I finally got the nerve to try my epilator, and I can say that it wasn’t as bad as I expected. It’s not that I have a low tolerance for pain, I have several tattoos, and it’s not the low, rumbling noise. What bothers me is the idea of ripping my hair out by its roots. It sounds painful, and I know from getting my hair occasionally tangled, it hurts.
So, I read the instructions carefully and followed everything they said. The epilator I bought is a wet/dry one, so I decided to use it in the shower. Everything you read about epilators says to exfoliate first, and they also suggest shaving before starting. It sounds redundant, but shaving helps to shorten the hair and makes it easier for the epilator to pick up.
After I shaved and scrubbed my skin with a loofa, I picked up the epilator. It’s amazing how something so small can make me so nervous. The noise really isn’t that bad, there are electric toothbrushes that are louder. I started on the lowest setting since that is what most experienced users recommend, and started with my ankles.
I have very fine, light colored body hair, so I have the problem of not being able to remove all of it on my legs with a razor. While some women complain that their body hair is too coarse and hard for a razor to cut, mine is to thin for most razors to find.
I immediately felt a stinging sensation right above my ankles when I first started, but it wasn’t that bad. Figuring that it wasn’t going to get any worse, I decided to be brave and increase the speed. My first mistake was in not realizing that most people’s ankles are not that hairy, and that is why it didn’t hurt. My second mistake was in thinking that I didn’t need to follow the advice of the more experienced users, and wait before trying to go faster.
It does hurt. You’re pulling your body hair out by its roots, it is going to hurt. It’s not unbearable though, it’s more of an annoying sensation. While the stinging feeling never went away when I was using my epilator, it got to the point where I could almost ignore it.
After I went back to the first setting, it wasn’t as painful. The only problem is that it takes almost twice as long, which is a problem with a cordless epilator. Mine only holds a charge for an hour, which is not long enough when you don’t know what you’re doing.
By the time I got to the back of my knees on my first leg, I had actually gone back to the higher speed setting. I’m not sure if it is how the head of mine is angled or not, but I had more control on the faster speed and could go over my knees easier.
Except for the fact that I didn’t get to finish the first time, which is why I’m glad I tried this at night, using my epilator wasn’t horrible. My legs are smooth and totally hair free and I don’t have to shave every day. I actually recommend giving an epilator a try, the best part is that I don’t have to shave every day.