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What are Epilators?

An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out, similar to waxing. There are three types of epilators: Spring, rotating disc and tweezer versions. Each type is based on the same idea of trapping hair within a mechanism that will pull the hair out at the root.

Why use an Epilator?

Unlike shaving or chemical hair removal treatments, epilators do not pose a risk to your skin for nicks and cuts or exposure to abrasive chemicals. Results from hair removal using an epilator will last longer as the device will folly remove the hair from the root. Always check with your dermatologist.

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All about Epilators

Decades ago, the only methods for dealing with problems of facial and body hair were shaving them off with razorblades or bleaching them to make them less noticeable. As neither shaving nor bleaching produce completely flawless results, women became anxious for access to alternatives to dealing with unwanted hair.

In the 1980s, a new method of removing unwanted facial and body hair arrived on the market: the epilator. An epilator is a handheld device that looks like an electric razor when viewed from the side; however epilators actually pluck the hair out by the root rather than cutting it off where it protrudes from the surface of the skin.


Today's epilators come in three different types.

Spring epilators were the earliest type of epilator produced by manufacturers. The inside of the head of a spring epilator features a tightly coiled spring that turns thanks to the motor inside of the base of the unit. As you move the epilator across the surface of your skin, hairs become wound around the springs. When the hair is completely tangled around the spring, the pull of the motor yanks it away. While some manufacturers still make spring epilators, the type has been largely replaced by other styles.

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