Let me start by saying I am ethnic and therefore my birthday suit comes in a higher thread count.
To stay hairless, I have to shave every other day. But to stay smooth? Daily.
I could probably file my whole tax return – twice – in the time it would take me to shave my body every month. As an accounting cadet, I take less time on taxes than most, but still… the hours.
Enter the epilator.
It sounded too good to be true – a time saving, easy, at home, rechargeable device that removed hair from the root and didn’t hurt as much as waxing? Yes please.
Five minutes after I switched on my miracle machine, I was disillusioned.
It’s a fate so many of us have faced. The promise of long-lasting smoothness is plucked from us slowly and painfully, after we run over it with an epilator six or seven times. It took half a dozen run throughs on the same spot for the rotating tweezers to pick up my hairs, and that the pain was beyond excruciating. The whole process took the same time as two weeks worth of shaving, and afterward my flesh looked brutalised.
But it wasn’t until I tried it on my sister – and drew blood in the process – that I realised maybe I was doing this wrong.
Turns out, I was!
But guess what? I’ve figured out how to use the epilator in a painless way. It takes about 20 minutes to do, and lasts as long as a wax. Oh, happy days.
1. Make sure you have an epilator that can operate wet
Most come with that feature these days. But if you’re thinking of skimping out, don’t. You’ll regret it – because you will literally electrocute yourself. Do. Not. Epilate. Dry.
2. Charge it fully
No one likes a buzzkill. And nothing is worse than your epilator losing it vigour too early in the game. There is nothing sadder than sitting around for hours with a half-plucked leg, waiting for something to charge.
Use a body wash or conditioner and do it well. Those scratchy pink gloves you can buy at the $2 shop actually work wonders. And as an added bonus, they don’t fill nearby waterways with tiny beads.