Best 7 Epilator Reviews for Better Hair Removal

A complete guide: Epilator hair removal

Epilators have come a long way since we started using them for hair removal a few years back, with an infinite number of features, speeds, colors. There are so many options that it is confusing to pick a good epilator unless you are an epilator veteran. To skip ahead in this guide, please expand the table of contents below.

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Reviews of the Top 7 epilators in 2018

With prices ranging from $30 to $160 and up to 10 features to shop from, picking one of many epilators available in 2017 can be overwhelming. To help you make your choice, we have rounded up the top 7 epilators of 2018. Each epilator is broken down into features as well as cons to make it easier to find the one that best suits your lifestyle and hair removal needs.

  1. Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 – Our Top Pick Epilator
  2. This is not the most expensive epilator out there but it IS the best epilator that money can buy in 2018. Let’s see why.

    The head of this epilator is extra wide, which helps remove more hair in each pass. The head vibrates while in operation, which minimizes the pain that you might feel while epilating. The vibrations help massage and numb your skin. And finally, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 epilator head also pivots with your body. This helps keep the epilator head flat on your skin’s surface in trickier areas like under arms or behind knees.

    Thanks to its Micro Grip tweezer technology, the tweezers on this epilator are much longer and wider than standard. This makes this hair removal device even better than waxing, picking up hairs that you may not even see. The Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 can pick up even a grain of sand!

    It is cordless, with the longest lasting battery on the market, and can be used in both wet and dry environments. It’s also easy to clean with a detachable head, which you can wash or use the included cleaning brush.

    There is a built in light for better visibility. To help with sensitive skin areas, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 epilator offers 2 speeds and an efficiency cap. This helps maximize hair removal and control how much hair you want epilate at any time.

    Last but not least, the Braun epilator comes with 7 extras! Yes, SEVEN! This includes a shaver head that you can use to shave, a trimmer cap for trimming hair, an efficiency cap, a high frequency massaging cap, and a facial brush. The facial brush helps remove makeup and physically exfoliate any dead skin through micro vibrations. All of these attachments are waterproof just like the epilator itself. The seventh extra is a recharging stand for the epilator.

    (The main epilator head is considered the 7th attachment, as all of the caps are interchangeable and some can even be doubled up, with 1 over the other.)

    To read more about Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    There are really no issues with this epilator. We had to think hard about this but here are two potential issues.

    Initially, we considered the price to be a downside of this epilator. But after taking the number of attachments into consideration, the price is a 1 time cost that can save you money on razors, facial brushes, and a trimmer. For this many uses, the 1 time cost is more than reasonable.

    The second potential downside could be that you cannot use the epilator and charge at the same time. The epilator must be charged before or after each use. This could be a matter of habit for you. If you wax at home, you have to heat up the wax before you can use it. Similarly, by keeping the recharging dock nearby and in sight, this problem can easily be avoided. Just remember to charge after each use so you’re ready for the next time.

    To read more customer verified Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    By almost exceeding in each of the potential features that an electric epilator can have in 2017, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 is an incredibly feature heavy hair removal tool. If you’re looking for an investment epilator that has multiple uses, this is your epilator!

  3. Panasonic ES-ED90-P – Runner Up Epilator
  4. The Panasonic ES-ED90-P epilator comes in a close second to the Braun Silk-epil, offering another excellent choice minus a few features.

    This epilator comes with a 60 degree pivoting head with a built in light and 2 operating speeds to epilate more or less sensitive areas of your body in 1 go. With 46 tweezers, it falls into the mid to high range for tweezer power.

    It also comes with 6 attachments. Two of these attachments are epilating attachments, with a gentle epilation cap attachment and a precise cap attachment. The gentle cap is meant for areas of your body that have a low tolerance to pain as it reduces the number of tweezers running along your skin. The precision cap makes the head smaller so you can epilate smaller areas with more accuracy. The precision cap could be especially useful for men for beards.

    Other attachments include a shaver head, a bikini comb cap, and a pedicure buffer for removing dry skin and calluses.

    This epilator also works in wet and dry environments.

    To read more about Panasonic ES-ED90-P product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    Again, like the Braun, price and rechargeability are the main but still minor concerns. This is still an excellent investment in terms of price in that it is far less than even 1 salon wax session.

    This epilator cannot be recharged while using it, like some corded epilators. Be sure to charge immediately after each or every few sessions to make sure it always runs when you need it to.

    To read more customer verified Panasonic ES-ED90-P reviews, click here.

    Summary

    This is another best contender in the best epilators money can buy. It is missing some of the features, like micro grab technology, a trimmer or a facial brush, from our top pick, but adds some feature options to make up for it. Depending on what extras you’ll use the most, the Panasonic ES-ED90-P could be your top choice.

  5. Emjoi AP-18 – Most Powerful Epilator
  6. Let’s start with the main feature that makes this epilator such powerhouse – It has 72 tweezers! This is almost double our first pick and runner up. With 72 tweezers, the Emjoi AP-18 is an ideal epilator for legs, arms, or other areas with a lot of hair or dense hair. Epilating with the Emjoi AP-18 will be much faster than either the Braun Silk-epil or the Panasonic epilators.

    However, this may not be the best epilator for a beginner for the same reason. 72 tweezers pulling hair is going to hurt much more than half that number. The Emjoi AP-18 also does not have any massaging or vibrating attachments that will help numb the pain for a beginner or for someone with low pain tolerance.

    But if you’re a seasoned veteran or have used an epilator 4-5 times, this is a powerful machine for you. Even if you are a beginner and plan on removing a lot of hair via epilation, it would be possible to build up tolerance and good technique by using it in smaller areas first.

    The second feature unique to the Emjoi is the dual opposed heads. What this means is that the tweezers are not just at the top of epilator, but rounded out to extend out the top as well as the sides. These dual opposing heads allows greater flexibility as you travel over your body with the epilator. You can use it both on the right and left, and angle accordingly as you epilate.

    The Emjoi AP-18 is corded with a 6.5 feet cord and offers 2 speeds.

    It also boasts a Skin Glide technology that helps it grab all hairs on your skin. This technology helps it “scoop” up any hairs that are sitting flat and remove them from the root.

    To read more about Emjoi AP-18 product specifications, click here.

    What could be better

    The Emjoi AP-18 does not have a built in light or shaving attachments. There is no efficiency cap, but you may not need one with the 72 tweezers and dual heads!

    It is not water resistant, but it comes with a cleaning brush for good hygiene. It certainly is missing many of the features that our top picks have.

    To read more customer verified Emjoi AP-18 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    While we wouldn’t make it our top choice, this is a great epilator to have in your hair removal tool arsenal because it is incredibly powerful. Don’t look to the Emjoi AP-18 for features. This is a workhorse epilator and exceeds expectations in the main goal of an epilator – remove hair.

