I don’t know about you, but I am on a quest to fight the fuzz. I am so tired of shaving! I remember my mom trying to talk me out of shaving my legs when I was younger. She said that I would have plenty of years shaving and I wouldn’t like it.(Note: She also told me not to start highlighting my hair in high school because it was expensive and time consuming to maintain…Man, I wish I would’ve listened to her!) Yes, mom, you were right. There I said it.
I have documented my journey to a hair-free body in several posts. After laser hair removal on my legs didn’t work – light hair ladies, don’t waste your money – I decided to try…Epilating. I work in an office with a bunch of Brits and they talked about how much they loved their epilators. They could spend an hour with their epilator and be fuzz free for two weeks or more! Genius! I had to try it.
Before I chronicle my journey, here’s what an epilator does…
1. the removal of hair by the roots.
It’s simple. This device, an epilator, has loads of tweezers that spin really fast. You roll it along your skin and it literally rips your hair out, root and all.
Sounds panful, doesn’t it? It is. It hurts reallllllly bad. But I am getting ahead of myself.
With epilation, you get smooth skin that lasts up to 4 weeks. That’s because removing hair from the root means that hair takes longer to grow back than removal with surface methods like shaving and creams. Plus, when it does grow back it’s softer and finer than before. (Source: Braun Six Reasons to Epilate)
I was going to buy one on Amazon, but one day while perusing the aisles of Walgreens, I saw at the top of one shelf, an epilator - Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator. I quickly plopped it in my basket and $35 dollars later, I was walking out of the store and on my way home. I promptly tore it out of the box, took a quick glance at the instructions, turned that beast on, thought to myself “it can’t hurt that much, and then touched it to my skin (my bikini area!!) without hesitation. YOOOOOOOWWWWWWZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAA! Some curse words escaped my mouth and I turned it off and just sat there, shaking. That shit hurts!!! But because I am a crazy lady willing to put myself through hell and back to get smooth skin, I carried on. I had to breathe through it and go really slow. I was sweating, my eyes were watering, and I kept thinking to myself, “how do ladies do this?!?!” After I finished, I admired my skin – red, but smooth, and went about my business.
It’s true. It works. It hurt, but it works. Two weeks later, it’s still fairly smooth.
I fell in love with the results, but because of the pain, I was so scared to do it again. I did some research and decided to buy some topical numbing cream. I will definitely be popping an Advil and slathering on some bumbling cream before I go in for round 2. I will let you know how that goes. Invest in some numbing cream – hey, it couldn’t hurt.
I bought an epilator that requires being plugged in while using it. It works just fine, but I recommend paying a little but more for a cordless one.
If you can handle a bit…okay, a lot… of pain, then give epilation a try!
Have you tried epilation? If so, please comment below and let us know your thoughts!