For thousands of years, since prehistoric times, throughout ancient Greece and Egypt, people have removed their body hair.
While cavemen might have done this to avoid lice, our hair removal objectives tend to be motivated by personal preferences rather than for hygiene needs these days.
So when it comes to shaping-up down-under, if you want to go for a Brazilian style that doesn’t need trimming every other day, an epilator could be a good solution for you.
We investigate epilators for Brazilians—do they work? What are the advantages? All, including the little landing strip, is about to be revealed!
What Is an Epilator?
An epilator is a hair removal device which has a number of tweezers fitted into the head of the machine. The unit is powered electrically, and as the head rotates the tweezers open and close.
Effectively the tweezers on the rotating head pluck out each hair at the root, like high-powered, very efficient mechanical pluckers.
What Is a Brazilian?
Most sources make reference to a style of pubic hair removal where only a small vertical strip is left intact above the beginning of the labia.
Other sources only make reference to a total hair removal, which others class as a Hollywood style. Regardless of your exact interpretation, these kinds of styles all require most of the hair to be removed.
Advantages of Epilation
While epilation may not be for everyone, it does have some definite advantages.
Buying a good-quality epilator can be a very cost effective hair removal method. Most epilators are convenient and easy to use, clean and maintain, and many manufacturers sell replacement parts.
As epilation works by pulling the hairs out at root level, regrowth time is usually around three to six weeks. With regular epilation, regrowth can be finer and less dense; some find it stops completely.
Epilation isn’t as messy as methods like waxing and shaving, and doesn’t leave chemicals on your skin. It generally takes less time than waxing, but a little more than shaving for the first few sessions.
What to Look for
When considering an epilator for doing a Brazilian, there are a couple of features to look out for:
- Narrow or gentle epilator head—this can make it easier, more comfortable and precise.
- Two speeds—to slow the epilator down for increased precision.
- Ergonomic design—to help you get into those hard to reach areas.
Precautions for Use
There’s no getting away from it. Epilation is painful for most people, especially for the first treatments, and particularly in sensitive areas.
Consider taking some pain relief a couple of minutes before your first treatment, or use numbing creams to help. Many people report pain decreases with subsequent treatments.
Immediate after effects of epilation can include skin redness and bumps, which should gradually fade. Some people epilate at night to allow their skin to recover.
Although some epilators can be used wet, people often report they’re more effective used dry.
Don’t expose the epilator to any water (unless it’s a fully waterproof model).
Clean your epilator thoroughly after each use to clear any debris and eliminate bacteria.
What Is the Best Epilator for Brazilian?
We’ve done some shopping around and enlisted the help of some brave volunteers to review five of the best epilators to use for a Brazilian style down under.
We’ve listed the main features, pros and cons of each one to make it easier for you to highlight the model that seems best for you.
In our opinion, the best epilator for Brazilians is the Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver. It was well suited to most people’s needs, and users found it easy to use and were happy with their results.
Although a small number of users weren’t comfortable using this machine, most said the pivot head and the gentle epilator head worked well for them, and the LED light helped to pick out lighter, finer hair.
For a good-quality machine that comes with a 2-year warranty from a reputable supplier, the Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver is hard to beat!