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.
whew you are tough! i almost fainted reading this. lol
Thanks for this post, very informative
I almost fainted when the skin got stuck lol. You’re welcome!
Hahaha that’s so funny! The labia area really scares me as well. But I shall give it a try. Thanks for this very informatice article!
I absolutely hate getting waxes so I might try this one out! Great post!
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. If you try it, let me know how it works out for you!
My experience with epilating that area was precisely the same! Great description of the process… had me giggling to myself be abuse I could totally relate!😄 There arent many brave enough to venture this method however, it’s an effective and less expensive solution.
This was informative as I am still trying to see what my best options are in this area but your post is too funny! I LoL’d the entire time reading!
Lol I’m glad that you enjoyed my post!
I was dead @ “patch of cooch”, but I think I might have to try this.
Girlll I was dead when I thought I lost a patch! lol
OMG, this was hilarious and informative! A VERY honest review and I just about fainted too when I read about the skin getting sucked up! (my coworkers were staring at me while I howled at my desk!) I’m all about convenience, so if this produces the same results as waxing, I’m going to have to try it.
Lol it was quite scary. But the results were worth it. I figure I should be able to master the process after the third time. Let me know your opinion if you decide to try it!
Hello, please how do you handle bumps after either waxing or epilating?
I exfoliate regularly to try and avoid them, and use the Tend Skin to clear them up.
I think I’ll just have to stick with waxing. Oh my goodness. But thanks for the honest reviews. My Russian lady takes care of me in less than 10 minutes. I whistle my way right on out the door. Literally! Lol
Lol I had a Russian Lady do mine once and it was indeed the quickest and least painful wax ever!
I finally did a Brazilian today with my epilator. I have done my legs and underarms for awhile now, and tested epilating the bikini line dry. I opted for a mirror in the shower. I tried the “sensitive” attachment and found it was more painful then just using the standard. I also found that the most sensitive area was easier to get through in short And quick movements. I have I have a trick to prevent ingrown hairs for my underarms which is “clean and clear toner” the kind with salicylic acid… super cheap especially if you can get a store brand. I used this and we will see… I’ve used it after waxing and never had an issue… but you are so right… exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate!
I’m glad everything turned out well.Thanks for the toner recommendation. I still use TendSkin and it can be a bit expensive. I’ve been doing Sugar Brazilians lately. I’ll do a rundown and review soon! xo
I have been looking for an honest post about brazilian epilating and im so glad i found your blog! Just got an epilator and will be trying it out soon, fingers crossed!
It’s so funny that just about a year ago I was hoping to get a real full review on Brazilian epilating! Where were you at when I needed you lol jk. My prayers have been answered thank you so much! I will be buying mine soon.
Lol this post is almost a year old. You’re welcome and good luck!
Will definitely be trying this now. Ace, if it saves a trek to the beauticians every month!
I’m just seeing this post. This post gave me all the anxiety in the world lol. I just bought an epilator and I tried it near the triangle and the PAIN. Yeah sis, I don’t know if I can get through it for the whole coochie. I’ve never done a Brazilian wax so I didn’t know what level of pain to expect. I might try again tomorrow but dang…
Omg sis. If you’ve never had a Brazilian then I know the pain came as a surprise. I’m so sorry. It’s less intense after a minute though, at least for me. Sending you virtual courage lol xo
give Karmin a try.
This one is still working fine.
Omg love this! I’m
Working myself up to it. I have tried once and as you say the initial bits are so painful- but I will persevere as I agree waxing the rest is definitely less painful so I just need to push through that initial bit hahah. Love the idea of the numbing cream!
Im getting brave enough to do the brazilian lol. I tried one time and it didn’t go so great. Lol I was terrified and then got my bits pinched and it bled a bit!!!!! When doing the labia area did you use the epilator in a horizontal attempt or did you try bottom up if you get what i mean? That’s the only part I had left to do. Lol
Thanks so much for your post!
