I tried an epilator for the first time. If you don’t know what an epilator is, it’s an electronic device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and snatching them from the root. Similar to waxing. For my epilation test drive I decided to do an Epilator Brazilian. Brave? Yeah I know. #NewYearNewMe so why not try new things. Besides, I wanted to see if I really had that S on my chest. Here’s the backstory…
I don’t like hair unless it’s on my head. And I don’t like too much of it there either. I especially don’t like pubic hair. If this is TMI for you stop reading now. I used to shave but I would always nick myself and the hair grew back super coarse. Mind you I have very coarse hair to begin with. So I’ve been not so regularly getting Brazilian Waxes for the last 10 years.
I hate getting a Brazilian Wax though. Whoever said that the pain gets easier to deal with over time lied. That ish always hurts. And unless you find a good groupon deal, upkeep can get very expensive. I used to get a wax every 3-5 weeks. Now I only stick to this schedule in the Summer. The rest of the year I get a wax about every 10 weeks unless I’m going on vacation. And I do maintenance with clippers to keep the hair low in between visits.
Now back to the epilator. I’ve had a Panasonic Wet/Dry Epilator sitting in a drawer for about 3 years. PR sent it to me and I totally forgot about it. I had never used an epilator before and got cold feet after doing some research. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, I found the epilator and decided to give it a try. I was curious to see how it compared to waxing. After browsing through the manual, I figured out what attachments I needed to use and got started. I decided to do dry epilation so that I can easily hold my skin tight for better hair removal.
I started at the bikini line with the Gentile Epilator Head. It wasn’t painful at all. I just felt a little pinching. Next I moved on to the Dual Disc Epilator Head with the Gentile Cap, and decided to start in the center. Now if you’ve ever gotten a wax you’d know that this is the most painful area because of the nerve endings. As instructed, I slowly glided the epilator across the area and immediately stopped. It hurt like hell. Same intensity as waxing. But worse since you’re moving slower. I decided to suck it up and carry on.
Once I got past this area the pain became less intense. It actually was more of an uncomfortable sensation than pain. I switched between the Gentile Cap and Fast Cap to move things along quicker. Now I thought the labia would hurt the most. Especially the inner labia. But it barely hurt at all. I guess I was numb at this point.
Epilating the labia was more awkward than anything. I had to lift my legs and fold my body into uncomfortable positions in order to hold the skin tight and remove all of the hair. Holding the skin as tight as possible in this area is very important as your skin can get pinched in the epilator. This actually happened to me a couple of times. It wasn’t painful, just scary. The skin didn’t rip or anything. It just kind of gets sucked in and the rollers stop moving. When you turn the epilator off, the skin comes right out without force. The first time it happened I stopped breathing as I thought I ripped off a patch of cooch. But all was well.
It took me about an hour to complete my Epilator Brazilian as I was very careful, and tried my best to get every hair. The test drive was a success. My lady bits were smooth and hairless, just like when I get a Brazilian Wax. There were a few stray hairs that were too short to grasp, but this happens when I get a wax as well. I just tweeze them since it’s such a small amount and I don’t like the look of stray hairs. I finished off the job with a layer of Tend Skin to calm the skin.
After two weeks, the hair is just growing back in. So I would say that the results last about as long as a Brazilian Wax. I plan to continue to do epilation in lieu of waxing on the regular. I’ll treat myself to a wax on occasion.