  7. Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator – Best Hypoallergenic Epilator
  8. The Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator is a different kind of powerhouse in that it is a highly efficient epilator for those with sensitive skin.

    It only has 36 tweezers but has the “highest tweezes per minute”. There are 2 speeds on this epilator. So while there are far less tweezers, at each of the 2 speeds, the tweezers rotate very quickly to pull out hair quickly. This makes the Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator perfect for causing the least amount of discomfort on sensitive skin.

    Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator has another helpful feature for those with sensitive skin – all 36 tweezers are 24 karat gold plated with antibacterial properties. This plating makes the tweezers hypoallergenic and decreases ingrown hairs.

    It includes a massage attachment that helps numb your skin during epilation. Like the Emjoi AP-18, it is not water resistant but includes a cleaning brush. It should not be used in the shower.

    This epilator is also cordless and rechargeable. In fact, you can use it while it recharges unlike the other epilators we have covered so far. This allows you to use this epilator in any dry situations at any time!

    To read more about Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator product specifications, click here.

    What could be better

    It would be nice to see Emjoi make their epilators water resistant. The Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator has so many features alongside great epilation technology. Being able to use it in the shower would round out its feature list and make it contender for a wider audience.

    To read more customer verified Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator reviews, click here.

    Summary

    It’s hypoallergenic tweezers and fast rotating tweezers make the Emjoi Soft Caress epilator a unique product. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs, this is the epilator to get.

  9. Remington EP7030 – Best Value Epilator
  10. If you’re worried about, there are a few decent options in a lower price range that offer a good value as a beginner epilator. The Remington EP7030 is one of the best in this category as Remington is one of the original companies in the epilator industry.

    The Remington EP7030 epilator has 40 tweezers and operates at 2 speeds. It also has a pivoting head with a few cap attachments. The precision cap, perfect angle cap, and massaging cap all help you customize your experience according to what area you are epilating. There is also a built in light for better visibility.

    It is rechargeable with a power adaptor and otherwise cordless, and can be used wet and dry. You can wash it off in the shower after use by removing the head or use a cleaning brush, also included.

    To read more about Remington EP7030 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    The epilator is highly functional, but lacks additional features that make this a versatile travel friendly tool. It also lacks some technological developments in terms of tweezers and epilator motor like our other picks.

    To read more customer verified Remington EP7030 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    There is a low frills epilator that does the job, and does it well. If you’re a student or not sure about epilation as a hair removal process in general, this is an excellent experimental product. That’s not to say that it is not good for long term use. These epilators will run for years. So if you find that you don’t need more features, you’ll find the Remington EP7030 performs very well.

  11. Codream 4-1 – Best Value Epilator with Features
  12. Are you looking for a beginner epilator with a few more multi-purpose functionalities? Look no further than the Codream 4-1 epilator.

    It is a lesser known epilator with a younger brand. But don’t let that hold you back if the features make this an appealing choice for you.

    The 4-1 refers to the 4 functions this epilator offers via attachments – epilator, shaver, hair clipper, and callus remover. Amongst the extras, the callus remover on Codream 4-1 is highly rated attachment. In terms of multifunctionality, this is a powerhouse.

    It is rechargeable via power adaptor and can be used while plugged in or as cordless. There is a built in LED light. The epilator head can be removed and washed with water. But the epilator itself is not wet/dry and should be using in dry places only.

    To read more about Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    In terms of features, making the whole epilator water resistant would make this epilator well rounded.

    Aside from features, the Codream 4-1 epilator does lack the latest technology in both tweezers
    and epilator motor.

    To read more customer verified Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    Want an beginner, budget friendly option that offers more features and versatility than the Remington EP7030? The Codream 4-1 is your epilator.

  13. Philips Satinelle HP-6401 – Best Starter Epilator
  14. For our last review, we asked ourselves – What is the cheapest basic epilator that does the job?

    Why bothering asking this question? We recognized that sometimes you want to spend the least possible money to figure out if a particular hair removal method even works for you. With that in mind, we concluded that if you want a basic starter epilator, the Philips Satinelle HP-6401 is one to try.

    It has 21 tweezers, 2 speed setting and an efficiency cap. You can also wash the top epilator head by taking it off the body of the machine, which is not water resistant.

    It is a little louder than the other epilators we have reviewed. It is also corded.

    To read more about Philips Satinelle HP-6401 product specifications,click here.

    What could be better

    Almost everything.

    This epilator has none of the features of our epilators and no additional attachments. It has a low number of tweezers and no built in light. And it is not water resistant and so cannot be used in the shower.

    To read more customer verified Philips Satinelle HP-6401 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    Remember this is a basic, no frills epilator. It is much lower in price than the others we have picked to review here. But this is also a best selling epilator and has been for many years. So it may not be fancy, but it works! The Philips Satinelle HP-6401 would be a great epilator to start your epilating journey with, and later adding a second more efficient epilator to your hair removing arsenal!

What is an epilator?

Epilators still enjoy a somewhat anonymous status. Many women have never used or heard of an epilator! This is ironic because epilators can be the ideal method of hair removal for a lot of people, men and women.

The epilator is a hair removal device that uses groups of tweezers to remove hair from it’s root. The tweezers are usually metal or ceramic. As you pass the epilator over your skin, its many tweezers rotate to grab many hairs and remove them completely just like waxing.

Epilation allows you to be hair free for longer than shaving, similar to waxing. Like waxing, when the hair regrows out from its root, you must epilate to remove it again. Depending on fast your hair grows, you could enjoy smooth skin for 1 to 3 weeks!

So why is the epilator a better alternative to shaving or waxing?

Long lasting smooth skin

Epilating gives long last smooth skin. If you remove hair by shaving, you are probably shaving anywhere from every 3 or 4 days to daily. Epilating is like waxing. It removes the hair from the root. So you have to epilate only as often as your hair regrows from its roots. That means you can enjoy smooth hairless skin for a week up to 2 or 3 weeks!

Easy

It’s also as easy as shaving, if not easier. Epilators come in many features, from cordless to rechargable to waterproof to vibrating heads that numb your skin. There is no nicking your skin or causing razor burn like shaving.

It’s definitely much easier than waxing. You may need to recharge your epilator, but there is no warming up of wax or other preparation. You even don’t need to wait for your hair to grow out ¼ of an inch, like for waxing. You can epilate the minute you start to see or feel hairs. And you can epilate from anywhere, home or a hotel.

Cheap

If you shave, how often you buy new razors or razor heads? Or you may go to a wax salon, which can cost up to $200/visit. Not to mention having to schedule an appointment and worry about hot wax burns. Even if you wax at home, you’re spending money on wax refills or waxing strips.

An epilator is a 1 time cost for several years. With epilators ranging from $40 to $140, you only have to spend that once to epilate for years. Without a doubt, epilating is the cheapest hair removal solution available to men and women today. And with technology improving every single year, epilators are becoming a go-to for hair removal for more people every year.

