many epilators, it usually helps avoiding pain and reducing friction during epilation.

 Now that you know what to look for when choosing the best epilator for your hair removal needs, it is time to know how to use one!

How to use an electric epilator

Through our experience and numerous customer’s comments and reviews we put together a set of quick epilator tips to help you get through your first epilation experiment and make it a success!

First, Getting Ready

  • Plan to epilate 24 HOURS before your special night or event, that way you’ll have 24 hours for any eventual irritation to reduce.
  • You would want to be as relaxed as possible, so evening is usually the best time for your epilation session, plus you’ll have the entire night to recover.
  • Taking a warm bath/shower (not to hot) helps getting relaxed and opening up the skin’s pores, which could drastically reduce the pain.
  • Exfoliating also help getting the skin smoother and ready for the epilation process.
  • Start off with the less sensitive areas like your legs, and then, once you became used to the feeling, go ahead with underarms or bikini lines.

During Epilation tips

These few guidelines are important if you want to learn how to epilate properly, you might just think these are basic tips, but still some people overlook them and they are very important.

  • If possible try epilating under water, most modern epilators are both wet and dry, which means they are totally water proof and you can use them while in the shower like any regular shaver.
  • Hold the epilator at a 90 degrees angle upon surface, you may slightly pull the skin with your hand to help the epilator glide over it but don’t force it too much!
  • Go slow! take approximately 15 seconds to go from your ankle to your knee and just don’t rush it; if you go too fast you risk breaking the hairs, which can lead to ingrown hairs.

After Epilation

The most important rule after you’ve completed epilation, is to moisturize! Apply a rich body lotion or an antiseptic cream on the skin AFTER you’ve done. This is important, don’t moisturize before epilation! This makes the hairs slippery and the epilator’s micro tweezers might have a hard time grabbing them.

The benefits of epilators

Hair removal with epilators has several benefits especially if compared to other epilation methods such as shaving or waxing.

  • AT THE ROOT – Epilators remove the hairs at the root, which shaving doesn’t do, plus the latest models are able to remove 4 times shorter hair than waxing, up to 0.5mm.
  • CHEAPER – Epilators can also benefit your wallet! the average good quality epilator can last up to 6 years making it only an upfront investment. No need to buy additional blades or creams 🙂
  • CONVENIENT – Convenience is another benefit of hair removal with epilators. You can use them anywhere and everywhere, especially the cordless models, plus there is no need for a shower afterwards to remove creams or get rid of messy situations.
  • FAST – Time saving. Epilators are much faster than any other conventional hair removal system; a normal monthly epilation session can take around 40 minutes (2 sessions of 20 min each) with shaving is usually around 2,5h (30x5min) and waxing comes at around 60min (2x30min).
  • SEMI PERMANENT – Some studies have also proved that if you’ve been epilating for a few years, epilators can lead to semi permanent hair removal, that’s because the root of the hair can only grow back a certain amount of times. Epilators have been proved to also reduce the thickness of the hair overtime, making it easier to keep removing further as well.

So, do epilators work?

epilator at the root

Yes, epilators do work! Yes epilating takes time, as with most good and lasting hair removal methods and yes, it’s going to be a little painful at least the first times. It’s just up to you, if the pain scares you the most, then you might try something different such as depilatory creams or IPL devices (although a bit pricey). If you’re tough enough and care for a smooth long lasting effect, then we strongly recommend epilators as one of the best hair removal solutions.

Think all of this is for you and you are ready to take action? We put together a list of the 5 best epilators, as well as a detailed review for the best epilator of 2014! Check them out! 🙂