I believe I did it horizontal. I never approach that area bottom up 😩. I’ve been super lazy lately and just use the push up shave attachment to keep everything trimmed low lol
I have the Karmin 5 in 1 and love it.
I’m a 53-year-old man. I have been shaving my pubic off for over 20 years. That got real expensive with the blades! Never tried waxing for a couple of reasons: the expense, and having someone else doing things where only my wife does things.
In any case, I remove it all with a Braun series 7 epilator. Results are absolutely fantastic! I wish I had known about this years ago! Keep on living smooth!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience!
Thank you for writing about this! I wanted to do it but didn’t even know it it was possible (or a good idea) but after reading your post I went for it. My epilator literally dates back to…. 1999, my mum bought it for me and my two sisters to share (!? ok we were just doing our legs) and it came with an ice pack attachment, which I never used and have since lost. But the thing still works a charm (it’s a Phillips) and I can confirm that if you get in the right position and find ingenious ways to pull your skin tight you can save all that money by epilating this area as well. So convenient! Thanks again!
You are very welcome. I’m so glad that you found my post useful. It’s cool that you already had an epilator on hand!
I’ve started epilating all my body hair recently after years of shaving and trimming. I haven’t found it that painful, although the first time it did sting, and I am delighted with the results.
So for guys who are curious and wondering if they can epilate the answer is absolutely “yes”. You just need to be super careful around your scrotum and anus.
“I thought I ripped off a patch of cooch” OMG, I had to stop reading just to comment how much I love you right now!!! I know this is an old post but but my epilator arrives today. Thanks for keeping us girls informed!!!
Lol You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes!
Thoroughly enjoyed your article. As many others mentioned, I had to stop at the OMG moment. I too have experienced that with a chunk of my man parts. I was initially devastated then relieved no damage done. I think with you having a history of waxing made your experience a bit more tolerable. I shaved a couple times, but hated the stubs within 2 days. Never have been brave enough to go get waxed, so thought I’d give epilation a try. Day 1 – the depths of HELL. Day 2 – the gateway to hell. Day 3 – Hey! This ain’t so bad. I started with a session every 2 days and have gradually extended it out. I’m at 2 week intervals now with minimal hair growth and much thinner than before. Life will be wonderful if and when I can go a full month.
I’m glad it’s working out for you. I need to pull my epilator back out and make it a regular thing!
Thank you for posting this! This gave me courage to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. I’ve been epilating my underarms and bikini line but was too scared to go any further. I did Brazilian laser hair removal but it did a poor job on the “undercarriage” which was what I was most hoping to treat. I really didn’t want to shave because the hair that I was left with wasn’t terrible and I’d rather have that than stubble. I think this is an acceptable solution and hurt much less than I’d expected.
Ps I’ve got one of those big light up magnifying mirrors which helped 🙂
I’m so glad that this worked for you. Thanks for the mirror tip. I’m going to need to get me one!
Thank you so much for the post! I read so many different posts and articles about epilating and could not make up my mind. After reading yours, I finally got my epilator and successfully did my legs, arms and underarms.. not painful at all!
But then again hesitating if I should try Brazilian-so many out there say we should not epilate these areas! I also ordered numbing cream that could help with pain. Have you ever used numbing cream when epilate?
I’ve never tried numbing cream. If I could tolerate the process without numbing cream, then I’m sure that numbing cream should help.
A hot shower first seemed to help me more than the numbing cream. It does help but, not as much as I had hoped.
Thanks for the tip!
Since we are in quarantine I was dreading going back to shaving. I’ve been waxing for over ten years like yourself. I remembered I owned an epilator and started on my bikini line today. I thought to myself there is noway I can do the whole thing. After reading your article I’m really going to try to attempt to do it all. Thank you for all the tips and techniques. Reading the comments were helpful too!
You’re very welcome. Let me know how things work out!
I’ve been Brazilian epilating for about four plus years as I hate hair. I try and do it most days as less painful with fewer hairs.first sign of stubble and epilator is out.
