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The Pros and Cons of Epilation and Depilation


If you have unwanted hair on your arms, legs, eyebrows, bikini line, hairline or underarms, don’t despair. There are a variety of methods you can use to rid yourself of unwanted hair. Generally these methods can be divided into two categories: epilation versus depilation. Epilation is a form of hair removal that includes removing the entire hair, including the part of the hair that is under the skin. Depilation is a form of hair removal that only removes the hair that is above the surface of the skin.

Waxing, epilation devices, threading, tweezing, sugaring, plucking, electrolysis and laser are all forms of epilation. Shaving and trimming are forms of depilation. Each method has its own pros and cons associated with it.

For people with sensitive skin, you should consider depilation, since trimming or shaving hair usually doesn’t irritate the skin so much. If you shave, you can use a razor or an electric shaver. Razors are great because they give you a nice smooth shave, but they can be a hassle if you are in a hurry since you need to get the area you’re shaving wet and use soap or shaving cream. If you don’t use a razor correctly, you can cut yourself and draw blood. Razors can also create a bit of a mess.

If you’re worried about cutting yourself and don’t want to have to use soap and water when shaving, try an electric shaver. It won’t be as smooth as a shave as razor, but with nice sharp blades in your electric shaver, it should be pretty close. It’s not as messy to use an electric shaver and it’s easy to clean up – open the shaver, get the hair out and close it up again.

When you use depilation, you aren’t removing the entire hair. Because of that, hair comes back faster and doesn’t stay smooth as long. As a result, plenty of people decide to epilate instead and remove more hair. Epilation is great because the hair will take more time to grow back, but the downside is that the methods are more likely to irritate the skin and can really hurt.

Waxing is good at removing unwanted hair, but it can be really painful, especially if you do it in certain highly sensitive areas. If you only need to remove a few individual hairs, try tweezing, which doesn’t hurt much since you’re taking one hair out at a time. The best thing about tweezing and waxing is that you if you don’t want to go to a professional, you can do them at home for cheap prices and do a great job.

Another popular depilation method is threading, which started out in Persian, Asian and Arab countries. Threading can really hurt since you’re removing many hairs at once, but it can also be a great method since it creates a straight line. The biggest downside to threading, and its cousins waxing and tweezing is that it may cause ingrown hairs.

Sugaring is a form of hair removal that is similar to waxing. It is often known as sugar waxing or Persian waxing. Sugaring is known to be less painful than waxing since the substance used only sticks to the hair and not to the skin.

Jenna Pacht is a licensed electrologist who practices electrolysis in Aurora. Learn more about underam hair removal by visiting A Beautiful Look by Jenna Electrolysis. You are welcome to reprint this article – but get your own unique content version here.