I am a very curious person. That is just how I am. I am interested in how things around me function, why they actually exist in the first place, what makes up the things I see around me, you know all those life questions (or really just my futile attempts at being profound), but what interests me the most is how things came to be. You know, their history, their origin, their humble beginnings. I am interested in finding out the changes that something went through before they reach the state that they are in right now. Let us answer the question, What is an Epilator?

What is an Epilator?

What is an Epilator?

It does not have to be great, big, magnificent or eye-catching, even the simplest of things that I see or use in my everyday life, piques my curiosity. Once something grabs my attention, I can never stop finding out everything about it (I know that sounds stalker-ish, but oh well). And so, the object of my curiosity recently is this epilator that I own. I realized that I always use it and yet I do not really know much about it except that it is for removing unwanted hair from my body.

Before we proceed to finding out the history of the epilator itself, we must first look into why did epilators surfaced. Well, obviously for the reason that the need for hair removal arose. There are two types of hair removal from the body – epilation and depilation, epilation involves removing hair from under the skin while depilation involves the removal of hair from only the surface of the skin. The reason for hair removal? Oh, they can go from hygienic purposes to proof of social status to having the upper hand in military combat.

Of course at that time it was not epilators right away, use of epilators did not become popular until the recent years, we will look into that a little further later. Sometime in the past, someone, somewhere, thought that too much hair is not pretty and unbecoming – especially in women. Setting that cultural norm which is that women with hair on their arms and legs and armpits are not living up to the definition of a proper woman was the trend. That notion got carried over generations and generations until today. Thus, many had their creative juices pumping, and got innovative when it comes to developing hair removal methods.

So, if it were not the epilators used as hair removal methods then, what is? Actually, many of today’s methods of hair removal are based on the original methods of hair removal – waxing, shaving, use of various creams and some even the painstaking task of plucking. If you want to go way back in the past, they first started to remove hair from men’s faces for cleanliness purposes by using rock blades that served as their razors. And from then on, different cultures had their own ways of removing unwanted hair for different purposes.first epilator

See for example Native Americans who are said to have used sharp clam shells. Then the Ancient Egyptians who were as we all know very particular with how they look that it will be surprising to not hear anything from them with regards to hair removal, used bronze razors. Ancient Egyptians even created their own method almost similar to waxing which they refer to as sugaring. They used a sticky paste and a piece of cloth to remove hair from the root. As it turns out Ancient Greeks and Romans also find it important to keep unwanted hair out of sight, and devised their own methods that can really be very painful.

Before epilators and lasers, these are the ones that are used due to technological restraints. The use of epilators, undergoing electrolysis and laser hair removal only came in the recent years because the technology required for carrying out these procedures is now available. Now there are more methods to choose from! The traditional ways such as shaving, waxing, threading, plucking and using various creams are still being used by many, but today latest technology allows us to avail of fresh and new methods of hair removal that does not include the pain and irritation that goes with the traditional ways of hair removal.

Now, let’s talk about the epilator itself. But first, to avoid confusion, let us define first, what is an epilator. An epilator is an electronic device used for epilation. I already mentioned what epilation is a few paragraphs ago. Epilation devices include tweezers, wax, laser technology and electrolysis. Epilators are designed for the use of men and women, some are designed especially to cater to the specific needs of men and women. Razors were the fad before epilators, only in the 1980’s that the use of epilators became known.

The epilator that became widely used then was called the “Epilady”. According to sources, the epilator underwent three phases: the spring design, the rotating disc design, and the tweezer design. Each has its own unique characteristic and properties. Through the years, many companies released their own versions of epilators. Each of them has their own improvement to the technology. And these contributed to the epilators that we have now.

Different people have different ways of removing unsightly hair from their bodies, depending on what is more appropriate and convenient and less painful for them. All I can say is the method that suits me best is epilation, and I’ve written an article providing epilator tips.  And all the others out there who uses the same hair removal method will agree with me when I say that – one, it is easy to use and not time consuming at all. Second, it can save you from spending money over something that you can actually do yourself. And lastly, other methods can get really painful and not to mention again, expensive. If there are methods like epilation that will make hair removal more convenient then why not try it. Just a friendly suggestion, why not try epilation, if you haven’t, for a change? Be sure to read our epilator reviews to help you decide.

Well I guess that’s pretty much it. I hope you learned new knowledge as I have. It’s not every day that we learn these things.