Features of an epilator

There are over a hundred epilators available to try out there today. You could start with any of them. So which one do you pick up? What are the differences between each epilator? Are they all the same? Why are some more expensive than others?

A few years ago, a lot of epilators were fairly straightforward. They only worked if plugged into an outlet, in dry environments (not in the shower), and sometimes hard to clean. Today, epilators are available with lots more features. Here are some of the features we looked at to differentiate a good epilator from a better one to find some of the best epilators available to us in 2017:

  1. Pulls hairs rather than breaks hairs
  2. A common question we get is: do epilators cause ingrown hairs? They can with a low quality epilator. So what does that mean?

    A good epilator will grab the hairs at their roots to pull it out completely. It should not be grabbing hairs halfway and breaking them. This will lead to faster re growth because the hair was not removed and only broken, like shaving.

    It could also mean more ingrown hairs because when a hair is pulled until it breaks halfway, it is stretched out. After it stretches and snaps, it curls back towards the skin and could become an ingrown hair.

  3. Number of tweezers
  4. The more tweezers on the head of the epilator, the faster you’ll pull out more hair. Each of the tweezers grab hairs as they rotate.

    So with an epilator that has a high number tweezers, you’ll be pulling out more hairs per pass of the epilator over your skin. This can be great because you’ll spend less time epilating.

    At the same time, if you have low tolerance for pain, more tweezers could also mean more pain. So it is important to know how many tweezers an epilator has, so you can make an informed decision.

  5. Cost
  6. Epilators can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 and prices go up with increased features, details, and accessories. Lower priced epilators can have lower number of tweezers and less convenient details, but are a good place to start if you are unsure about epilation.

    On the other hand, if you wax often or use a hair removal method that removes hair from the roots, a good quality epilator can be a useful tool. While the initial cost can seem high for an epilator will all of the features, bells and whistles available, the money you save by replacing wax salon fees quickly makes the epilator a good investment.

  7. Efficiency cap
  8. If you have low pain tolerance, the epilator cap is a must have. It is an attachment cap for the epilator head, where all the tweezers are, to help lessen the pain of epilating.

    It is curved and helps optimize the surface area that touches your skin to maximize the angle needed for epilation. The shape of the attachment cap helps you keep the epilator at a 90 degree angle, which is the best angle for epilation. It also makes epilating less painful.

  9. Easy to clean
  10. This is another must have. To make sure your epilator works for a long time, you want to be sure to clean it. The tweezers that pull hair out rotate at the top the epilator. In a good epilator, you are able to take that top portion off or apart to clean out any hairs that might have gotten stuck in there while the tweezers rotate.

    A clean epilator will also help keep your skin free of any acne or similar breakouts that are a result of bad epilator hygiene.

  11. Speed options
  12. Variable speeds help you control how fast or slow the tweezers turn. This is especially useful when you are epilating a curved and sensitive area, like an armpit or the back of knee. These areas can hurt a lot more.

    If your epilator has two or more speeds, you can continue epilating up an arm or leg by just slowing it down when you reach a sensitive area.

  13. Built in light
  14. Most of us will epilate in a bathroom, and sometimes bathrooms do not have the best light at night. Having a built in light at the head of the epilator that shines on your skin can be really helpful when you have to epilate during an evening.

    The built in light can help you see hairs that are shorter or finer so that you don’t end up with patchy areas due to bad overhead lighting.

  15. Accessories
  16. There are a lot of accessories available with some epilators. Some accessories make the basic epilator into a powerful 7-in-1 or 5-in-1 tool with attached heads for shaving hair, exfoliating, or even scrubbing your heels.

    Epilators with accessories can be the ideal choice for anyone who travels or does not have a lot of storage in their bathroom because one tool does so much more than just epilate!

  17. Cordless
  18. Corded epilators work just as fine as cordless or rechargeable epilators. However, if you travel or your bathroom outlet is too far to be comfortable, a cordless option can be a small detail that offers tremendous convenience.

    So think about where in your home you will be using your epilator, and if having a cordless epilator will make your life easier. Alternatively, if you travel often, cordless is definitely the way to go.

  19. Wet/Dry options

Want to be able to shower and epilate in 1 go? A wet/dry epilator might be your best friend. These epilators can be used in the shower with the water running. This helps with cleaning up the hair that is epilated and the epilator itself. As these epilators are water resistant, you can wash the epilator and the tweezer heads and let it dry in the shower for the next time.

These epilators are also ideal for travelers, who can use in hotels and airbnbs without worrying about the mess and cleanup.

What about pain?

All this talk about removing hair from the root brings us to an important question – How much does it hurt?

The answer depends on your tolerance for pain. We have found that it hurts less than waxing but more than shaving. However, if shaving gives you ingrown hairs then trading your razer for a good epilator may still be worth it. A well designed efficiency cap also helps with any pain you might experience.

Even if you do experience pain from epilation, there are a number of ways you can reduce epilator pain.

All in all, unless your pain tolerance is insanely low, don’t be put off by the reports of pain. With some practice, the epilator can become your go to tool for hair removal.

Do Epilators Cause Ingrown Hairs?

Short answer: No. If you are using a good quality epilator the right way, epilators should NOT cause ingrown hairs.

However, you ended up here because you are using an epilator that is causing more ingrown hairs than you expect. So why is this happening? Let’s go over two explanations and how to avoid them for the future.

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1. Hair is breaking instead of being pulled out from the roots

Sometimes hair breaks at the surface of the skin instead of being pulled out. You may think that the epilator is removing hair and not the notice the difference. But it will grow out quickly like as if you had shaved instead of waxed.

These hairs were pulled at by your epilator but broke before they could be yanked out. Because they were pulled and then broken, they are more likely to curl inward and cause an ingrown hair. So why does this happen?

There are three possible reasons for this.

Loose skin

First, you may not be pulling your skin taut before passing over it with your epilator. The epilator is not able to grab the hair near its root to pull it out completely and instead grabs the hair shaft midway and ends up breaking it. So what can do you do to prevent this?

Make sure your epilator head is as flat as possible on your skin so that it can grab the hair close to the root and remove it. In areas such as your arm pit or your upper thighs, use one hand to pull the skin tight and then epilate. If these areas are especially sensitive, check out our tips for less painful epilation.

Worry about the pain

This brings us to our second reason. Sometimes, when we first start epilation, the pain is intimidating. If you’re starting out and it hurts, you may be afraid to press the epilator head flat on your skin. The epilator will feel less painful when it is only breaking hairs halfway and more painful when you’re pulling the hairs out by your roots. So you may only be skimming the skin surface, only breaking hairs… and ending up with a lot ingrown hairs.

Ingrown hairs are even more painful than epilating, and can be prevented! So if epilating is too painful for you to do right, consider another less painful hair removal method. Shaving alongside a home laser hair removal might be a good option for you. Here are our recommendations for the best home laser systems.

