Epilator Not Getting All The Hairs? How Often Should You Epilate? Let’s Find Out

Is it possible to have amazingly lovely smooth skin after using an epilator?

Yes, it definitely is.

As you know,

Hairs grow in three cycles. That’s a fact regardless of the hair removal method that you’re using, be it shaving, using hair removal creams, waxing, or epilation.

That’s why you might get the sensation that your skin is not as smooth as you might expect it to be.


There’s the fact that epilators do not remove 100% all the hairs from the root.

Some get broken as they are grabbed by the rotating tweezers and some are too thin to be grabbed and pulled. But the smooth skin will still feel great under your fingertips after you’ve ended your epilation session.


Always moisturize after each epilation. And don’t forget to exfoliate.

How Often Do I Epilate?

From my experience,

I’ve come to the conclusion that epilating once every two weeks is the best time frame.


That depends from person to person.

For some, a week and a half might be a better option. It depends on how often your hairs regrow. Some women can even go for up to a month without needing to plug in their epilator.

smooth skin after epilation

If you start epilating, you’re going to notice a few things:

After a week or so you can feel tiny hairs when you feel your skin, when you move your hand against the hair growing direction.

I am doing that right now since it’s been more than a week since I last epilated and I can feel the tiny hairs on my legs.

It doesn’t bother me because it’s not a harsh sensation, it’s not disturbing.

The hairs are soft, not prickly like it happens when you shave.

Since I have been using an epilator for roughly 8 years or so, I don’t have any coarse hair anymore.

The hairs have grown thinner and fewer.

By the way, that’s one of the main reasons for using epilators, besides the affordability of this hair removal method.

The main idea is that I don’t epilate once a week,

I let at least two weeks pass between my epilation sessions.

The reasons are:

  • I feel that my skin is smooth
  • the tiny hairs are not unpleasant to the touch
  • and I can barely see them, unless I get really close to the skin

Epilation Compared To Shaving

The bigger question is:

Can you obtain the same smoothness after using an epilator as the smoothness obtained after using a razor?

Are epilators as effective as shaving in offering that divine silky smooth feeling?

I have to be frank here:

I’ve shaved for many years when I was a teenager.

That first day smoothness is what convinced me to shave for so many years.

My legs were so smooth that they felt like a baby’s skin.

You won’t feel the same smoothness after epilation but look at the bigger advantage: the results are lasting longer than two days.

Don’t forget about ingrown hairs,

Those can indeed be really unpleasant, by far more unpleasant than some tiny feeble hairs.

Are you exfoliating properly? Do you use a moisturizer?

These aspects are very important and you know it!

What’s The Bottom Line?

To sum it up:

You can epilate once a week if you want incredible smooth skin all the time and there’s nothing wrong with that.


I think that you should let more than a week pass between your epilation sessions.

If you epilate too often, you might break some of the hairs because they are too thin.

As long as the hairs are not visible, you can let them be.

If you aren’t bothered by tiny hairs spoiling the perfect smoothness, then you can epilate once every two weeks or once every three weeks.

That’s exactly how I do it and I’m entirely satisfied.

The hairs won’t be spotted by people looking at your legs or hands, even by those standing in close proximity.

When it comes to the underarms, if you have dark hair, you’ll have to epilate once every two weeks or even sooner.

The underarms skin is really sensitive so it’s best to remove the hairs when they are barely there. The same applies for the bikini area.

There’s also something that can help with epilating those sensitive areas.

You should get an epilator that comes with a sensitive area cap.

At the moment, the Braun Silk Epil 7561 is the best epilator that comes with all the needed accessories. It even has a facial cap so it’s the complete package.

A much cheaper alternative is the Emjoi eRase e60. It’s really great!

Taking all that into account,

I’ll be an epilator girl for many years to come because it gets me amazingly looking skin.

It will also feel as good as it looks and that’s all that matters for me.

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