What’s The Best Epilator For Black Skin?

You may have heard that darker skin reacts to epilators a little differently and so you might need a different kind of epilator, or at least an epilator with different strengths.

In fact, the only real difference is that if you have darker skin your hair is likely to be thicker and coarser.

Thankfully, this is no problem for an epilator and if you choose the right one you’ll be able to get rid of any unwanted hair just as well as anyone with the same epilator.

So we’ve created a list of the 5 best epilators that are best suited to thicker, coarser hair.

Top 5 Best Epilators For Black Skin

Panasonic ES-ED 90

best epilator for black hairI chose this epilator because it is a powerhouse. When you have black skin and your hair is a little thicker, the Panasonic will leave you completely satisfied.

It has 48 tweezers and a pivoting head, which is important if you want to epilate effectively. The closer the epilator is to a 90 degree angle, the better it will be at pulling hairs. Check out our Guide To Perfect Epilation for more tips!

This epilator has a number of different caps that you can attach for a variety of functions. For example there’s a shaver head, sensitive area head and even a beginner head.

Panasonic have put a bunch of great features into one epilator, making it a force to be reckoned with and a hard choice to beat.

Braun Silk Epil 9

best epilator for black skinThe Silk Epil 9 is the latest in Braun’s main line of epilators. Like the Panasonic, it is an all rounder that works great on the whole body.

The Braun has less tweezers (40) but can pick up hairs as small as 0.5mm. It is extremely capable of pulling hairs whether they be thin and light or dark and coarse.

The Silk Epil 9 has 2 speeds meaning you can epilate gently or can opt for maximum efficiency. Even with the most stubborn of hairs, when this epilator is working at max speed you won’t have to go over an area more than twice.

It’s held its place in the top 3 best selling epilators on Amazon for a long time and remains extremely highly rated.

This is the epilator I personally use and couldn’t recommend it higher.

Philips Satinelle

best epilator for black skinSpeaking of top rated epilators, the Satinelle is actually number 1 on Amazon.

It has a lesser amount of tweezers and is smaller than most, but that’s reflected in the price.

This is a very simple epilator that’s built well and does the job you need it to. It also has the 2 speed settings and an efficiency cap. For those with dark coarse hair it may take a few times to get all the hairs but it will get the job done.

Unlike the other 2 epilators i’ve mentioned this one is corded. This can be seen as an advantage or a disadvantage. When an epilator is corded the battery will last longer but you will always have to be near a plug socket and the cord could get in the way.

If this isn’t a bother to you then this could be a great choice!

Braun Face 810

best epilator for black skinI wanted to add this epilator to my list because a lot of the time women encounter hair on their face, which is darker and thicker then most other hair. This is equally the case for women with black skin.

The Face 810 is a specialized epilator built just for facial hair, so it’s fantastic at getting rid of them. It also has a built in facial cleanser that exfoliates your skin and prevents both ingrown hairs and irritation.

It can’t be used on other parts of the body due to the head size and the amount of tweezers but if you want to get rid of that pesky facial hair this is a godsend.

Philips Satin Perfect

best epilator for black skinAs is often the case with coarser hairs, they are far more likely to lead to ingrown hairs. That’s why I chose the Philips Satin Perfect.

Not only is it a powerful epilator with a large head for effectiveness, it’s also one of the most hygienic epilators on the market.

It has hypoallergenic ceramic disks which can drastically reduce the chances of infection and ingrown hair.

It’s easily washable and is rated 4/5 by over 300 reviews.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Melissa May 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Best I have ever used is the Karmin! :p

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife May 23, 2015 at 3:21 am

      The Karmin looks great! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  • Reply Jessica November 20, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Hi,
    I noticed that you haven’t mentioned the wet and dry epilators and i was wondering if they are better than your ordinary epilartors.

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife November 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      Epilators that can be used when wet are mostly a comfort and convenience thing. Some people find it much easier pain-wise to epilate in the bath or in the shower.

      Unfortunately there’s a tradeoff for the reduced pain, which is reduced effectiveness. It’s far easier for an epilator to pick up dry hair that isn’t being pressed against the skin by the weight of the water.

      If you can stomach the pain, then I recommend a dry epilator. You can always check out our guide to reducing epilator pain here.

      Let me know if you have any more questions and thanks for the comment!

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