Epilation has become more and more popular in recent years, and many of you may have considered buying an epilator. It’s a hefty upfront investment – decent epilators start at about $30, a wet/dry model can be in the $50 range.
I’ve been using an epilator for seven years and have watched them gaining popularity with relief. My first epilator was purchased at The Sharper Image, and had these horrid spinning coils. It worked, but buying a new one this year was a great decision. I got the Panasonic Ladies Wet/Dry (the price of which is now half of what it was just a few months ago!).
As I read about others beginning to epilate, I find that I have been using my epilator in, it seems, the one place most women are afraid to go. No, not that one. Higher. I’ve been epilating my underarms for years, and it’s the best thing ever. If you’d like to start, here are a few tips:
First, when you first get your new toy, try it out somewhere hairless, like the top of your foot, or a just-shaved leg. It should not hurt. Not at all. If it does, you’re pushing too hard. Find the right speed and pressure so that it is not pinching skin.
Second, the first few times using it, it hurts a lot. A lot a lot. Take some Advil half an hour before your session. But if you can power through, it’s worth it. The most important thing is to not try to get it all done at once. My advice for underarms is this: pick a time when your pits will be hidden for at least a week. Then take your time, epilating every day, just as much as you can stand. By the end of the week you will have taken out all the hair and won’t have gone crazy. Once you have a pattern down, you’re getting a dozen hairs or so every day, and it’s just great. You never have the grown-in, needing a wax look.
Third, if you get a model that can go into the shower or bath, take advantage of that. The directions will tell you to use a little soap, and that is important. I use shampoo – you want something that foams. It helps the epilator glide, and seems to help the hairs to stand up to be grabbed.
Finally, get used to slowing down. An epilator needs a little time to grab the hair and pull it. If you move it over your skin too fast, it either can’t grab the hair at all, or it yanks it out at the wrong angle and hurts worse, and possibly doesn’t even get it out. You cannot treat an epilator like a razor.
If you’re curious about epilating, I hope this has helped. For me, it’s the perfect balance between the ease of shaving and the results of waxing.