My biggest problem is I grown hairs I need something to stop that.
You can try Tend Skin. No matter hair removal process I use, I always get ingrowns. I hate them 😩
I epilate ..have done so for 3 years since my girlfriend hates pubic hair. My dermatologist gave me PFB vanish for ingrown hairs…have never had one since I started using it after epilating . It’s a life savor.
Hey Erica I love ur personality & honesty & how bold/straight forward u are! Very informative article I’m a unfiltered person as well as I assume u are don’t ever let anyone change that about u please because ur hilarious & Im very interested to read ur article on sugaring wax as I very recently made some sugar wax & attempted to do it on my cooch fortunately I only had a little bit of the ingredients I needed to make it so it was a small amount and I was thinking maybe I could get away with doing it with what I had made but ran out halfway through… so I had an upside down fade going LOL it was just the top part & my lady lips both had hairs on them still I felt like it looked similar to a balding old man with a receding hairline but on my coochie not cute…🤣
OMG I’m crying laughing at balding old man with with a receding hairline. At least you know that your mixture works. Fix that ASAP sis lol. Thank you so much ❤️
Wow! Great post I’m going to try it now. You’re brave and funny! Look forward to reading more of your blog!
Thank you. I’m glad that you enjoyed my post!
What’s the longest your hair should be?
I would say the longer the hair, the more pain you’ll experience. But too short and it may not be able to grip.
Agreed I thought I had it short enough and then had to go back and trim. Honestly I was able to tolerate 70% and was disappointed I couldn’t follow through—I know I’ve experienced more pain but at the time I couldn’t think of it. This article was divine though, thank you!
You’re very welcome. Try just doing the bikini line first and work your way to a landing strip, then a full brazilian xo
I used to doing Brazilian Waxing. It doesn’t hurt at all probably because of how fast when they are doing it. But daaaaamn, I tried to using epilator from the very first time and it took me 4 days to completely cleaning all the hair because it was hurt so bad. And you were right! I thought I ripped off part of my skin because it kinda gets sucked in and roller stop moving, but it doesn’t. I thought I’m gonna die, hahaha. It was hurt like hell especially on the top part of labia. But it wasn’t hurt at all on the bottom area and butthole area. Epilator definitely saving the money, because I can’t afford Brazilian Waxing every month.
Even though using epilator it’s hurt, but the results are worth to try (if you have pain-tolerance)! Exfoliating before doing it and put some calming gel after doing it, wow my skin feels so smooth!
P.S : Right now it’s been a month since I did the first attempt in April 5. Now the second attempt wasn’t that hurt. Took me 2 days to clean all the hairs (still hurt on the top part of labia though). The hairs that grow is so thin. But because it’s so thin, some of it couldn’t plucked by machine. I need to use tweezers. Definitely I will doing this every month!
I’m so glad that I’ve found your post ☺️
I’m so glad that you found my post helpful ❤️
This is an amazing article. Thank you! You’ve inspired me to be brave and give it a go. Eeek!
Thank you sooo much. I appreciate your honesty. Everything you said about waxing was very true. It does not hurt “less” as you continue. It was meant for me to read your article! I will be purchasing one immediately and returning the wax kit I purchased. Since the COVID quarantine, no Brazilian appointments, and was wondering if you could do them with an Epilator. Again, many thanks.
You are very welcome!
After epilating I have alot of scabs from the place where the epilator pulled out hair… and it has beenn a week and the scab still hurts so much is that normal?
I’m sorry, but I didn’t experience any scabbing
Im 19 and never done a Brazilian. The fact that I have coarse hair scares me. I bet noone is as hairy as me lol. That makes me really insecure about it. Your post gave me a booast to epilate down there. Will definitely try. Thank you so much, you are a lifesaver.
I’m in the same spot! 19 and never done a Brazilian! I started using an epilator recently and I would def recommend doing your legs first so you can get used to the device and know how you like to use it (wet vs dry, against or with the hair growth, etc.) and then once you’re comfortable with that, move to other areas. Good luck! Don’t forget to use something to soothe the skin after and exfoliate before (I recommend exfoliating the day of but not immediately before). 🙂
Thank you for this post.
