A long running debate about which is better, ‘waxing’ or ‘epilating’ has been grabbing eyeballs since last two decades courtesy fashion blogs and magazine. Waxing is using an emulsion of hot or cold wax which is a mix of honey and oil applied evenly on skin where hair growth is abundant and the hair is pulled off with the help of a dry strip. Waxing can be messy. The hot wax gets spilled over the entire floor with plain strips lying here and there. This is when ‘epilating’ came into the picture. Epilator is an electrical device that has a coil associated with it. As it’s rolled over the skin, the coil rotates and grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and pulls them off their roots. The method of plucking is almost similar to waxing however epilating does not remove cells from epithelium of the epidermis. Epilators come in various designs. They can be battery charged, corded or rechargeable. No parts require replacement making the purchase one-time investment that will last long and can be used several times. It is indeed painful however with repeated use, further re-growth of hair is lighter and finer making the plucking less painful.
Spring epilator are the epilating device initially introduced which was about a size of a pencil with handles on both sides. The flexible epilator is bent in the form of an ‘U’ by the user and rolled over the skin to pull out the shaft of hair retaining the natural moisture of the skin.
Rotating disc epilator is a metal disc operated device which replaces the spring.
Tweezers epilators is a refined form of disc operated device where the head of the epilator incorporates a series of metal plates mounted in plastic housing.
All these epilators ensure the hair is plucked and skin stays hair free for almost 4-6 weeks.