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Sarah with an H
- Published on Amazon.com
Does it work?
I've only used one other epilator (my mom's, from back in the 80s, still works, looks more like a long spring coiled that picks hairs as it rotates) and this one has given me pretty similar results. If my hair is too long, it breaks it off rather than pulling it. If it's just the right length (~1/16") it pulls almost all of them. My legs stay smoother longer than with shaving, not sure if that's because the hair takes longer to grow back or because my legs just feel nicer as the hair grows back in from the root vs a cut end.
I've been using it once a week, figuring that if I miss/break any hairs they'll be about the right length in a weeks time. I tried the different speeds, one on each leg, to see which worked better, but the results were about the same. What works well for me at the moment it going over everything on high speed, then quickly going back over on the low speed. So I don't go over everything a million times, just once thoroughly on high, and once less thoroughly on low. Taking 15min total for both legs leaves me with a few hairs unplucked, but I don't care that much to spend double the time to get the rest of them. If I needed my legs to be perfectly smooth for something like a wedding, I would shave to touch up.
The clip on guide they provide was useful for learning how to hold the device close at 90 degrees without pressing so hard you slow or stop the spinning head, but I think it makes it less effective, so I stopped using it.
Does it hurt?
Yes, but I got used to it.
I think the band aid metaphor works well to describe the pain. If you like to rip off your band aid all at once, you may be better off with the intense quick pain of waxing. If you like to peel it off slowly (my chosen method), epilation might be right for you. If you like to wait until your band aid falls off in the shower, you may want to stick with shaving.
If you're wondering what it feels like to epilate, pluck a few hairs off your leg. Then multiply that by 25. The first time I ran the epilator over my leg, it kind of gave the sensation that it was eating my skin. But now that I know what to expect, it doesn't bother me nearly as much. I doubt it will ever be comfortable, but being prepared for how it feels definitely makes it not so bad. I've also found that some areas are more sensitive than others. My inner calf and right above my knee hurt the worst for me, but I have a feeling it's different for different people. Other reviewers give sound advice, if it hurts too much take a break/do a different area and come back to it.
The different speeds don't really change the pain (more like the speed of band aid pulling). For me it was more controlled by how fast I moved the epilator up my leg (faster=more hairs at once=more pain for me). They also provide a purple thing that clips onto the top, and says that it's a guide that helps reduce the pain. It doesn't affect the pain at all.
Does it leave marks?
Yes, but they go away.
I always get a few red marks, though significantly less than the number of hairs being pulled. I put some lotion on afterwards and they're gone by the end of the day. To be on the safe side, I would probably epilate two days before a big event, not just the day before (and definitely not day of).
A few, but exfoliating once a week or right before using the epilator, takes care of that.
Is it good quality?
I've had it fall to spring so far, and it still looks new. I rinse the detachable head every time. The adapter clicks into place at the bottom of the device and stays very well. The cord is longer than 7', but narrow so it can be put away easily. A bunch of reviews on other epilators mentioned those devices getting warm during use, I could only notice a slight change in temperature when I was really focused on it. The width of the spinning head (the part that actually pulls hairs) is slightly narrower than a standard razor. Makes about as much noise as an electric razor, you could hold a conversation over it with some effort. The only thing that could be better is that the detachable head seems like it could have a sturdier connection. Not bad by any means, but after repeated use I have a feeling it's going to get weaker.
For me an epilator is the right tool because I like how it makes my legs feel, no scratchy regrowth. Unless they come up with some kind of smart epilator, I have a feeling that most epilators will be on equal footing when it comes to how well they remove hair. So a decent quality epilator for less than $30 seems worth it to me.