Cheap epilator

Finally, the last potential reason could be a cheap epilator or one that has a low number of tweezers. The tweezers are the mechanical pieces that rotate in epilator and pull the hairs out. The higher number of tweezers, the more hair grabbed and pulled out by the epilator. A lower number of tweezers could mean less hair is being grabbed at the root and some hair is attempted to be grabbed but is just pulled halfway until it breaks. A good epilator has anywhere from 20 to 60 tweezers. Some epilators even come with 100+ tweezers!

Epilators can last a long time. So there is no reason to assume that you have a low quality epilator causing your ingrown hairs. We recommend that you try the other tips in this article first before concluding that the problem is your epilator. However, if you’d like to upgrade to a better epilator and smoother skin without ingrown hairs, here are our recommendations for the best epilators available in 2017.

2. Lack of exfoliation

The other major key to preventing ingrown hairs is exfoliation. Exfoliating regularly helps turn over the top layer of skin. It also makes sure that hairs do not have opportunity to grow inward or into the skin’s top layer and become a painful ingrown hair. Your skin sheds every day and exfoliation helps speed up this process. Some people shed skin faster than others. You may be prone to more ingrown hairs because your skin does not shed as fast.

There are two ways to exfoliate – physical and chemical.

Physical exfoliation includes using brown sugar or coffee or a formulated body scrub like Gigi No Bump Scrub to help remove dead skin. You can also use a loofah or pouf to lightly scrub your skin. This can be done both inside the shower with your body wash or you can do a dry scrub with a dry scrub brush right before you hop in your shower or bath.

Chemical exfoliation involves using a lotion or cream with exfoliating acids, like alpha hydroxy or AHA, to speed up the skin cell turn over. Common AHA acids include lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid. Be careful if using both chemical and physical exfoliation at the same time. Over exfoliation can ruin your skin’s natural moisture barrier, overdry your skin, and takes longer than you think to reverse. So if you plan on using both physical and chemical exfoliation, check with your dermatologist.

We also recommend that you always wear sunscreen if you are using a chemical exfoliant, because they can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Both have their pros and cons. As for which is better, it depends on a few factors – your sensitivity level, how much time you want to spend on exfoliation, and your type of skin. To pick which is best for you, read more about the pros and cons of chemical vs physical exfoliation.

Ultimately, there are many possible reasons why you are getting a lot of ingrown hairs from epilating your hair. Be sure to eliminate each of the above reasons and maybe even try an updated or new epilator. If you continue to get ingrown hairs, despite exfoliating, good epilating technique, and a high quality epilator, we recommend trying another method of hair removal. Ingrown hairs are not just painful, but can cause long term scars. While there are certainly ways to fade scars over time, it may be better to switch back to shaving, try a depilatory cream, or combine shaving with an at home laser hair removal system.

10 tips for pain less epilation

Do epilators hurt? How to make epilating easier and pain free

Using an epilator can be incredibly painful. Like waxing, the epilator removes hair by yanking many hairs out from their roots at the same time. Pain tolerance varies from person to person. For those with sensitive skin, using an epilator for the first time can be a scary and painful task.

But it doesn’t have to be. With some planning, epilation pain can be reduced or even eliminated. Using the following tips, you can make epilation hair removal as easy and painless as shaving but with longer lasting results.

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Tip 1: Epilate right after a warm bath or shower

Warm baths or showers make your hair softer and open the pores in your skin. Epilating is easier right after a warm shower for this reason.

You can also epilate while in the shower, which can make clean up easier. This brings us to our next tip…

Tip 2: Use a wet/dry epilator

Wet/dry epilators can be used in a shower or bath in addition to dry situations. These epilators are waterproof. Epilating in the middle of shower can make it easier to contain and clean up the hair. You can also wash off your epilator while still in the shower.

Many wet/dry epilators are travel friendly and you can use them in your home or in a hotel. For example, the Braun Silk Epil 9 comes with led lights and is battery powered. So is the Panasonic ES-ED90P which also has multiple epilator heads that allow you to epilate, shave, and do it a pedicure.

Tip 3: Pull skin taut

Make sure the epilator has a flat tight skin surface to skim along, so that it can capture as many hairs in every pass. Pull your skin taut in areas such as your armpits or upper thighs or wherever your body is softer. Less passes over skin means less pain.

Tip 4: Avoid goosebumps

Try to epilate when you are warm, if you are prone to goosebumps. Goosebumps make it harder for the epilator head to touch a flat skin surface. This can result in the epilator breaking hairs halfway instead of pulling them out from the root. These hairs will grow out sooner and will feel like stubble. Epilate when your skin does not have goosebumps for a longer smoother result that does not hurt as much.

Tip 5: Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin a few days before epilating helps remove dead skin and any ingrown hairs that need to be epilated. Also exfoliate a few days after epilation to minimize ingrown hairs. Add a little brown sugar in your normal body wash for a natural scrub or a body wash scrub like Gigi No Bump Body Scrub.

For a spa like exfoliation, use exfoliating gloves like the Aquasentials Exfoliating Bath Gloves. The gloves are also good for reducing ingrown hairs after epilating. They make it easy to exfoliate and act as a loofah for your body wash.

Tip 6: Shave for an easier start

Shaving is an indirect way of exfoliating. Shaving 2-3 days before your first epilating session is a good way to start slowly. Shaving will reduce the number of hairs available for epilating and your first time will be less painful. As you condition yourself to the minor pain, you can continue epilating every few days with more hairs as they grow back out.

Tip 7: Use a numbing cream

If you are extra sensitive, use a numbing cream like No Scream Cream to numb your skin temporarily for epilation. You won’t feel the pain as much. This is especially an option for more sensitive areas of the skin, like under arms.

If you experience pain after epilating, press a cold compress or an ice pack immediately on the skin to numb the skin. You can also use products like witch hazel toner or an antiseptic lotion like Finipil to reduce the pain, prevent ingrown hairs, and keep the newly smooth area clean. If you are prone to breaking out after hair removal, Finipil can go a long way to help keep your skin hairless without break outs.

Tip 8: Take an over the counter pain medication 30 minutes before epilating

A last ditch option can be a regular strength over the counter pain medication for short term numbing. For best results, take 30 minutes before epilating.

HOWEVER! It not recommended that you take pain medications for every hair removal session. If you are not able to tolerate the pain, it is a better idea to look for a different method than epilation. Shaving, depilatory creams, laser hair removal are all great and less painful options.

Tip 9: Wait 6-8 hours after coffee or soda

Caffeine is a stimulant that can make you feel greater pain sensation while it’s in your system. It takes 6-10 hours for caffeine to exit your system. It will vary person to person, but you may find that waiting until there is no caffeine in your system means a less painful epilation session.

