What’s the best epilator for dark coarse hair?

Different epilators work at different levels of effectiveness depending on your hair type. So, do epilators work on thick hair?

Some have larger heads, some more tweezers, and some work at different speeds. These are all factors that will have an impact on how your epilator works against dark coarse hair.

Darker, coarser hair is always more difficult to get rid of than thin, light hair unless you’re using a method like IPL in which the darker the hair, the more effective the treatment.

Unfortunately IPL can be costly, and many women prefer epilation anyway. So let’s have a look at the 5 best epilators for dark coarse hair on the market in 2015.

Braun Silk-Epil 9

best epilator for brazilianThe reason we chose this very popular epilator is because its features, tweezer count, and base technology is so strong.

The Silk-Epil 9 has 40 tweezers. This means that it has the ability to pick up more hairs than other epilators and works at a faster rate. Thicker hairs can be stubborn, but with this many tweezers you are far more likely to have them pulled on the first pass.

Similarly, the faster the epilator speed the more effective it will be on coarser hairs. This epilator has a 2-speed setting so if you want a gentle epilation on some areas and a stronger epilation on coarser hairs, the Silk-Epil 9 has you covered on both grounds.

This epilator has been a constant best seller for a long time, and that’s because the underlying technology is outstanding. It will work wonders for thick hair anywhere on the body.

Emjoi Emagine


If you thought 40 tweezers would be effective, the Emjoi Emagine has 72. It is the epilator with the most tweezers on the market.

Often when you have dark coarse hair you’re far more susceptible to ingrown hairs. This epilator has “middle lifting fingers”, which allow smaller and more stubborn hairs to be guided into the tweezers, greatly reducing the amount of ingrown hairs.

The Emjoi Emagine also has a 2 speed function so if the lower speed isn’t taking care of your hairs the way you want it to, you can put it in second gear.

With that many tweezers and at a faster speed, thicker and more stubborn hairs don’t stand a chance.

Braun Face 810

braun face 810 In a lot of cases we hear about, women are most frustrated with the darker and thicker hairs that appear on their face. That’s why we included this epilator on the list.

The Braun Face 810 is the first epilator/exfoliator designed specifically for the face.

It has a smaller head for precision, and includes a wonderful facial exfoliation brush that keeps the ingrown hairs away.

If you are mainly struggling with thicker hairs on your chin or jawline, you’ll find that this is the best epilator for thick coarse hair.

Panasonic ES-ED90

panasonic epilator

This epilator comes highly praised here at A Smooth Life. Out of all the epilators we’ve reviewed, the ES-ED90 still remains one of our favorites due to its inclusion of so many features built on a really top quality device.

It includes 48 tweezers and a 2 speed setting for optimum epilation and has a large head for whole body epilation.

This is quickly becoming one of the most popular devices on the market and it just so happens to be great at pulling coarse hairs.

Philips Satinelle

philips satin soft

Currently the number 1 seller on Amazon, the Philips Satinelle is a great all-rounder.

We included this epilator because it’s loved by many and is extremely effective.

Even though it doesn’t have as many tweezers as other epilators it can pick up the tiniest and the thickest of hairs.

These are designed for the legs but can be used on other parts of the body too. We recommend that with thicker hair you go over the area a few times just to ensure they are picked up.

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  • Reply Karen May 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    What about Karmin? :/

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife May 27, 2015 at 3:01 am

      I’ll be checking out some Karmin epilators and will include them in future posts for sure 🙂

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