Epilator Versus Waxing – Some Major Differences
Most people think that the only alternatives to shaving as a hair removal method is waxing. Either that or pay up the wazoo and get permanent laser hair removal. While the permanent route is certainly costly, it gets rid of the headache of dealing with any of it altogether. But if your budget and time don’t allow for the process of permanent hair removal, are waxing and shaving the only options? Certainly not!
I love waxing. It gives me the smoothest skin ever. Not only does it get all the hair out by the root, it also takes off some of the dead top layer skin. After the pain and redness, I’m left with soft, smooth skin that lasts longer than shaving ever could.
I’m not here to tell you which one is better than the other. In fact, you may choose a combination of the different hair removal methods, depending on the area on your body. It truly is a personal preference and you may have to go through some trial and error before you really figure it out for yourself. I know I did.
I would just like to share my experiences. Let you know what I felt was the best (and worst) part of each hair removal method. If you feel that I have left out anything in this post, please feel free to drop me a comment. I would like all of my readers to get the different perspectives so that it could help them make the best decision for themselves.
So, here’s the deal with waxing:
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- Quick results in one area. You can do large areas quickly.
- Clean hair removal. As in, waxing doesn’t miss anything.
- Results in smooth skin. No stubble.
- Hair grows out looking thinner.
- Slower rate of hair growth. Can last over two weeks sometimes.
- Less probability of ingrown hair.
- If done at home, can be very messy.
If done at salon, can get costly over time (sometimes legs can cost $80-$100!)
- Constantly having to purchase the supplies.
- You have to make sure you have the material. If you run out in the middle, do you really want to run out to the store?
- Painful. Waxing not only pulls at the hair, it pulls at your skin. This is particularly bad for the eye brows as it may result in sagging eye lid over time.
- You need to have a certain length of growth to be able to wax.
And on the other hand, there’s epilating:
- The better alternative for sensitive skin.
- Versatility. You can purchase different epilators that work best in different areas on the body, giving you better control and customization of your hair removal needs.
- One time purchase. Cost is not reoccurring.
- Hair grows out slower and looks thinner.
- Epilating can be done even with very short growth.
- Can be done in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.
- Minimal mess. You only need to have a towel thrown down to catch the hair that is pulled out, then throw it in the wash.
- You have the option of using some epilators in the shower to give your skin more comfort from the pain.
- You can take your epilator with you when traveling and feel confident in being able to do your hair removal even when away from home.
- Not all epilators can be used while plugged in. You may have to ensure you always have a full charge for your next session.
- Can be very painful on the first few sessions as your skin adjusts.
- A bad epilator can tear hair and cause ingrown hairs.
- If your skin is not prepared and your epilator is not well maintained, you can get ingrown hair and bad results.
Maintenance and care of your epilator is required.
- Some areas may be too sensitive to the pain of epilating.
- Epilating can take some more time to complete if you miss areas and have to go over them again.
So, which do you prefer now knowing the above? Well, it might not be that easy, but at least you have an idea of some of the major details of both.
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Having gone over the pros and cons of waxing and epilating, now let’s talk about what works best. I believe that it really depends on your pain sensitivity and this may really boil down to which area of the body you are doing hair removal on.
Epilating is great for being able to have control yourself and take care of what you need in the comfort of your own home. The best thing about it is that you can do it while away from home, too. The areas of the body that will react best for epilating are the legs and underarms.
Across the board, women tend to be more sensitive in the bikini area. I would go out on a limb and say that most women would not want to take the time and pain that is needed to epilate the bikini area, let alone a full brazilian. This is not to say that it cannot be done, but it may not work best for all. If you are looking to epilate this area, make sure to do your research and find the best fit. It will take time and dedication.
On the other had, waxing is really wonderful for the brazilian. It gives the cleanest results. It is done more quickly and, while still painful, it is more tolerable due to the quickness.
As I mentioned before with finding the right epilator for the bikini area, it also goes for epilating the face. You will need to find an epilator that is more gentle in this sensitive area and one that does a good job at pulling the hair. Getting an ingrown hair on the upper lip is not a pretty sight. When you do find the best epilator for your face, you will be happy with the quick results and less mess of epilating. It also helps that epilators can grab extremely short, thin hair that can be missed with waxing. The face tends to have this type of hair, so epilating is very effective in this area. You also don’t get your skin pulled with epilating. This factor is especially helpful in the effort in trying to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin to look younger.
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