Tip 10 (for women): Epilate right after your period

Epilators do hurt more during menstrual bleeding. Many women report their bodies are the least sensitive to external pain in the 3 or 4 days right after, and most sensitive right before their period. You may or may not also notice a similar pattern with your own pain tolerance. If you do, then you will find it less painful to epilate right after your period. So if you have trackable or regular periods, epilating during your next period or in the days after might be easier.

Other women report low sensitivity during ovulation, due to the increase in hormones. By keeping track of your sensitivity over the month, you might find that you are more or less sensitive to hair removal pain during certain body events. These windows might make for an ideal time for a pain free epilating session.

Still no luck?

Have you already tried all of these and epilating is still painful? Shaving might be a good painless backup for you. But you still have to shave more often to maintain smooth skin.

Waxing is also a similar option. Getting waxes at salons can add up. But nowadays there are more and more at home waxing systems on the market that can save you money.

If epilating, or waxing, are too painful and you find that you have to go back to shaving, an at home laser system might be a good option for you. It requires shaving before use. With each use, it also helps kill the hair follicles. Over time, you will see less hair growth and have to shave less often. So if epilating or waxing don’t work for you or your lifestyle, try an at home laser hair removal system along with shaving for long term benefits.

Our Favorite Gigi Waxes for at Home Waxing

A Closer Look at Gigi’s Top 10 At Home Waxes

Our favorite at home waxing kit, the Gigi Student Starter Kit (read the review here), comes with a starter Gigi All Purpose Honee to try. But Gigi makes more than 30 different type of waxes that can be used with this at home wax kit (which is why it’s our favorite). Let us start with a quick overview of the different types of waxes.

In this guide:

Types of waxes – Honey wax vs Cream wax

Honee waxes, or honey waxes, are the most common form of soft wax in professional salons. They are yellow to translucent in color, sticky and have a honey like consistency, and may have honey extracts. If you have sensitive skin, you may find that honey wax lift skin as well as hair. However, for most people, honey wax is a highly effective way to remove hair, getting rid of all hair in 1 pass. Honey waxes need muslim strips or wax strips to remove the wax after it is applied to hair.

Creme waxes, or cream waxes, are another popular form of soft wax for people who want a more comfortable waxing option. They melt at lower heat and so there is little risk of burning yourself with hot wax. It is also far less sticky as it has a cream consistency that is thicker than the honey waxes. Because it is less sticky, it doesn’t grab onto your skin as much either. However, some may find that they need to go back and re do some straggler hairs that did not get removed in the first pass. But that is a small price to pay for nearly painless waxing! Like honey waxes, cream waxes require muslim or wax strips for removal of wax after it is applied.

Another type of common wax is the hard wax. Hard waxes do not need wax strips and can be removed by grabbing the cooled wax itself and removed both hair and wax.

Top 10 Gigi Home Waxes Review

While most of the waxes that work with the Gigi Student Starter kit are various soft waxes that come for many special uses and skin conditioners, there is even a hard wax that can be used for sensitive areas or brazilians. There are waxes for face waxing, sensitive skin, break out prone skin, and almost anything else. So how to pick?

Below we have brief reviews of the best 10 Gigi waxes for their at home wax kit. Looking to solve a particular problem? We’ll point out the best wax for various concerns.

Honey Waxes

1. Gigi All Purpose Honee

First up is Gigi’s All Purpose Honee, the one-size-fits-all workhorse of all of the Gigi waxes. If you do not have sensitive skin or are a veteran at home waxer, you can use Gigi All Purpose all over your body and even face.

Honee refers to the perfect consistency for this wax. Warm this wax until it is the consistency of honey before applying. This wax is also stickier than some of the Creme waxes made by Gigi. This wax has no essential oils but it does have a honey extract.

Best For:

The Gigi All Purpose Honee wax is best for what it is called – all purpose waxing!

2. Gigi Facial Honee

The Gigi Facial Honee wax is a softer version of the All Purpose Honee, made for the sensitive facial skin. However, if you have generally sensitive skin or skin that ends up very red after waxing, you can use Gigi Facial Honee for waxing any part of your body.

As we mentioned, this wax is little stickier than the All Purpose Honee and takes a little longer to heat up to a good consistency. But any wax residue can removed with a little olive or coconut oil.

This wax has honey extract, chamomile flower extract and calendula flower extract.

Best For:

The Gigi Facial Honee wax is best for what it is called – all purpose waxing for sensitive skin

3. Gigi Dark Honee

Do you have thick, coarse, or curly hair and need the strongest wax available to remove it? Check out Gigi’s Dark Honee.

Like the All Purpose wax, it can be used anywhere on your body that your skin can tolerate it. It is definitely a strong wax that removed every hair, so we highly recommend that you test this wax in a small area.

This wax is slightly cheaper than the All Purpose Honee, which makes it a great choice for those who experience quick regrowth.

This wax contains honey extract, castor oil, and mineral oil – all of which calm and condition your skin.

Best For:

The Gigi Dark Honee is the ideal choice for coarse or curly hair that need a stronger wax.

Cream Waxes

4. Gigi Creme Wax

Gigi has several creme waxes with the Gigi Creme Wax being the product with the simplest ingredients amongst them.

The great thing about the Creme waxes is that they heat at a much lower temperature than the Honee waxes. So if you find that the Honee waxes are too hot when you apply them to your skin, try the Creme waxes for a more comfortable experience.

Some find the Creme waxes are gummier or thicker in consistency than the Honee waxes. This makes them easy to remove because they are less sticky. It also makes them easy to remove without ripping off skin and does not leave residue because it sticks to only hair and not skin. This makes this a great wax for not just sensitive skin, but for those who look for a gentler waxing experience.

This pink colored wax has cocoa seed extract, safflower seed oil, and fragrance.

Best For:

The Gigi Creme wax is best for gentle waxing and sensitive skin.

5. Gigi Tea Tree Creme Wax

Like Gigi’s other Creme waxes, the Gigi Tea Tree Creme Wax is another great wax that melts at a lower temperature with less sticky consistency. But it goes further than the Gigi Creme Wax with a key ingredient.

As the name of this wax hints, this green colored wax contains tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic and an anti fungal ingredient. If you end up with blocked pores, breakouts, or acne after waxing, this is a great ingredient to have in your wax. This is a great facial wax, especially if most waxes break you out.

Best For:

The Gigi Tea Tree creme wax is excellent for breakout prone, sensitive skin, and gentle waxing.

6. Gigi Azulene Wax

The consistency of the Gigi Azulene wax is between a honey wax and a cream wax and comes in a blue tint, like creme waxes.

The special ingredient in this wax is Azulene oil, which is derived from flowers, usually of chamomile flowers. It helps reduces redness and inflammation to calm skin after waxing.

Like the Tea Tree wax, the azulene oil in this creme wax makes this a sensitive wax for sensitive skin.

Best For:

The Gigi Azulene wax is excellent for redness prone, sensitive skin, and gentle waxing.

