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Best Hair Remover: Epilator Shaver

Updated on July 6, 2015
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Some may call me a shopaholic. I like to discover new things that improve my life! I love providing real & honest reviews to help others.

A longer lasting shave:

Consider epilating. Why? Regular shavers just shave hair at the surface. Personally, I am sensitive to shaving (my legs) and can’t do it too often or I break out. Not a lovely site. Also, it’s no fun at all to have to deal with unsightly, scratchy stubble for days before I can shave again.

I waxed my legs for a while, which is a good option, but it can be pricey, and you have to make the appointments...no big deal for many. For me, a stay-at-home-mom with little ones and a lack of babysitters and budget to pay for same, it’s kind of difficult. With waxing, the hair grows back a little thinner, so it’s not so scratchy, but once it starts to grow back you have to wait and deal with hairy legs until it’s long enough to get it waxed again, which is usually around ¼ inch long.

Epilators changed my life

Then I discovered epilators. Changed my life. Epilators work similar to waxing in that they pull your hair out from the root. Most ladies tweeze, or have tweezed at some point, their eyebrows, right? Well epilating is similar – imagine like 40 tweezers working in unison to pull out, at around 32,000 tweezes per minute, your unwanted hair. Now the only drawback here is that there can be some pain associated with epilating. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so it’s hard to say just how much pain. I can tell you this much: the first time you do it is the worst. As with waxing, the hair comes back finer every time and that decreases the amount of pain associated with the epilating significantly. As everyone’s hair growth cycles vary, the amount of time between using your epilator will vary, but typically you can enjoy hair-free days for at least a couple of weeks, sometimes up to three or four weeks. Sometimes touch-ups are needed in between to get those hairs on a different cycle. The best part is that, unlike with waxing, you don’t have to wait until the hair gets long to epilate again! Most epilators – the good ones – will get even the very shortest of hairs.

The Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator

I own this one and love, love, love it. I absolutely love being able to have smooth, hair-free legs for weeks!  It has a pivoting head that contours for more thoroughness. The smartlight is one of its best features - truly highlights every hair! The Xpressive features a massage system that stimulates skin before and soothes it after to reduce pain. It comes with shaver head and trimmer, massage system, an efficiency cap, and a beginner cap, as well as a pouch to hold it all in.

This one is corded, but the cord is long enough that I have plenty of slack when I plug it in and sit on the floor to begin my hair removal session. I prefer the cord also because I never want to deal with the possibility of losing battery power in the middle of shaving.

Emjoi Light Caress Electric Hair Remover

Also known as the Emjoi Gently Gold Caress, it is designed to greatly reduce the pain associated with epilation.  By using 36 discs, Emjoi Gently Gold Caress removes most hairs the first time.  This helps reduce possible skin irritation.  Has a two-speed operation for different hair types. 

Panasonic Epilglide ULTRA Epilator

This epilator's technology allows you to fully immersed it in water without damage, so you can use it in the bath or shower with soap or shaving cream, or you can use it dry. Unlike most, it has 360-degree triple-spinning heads which covers more area in less time, catching hairs growing in all directions, for faster epilation. Comes with an interchangeable shaver head attachment, a small epilator head for under arms and around the bikini area, and a bikini zone trimmer attachment.

Braun Silk-Epil X-elle Epilator

This epilator features massaging rollers that glide over the skin to stimulate it with micro-pulsations before and after the hair is removed to reduce pain and discomfort. It is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Its tweezer system takes away even the tiniest hair and a "SmartLight" highlights every hair. Comes with an additional shaver head with trim attachment to trim hair on days you don't feel like epilating.

Emjoi Emagine Dual Opposed Tweezer Head Epilator

Most epilators have around 40 tweezer heads - this Emjoi Emagine has 72! It is the first epilator in the world to offer Silver Ion Technology, which provides anti-microbial protection. It has a technology to lift up the hair so that the tweezers "skate" over the skin, minimizing irritation. It is ergonomically designed to be comfortable and balanced in your hand, no matter how you are using it. This epilator is corded.

Final comment:

One word of caution if using on areas where skin is not taught such as the armpit area, be sure to pull skin as taught as you can, because people have complained about skin being pinched in these areas – ouch! - although I have not experienced this myself.  Enjoy a hair-free life!

 

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    LSKing 7 years ago from East Coast United States

    I use the epilator on my face but I'm a woman with fine lip hair. I hate body hair and can be obsessive about any hair on my body.

    The Emjoi Devine is an awesome epilator. I bought one a few months ago and it's my favorite girly tool ever! I use it everywhere on my body and you get use to the discomfort because the results are amazing. Great hub on hair removers!

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    Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

    Ok, here's what I learned - lots of men asking that question and all getting different answers. The one constant is that the face has a lot of sensory nerve endings, so the potential for it being more painful than, say, the arms or legs, is big. Just like using it anywhere else, though, the hair comes back finer so it's easier and less painful the subsequent sessions (I call them my torture sessions - good for stress relief!). If you're going to try it I would suggest getting an epilator with a smaller attachment, like the Panasonic Epilglide that has the attachment for bikini/armpit area - may be easier. Also, very important to exfoliate after - not immediately after, but several days after and on occassion to avoid ingrown hairs which can occur with epilating, just like with waxing. Hope this helps you, wesleycox, and anyone else wondering the same.

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    Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

    Thank you! Excellent question - my husband has used my epilator for areas such as shoulders and back. I know a lot of men do, actually, but I have not known anyone to use an epilator on the face - epilating is similar to waxing and some women wax their face (eyebrows, upper lip), so why not epilate the face - it may be a painful experience, though, and expect, perhaps, some irritation. I'm intrigued now and will do some more research and get back to you later today, okay?