Differences Between Threading And Epilators For Hair Removal

Differences Between Threading And Epilators For Hair Removal

Differences Between Threading And EpilatorsSo apparently even though I am in the industry of hair removal, I actually did not realize that there is actually a more general term for hair removal. It turns out that hair removal is known as epilation or depilation.

Not only that, there is a unique type of electronic device used for hair removal. It is known as an epilator. Epilators seems to have been around for decades, and even now they are not that well known.

So far, I have talked about waxing, tweezing, plucking, using razors, shaving, threading, but this product is rather new to me. So I wanted to see what is the main differences between the services that I offer, which is threading, and how well these devices function in removing hair.

From the Wikipedia article on how Epilators work, it seems that they somehow grasp a chunk of hair in the metal teeth of the epilator and pull those hair out. Based on what I have read and seen in the pictures of these devices, there are many different types of designs on the head of the devices.

The Design of the Emjoi Light Caress Corded Epilator

It might be hard to explain, but on the head of these hair removal devices, there is a type of spinning cylinder. The spinning cylinder consists of spinning disks packed next to each other. They can range from 2-6 mms thick. It is the tips of the spinning metal discs which move closer together and then away from each other as the disks are spinning.

The tips have what I would like to call thin fins on the top. The fins move away from each other when they get to the top. The hair that the epilator touched gets trapped in the space between the disk fins. As the discs are spinning away from the skin area, the fins start to move closer inwards, trapping the hairs between the metal fin tips. The hair is thus pulled out by its roots using the spinning discs on the epilators.

So how is this method of hair removal different in comparison to the threading idea? 

There are five (5) main differences.

1. Where the hair being removed with the epilator is trapped between metal tips on the spinning discs, the hair removed in the threading is trapped between cotton thread. The metal that is used to touch and get in contact with human hair is very good at not causing any type of allergic reactions. The cotton material used in threading is also supposed to be non-allergic. Continuous use of either of the methods should not lead to any type of dermatologic allergic reactions or rashes.

2. The practice of using epilators where the discs on them are spinning at multiple rotations every second  means that a greater area of hair can be removed at a faster rate. So the hair removal rate using the epilator is higher. Threading in contrast involves usually the removal of a line of hair at a time.

3. The epilator is not very good at being accurate. You can’t use the epilator to trim your eyebrows since the metal disc area at the tip of the epilator is too large. If you tried to use the electronic hair removal device on your eyebrows, more likely you would end up remove hair in places on your eyebrow ridge you did not intend to. The same can be said for waxing, but not for threading. Threading is extremely precise. You position the threads in the exact location on the eyebrow to trim it.

4. Both of the method does involve pulling the hair out at their roots. However, threading is much better at really pulling hair out at it roots than epilation. The way that epilation works involves metal parts clamping down on hair and pulling at a very fast rate. What is more likely yo happen is that the hair snaps apart at some point and what is left are hair stubs. In contrast, threading does manage to grasp the hair at the base and then pull up. Once hair is below a certain length, using the epilator is no longer effective. In contrast, the cotton material of the thread has very nano-scaled smaller threads that really do a great job at wrapping themselves securely on the hair so that there is a higher chance that the whole hair, along with the root is removed at once.

5. Where epilators are often used by people who buy it online, threading is usually done at a salon. It turns out that you can use an epilator on yourself, but it is very hard to thread yourself properly. I did write the post on How To Thread Your Own Eyebrows which describes in great detail how you can go about self-threading your own eyebrows. However, the process takes a lot of time to learn and master. It would be much easier to do your own eyebrows using a threading device. I had reviewed what is probably the most popular eyebrow threading tool, the Helix ThreadEase Home Threading Tool which is currently around $20 from Amazon in my post HERE.

Buy the Helix ThreadEase Self Threading Tool from Amazon here!

In conclusion, those 5 differences and similarities above is my analysis on the two different ways to remove your hair.


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