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Epilating & Shaving: Alternate Ways of Hair Removal for the Woman on the Go!

Epilating & Shaving: Alternate Ways of Hair Removal for the Woman on the Go!

Every time I need to get ready for an event or a function I cringe inwardly cause it means I require to plan a trip to the salon and if the event happens to be on a weekday then its a double whammy cause I not only need to plan an appointment at the salon but also take some time off from work to make it for the appointment. Waxing sessions especially are a bane of my existence...

So what does a woman on the go do? How do you keep up with the rate of your hair growth? Better still how do you let it not take over your life? How do you #BeReadyEveryday?

I prefer two ways... Shaving and Epilating... I have spoken about shaving a lot over the past couple of months and so today I shall be talking at length about Epilating, busting myths about it and sharing with you all my current epilator.

I got my first Epilator as my 16th Birthday Gift. My parents very thoughtfully gifted me one and it was then that I had my first tryst with an Epilator.

An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. The way in which epilators pull out hair is similar to waxing, although unlike waxing, they do not remove cells from the epithelium of the epidermis [Courtesy: Wikipedia]

Currently I am using the Philips Satinelle. It is a lightweight, corded Epilator that comes with a "Sensitive Area Cap" for delicate skin and a brush to keep the epilator clean.

How is Epilating Different from Waxing and Shaving?

Epilating is similar to waxing in the sense that it pulls out hair from its roots. However, it differs from waxing in the following ways:
  1. Unlike waxing it doesn't remove dry cells hence your skin is not left feeling sore.
  2. Secondly, unlike waxing epilating does not involve laying the hair flat (using wax) and pulling it all out at one go. Epilating pulls out a number of hair by running over them metal discs. This makes epilating less painful than waxing.
  3. Epilating can remove hair as short as 0.5 mm (my Philips Satinelle does!) as compared to waxing for which we need to wait for a full growth.

Is Epilating Painful?

Pain is relative and as compared to waxing epilating is negligibly painful. However when compared to shaving, epilating does feel like little pin pricks here and there as it removes hair from the roots.

Does Epilating Cause Ingrowth?

It is a common belief that epilators cause in-growths. However, the truth is that ingrowth can be caused by any form of hair removal even waxing. To prevent in-growths I suggest the use of a toner after waxing or epilating and also exfoliate regularly, using a loofah while taking a shower is most convenient and effective.

How To Use An Epilator

I hope you find this post helpful! If you need me to answer any other questions, do feel free to post them through the comments or get in touch with me via Twitter or Facebook.
Until the next time, I love you girls ♥

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