Epilators are electronically operated hair removal devices. The way it works is by grasping a bunch of hair mechanically and pulling them to remove the hair. In a way, it is similar to waxing but the key difference is that epilators do not remove cells from the roots. Epilators come in a variety of models; some are corded others are rechargeable and some are battery operated. Most epilators do not require too much upkeep in terms of requirements of replacing parts. Below we will take a look at the pros and cons of using epilators for hair removal.
- Results that last
The biggest advantage of using epilators for hair removal is that, compared to other methods of hair removal, the results of epilators are much more long lasting and that is probably their biggest advantage.
If waxing at a beauty salon is expensive for you, you will want to consider using an epilator. The results will last much longer than waxing. If you want to know if epilating is a good fit for you, you may want to try getting an inexpensive one at first to see if it suits your needs or not. Epilators in general can keep the body parts epilated hair free for at least a solid couple of weeks, which can save a lot of your precious time.
- Epilators are cheap
Easily the biggest advantage of epilators is the fact that they are very reasonably priced and compared to other shaving solutions, it is quite the bargain. The prices of Epilators can be as low as 30 USD, which is cheaper than most other shaving options, especially ones that do as thorough a job as epilators. You only have to buy it once and a good one will easily last you at least 3 to 4 years.
- Use them wherever you need to
If you were to go get yourself waxed, you could only really wax those body parts where hair is of a certain length. If it is shorter than the specified length, then you will not be able to wax that area. This is most certainly not the case with epilators. They work on length and thus you can epilate wherever and whenever you feel like. Whenever you feel as though the body hair of a certain body part is in need of trimming, you can epilate that area.
- Hair Grows Back Thinner
Epilating is a hair removal technique that makes hair grow back much thinner. This is usually achieved after a few epilating sessions have been done on the specific body part. This is a very desired characteristic for those that want to expend too much effort into hair removal. If your hair is growing back thinner, you will have a much easier time in removing it. That is essentially one of the main noticeable benefits that people look for in hair removal methods.
Just like almost any other thing in life, epilating is not a perfect hair removal method. It does have its drawbacks. Some of the more prominent drawbacks that you should consider before choosing epilating as your hair removal method are the following:
- Ingrown Hair
To be fair, epilating is not the only hair removal technique that causes ingrown hairs but it does happen as well with epilators. Most of these ingrown hair appear on the legs. These types of undesirable hair is not exclusively caused by epilating; waxing and shaving usually also result in ingrown hairs. The main solution to this is to exfoliate the body parts after an epilating session. If you do this on a regular basis, you will save a lot of time in caring for these pesky little snippets of hair that are quite difficult to get rid of through any shaving method.
- It can hurt
One other major con of epilating is something that no one is particularly fond of, the pain of epilating. This is a major reason why many women do not wax or epilate. On the other hand, shaving is a major pain free hair removal method and is the reason many people choose this much less effective hair removal method. One silver lining for epilators and those choosing to epilate; is the knowledge that the pain does eventually get better, with time. Then there is also the fact that once you start epilating, you will soon develop a pain threshold for it. After a few sessions, the pain from epilating will feel like very miniscule pinches. As you get more experienced with epilating, usually after a few years, most people will be able to go through an epilating session without any inconveniences.
- It is time consuming
Another major factor to consider when choosing a hair removal method is the amount of time it takes for that particular hair removal method to do its work. When starting out, the initial few epilating sessions will take some time; until all the desired body parts are hair free. Consequently, the sessions do get shorter but that too is achieved after the person has gone through a few epilating sessions. If the hair isn’t left unattended for prolonged periods, the typical epilating session takes around 40 minutes or so.
While we have listed a few disadvantages of epilating, the takeaway should be that the disadvantages of epilating can all be worked around and is manageable, although it does require a bit of patience (but patience is required with almost any good thing in life). One tiny flaw of epilators that has to be mentioned here is that, if you choose to use epilators for facial hair removal, be aware that multiple sources have confirmed that many suffer from breakouts and/or redness in the face after an epilating session. So, just as with anything else in life, epilating has its good and bad sides. However, it is evident that the pros side is much more heavily weighted than the con side.