Well, it’s been awhile now since I bought my epilator, and I’ve been avoiding making an update about it because I feel obligated to post pictures and video (because I totally got Chase to document the whole experience!). As easy as it is for me to tell the world that I am a hairy spaz monkey, it’s a lot harder to provide you with a visual. That being said, there’s been a lot of demand (erm, okay, two requests) for a follow-up entry so . . . here it is. Me in all of my squeal-y, weird-face-making, furry glory:
My First Time (Warning: I swear like a pirate!)
I’ve used the epilator a few times since I made that video, and even though you see me complaining a lot on film, I have grown to love it. If you are considering buying one yourself, the first thing you should know, if you couldn’t tell from the video, is that it does hurt. A LOT. It’s a weird, stinging, shocking feeling. I, personally, think that it feels like you’re being electrocuted, but Chase (who tried it on himself) didn’t think it was that bad. He has really light and thin hair, though, so I think the level of pain you experience depends on how thick your hair is. If you are considering ways to rip your uglies out at the root, but you’re afraid of the pain, I suggest waxing because even though it hurts, at least it’s over quickly. This thing takes FOREVER to get all of your hair. You have to pass over the same patch of skin for ages before you get it all. It took me about 3 hours to do one calf the first time (I think your time may vary depending on the thickness of your hair and how big of a wuss you are). I have never successfully completed a full leg in one sitting. I usually do my shins, and then a few days later I tackle everything else. Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this!!
I also suggest doing this in the bathtub or on a floor that is easily swept because the epilator doesn’t have anything to collect the hair, and you’ll be left with a small pile that looks like, in my case, a small furry animal. Eeewwwww.
Okay, so those are the cons. On with the pros, because there are a lot of them! In fact, mid-May, Chase and I made some last-minute plans to visit his parents (and their hot tub!), and I didn’t have time to epilate so I shaved instead. And then – I’m not embarrassed to admit it – I cried (and I may or may not have thrown a mini tantrum). It was like every other experience I’ve ever had with a razor – my skin broke out into a rash, I was stubble-y the minute I got out of the shower, and it grew back in less than a day (seriously, I’m a beast!). I was pretty amazed with how good my legs looked after epilating the first time, but that whole shaving experience sealed the deal. I will never ever use a razor again if I can help it!
I like the epilator because my hairlessness lasts almost two weeks (which, for me, is a freaking miracle), and I don’t get the razor burn I get with shaving. Even when I wax, I break out into a rash (not to mention all of the sticky gunk that gets left behind). Also, when you wax, you can’t really go over the same area twice without ripping skin off, but you can keep going over the same spot with the epilator and you don’t have to go back over your work with a tweezer. After epilating, I have maybe an hour of redness and then I’m good to go. It DOES hurt, but the side-effects are short-lived (aside from a few ingrown hairs, and I get them with shaving and waxing, too, so…), and it seems to get better each time I use it. My first time, I thought I was going to have to demand my money back. The second time, it was less painful and, while not pleasurable, at least I didn’t want to throw it out the window. In short, I like my epilator a lot and if you have a high pain tolerance and the time to spare, I highly recommend getting one.
A Before and After Shot. Sadly, this photo does not accurately capture how hairy my legs really are.