I bought a Philips. It’s good but not excellent. I’m wondering which brand is best. I have to hold it at 90 degree. Sometimes the hair is thick or long enough to grasp but the rollers just pass over. I epilate everywhere. It took me 3 days to complete the Brazilian. It’s still a bit painful in some areas. In others I’m numb to the pain. I try to do it regularly to get used to the pain. I will continue to epilate as shaving gets expensive. I’m stubble free only 3-4 days. Now I can go over up to 2 weeks.
You’re welcome. Glad it’s working out for you!
Here’s two unusual tips:
For ingrown hairs and irritation at a low price try aloe juice and 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a 1 cup spray bottle (from the dollar store). Spray it on once a day and smooth it evenly. You can add a teaspoon of oil (like olive or jojoba) for razor burn in the bikini and a nice shine on legs. It’s much much cheaper than salicylic acid products. Vinegar might burn for a minute but goes away. The key to ingrown hairs is to prevent them in advance rather than trying to get rid of them.
Prescription strength 2.5% lidocaine/prilocaine cream can be used an hour in advance to help a lot with the pain. Some dermatologists, plastic surgeons, or family doctors might be on board with prescribing it if you complain about a lot of pain. The weird part is that I got it from my cancer doctor to block the pain of numerous needle-pokes. Now I just ask my dermatologist for it. It’s best if kept wet while soaking it in, so, you could put some plastic wrap over it for an hour then wipe it off. At least these are the directions my doctor gave me. This method might help non-prescription lidocaine creams work better too. Extra tip: For the bikini put a pair of underwear on over plastic wrap. For underarms, tie a sock or belt around your shoulder to keep the plastic in place.
I haven’t epilated yet but have done extensive waxing and shaving. The vinegar and aloe works great for my razor burn and ingrown hairs.
Thanks for sharing your experience! Gonna try this today 😳
Thank you for sharing I’m thinking of getting one after I’m done with my wax passes at EWC. Do you recommend any post wax care products? Polishes/exfoliant/Serum/lotions?
Yes I epilate as well! It saves so much money. I find I get a lot of ingrown hairs doing the Brazilian with an epilator, but there are pros and cons with everything. Emla cream works sooooo good for pain. If applied correctly and timely, it completely numbs the area. It is quite pricey though; however, you could try just applying it to the super sensitive areas to ensure a tube lasts longer.
Thanks for the info. you are truly brave.
I just can’t bring myself to epilate the labia, especially the inner labia. I freeze when the epilator’s close and I just can’t move it any further. I’m so afraid of the pain, but this is the only way I want to remove my pubic hair.
Thank you for being the encouragement I needed 😄 I’ve done waxing before and I even tried doing Brazilian waxing at home myself, so how much worse can it be 😭🤣
Let me know how it goes 😅
Honestly now I’m stuck between sugar waxing/ epilator and just leaving that area to grow. I hate having hair down there but my pain tolerance is literally at a minus I can’t handle pain at all. Do you think you could do a review on hair removal cream?
I will add this to my list as I used a few different hair removal creams and a powder during quarantine
This gave me courage to use an epilator down there. Wish me luck
You got this!
I’ve been doing brazilian epilation recently but I have to take breaks. I’ve never gotten a brazilian wax and don’t think I will go down that route. This is very accurate in terms of doing a brazilian epilation and I’m glad I’m not the only one trying and sticking with this method, LOL.
Hi.. I’m so glad I found your post. I got my first epilator today and was looking at ways to epilate down there. You had me laughing so much. I also found the comments helpful. Thank you for the hilarious article that makes me want to try it too.
You’re welcome. Let me know how everything goes!
Hi, this post is really helpful. May I ask how do you manage pubic hair growth itch after waxing/epilating?
I don’t suffer from bothersome itching, but exfoliating helps