Wax Or Epilate: The Pros & Cons

Wax Or Epilate: The Pros & Cons of Both the Hair Removal Techniques

Every woman dreams of smooth hair-free skin and are willing to go to any lengths for it. With so many options available, how do you choose what’s best for you?


During the time of Cleopatra, having a smooth and hairless body was considered a sign of prosperity and nobility. Today, it’s about hygiene and self-confidence.

As you know, there are a range of options for hair removal for women. These range from beauty parlours to waxing (DIY cold wax kits and readymade wax strips), epilators to hair removal creams and a choice of razors, too.

Creams and razors simply remove hair from the surface, which does not leave the desired smooth finish and also induce faster and thicker hair growth. For that model-like finish and to prolong hair growth, waxing and epilation are the best methods.

Here’s a feature-to-feature comparison to help you decide:

  • Price: You can wax at home or in the parlour, but the latter is more expensive. If you buy an epilator, it’s a one-time cost.
  • Convenience: Waxing requires preparation – heating the wax and cleaning up afterwards, or booking an appointment. For an epilator, all you do is press a button and you’re ready.
  • Effectiveness: Waxing pulls hair and dead skin, leaving the body looking fresh and nice. But wax also presses the hair down, causing it to be left behind. An epilator does exfoliate, and tackles the smaller areas of haireffectively.
  • Time: Waxing is faster when done by a professional. You’re also saved the bother of cleaning up afterwards. Epilating takes slightly lesser time. Over time and with experience, you will get better and faster at both waxing and epilating.
  • Skill: Epilating is easier and straightforward. Waxing requires a little practice; it is always better to watch a professional do it once before you try it at home.
  • Skin irritation: Both methods cause slight irritation, epilation a little more. Waxing leaves your skin fresh and new-looking, while epilating can leave small red bumps that disappear after a few hours.
  • Pain: You’re pulling hair, so it is going to hurt a little. But with either of the two, over time you will get used to the sensation.
  • Frequency of use: Waxing keeps you hairless longer than an epilator. But with waxing, your hair needs to grow a certain length before you can wax it. An epilator can be used anytime you see any hair.

So, in a nutshell:

The Pros of Waxing:

  1. Quick and easy
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Long lasting results
  4. Hairgrows back thinner and sparser
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The Cons of Waxing:

  1. Needs planning and cleaning up afterwards
  2. Leaves a sticky residue
  3. Can be painful

The Pros of Epilators:

  1. Completely mess-free and easy to use
  2. Ideal for touch-ups
  3. Some epilators comes with heads for the face and bikini line
  4. Less irritation and ingrown hair
  5. Good quality epilators last for years and come with a warranty

The Cons of Epilators:

  1. More painful than waxing
  2. No preptime, but it takes longer to achieve the same results
  3. Epilators can be noisy

Also, check out the pro and cons of waxing facial hair here.

Read more hair removal tips here.

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