Epilation - Your Questions Answered - Braun

The most important questions and answers on epilation, compiled by the beauty experts from Braun.

Epilation frequently asked questions

Why does hair grow back if I have removed it at the root?

This is very simple: the hair is removed at the root - not with the root. However, removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back until weeks have passed.

Does more hair grow back if I epilate?
No, this has been proven in dermatological tests. In fact, studies show that ongoing epilation reduces the amount of hair regrowth.

How can “problem hairs" – like flat-lying hairs – be addressed?
Some epilation systems can leave "problem hairs" behind, especially flat lying hairs or very short hairs. Silk-épil 9 Silk-épil 7, Silk-épil 5 and Silk-épil 3 products have been developed with SoftLift tips® which lift those flat lying and shortest hairs and guides them into the tweezer system. This makes it highly efficient and fast.

Will my hair grow back darker?
While hair always looks a little darker on paler winter skin, your hair will not actually grow back darker after epilating. It may appear so, however, because the hair that grows back has its natural colour and is not bleached by the sun or the use of soap, etc.

How can I avoid ingrown hairs?
An ingrown hair is a hair that curls back on itself and grows back towards the follicle, creating a small, possibly painful little bump. Ingrown hairs are often a result of too-close shaving. To avoid ingrown hairs, try exfoliating regularly – this helps remove dead skin cells and “clears the path” so that your hairs can grow the way they’re supposed to. However, you shouldn’t exfoliate directly before or after epilating, since that would put too much of a strain on your skin.

Which is the best time to epilate?
Evenings are the perfect time for your epilating session. You will feel relaxed, and any minor skin irritations that may occur, including little bumps and redness, will disappear over night. Plus: You’ll wake up wonderfully smooth-legged in the morning!

How do I best prepare my skin for epilating?
The best preparation for epilating is a nice, warm shower. It will remove all greasy or oily residues from your skin, leaving it warm, clean and relaxed. Be sure to use a gentle, pH-neutral shower gel, and keep the water warm, not hot, to avoid drying out your delicate skin.

I have never epilated before – how should I go about it?
"Braun’s Silk-épil epilators are a perfect choice for first-time users. Their active massage rollers softly stimulate your skin with micro pulsations before removing the hair, leaving your skin more relaxed and less susceptible to the pulling sensation. Still, if you are inexperienced, you may feel a little discomfort during your first epilating sessions. This will decrease with each session, as the skin adjusts to the process. Also, the individual hairs grow back at different speeds depending on their particular growth cycle, so that there will be less hair to remove after the first session.
And what’s most important: most of the Silk-épil models have an easy starter set featuring an extra-gentle epilator head with fewer tweezers! Fewer tweezers mean that less hair will be pulled out during each individual stroke – so your skin can gradually adapt to the process while you get that wonderful, long-lasting smoothness.