Learn How to Epilate (Step-by-Step Guide)

Here’s the thing:

There’s nothing incredibly complicated about using an epilator.

It’s a pretty intuitive process.

There are just some simple things that you must keep in mind when it comes to learning how to use an epilator.

women using an epilator

What you’re going to learn in this post

  • You must exfoliate before each hair removal session.
  • The epilator must be kept at a 90 degrees angle, which is in fact the natural way of holding it.
  • Holding the skin taut is essential.
  • Epilate against the direction in which the hair is growing.
  • Move the epilator slowly, don’t rush it, have patience if you don’t want to break the hairs instead of having them pulled from the root.
  • Tips for reducing the pain.
  • The skin is going to be a little red so it’s best to epilate at night.
  • Last but not least, be comfortable during each epilation.

1. Choose the Right Device for You

choose right device

First thing first,

I assume you’ve found the right model for you, if not you can check my epilators comparison chart for inspiration.

If you already have experience with epilators you probably know what you like.

My Top 3 Epilator Recommendations

Having a good epilator is a must, that’s why I decided to compile a list with a few devices for all budgets.

Here are a few epilators you should consider:

1. Emjoi eRase e60


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The Emjoi eRase e60 is one of the most affordable epilators.

The cheap price shouldn’t keep you from considering it.

Here are my reasons for recommending the Emjoi e60:

  • as the name suggests, this epilator has 60 tweezers
  • it’s quite impressive, powerful and fast
  • it’s quite an adorably looking device
  • the design is attractive but it’s affordable price is even more so
  • it has a sensitive area cap and it can be used to remove hairs from the bikini area and it can even be used for facial hair removal
  • shaver/trimmer head
  • 2 speeds

It doesn’t have a built-in light, that’s pretty much my only complaint about this epilator.

It’s totally worth it, for beginners as well as experienced users.

Where to Buy?

Check Price & User Reviews Here

2. Panasonic ES-ED90-P


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The Panasonic ES-ED90-P is at the top of my list.

Even more so, when it comes to recommending an epilator to people who will try this hair removal method for the first time.


Because it’s well-known as a slightly more gentle model.

Epilation will still be painful but it’s a bit more easy when you’re using the Panasonic ES-ED90-P.

Its main features are:

  • 48 tweezers
  • even though I said it was gentle it’s still one of the most powerful epilators at the moment
  • built-in light
  • the accessories are amazing: gentle epilator head, gentle cap, shaver head, trimmer, bikini comb, pedicure buffer
  • cordless, it needs to be charged for an hour and works for 30 minutes
  • 2 speeds

The 30 minutes operating time is quite short and one of the biggest cons.

If you want to epilate most of your body you will need to recharge it at least once.

Where to Buy?

Check Price & User Reviews Here

3. Braun Silk Epil 9579


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At the moment,

This is one of the best epilators on the market. And one of the most expensive.

Let’s see what you get for your money:

  • 40 tweezers
  • a wide epilation head
  • a really fast and powerful epilator
  • it removes almost all of the hairs from the first pass
  • it’s great for both coarse and fine hairs
  • accessories: massage rollers attachment, facial cap, skin contact cap, shaver head and trimmer cap, facial cleansing brush
  • cordless, it works 40 minutes and it needs 1 hour for a full charge
  • it can be used under the shower or in the bathtub but that’s not very practical
  • built-in light
  • 2 speeds

I cannot understand why the sensitive area cap wasn’t included among the accessories.

It’s quite beyond my comprehension and it’s pretty much the only flaw for this Braun Silk Epil 9.

Currently, I am using the Braun 9561 so I’m biased when it comes to Silk Epil 9 line.

Where to Buy?

Check Price & User Reviews Here

You can check out the Braun Silk Epil 7681 if you want to epilate your intimate area and are not used to pulling hairs from the root in this sensitive area. The Silk Epil 7 has a sensitive area cap.

Other epilators to consider are:

  • Braun Silk Epil 5280Β – a corded affordable epilator with 40 tweezers, it’s a great choice if you want a fast reliable device
  • Emjoi e18 – it might not have any accessories but it’s one of the most powerful epilators at the moment, albeit a bit expensive
  • Philips Hp6401 – one of the best most affordable epilators for the whole body except face
  • Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect DeluxeΒ – a complete grooming kit that even includes a tweezer with a light, also the only epilator that can be used corded as well as cordless and a rarity with ceramic tweezers

2. Exfoliate

how to exfoliate

Since that’s been taken care of, another thing that I recommend getting is an exfoliating glove or a body scrub.

Exfoliation is tremendously important if you want to prevent ingrown hairs.

Exfoliate before each epilation session in order to remove the dead skin cells and after that once every 2, 3 days. It’s quite a nice sensation that you get when exfoliating.

3. How to Use an Epilator

epilator angle on skin

All you have to do is to hold it at a 90 degrees angle to the skin.

It’s actually the natural and comfortable way of holding it.

You don’t have to ask yourself if you’re holding it at the right angle or not.


Don’t press it against the skin, hold it loose because those rotatory tweezers will grab the hairs and pull them by the root.

That’s their job and you don’t need to press the epilator against your skin to get the hairs pulled out.

4. Hold the Skin Taut

keep skin taut

Don’t forget to hold the skin taut.

It helps with the pain and it’s the key to an efficient epilation.

When epilating your underarms, raise your hands over your head and stretch them as much as you can if you don’t want to pinch your skin.

When I first used an epilator on my underarms there was a little bleeding.

I had coarse hair with pretty strong roots and that’s why it happened to me but that’s only in the beginning.

5. Epilate Against the Direction of the Hair Growth

hair growth direction


Move the epilator slowly against the direction of the hair growth. Don’t rush it.


The hairs will be cut at the surface of the skin, instead of being pulled from the root.

6. Have Patience

I have been epilating for many years so it doesn’t take too long to get my body hairless.

But it used to take quite a while.

In the beginning,

If you want to cut the time short, epilate once a week.

The fewer hairs you have the faster it will go.

Or just watch a movie, a few episodes or listen to music. The time will go by so much faster.

7. What to Do When it Hurts

Now that you’ve turned on your epilator and some hairs are starting to come out, you might notice that it hurts.

The shorter the hairs, the less pain you’re going to feel.

That’s why it’s best to epilate once every two weeks.

Some women have a higher pain threshold than others so it depends how intense the pain is for you.

If you feel that the pain is too much, don’t give up yet.

Read this post on how to reduce epilation pain.

I’m sure it will make things less painful and you will be able to get through your first epilation session.


You can take a shower before epilation, or choose a wet & dry epilator, like Braun Silk-Epil 7681, that can be used under the shower/while taking a bath.


The results are totally worth it:

  • no more hairs growing after just 2 or 3 days
  • no more money spent on beauty salon waxing
  • no more stubbles
  • no more dark shadows on the underarms

8. Epilate at Night

It’s best to epilate at night since redness is a side-effect.

Use a moisturizer after epilation, whatever type you prefer.

In the morning, your skin should be perfect, its natural color minus the hairs.

9. Keep a Clean Epilator

cleaning epilator

Clean your epilator thoroughly, by using the cleaning brush and by washing the tweezer head.

Even if the head is not washable, if you let it dry long enough nothing is going to happen the next time you plug it in.

If you have a cordless epilator,

Charge it full at least once a month if you want the battery to last those 40 minutes for many years to come.

There’s no need to change your epilator once a year if you wash it, clean it, and charge it properly if it’s cordless.

And that’s everything you need to know about how to use an epilator.

It’s so simple, isn’t it?

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