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Epilators Vs. Waxing Vs. Shaving

Hair removal can be achieved in various ways. Not only is there shaving, but there’s also waxing and hair removal via an epilator – a lesser known technique that may even be a complete mystery to some! We discuss what you need to know about each of these personal care accessories, helping you to choose the best method for your needs.


Shaving involves the use of either simple disposable razors or electric shavers to slice down hairs to the surface of the skin. It is often performed after an application of shaving cream on the skin, which works to lubricate the skin’s surface, resulting in a quick and pain-free way to get rid of unwanted hair.


Waxing is another popular hair removal method amongst women. Molten wax is first applied onto the skin’s surface, and then a piece of cloth is placed over the molten wax. Once the wax has hardened or ‘set’, the waxing is done by pulling the piece of cloth in the opposite direction of the hair growth by force. While it sounds like a painful process, the pain decreases over time as you get use to waxing.


A far less popular hair removal method, epilating involves the use of an electrical device to remove hair mechanically. The device, known as an epilator, uses tiny rotating tweezers to grasp multiple hairs at once, pulling them out from the roots. It bears a lot of resemblance to waxing, but unlike waxing, epilating doesn’t remove cells from the epidermis. Epilators are great for use at home and they deliver smooth and soft skin that lasts up to 2 weeks.

The Pros and Cons of Each Hair Removal Method

With so many options available, it is hard to decide which method is best. Here, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of all three techniques.


Many people opt for shaving as it is a quick and pain-free way to remove unwanted hair. Furthermore, disposable lady shavers are cheap while electric razors are usually a one-time investment.

However, the drawback with shaving is that razors can irritate the skin, leaving it feeling dry and itchy. When hair eventually grows back, it will also look thicker and darker, which is not ideal if you’re looking to achieve smooth and soft skin in the long term. Furthermore, shaving lasts only a day or two before regrowth becomes visible. 


Waxing is different from shaving as it removes the hair from the root. It provides a longer lasting result, maintaining smoothness for a number of weeks and eventually reducing hair regrowth over time. Unlike shaving, there will be no issues with regrowth of thicker and darker hair.

Waxing does present a set of disadvantages, however. Not only is it a painful process for many, but t is also time consuming and can affect those with sensitive skin, causing redness and boils. Furthermore, unlike shaving, waxing cannot be performed quickly and conveniently, as it requires the hair to have grown a substantial length for the process to be effective.


Much like waxing, epilating can be a painful process for many; however, it also provides a longer lasting result with finer hair regrowth. Epilators also require practice before hair removal can be done easily and efficiently. It is usually a one-time investment, and depending on the epilator you choose, you may be able to use it on just about any area of your body, including the face.

Appliance warehouse stocks a large range of electric shavers, lady shavers and personal care accessories under one roof in Australia. Browse through our products today to make a purchase. Otherwise, you can call our friendly team on 1300 783 469 if you have any questions or require assistance. 

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