It’s time for me to change your life… actually, your legs.
Meet the devil that you will learn to love – the epilator, or what my sissy and mom call, the “cruelly torture.”
I first started using it when my step mom – who is from Germany – introduced it to me when I was around 16. I thought she was crazy – bringing this evil thing two feet from my legs made me want to scream. Eventually I gave in and bought one myself when I went to college, and I haven’t looked back. Well, I do every so often but I’d rather just forget the pain… (just kidding!)
An epilator is an electronic device that pulls your hair out from the root with a rotating head of tweezers of some sort. It’s like waxing, but more painful and takes way longer. Plus, you’re doing it to yourself so it’s extra painful. I’m making it sound horrible – which it is, at first. But you get used to it and eventually the pain subsides and you won’t be able to live with out it.
I try to use it year round but I get lazy and end up just letting my legs turn into monkey legs, and then I have to spend an entire evening icing my legs with frozen peas while drinking a bottle of wine. I’m actually not kidding… I do that. The best way to deal with an epilator is to use it year round and keep it near the shower. A wet/dry epilator is essential because you can use it both in the shower, and somewhere near sunlight where you can see your obnoxious hairs.
I’ve found the best part of the epilator is keeping armpit hair in check. I actually do use it on those year round – and I have very sparse grow back. It’s amazing, and so worth the pain.
I’m introducing you to this magic device now because my old epilator recently died (after I decided I’d sanitize the head by submerging it in nail polish remover… don’t ask why, I just did. Now it’s broken) and I got this amazing Braun version ($110). I really love this one because of the LED light that lights up even the tiniest hairs, as well as the tweezer head that contours really well to my body.
My previous epilator was the Panasonic ES-WD512-P ($62) and I honestly wouldn’t go back to that one. The Braun is better in so many ways! It has less tweezers, but for some reason I feel like it doesn’t hurt as much and it really successfully gets rid of my hairs, more so than my old one. (This is like an embarrassing confession post) Also, you can use it on your face, which I’m really afraid to do – and it is really amazing at getting what I call my “Clydesdale” hairs – you know, the really wacky ones around your ankle that get really long and you don’t notice for months? (Cue the horse stomping and neighing sound)
I hope this post didn’t scare you away from epilators, because they’re terrifying but oh so amazing! Get plucking!