As a student I can’t really afford to keep heading to the beauty salon to have my legs waxed, especially with G wanting to progress with this career as well. The thing is I hate shaving my legs. Not because I don’t like hair-free legs or I’m lazy (even though I am quite lazy) but because I don’t like the thick black hairs you get as a result of it, or the fact the results only last for a couple of days.
I considered doing my own waxing at home, but after a misguided attempt with waxing strips when I was 18 – which has left a permanently bald section on my shin – I didn’t think it was a good idea (or know if I could put myself through that again). Which left me with two options; work more hours so I can afford to have my legs waxed or try epilation. Obviously, I went for epilation.
Epilation with Phillips
The way an epliator works is essentially the same as tweezers. The rotating discs of the epilator tweeze the hairs from the skin by the root giving a longer lasting smoothness as well as a thinner and fainter regrowth. The model I chose came with two speed settings which allowed me to adapt the epilation for different areas, as well as a shaver head and trimmer cap for areas a little too sensitive for epilation. Because the package also includes a power cable, removable, washable heads and cleaning brush I don’t have to constantly spend money on razors. Looking on the Phillips website now there are plenty more options available, even ones with spa attachments for facial cleansing and epilation.
I spent around £50 on the one I bought (which I got around 2 years ago) and that was the basic model (Satinelle HP6423) that I can use on my legs, underarms and bikini area. I’ve never waxed my underarms and to this day still shave them – I just don’t think pain in your underarm is natural – but I’ve had bikini waxes before and didn’t think anything of it. However, epilating the bikini area is A LOT more painful than I would have thought, and something that I have to prepare myself for. Legs are a different ball game all together. After the first two or three attempts I felt nothing more than a minor pinch and happily epilate my legs whenever I need to.