Hello! I’m here to talk about.. hair removal!
And, let’s not kid ourselves – we all have and I don’t see why people are so embarrassed by it.
We all have different preferences on hair removal, and it was only recently that I tried an epilator. I started off with Nair hair removal and then switched over to shaving. I have yet to try waxing and to be honest, I don’t think I will ever wax given that A) I can’t bring myself to pay $30+ for hair removal every few weeks, B) I am socially awkward, especially when I haven’t done it before and finally C) I just think it’s waaaaaaaay to painful… 😦
So, after watching a few reviews about epilators, I grabbed the Braun Silk-epil 3 on sale from my local drugstore and between you and I… I left it unused for about a month or so after purchasing it because I was too scared of the pain. (Yes, I have a low pain tolerance!)
For those who don’t know what an epilator is, it’s an electronic hair removal device with many little tweezers that pulls many of your hair out of your root. Amount of tweezers differ from device to device, from as low as 20 tweezers to perhaps even 60 (or higher!). I believe all devices have speed settings and that usually contributes to the pain factor too.
I’m a lazy person and after a few weeks into summer, I realized how much of a hassle to shave my legs almost every other day or so just so it’ll stay smooth. I don’t mind little stubbles throughout the rest of the year but once it’s summer, I like my legs smooth, no stubbles whatsoever.
When I finally got up the courage to use the device, I hopped into the shower and exfoliated my legs with an exfoliating body wash and a loofah (yay for loofahs!). A lot of users recommend exfoliating and making sure there’s no moisturize or skin cream on your legs.
At first use, I chose speed 1 in hopes it wouldn’t be that painful. My little device has a mini built in light to help me see if I missed any hair. I started at ankle area and the front of my leg where there’s not a lot of flesh covering the bones (or at least, for me). At first the 20 tweezers going at speed 1 caught a few hair and it wasn’t as painful as I thought it was. I ran it up a few more inches where more hair grows and started feeling the epilator working.
Take it from someone with low pain tolerance… when I say it isn’t painful or not as painful, it really isn’t. On a scale of 10, perhaps 4. Eventually after a few minutes, I eventually got used to the “pain” and ran it up and down my leg continuously without paying much attention.
Now, if you have hair on the back of your leg, it might hurt just a BIT more than the front but nothing you can’t handle.
The little device also has massaging rollers which reduces the pain dramatically. Because I chose speed 1, it did take a while until I was satisfied with the results. I believe Speed 2 will work more efficiently, but that’s another time.
The hair didn’t start growing back until 2 1/2 to 3 weeks later which made my lazy butt extremely satisfied.
Also, as a tip, I like to use my free hand to pull the area of the skin before running the epilator across it. I find it helps a lot with the pain and the pressure from my other hand feels good.
I haven’t tried it on my underarms (I might soon… shaving them daily is a hassle :/), or on my arms as I don’t feel the need to use it on my arm. I haven’t tried it on my face (upper lips) was I shave the upper lip and finally, I don’t think I will ever work up the courage to use it around my bikini area.
Overall, if you have an epilator on sale and you’re getting tired of shaving, I would definitely grab one. Not only does it save you time throughout the weeks, it’s not as painful as people make it and the results are great. And if you’re one to head to spas/salons to get waxed, this thing will save you hundreds of dollars per year!
*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The opinions
written above is based on my own experiences provided by my own money. I
am no way affiliated with the company in any way.