7. Gigi Ultra Sensitive Wax w/Zinc Oxide

Of all of the creme waxes, the Gigi Ultra Sensitive Wax with zinc oxide is a unique option. All of the creme waxes are ideal for sensitive skin. But the zinc oxide ingredient in this wax helps create a barrier between the wax and your skin.

Waxing is technically a traumatic process as you are ripping the hair out by its roots from your skin. It can result in redness or worse. The zinc oxide protects and soothes your skin from the trauma. You will notice far less redness or irritation with this wax.

In addition to zinc oxide, this wax contains calendula flower extract, chamomile flower extract, safflower seed oil, and mineral oil.

Best For:


The Ultra Sensitive Wax w/Zinc Oxide creme wax is excellent for easy irritable and sensitive skin, and for gentle waxing.

8. Gigi Lavender Creme Wax

We won’t repeat the upsides and downsides of creme wax again (read above), because the Gigi Lavender Creme Wax shares all of them.

So what is great about this wax? The Lavender oil. The Gigi Lavender Creme Wax isn’t just a great creme wax but also an aromatherapy experience. This wax smells amazing. If you’re looking for a creme wax, this is a great place to start.

Best For:

The Gigi Lavender Creme Wax is excellent for sensitive skin and gentle waxing, and even smells like a spa session.

9. Gigi Milk Chocolate Creme Wax

The Gigi Milk Chocolate Creme wax is another wax like the Gigi Lavender Creme wax. It has all the great benefits of creme waxes and smells delicious. The Chocolate Creme flavor comes from a cocoa seed extract.

Not a fan of Lavender or want to try another aromatic wax? Give the Gigi Milk Chocolate Creme Wax a try.

Best For:

ANOTHER creme wax is excellent for sensitive skin and gentle waxing, and smells like an aromatherapeutic spa session.

Hard Wax

10. Gigi Brazilian Body Hard Wax

The soft waxes are easy to use as a beginner, and you may have seen your esthetician or wax professional use soft wax during a wax appointment. The technique for soft wax is straightforward. Apply wax in the direction of your hair growth, smooth wax strip over the applied wax and pull away the strip against hair growth at a 45 degree angle to your body part.

Hard waxes have a different technique. Some may find hard waxes a little easier to use, but if you have never watched an esthetician’s technique with hard wax at a waxing appointment, it is way more painful. However, you do not wax strips and so you may consider hard wax a more functional and practical wax. Hard wax is also great for very coarse hair.

Gigi makes the Dark Honee wax for coarse hair but it is a soft wax. If you want to try another wax for coarse hair, try Gigi’s Brazilian Body hard wax. Like the name says, you can use it in your pubic region and anywhere else on your body. It’s a traditional hard wax, so you apply and then remove by grabbing the edge of the wax itself. If you prefer hard wax, this a great professional hard wax to try. And since Gigi’s waxes are all to be used with the Gigi warmer, you can keep the hard wax malleable and ready for use until you’re done waxing instead of worrying about it getting cold.

This wax contains soybean oil and beeswax.

Best For:

The Brazilian Body hard wax is a great option for brazilians or removing coarse hair from any part of your body using the hard wax hair removal techniques.

Have you tried one of these Gigi waxes? Which one do you like best? Tell us why in the comments below.

Best 5 At Home Waxing Kits

A complete guide to: At home waxing

Hair removal by waxing is most commonly done in professional salons by aestheticians. If waxing is your go to form of hair removal or you want to try saving time and money, waxing at home is a great option. At home waxing kits make it easy to prep and wax with little clean up needed. And they can save money. Let’s learn more about about the at home wax kit options available today.

In this guide:

Reviews for 5 of the best home waxing kits

We used countless home waxing options to select the top 5 home waxing kits available today. To help you select one to try, we evaluated each of them on features, ease of use, preparation, and clean up. Lets see what they are.

1. Gigi Student Starter Kit: Our Top Pick Home Waxing Kit

The Gigi Student Starter Kit is best kit available today. It includes everything you will need to have a salon like waxing experience right at home. The kit comes with a wax warmer, muslin wax strips in 2 sizes, applicators in 2 sizes, Pre Epilation Oil, Pre Hon, a wax off, Slow Grow, and Gigi’s All Purpose Honee wax. Gigi makes more 20 different types of waxes for different parts of your skin, from Tea tree wax as a softer antibacterial option for your face to All Purpose Honee for a 1 for all body areas solution, and the Brazilian wax for very coarse pubic hair.

Read more about our favorite waxes from Gigi.

This kit includes 1 can of Gigi’s All Purpose Honee and any of the waxes can be purchased alongside if you want a wax tailored to other areas of your body. All of Gigi’s waxes can be used with this system.

The Gigi Student Starter Kit comes with a wax warmer that you can plug in. The warmer has 3 settings at low/medium/high heat and you heat the wax to high to melt and then lower the temperature to keep it warm. The warmer also has a cover that you can use to cover up the wax container, if need be.

There is a paper collar included in the Gigi Student Starter Kit that goes around the can of wax before you put it in the warmer. The collar helps prevent drips as you scoop up wax from getting on the warmer. You can toss the collar after every or every few uses. The collars can be repurchased in packs.

However, you may quickly realize the collar is just a donut cut out of hard paper. An economical way to replace these collars can be to keep 1 collar and use it as a template to cut a new out of cardboard, cardstock, or hard paper.

The Pre Hon is a skin cleanser that is meant to be the first step of the waxing preparation. It cleans the skin of any make-up, body oils, and deodorants, and helps protect the skin from any irritations.

A bottle of Pre Epilation Oil and of Post Wax Cooling Gel are also included in this kit. The pre-epilation oil helps prepare your skin for hair removal by helping the wax removing strips grip hair rather than skin. This makes the process less painful. The post wax cooling gel helps calm your skin after hair removal.

The Slow Grow lotion is the last step of the waxing process and helps slow down future regrowth of hair through an anti-keratinization process. It also has argan oil which moisturizes and protects the skin.

And finally, the Gigi Student Starter Kit comes with popsicle stick like applicators that are wide and cut at an angle, in 2 different sizes. The can be used to scoop up and apply the wax. Once you’re done, you can throw the stick away and start with a new one during your next wax session. Popsicle sticks can be purchased for pennies at any craft store.


Cons

If you do not have an outlet that is close to where you want to use this, thena microwavable wax might be a better option. You can certainly microwave Gigi’s wax and use it as well

Summary

This is an all service wax kit meant for long term use. You may have even seen it in professional wax salons. If waxing is your go to choice for hair removal, you want a full body wax solution, and you are looking for the best at home wax kit that will last years – the Gigi Student Starter Kit is your choice!

2. Body Honee Extra Strength – Best microwavable wax

The Body Honee Extra Strength at home wax kit is the best microwavable wax option available today. The wax included in this kit is ready to use after microwaving for 1 minute. It can used on coarse hair on arms, legs, underarms, or anywhere else on the body.

