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Depilatories and shaving are fast, painless and simple. However, the effects do not last as long as other methods of hair removal. If you use razors or depilatories, you may find that you have to repeat the process every few days. Waxing offers longer-lasting results, but can be messy. Epilators and home electrolysis appliances offer convenient alternatives to shaving, depilatories or waxing. These appliances can slow down regrowth significantly. Some appliances can stop the hair growing back altogether.

Epilators work in a similar way to waxing in that they pull the hairs out by the roots. This increases the amount of time that it takes for the hair to grow back. Epilators contain a series of rotating tweezers that grasp the hairs firmly and pluck them out, ensuring thorough and effective hair removal. Some epilators can be used in water, allowing you to undertake hair removal in the bath or shower. Removing hair with an epilator in warm water can help to minimize discomfort as it makes the hair easier to remove. However, it is best to check the manufacturer's instructions before using your epilator in water as some models do not offer this option.

Travel-sized epilators can be packed into your luggage or gym bag, allowing you to undertake hair removal when you are on the go.

If you want to remove unwanted hair without pulling or plucking, but still want to slow down regrowth, you may consider more advanced hair removal appliances. On drugstore.com, you will find devices that utilize heat, intense pulsed light (IPL) or electric current to remove hair.

Heat and light-based devices allow you to weaken the hairs at the roots before removing them. Along with ensuring that skin looks and feels smooth and hair-free, these devices have the added advantage of slowing down regrowth. This means that you will have to spend less of your precious time on shaving and hair removal.

In-home electrolysis devices offer a permanent hair removal solution. A conductive gel is smoothed over the skin. This allows the hairs to conduct the electronic current. The individual hair is grasped between the tweezers. Electric current will flow along the tweezers stimulating a chemical reaction that dissolves the hair in the follicle. This permanently stops hair growth from that particular follicle. You then need to move on to the next hair. Small areas, such as the upper lip or chin, can be treated fairly quickly. Larger areas, such as the legs, will take considerably longer to complete. BACK TO TOP ยป