The razor is a classic device which is used ubiquitously throughout the world. Being such a prominent part of so many people’s day to day routine, many are not even aware that there are alternatives to shaving which can produce similar results.

While most women have probably heard of waxing or chemical hair removal products which remove hair with no shaving, neither of these options are truly practical alternatives to shaving. Waxing can be expensive and painful, while chemical hair removers can raise safety concerns. But an alternative to all this shaving and waxing does exist: the epilator.


Epilation is a term which describes a form of hair removal whereby the hair is grasped and then removed from the skin from the root of the hair. Electrical epilators can grasp areas of hair at one time and quickly remove them.

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The device itself resembles a razor in form, function and technique of usage, but the mechanical action differs. By removing the hair completely from its roots, like waxing, Epilation forces the hair to regrow completely from scratch. As a result, the hair is absent for much longer than accomplished by shaving alone, which merely cuts off those parts of the hair above the skin.

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When a hair is pulled out from the roots, using an epilator like the Philips Satinelle Epilator HP6423/00 it can take up to several weeks to grow long enough to be visible again. As a result, if you were to replace your razor with an epilator, you would definitely spend a lot less time in the bath shaving. However, your sessions might be a bit more painful. Especially if the hair is longer, epilating can hurt, since multiple hairs are being ripped out from the roots.

Typically epilation veterans say the first time is the most painful. To reduce pain, it is a common practice to first have the area waxed and to use the epilator for upkeep, keeping the area as smooth and hairless as a fresh wax would.

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Razor burn and shaving cuts are the enemies of the razor. The former, razor burn, can wreak havoc on sensitive skin, and the latter, shaving cuts, are not only a punishment for the clumsy but something that can sneak up on anyone.

The epilator, too, has a few downsides. Removing hair from the roots can lead to ingrown hairs, a condition when the hair grows improperly and into the skin. While definitely not a pleasant condition, like razor burn, some people are more prone to ingrown hairs than others. Exfoliating and moisturising the skin can help to prevent both conditions.

And The Winner Is...

In this match, it's really a tossup. For certain areas and applications, both tools have their strengths and weaknesses but are likely to get the job done.

Experiment and select what option works best for you, or utilise a combination of the available devices to maintain the silkiest smooth skin possible. However, if you do decide you can handle the pain and it’s time to throw away your razor, the epilator will definitely keep you looking and feeling like you had the closest shave of your life.

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