Epilator vs Waxing for Facial Hair

Waxing and epilating for facial hair may sound like a good idea, but have you ever tried it? It is both painful and time consuming. So I am going to compare Waxing vs Epilator for facial hair removing so you can decide if either of them is the one for you to get rid of those annoying hairs on your face.

If you’re a woman growing hair on your face and don’t know if epilators or waxing is best, then you’ve come to the right place! I have both tried, and can help you with tips on which one is better.

Which is Better?

Epilators are designed to pull out the hairs by the roots. Electric epilators use a rotating coil that pulls out the hair by rotating at high speed.

Waxing is basically a process that removes the hair from their roots using a wax strip or wax paper. A sticky layer of melted wax is applied over the part of your skin where you want to remove the hair. The wax gets hardened when it cools down, and then a strip or paper is pressed on it and pulled in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

Epilator Pros:

  • It’s cheap, unlike laser removal
  • It’s effective, unlike waxing
  • You can do it yourself any time you want to
  • You can epilate anywhere you have a plug and a mirror
  • It’s fast, unlike shaving – if you have a lot of hair to remove, it’ll take longer than shaving but not as long as waxing
  • It gives you a smooth result that lasts longer than shaving or waxing (with proper aftercare)

Epilator Cons:

  • Epilating can be painful. I’ve been pulling hair out with epilators since 1995, so it’s not as bad for me as it used to be. But if you’re new to it, then ouch – epilating hurts!
  • It can be messy. You need to do some preparation before using an epilator on your face and also clean up afterwards.
  • It can be time consuming to use an epilator on your face (and other parts of body).
  • It can irritate your skin more than waxing (but not as much as shaving).
  • It can cause ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

Waxing Pros:

  • Waxing is a hair removal method that has been in existence for centuries, and today it’s still one of the most popular ways to get rid of unwanted hair. It’s especially effective for facial hair, which many women (and men) dislike.
  • Waxing is a very inexpensive option, at least compared to other forms of hair removal such as laser or electrolysis. The cost depends on where you go and what you’re having done – waxing a small area once will be much more affordable than having an entire back waxed. Waxing salons also offer membership deals and specials to keep prices low.
  • Waxing is versatile because it can be used on all skin types, even sensitive skin. It can even be used on the face without causing any damage.
  • Waxing results last a long time – weeks to months. In some cases, the hair doesn’t grow back at all eventually.
  • Waxing lasts longer than shaving because you remove the hair at the root, so it takes longer to grow back. You can go 2-3 weeks between waxes with no problem – in fact, some people only get their eyebrows waxed every 5-8 weeks!

Waxing Cons:

  • It can be messy, especially if you do it with someone who doesn’t have much experience. The sticky wax can and does get stuck in places where you didn’t intend to put it or want to see it! So, if you apply it yourself, take care and make sure you have plenty of baby oil in the cupboard ready for clean up just in case!
  • If you have very sensitive skin waxing may not be for you. Waxing pulls your hair out at the root. This is what causes the redness immediately afterwards that fades after a few hours. If your skin is sensitive then this may cause irritation and redness may last longer or even become spots or boils. These will subside but they can be quite sore while they are there.
  • The area that is treated with wax has to be longer than 1/4 inch otherwise the treatment won’t work as well. So if your facial hair is very short and fine then regular waxing may not be a good option for you unless you want to suffer stubble in between sessions.

Which is Better for You?

Waxing is a rapid hair removal method which removes the hair from its root. New hair can be seen after few weeks. It is a common way of removing unwanted body hair.

Epilator is an electronic device that removes hairs from the roots. It can be used in any body part and it can remove even the tiniest hair in your body.

In waxing, there are two types of wax that can be used; cold and hot wax. Cold wax strips are already filled with ready to use cold wax. Hot wax needs to be heated before applying in the skin. Warm temperature helps open the pores and makes for easier hair removal. Then, a thin layer of warm wax is applied on the part where you want the hair removed. A cloth strip is placed on top of it, then pulled off immediately against the direction of hair growth.

Epilators are basically tweezers that pluck hairs from their roots as soon as they break through the skin surface. Epilators are operated by electricity or batteries and some models have wet & dry function which makes it possible to use them in the shower and bathtub. The rotation speed varies depending on whether you use it dry or wet


The best thing to use is epilator for sensitive skin and the bikini area, and waxing for non-sensitive skin, like upper lip and chin.

To be honest we don’t have any scientific proof that one is better than the other. So your guess is as good as ours.

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