However, at some point, the hairy look went out of fashion. One theory is that a long beard was a liability in combat with other cavemen because it could give them something to hold on to when they went for the kill. Maybe beards were caught in fires. Nobody really knows.
We do know that early humans used sharp rocks, sea shells, or anything else they could find to literally scrape hair off their faces but hair removal didn’t evolve quickly.
It wasn’t until the 18th century that modern straight razors were created. Eventually, a sort of modern razor with replaceable blades (manufactured by King C. Gillette) was created in the early 19th century.
The 1930s saw the invention of electric razors and stainless steel blades were created for safety razors as late as the 1960s.
Today’s methods of hair removal are even more advanced than the ones touted a few decades ago. When the Epilady was launched in the 1980s it caused a sensation, and frankly, a bit of pain to go with it.
The original Epilady design has a coil spring, bowed into a curve such that the coils on one side of the spring were squeezed tightly together while on the other side the coils were spread apart. The motor in the Epilady rotated the spring, causing it to flex as it rotated.
Moving the rotating spring across the skin caused the hairs to be caught up in the spring and pulled out the hair. If you could manage not to flinch while using the device, your legs could remain smoother, for a lot longer. Alas, the flinch factor caused many people to stop using them.
But now Epilady has a new design that is virtually pain-free, and effective. And there’s one for almost every part of your body. It is a “legend” in its own time! The 4th generation (25th anniversary) Epilady Legend has taken all of the things that consumers did (and didn’t) like into consideration.
The result is this new, sleek, easy to use, fast-acting epilator. It is even cheerful and nice to look at!
The rechargeable Epilady Legend has plenty of good stuff under the proverbial hood. It’s a good travel hair removal tool.
For starters, gone is the painful coil, and instead, there is a wide, epilating head that lets you get the job done, faster. The super-fast motor offers 32,000 tweezes per minute! Even if your hair is short or fine, the Epilady Legend will grap it and get rid of it, leaving your skin smoother for up to 4-6 weeks. an ergonomic design including a rubber touch at gripping points lets you hold it in the angle best suited to the task at hand.
There’s an included, “Perfect Angle Guide” that helps you get good results without a long learning curve. The most amazing thing is that you can use it on the arms, legs, underarms, bikini and face (there are specific epilators for these tasks, as well).
If you travel, the travel bag holds not just the Epilady Legends, but also a dual-voltage power adaptor (110V – 240V). You can use it corded or cordless, and a full charge can last up to 60 minutes. That’s enough for about two full epilations of your legs. There are also two speeds, so you can adjust the Epilady Legend to your liking. The set also includes a cleaning brush and a small instruction manual (you won’t need too much instruction–it’s pretty grab-it-and-go).
Epilady New & Improved
The Epilady Legend is truly new & improved. The original Epilady had a bunch of instructions and that kind of scared me. This new one is pretty much a plug it in, charge it, and use it deal.
It really does work amazingly well, But there is a still a bit of a downside. While the new Epilady is much more efficient and a whole lot less painful, it still takes some getting used to, especially if you have sensitive skin. The more you use it, the less it will bother you (if it does, at all).
I still flinched — a teeny, tiny bit. And that was just on my legs. I still can’t sum up the courage to try using Epilady on sensitive areas of my body.For those who are braver than I am, please come back to this article and leave a comment about your experiences.
The bottom line:
The Epilady Legend is a wonderful grooming tool, especially if you don’t like to shave, or use smelly creams, or endure painful waxes. It also takes some of the drudgery out of the task of hair removal. It’s not completely painless, but it isn’t unpleasant for short periods of time. The more you use the Epilady, the more used to it you’ll get. Even better, you’ll be using it a lot less often because the hair just doesn’t sprout like a forest when you remove it with Epilady.
This would make a pampering Mother’s Day gift, or something unique for a bridal shower. The Epilady Legend Model No: 810-33A that you see in the photo, with all the accessories, has a suggested retail price of under $80.00. I did see it on sale on for a few dollars less, right on the Epilady web site: http://www.epiladyusa.net
- The Neo-Classic– a newly upgraded version of Epilady’s all-time best selling model, the Epilady Classic. As the only manufacturer of coil epilators, Epilady has sold millions of units of the Epilady Classic and paved the way for today’s epilator market.
- The Epilady Wet/Dry Epilator– a completely immersible epilator, reaching the vaunted IPX7 waterproofing standard.
- The Epilady Duo– a dual-head epilator, which can be used on both wet and dry skin, and boasts double the power of the original epilator via its two independent heads. The Duo will be one of the fastest and most efficient machines that Epilady has ever made.
- The Sharper Image® Bikini Trimmer– Epilady’s second product under the Sharper Image® label. The patented trim guide, developed for Epilady’s Lady B bikini trimmer, allows for the trimmer to be used on any length of hair. Elegant and sleek, the TSI Bikini Trimmer also offers a delicate stainless steal trimmer, which reduces the ever-annoying problem of “razor burn.”
- The Esthetic– back by popular demand, the Epilady Esthetic is a facial epilator used to remove the fine hairs on the upper lip and cheek fuzz.