Epilators, what they are and why you should consider them

October 31, 2013

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It’s summer time and even though this is icky, many people have asked me and emailed me about Epilating.

As a light-medium skinned brown girl with black hair, hair removal is important and very much part of my routine. I tried shaving, hair removal creams, waxing, laser and epilators. After shelling out thousands of rands a year, I now mostly use an epilator for my needs (which are quite a few).

What are Epilators?

An epilator is a hair removal device that removes hair by plucking it from the skin, very much like waxing. The device has a rotational head that will be fitted with a number of tweezers (the ones are I have, have 20 and 40 tweezers each). You place the head at a 90 degree angle to your skin and it glides across the hairs pulling them as it goes across.

Where can I buy an Epilator?

In South Africa we have three brands that are prominent, the Braun Skil-Epil range, the Philips epilators and the Veet range. I personally prefer Braun epilators, but I have read many good reviews about the Philips range as well.

The less expensive epilators have less tweezers and come with less attachments. A top-of-the-range epilator could have 40-50 tweezers and come with a few heads including a sensitive area one so that you can use it on your bikini line and face, these epilators can probably be used in the shower as well. If you are buying one I suggest you get one that can be used this way. It makes the process convenient and eases the pain.

Where can I use it?

As long as you have the guts and pain threshold to handle it you can use an epilator anywhere on your body. It is safe for your bikini line, face and underarms. I would suggest that even if you are adventurous but don’t attempt a full brazillian with one. I shudder to imagine what would happen if a fold got stuck in the tweezers.

Does it hurt?

The first few times you epilate will feel like you are torturing yourself but it gets better. I have been epilating my underarms and legs for two years now and it has become routine for me to epilate. I barely flinch when epilating my underarms. The pain is lessened if you use it in the bath or shower.

The first few times I did it were pretty painful and I feared I might never go back, but the slow regrowth and smooth feeling I had for weeks after kept me turning to my epilator.

Convenience factor.

One charge on my model gives me two hours of use. I keep it in the shower and run it over my underarms and other sensitive areas when I need to as if I was shaving.



– You can remove even the shortest hairs (unlike waxing where you have to wait).
– The convenience of being able to use it while you shower is a big one for me.
– Hygienic (if you clean it, which you should).
– Cost-effective (An epilator is an investment, but calculate the cost of monthly waxes and it soon starts paying for itself)


– It HURTS and really takes some getting used to.
– They make quite a loud sound when in use.
– It is a little harder to use on sensitive areas (make sure you pull the skin tight when epilating).

To conclude; I own two epilators, a high-end model that I can use in the shower and a beginners model that you have to plug in and use. Β The regrowth I see is substantially less than when I started and the pain has become very bearable.

What is your preferred method of hair removal?

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  • Reply Charlene October 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Yeah, epilating is very much like torture at first but after a while one does get use to it. I still battle right in the beginning of each session but it isn’t as bad. Some of my friends take 2 panados 20 minutes beforehand so it’s a little less painful.

    • Reply zaamissbowtie October 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ These days it is almost like the anticipation is worse than the actual pain. That’s a great idea. I am planning to venture to more sensitive areas and I am so afraid!

  • Reply Amina Parker November 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I go for the pain free laser hair removal. Its pricey and you end up paying so much after your sessions but the results were amazing for me. I am so afraid of epilating!

    • Reply zaamissbowtie November 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

      I didn’t mind the pain of normal sessions, I just didn’t see a huge improvement at all after a full course of 8 sessions so I am really hesitant to do more right now.

    • Reply Desiree Pillay January 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Which place did you go to for your laser hair removal?

  • Reply Marian August 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Best I have ever used is the electric epilator of Karmin =)

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