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I have the admit that the Braun Silk Epil epilator was a bit of an impulse buy as I finally became fed up of shaving my legs. As I was new to epilating, I found the 40 tweezers a little intimidating at first, but after a few goes and having got used to the sensation, I find it's an excellent product and wouldn't be without it.
The epilator is a small, compact size and very lightweight. This epilator is a plug-in version, but there is plenty of length in the wire so as not to restrict manoeuvrability. The product comes with two heads - a dual massaging head (best for first time) and an efficiency pro head. It has two settings - soft and optimal. Again, I found the soft settings best when starting out. For me, the find the best feature about this epilator is the smartlight which allows you to see the smallest hairs and ensure a smooth finish.
The only downside, is I find the heads can make it quite fiddly to epilate around the knees and ankles, particularly the dual massage head.
Overall, and excellent epilator for first item users!!
This is a basic, small epilator that can only be used on dry skin and NOT in the bath like some Braun products. It was bought for me as birthday gift from Littlewoods.
This epilator features 20 tweezers and two clip on heads. One head has massage rollers on either side and the other head is for use if you want to keep your skin a bit further away from the tweezers. There are two speeds on the epilator in case you want a more gentle session, there is also a cleaning brush, cooling pad and a travel bag. The smartlight on the product is also very good!
The epilator I feel on the whole is very good. It grabs all the hairs and removes them efficiently. The 2 heads allow you to decide if you want a gentle massage to soothe your skin whilst epilating or you can just use the epilator without any of the clip on heads and get a really close finish.
The smart light on the epilator is really good as it allows you to see exactly what you are doing and stops you from missing any areas of hair. The brush included in the pack is also very useful as you will find you do need to clean the epilator after and sometimes during use.
The cooling pad is also very nice, before you begin your epilation session pop the pad in the freezer then when you are done go and collect it and put it in the glove provided. It is common to get some irritation after epilation, I personally get quite a lot and by wiping the cooling pad over the legs it really helps calm down the skin.
The main problems with this epilator are the wire and the missing plug. I'm not sure if it's the same with every epilator but this Braun one did not include the special adaptor plug for a two pronged device. I didn't have any in the house when I received this epilator as a gift and so I had to wait until I could purchase the special plug to use it.
The other problem with this epilator is the wire. Some epilators are wireless and this really helps with manoeuvrability, although this particular one does have a wire I feel they could have made it a bit longer so that it was easier to use.
A decent epilator. It's the first time I have used one and I am pretty happy with it but I can't help but feel that for a bit more cash there are better options. If you are new to epilating though I would recommend this product.
Okaay, so epilating can be a daunting experience. Especially if its your first time, so you'd want something thats good and reliable and that will last you for a long time (touchwood) and seeing as Braun is the best company for epilators(or most known) I decided to try one of theirs. And I have a feeling that this is going to be a good review! ;D
And for those who don't know what an epilator is, it's basically an electronic device, with 40(in this case) rotating tweezers(when plugged in) which pull out the hair from the root and therefore making the hair grow back after a long time. But the first time you use it, it stimulates the hair follicles to grow but after
continuous use it they seem to thin out-which is always a good thing! :D
What the package included was:
Massaging roller clip
Efficiency Pro clip.
An gel pack.
The things I liked about this epilator is that it had the light device. Which was that once you turned on the epilator, whether it being on the first or second setting the light comes up and then you can see what you are epilating and what hairs you have left so you can go back and re-do them. However I do think that the positioning of the light is not in the best of places; my hand tends to cover up the light becuase that is where I hold the epilator from, but hey, i guess that's just me!
I think that the epilator is very good as it has 40 tweezers, which is good as it speeds up the process. And that there are 2 settings that you can choose from, which is always good as you are able to control the speed of the tweezers.
This product comes with a gel pack which you freeze and rub against your skin so that the epilation process would not hurt as much, for me it didn't really do much but make my arms cold and the pain wasn't more or less.
There are 2 caps which you can put on to the head of the epilator/tweezers and one of them are the "massaging rollers" which are knobby rubberized lines that massage the skin and decrease the pain of hair removal. I don't think it makes much of a difference on me personally and it seems to come in the way of the shorter hairs from being epilated, but I gotta agree with the massaging though. :P The other cap was the Efficiency Pro clip, this clip surrounds the head plastic piece that seems to comb the hair, I don't think that this does much for me either as I prefer to just have no cap on and all the tweezers are right there, and there nothing to come in the way of to slow down the epilaton process-as its already a painful one!
