Epilators – The Inside Story

There are several ways to remove unwanted body hair. You could try removing the hair by shaving which gives a very temporary result. For a more permanent result, you could try laser treatment or electrolysis. The problem is that these methods of hair removal can be very expensive in the long run.

An often overlooked method of hair removal is the Epilator. This will give you a result that can last up to 4 weeks! You can get these from several manufacturers but Braun epilators and Remington Epilators are often the preferred type.

What is an Epilator?

What is an epilator . It is a device which removes hair by physically grabbing several hairs at once. The mechanism then proceeds to pull the hairs out from the root. The advantage with this system is that you get a similar result as tweezing or waxing but the process is usually much quicker and efficient.

The main disadvantage with using these is that the process can be very painful as you are pulling the hairs out from the root. The intensity of this pain is said to get less and less as more sessions of depilation are carried out.

TIP: Have the area waxed first and then use your epilator to remove re-growth.

Rotating spring

This is an earlier type of epilator that contained a coil or spring as the removal head. This was slightly bowed so that as it rotated, the spring would pinch up on one side. As you move this rotating spring over the hairs, it would grasp the hairs and pull them out. The big disadvantage with this type of epilator is that the spring was susceptible to wear and would often need replacing.

Rotating Disc

The rotating disc epilator is similar in function to the spring type except that instead of a spring there is a series of rotating discs side by side. As the discs rotate, they come close together on the side that is in contact with the hair and this pulls the hairs out. This system has been refined still further to produce what is commonly found in most modern epilators – The tweezer epilator

Tweezer Epilator

The tweezer epilator is similar to the rotating disc type except that instead of discs, there are metal plates housed in a plastic housing. As the head rotates, the plates ‘pinch’ together once per revolution. This produces a cycle of gripping, pulling and then discarding the hair. Only the part of the rotating disc that ‘pinches’ is exposed to the hair that you want removing.

The main disadvantage of this method of hair removal aside from the pain is that sometimes the hairs may break as they are being pulled out. This is especially true if you have quite coarse hairs. This can leave a sort of ‘stubbly’ feel to the area.

Modern epilators usually come with a battery pack that is rechargeable. The last thing you want is trailing wires whilst you work. You can even get a small portable epilator to take with you on a night out!

So, if you are looking for a cheap method of hair removal that will leave you with a better result than just shaving, without the expense of laser hair removal or electrolysis, why not give epilators a try.