However, it is extra strength, and should not be used on on your face, head, nose, or ears. Body Honee also has a separate Hard Wax that can be used for facial waxing.

The Body Honee Extra Strength at home waxing kit also comes with soothing oil based towelettes that should be used after waxing to remove any wax residue that might make your skin stick to clothing. The towelettes are 1 use only and are available for re purchase. But you can also use coconut oil, jojoba oil, or any other oil that suits your skin.

For the actual waxing, this kit offers 2 wood spatulas for applying the wax (in the same direction as the hair grows) and 8 wax strips to remove the wax and the hair (against the direction of hair growth).


Cons

There is the obvious downside of heat. Microwavable wax will cool down faster than a wax sitting on a plugged in warmer. To wax larger areas like full legs, you may need to reheat the wax in the microwave.

This is not a con as much as it is a comparison. This is a more basic kit than the Gigi at home wax kit as it is missing many of the pre and post treatment oils and lotions. However, you may find that they are not as essential for you. You can also try these products in addition if you decide that waxing is your preferred way of removing hair.

Summary

If you do not have an outlet for heating up your wax, a microwavable wax like Body Honee Extra Strength is the best and most convenient way to wax at home.

3. Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

If you’re looking for all of the extras of the Gigi Student Starter kit but with a microwavable wax, then the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit is worth a look.

The Bliss Poetic Waxing kit was first created for use in Bliss Spas, and then opened to the public in this waxing kit. It was one of the first at home waxing kits available on the market, and Bliss wax can be used anywhere on your body and face.

The cup of Bliss Poetic wax in this kit can be warmed up by heating it in the microwave in 30 second spurts. The cup makes it easy to use and reuse by reheating later.

The wax can be used both like soft and hard wax. It does not include any wax strips or muslin. But it has 6 spatulas in 2 different sizes to apply the wax. Then it can be removed with muslin or you can remove the wax like you normally would hard wax. Using the hard wax method of removing allows you to wax without any muslim strips.

There is a few extras in the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit. First, there is a Super Skin Cleanser to remove body oils, makeup or other product from your skin to prepare the wax to stick to your skin and hair. The kit also comes with a Bliss Poetic Waxing pre and post waxing oil to help the wax stick to the hair and not the skin and help reduce pain. And finally there is an Ingrown Eliminating pad included to help prevent ingrown hairs.


Cons

The microwavable container in this kit is made of plastic, which makes it easier to handle while hot but also cools down the wax faster. So to wax larger areas you’ll need to microwave a few times to keep the wax at a workable consistency.

Summary

If you want a “spa like” at-home waxing experience but prefer microwavable wax instead of using an outlet, try the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit.

4. Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll On Wax – Best Roll On Wax

Let’s start with the best thing about the Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax: you can wash it off. Yes, that is right. This wax can be washed off! So no sticky residue ever. With the other waxes we have reviewed, you must use a post wax oil or treatment will helps remove wax residue.

In addition, the strips part of the Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax kit are ALSO washable. Just like you can wash off any wax residue, you can also throw the wax strips into the laundry or hand wash them to remove the wax. Then when the strips are dry, you can reuse them!

Both of these conveniences make this a great at home waxing kit, but an even better waxing kit that can be used if you need to travel! Need to wax your legs because you didn’t have time at home and are now on the go? This kit allows you wax at home or elsewhere. Just wash your strips and pack them away.

This wax can be warmed up in the microwave or hot water and then applied onto your skin. The tube of wax looks like a toothpaste tube with a ball that rolls at the end, which applies wax to your skin. Once you are done, just wash off the ball applicator, put the cap back on, and put it away for next time.

As mentioned, this kit also comes with wax strips that can be washed. If you run out of strips or use them enough to wear them out, you can also cut up strips of muslin cloth instead or buy a pack of new Nair wax strips.


Cons

On some of these tubes of Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax, the applicator balls can get a little messy. While you can certainly wash off the wax, you may end up wasting more wax than if you used a kit with a warmer or a microwavable cup.

Summary

The Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax is our favorite on the go AND at home wax kit. It is minimal fuss and it works.

5. Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit

The Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit is the most minimal of the at home waxing kits available. It features 40 wax strips and 4 finishing wipes to remove wax residue.

Unlike the Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax’s tube applicator, the Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strips offers the wax right on the strip. To use, rub a strip between your hands to warm up the wax, then grip each side of the wax strip and pull it apart.

In this way, each strip becomes 2 wax strips. Each wax strip can be applied to your skin in the same direction as your hair growth and then removed in the opposite direction. Then the wax strip can be throw away.

These at home wax strips can be used anywhere on your body or face. They only get as warm as you are able to warm them up between your hands, so there is no risk of burning your skin. Veet also makes a Facial wax kit with smaller strips that can work better for eyebrows or other facial waxing, but you can also cut the wax strips in this kit down to a smaller size.

The 4 finishing wipes help get rid of any wax residue. You only need 1 for each time you wax, and these can be repurchased if you decide you like them. If not, you can also use any kind of non comedogenic oil to get rid of the post waxing stickiness.


Cons

One big negatives is that if you need to wax a large area like legs more than once, you’ll need several of these at home wax strip kits. However, they certainly make do if you need a solution that works and is convenient.

This kit also does not come with many of the pre or post waxing treatments that several of our other options include.

Summary

You can’t wax endless with this kit, but it takes up even less space in your luggage than the Nair wax kit. Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit is a great utilitarian solution for a woman on the go.

Types of wax

Wax for hair removal comes in two forms – hard wax and soft wax.

Hard wax is also referred to as non strip wax, peelable wax or hot wax. Hard wax has long been advertized as the better wax as it is supposed to remove all hair without grabbing onto the skin. Commonly, it’s the recommended wax for brazilians or upper lip hair removal. It’s called hard wax because it is liberally applied while it’s pliable and viscous and then it is removed when it hardens.

However, it’s far more difficult to wax with hard wax and even takes experienced estheticians longer to wax the same area with hard wax than with soft wax. It can also be more painful. Even in professional settings, a brazilian with hard wax may take several attempts. Hard wax is applied when warm and becomes less sticky as it cools on your skin. It is then grabbed from an end by hand and quickly removed, taking the hair with it. Because there is no strip, it can be more difficult to get a grip and remove firmly, and so can be a messy and painful process.

None of the at home wax kits we review here have hard wax. All of them use some form of the other type of wax – soft wax.

(If you prefer the hard wax method, we recommend sugaring for a friendlier and less painful at home wax option. Learn more about sugaring.)

Soft wax is referred to such because it is applied when it is soft and removed while it is still soft. After soft wax is applied to your hair, a piece of muslin or wax strip is placed over the wax. When the muslim or wax strip is quickly removed, the hair goes with it, resulting in smooth and hair free skin. The strip or muslin can be discarded. Soft wax also helps exfoliate your skin and removes mature and baby hairs. Soft wax leaves your hair feeling smooth!

