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Kudos to any of you ladies out there that can go without any hair removal, however that is NOT me.

I hate hair. But I also hate shaving. I also hate waxing.

Over the past 20 years I've tried many different types of shavers and waxes. I was the teenager sitting in her bedroom with a container of hot wax to give herself a Brazilian. Yup, I did it myself.... and never did it again. HOLY PAIN.

My dilemma with shaving legs, armpits, anything.... but mostly legs was I shave in the morning and by the time I go to bed, my legs feel like they're sprouting porcupine quills! I've tried everything to get a smoother, closer shave to keep that softness I love for a little longer. I've even turned the shower on ice cold to purposely give myself goosebumps to achieve a closer shave. That's another pet peeve of mine.  My legs feel great in the shower but the moment I get out and experience goosebumps, they feel like I never shaved and I just wasted my time.  See this is how much I hate hair 😂

I tried waxing, but I can't handle letting the hair grow in long enough to wax (remember this is the girl who hates hair 🙋‍♀️)

About seven years ago I heard about epilating (and how painful it is) and I figured if I was able to wax, I should be able to handle epilating.  Plus the advertisement said no hair growth for up to 6 weeks and no waiting until the hair grows in long enough, major bonus! So I purchased my first epilator and couldn't wait to give it a go. I poured myself a glass of wine, sat in a warm tub for a few minutes to help soften the hair follicles and started epilating. To be honest, it really wasn't that painful until I got to my bikini line. That was painful. But I noticed my second and third times epilating it didn't hurt as much.

Fast forward seven years and I'm still epilating (stopped hurting completely after just a few times) and couldn't imagine going back to shaving! It doesn't last me 6 weeks, it lasts more like 3 weeks and with the epilator I purchased a few years ago, epilating only takes me about a half hour. The other great benefit for me is when the hair does start to grow in, its soft! Shaving causes this blunt edge which is picky, but an epilator pulls the hair out by it's roots so when it grows back it's much softer.

It's been significantly cheaper too!!! The cost of wax and razor blades,  oil vey. I've purchased two epilators in seven years, my first one was about $60 and lasted four years or so. My second (and favorite!) is this one by Braun

and it's three years old and going strong. This epilator has a larger head so it takes less time plus it's cordless so I can use it anywhere and the battery lasts plenty long enough. No needing to charge before you're finished. It is also wet/dry use which is good and bad. It's great when you're starting out because epilating in a warm shower is much more comfortable, but it doesn't seem to grab as many hairs on one pass. It's a great way to get used to epilating though if you're concerned with the discomfort for the first couple of times.

So if you're tired of shaving and annoyed with the hair growth and cost of waxing, don't be afraid to try epilating! You just might love it! 

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