Epilating Underarms: A Guide on How to Get Smooth Armpit

How to Epilate Underarms

Once you reach adolescence, armpit hair mostly becomes common for everyone. However, the hair removal regime is a personal preference. There are multiple options for hair removal that one can choose from, but you should keep in mind a few things before you do. Often, shaving can leave behind stubble and the results don't usually last longer than a few days. Meanwhile, although waxing lasts longer, taking salon appointments on busy days isn't always feasible and let’s not forget the excruciating pain that follows the session.

So, if you prefer an easy go-to method, epilation is the answer for you! Epilating underarms prevents unwanted ingrown hair and irritation while offering a long-lasting hair removal solution.

Once you’ve read about the secret benefits of epilation, know how to epilate armpits and find out tips to get smooth, supple underarms with your Silk Epil 9 Flex epilator below.

Tip 1: Choose the best epilator for underarms

Finding the best epilator for underarms is a crucial first step towards getting those silky-smooth underarms.

Epilating removes hair at the root – resulting in smoother, hair-free skin and much slower regrowth than shaving. If you’re unsure whether epilating underarms or waxing them is the best treatment for hair removal, pick epilators! Epilating is usually better for sensitive skin, as it offers a more precise solution. You don’t have to wait for your underarm hair to regrow before removing it. Unlike waxing, which usually tends to grab the hair of 2mm minimum length, epilating picks up hairs as short as 0.5mm.

Another most common question about epilating armpits is: does epilating hurt? The answer is not really! An epilator features a series of tiny tweezers that work by pulling hair from the root. So, if you’re used to plucking your eyebrows, you’ll generally feel a similar sensation. Epilation usually hurts lesser than the pain caused by waxing, and the pain even reduces with regular usage over time.

The Braun Silk Epil 9 Flex is designed with difficult-to-reach areas like armpits in mind. The world’s first fully flexible head makes this epilator for underarms a great one, thanks to its effortless hair removal. Its SensoSmart technology ensures you apply just the right amount of pressure. The Wet & Dry feature also means you can even use it in the shower for more comfort.

Tip 2: Exfoliate your armpits to avoid ingrown hair

Exfoliating beforehand is the key to any successful hair removal. Although this may seem a time-consuming step, it helps remove dead skin cells, softens your skin, and prevents irritation and ingrown hair.

Exfoliation fights against ingrown hair by removing dead skin cells and promoting hair regrowth in the correct direction. It’s good to exfoliate every time you wash, and all the more so before epilating to make your armpits smoother.

The Braun Silk Epil 9 Flex comes with an exfoliating brush so that you can quickly exfoliate before you epilate. Guiding the brush in circular motions, this deep-body exfoliation visibly improves your skin. This is a powerful brush that’s 6x more effective than an ordinary manual scrub.

Just like you would before you visit the salon, bathing or showering in warm water before you epilate will ease any pain by loosening hair follicles and will also help in removing deodorant and other impurities that can cause skin irritation.

With the Silk Epil 9 Flex letting you control your own experience from your own shower, there’s no need to visit a salon or spa to get the smoothest underarms. Read more about how to avoid ingrown hair and the importance of exfoliation for hair removal.

Tip 3: Trim armpit hair before epilating

If you've just started your epilation journey, armpits are a good place to build up your epilation tolerance. As the armpit hair is generally shorter, it grows back frequently and is more often seen (especially in summer months). Hence, you may find that this area needs regular attention.

Unlike waxing, you don't need to let your hair grow back fully before epilating. In fact, epilating armpit hair works best when the hair length is shorter so that the tweezers can grip and remove them more precisely. You’ll also find that epilating underarms is faster and less painful this way.

Each time you epilate, you’ll find that it becomes easier, quicker and much less painful. This makes epilation one of the best hair removal techniques for decreasing hair regrowth.

Each time you epilate, you’ll find that it becomes easier, quicker and much less painful. This makes epilation one of the best hair removal techniques for decreasing hair regrowth.

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How often should you epilate your underarms?

The frequency of epilating underarms all depends up on how quickly your armpit hair regrows. After the first session, you must wait until the inflammation goes down to avoid any irritation. You can touch up your underarms by epilating once a week. With every session, the hair growth becomes weaker. So, once you’re a pro, you can go about epilating once in every three weeks. You could also read our article on basic knowledge about hair removal and epilation.

The benefits of epilating underarms

Armpits are flexible, irregular shapes, which makes them tricky to remove hair from. However, the Braun Silk Epil 9 Flex’s micro-grip tweezers and fully flexible head help you reach difficult angles more comfortably, giving you hairless, long-lasting, smooth armpits.

And if you’re wondering why epilate, then here are some benefits of epilation:

  • Regular epilation helps to stunt armpit hair growth

  • When you epilate, results last for weeks, not days as compared to other hair removal modes

  • The more you epilate, the more you will reduce hair regrowth as hair grows back slower, softer and thinner

  • Epilating can be done from home without the unnecessary waste produced by treatments like waxing.

  • Using an epilator on your armpits will also eliminate any dark shadow under your arms, which sometimes occurs after shaving.

How to epilate armpits?

If you're a newbie, it is normal to wonder if epilating armpits is done any differently. To help you epilate smoothly, here are some steps on how to epilate underarms that you can follow:

  • As mentioned above, it is best to have a hot water bath or shower before epilating your underarms.

  • Make sure you pat dry your armpits to remove moisture. You can even apply some talcum powder to dry it completely. This way, your epilator can pick up hair easily.

  • If you want to epilate your underarms in the shower, make sure to apply some shower gel. This will make help remove the hair easily.

  • Keep the epilator at the lowest setting and start with quick, light strokes as you hold your skin taut.

  • Initially, you can hold the epilator at a 45-degree angle so that only half of the machine touches your armpits. Once you get used to it, you can switch the angle to 90 degrees.

  • It is okay if the epilator doesn't remove all the hair in one go. You've just started, and it may take some practice. A few strokes should be able to remove all the hair evenly.

  • Lastly, don't forget to soothe your armpits. Apply some soothing lotion or an aloe vera gel to cool your underarms. It will help reduce the irritation and keep them moisturised.


Epilating can be a good solution for anyone with sensitive skin. Unlike waxing, epilating armpits reduces inflammation. All you need to do is follow proper epilation aftercare.


How often should you epilate your underarms?

It depends on your hair growth. However, it is best to touch up your underarms once a week.

How to soothe the underarms after epilation?

Apply aloe vera gel or a soothing lotion that’s alcohol-free to cool down the area.

Does epilating underarms make them dark?

No. Unlike shaving, epilating underarms does not create any dark shadows under your arms. As epilators are electronic handheld devices that do not use any chemicals to remove hair, they won’t darken your skin.

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