Many of the at home waxing kits offer soft wax in several forms – microwavable wax, wax strips, roll on wax, and wax that needs a heat set up. Each of these offer a different kind of convenience and need some kind of electric or or manual heat to soften the wax so that it adheres to your skin.

So why at home waxing?

First, professional salon waxing can really add up. It costs anywhere from $30 per visit for a small area to more than $500 per visit for full body waxes. That can be $6000 or more per year!

Let’s compare that to an at home waxing, which costs about $100 a year which some of the higher price options and even less with a lower cost one. A huge cost difference!

Another great thing about at home waxing is that it can be more convenient to be able to wax at anytime in your own bathroom rather than going to another location for a salon appointment.

If you have never had a professional salon waxing, we do recommend that you go once to see how the professionals wax once before you try at home. If you don’t have access to salons near you and have never waxed your hair before, we recommend watching a video on waxing technique first.

If you have had a professional waxing, then you have an idea of how the wax is applied and removed. Even still, there can be a learning curve to getting the wax temperature warm enough to work but not too warm, how to apply, and how to remove. However, after waxing a small portion once or twice, this learning curve can be overcome quickly.

Features of at home waxing kits

There are many features available in at home wax kits and they come in many price points. So what are the most useful features that make one wax kit a better option than the next? Here are three features to look for.

Preparation

Many of the best at home wax kits available today are soft wax. To use soft wax for hair removal, you have warm the wax so that it can stick to and remove your hair. Some at home wax kits have microwavable wax, others come with a custom heating machine, and others just need to be warmed up by rubbing your hands together. So the first feature to look for is what heating source you will need for the wax.

The most efficient at home wax kits come with their own wax warming machine that can be plugged in. These warming machines heat up the wax to different temperatures to ready the wax for use and then help keep it at an even temperature while it is used. You do need an electrical outlet near where you would like to use it.

If you do not have an outlet then microwavable wax can be very convenient. This type of wax can be microwaved for a short time and then used until it cools. Wax does not cool very quickly so you can use it for as long as it easy to work with, and then microwave again. If you need to wax in a location that does not have an accessible outlet nearby but want to wax a large area, then microwavable wax is a great solution.

Finally, there are roll on and wax strips. This type of wax can be warmed with your hands. They can be rubbed between your hands to warm up and then applied to your skin and removed for smooth skin. This type of wax can be great for small areas or for quick waxing where you do not have time to wait for wax to warm up.

Does it work?

The second important feature to consider in each at home wax kit is the efficiency – does it remove hair well? Several factors work together to create a good at home wax kit.

The wax must warm enough to use comfortably via the recommended heating method by the manufacturer, whether by microwave, by hand, or by heat warmer.

The wax strips, whether built in or offered separately as rolls, should be easy to use and easily remove the wax with little to no residue.

Some wax kits also offer accessories like catch collars that help catch extra wax or wide popsicle sticks that help spread the wax on your skin in decent quantities. These can be thrown away each time you finish waxing. These accessories are cheap but if you do not want to spend money on more, you can easily find cheaper or almost free options. We’ll cover these as we review the top at home wax kits later.

Cleanup

Finally, the last important to feature to note in these at home wax kits is how easy is it to cleanup. Does the kit offer options or accessories that can be tossed after every use and that help with cleanup?

Perhaps the wax applicator can be tossed after each use. The wax strips can be thrown out. Is the wax easy to work with at a good consistency that does not drip? Some waxes are very drippy and not cool to a easy-to-work consistency very easily and these waxes can create a bigger mess in your bathroom than is worth it.

How to wax

1. Prepare

To get started, gather your wax, popsicle stick applicators, and wax strips. Warm your wax in the microwave, hot water, or wax warmer to a comfortably warm temperature so that you do not burn yourself.

If you bought wax strips in rolls, cut a few pieces off the roll in various sizes. Wash your skin with a warm water to remove an lotions or body oils, or apply a pre waxing treatment that will remove any lotion residues from your skin.

2. Apply wax

Dip your applicator in the wax, let some of the excess drip off back into the wax container, and apply on your hair IN the same direction as your hair grows.

Depending on what you are waxing, you can get different applicator styles that can make it easier to apply the wax. Regular rounded applicator sticks are great for larger areas. The rounded applicator sticks also come in a convenient smaller size for under arms or smaller areas. Then there are also skinner angled applicator sticks that are great for eyebrows or for achieving straight lines on your bikini wax.

3. Remove wax

If you’re using soft wax, press your wax strip down on the applied wax. Then pull the wax strip off in the direction OPPOSITE hair growth. You’ll find best results in you pull at a 10-20 degree angle from your skin surface. Don’t pull straight up at 90 degrees because you’ll end up with broken instead of pulled hairs. You won’t be able to pull the wax strip off as fast either, which will also cause more pain.

A common mistake with waxing yourself is to pull the wax or the wax strip up and away. What does that mean? So let’s say your leg is horizontal to the ground and you are waxing your elg. This means, because you’re anticipating pain, you pull the wax away towards the ceiling at almost a 90 degree angle. You’re probably also breaking hair and at that angle, pulling your skin more than you need to.

What you actually want to do is remove the wax a very low angle compared to the body part your are waxing. So if your leg is horizontal, you apply the wax horizontally, and then try to remove the wax by pulling in a close to horizontal angle. This way can reduce broken hairs, remove hairs from the root, and reduce pain.

If you’re using hard wax, use your fingers to grab one end of the wax and quickly pull off the wax to remove the hair. If you can’t get a grip, use your finger tips to slightly peel up one side so you can get a grib

4. Soothe skin

Your skin will be very red after the hair is pulled out, and may even feel like it is burning. Immediately after pulling off the wax,
you can press down on the wax area to lessen the burning sensation.

After you are done waxing the entire area, you use a post waxing oil to sooth and condition your skin. You can also use an all natural aloe vera gel to quickly heal any over exfoliated skin (waxing can sometimes pull off skin too, aka exfoliation, and sometimes it is too much) or soothe any redness. You can also apply a light hydrating lotion that will not clog pores.

What about pain

Waxing can be a little painful. However, many find that it is less painful that many of the other long lasting hair removal techniques. Some may even find it waxing less painful than epilating or that epilators work better on their arms and waxing is less painful on their legs.

As you start waxing at home, you will also notice that the pain improves with your technique. You should apply the wax in the direction that hair grows and remove the wax strip against the direction of hair growth. You’ll find that there is a sweet spot angle at which the strip should be removed for little to no pain. If you have never had a professional waxing, we do recommend you experience at least session and watch closely. But if you can’t, there are countless video tutorials available on technique that can help you perfects yours for a painless wax experience.