A couple of things that I dislike:
One; it has to be the cord/wire. The plug is the one with 2 pins, and as I live in the UK I need a 3 pin plug and it was really inconvenient for me as I had to go buy the plug attachment before I was able to use it and considering I've paid £45 for it I think that Braun should have at least included a plug attachment.
Two; also considering that I have paid £45 for this epilator I would have expected that the cleaning brush would have been bigger and well not the way it is now. It's just made of white plastic, with white plastic strings coming out of the plastic. I think that it should have been slightly stronger and bigger- it's not too much to ask for is it? But, it does the job so who am iI complain?! :D
Three; a last thing is that it is not cordless, which would have been preferable as I could just use it in the bathroom and clean up the hairs from the floor instead of using an extension wire(lol). It can be inconvenient but it doesn't stop the epilator in any way,shape or form soo.. yeah!
I got my epilator from www.addtions.co.uk for £45 with a £30, 3 year guarantee.
My overall opinion on this specific epilator, is that it is perfect for your legs, but not only that its good for your arms and underarms! - Which is a bonus as it is only meant to be for your legs :P It doesn't hurt as much, with or without the gel pack and massging caps. A 3 pin plug should have been included and the brush could have been better and it could have been cordless, but apart from the that It's a lovely epilator, it doesn't hurt and well, Braun should be proud :D
Hope this was helpful! x
Also written on Ciao.
I go swimming a lot and constantly need nice hair free legs and body, I must admit there is some pain upon doing this but after this my legs are super smooth and hair free for up to 4 weeks. Due to constant use the hairs do come back finer which is a great advantage. Using wax does have the same effects but this is a one of purchase and I know I always have my epilator in the house, if I ever need it.
The light shines in your eyes and in my opinion is totally pointless and there is no way to turn this function off. The device is very good in every other aspect though having two attachments to get closer to the hairs. The other accessories that come with the Braun Silk epil Xelle Solo include a small white bag to keep everything together, a small brush which allows you to clean the hair out of the tweezer like system which pulls the hairs from your body. This system is a corded system which also fits into the small bag to enable a neat travel and storage pocket
I have used epilators before but this one does seem to pull the hairs out with less pain than the last one I owned which is a big plus for me.
In Argos the current retail price is £64.99 which comes with a 2 years manufactures guarantee.
You do the math and it seems logical .
You go through the pain its physhcoligical. Wow, the result is worth it.
BRAUN SILK EPIL XELLE SOLO
Its pretty and looks fresh . Its got a handy little light thats proven a big help to me. It plucks hair really good when they're a couple of mm long just like waxing. It comes with a handy little bag two attachments two viarable speed settings and a cleaning brush a main adaptor and all for around £48 but is it worth it?
I used to shave my legs , i had this for christmas . The first time i used it went back in the bag five minutes later with half a leg done. I sat on the chair wth a watery eye and feeling disapointed . My leg had red bumps and it hurt.
Then about 3 months ago i gave it another try and perserved. Yes it still hurt it, gave me a little rash but i could see some results the more you use it the better it gets now my legs are silky. I have never felt them so from good shaving and there is no danger of cuts and the rash stopped after the 2nd go. The best comparison is its like plucking your eyebrows you eventually numb to to pain. i really advise its not for someone who is afaid of a little pain but this product has a thumbs up from me .my personal advice is exfoiliate and a hot bath before hand.The booklet and guide sugest that it should tke about 15 seconds to do one lenght up your leg i don't think that is really slow enough i also have to repeat the same place twice.
It proberly sounds like alot of work and to be honest it is. MY legs weren't super smooth after the first proper try it took about a week and 4 attemps to get the smooth effect. So its not a quick result like waxing or shaving but its really worth it when you get the end result. GOOD LUCK LADIES
Is the pain and noise it can get irriating after a few minutes and hair does have to be a couple of mm long
No need for new blades or batteries, silky smooth finish and product comes with lots of extras
***EPILATOR'S IN GENERAL***
For those of you who don't know what an epilator is, it's a system which uses tweezers to pull the hair out my the root leaving legs feeling smoother and softer with results that can last up to 4 weeks. There are lots of different epilators around, by different brands and some are a lot more expensive than others. When epilators first came out I wasn't too sure about buying one as they sounded quite painful and after reading other reviews and comments I didn't think I would be able to stand the pain of my leg hairs being pulled out (That's coming from me, who's had 3 tattoo's!!). It wasn't until a few weeks ago I decided to buy one and just give it a go. I thought to myself it really can't be that painful and surely the pain would disappear with more usage of the product? I also decided on buying an epilator as shaving all of a sudden makes my leg's itch and I find hair removal cream very expensive and it doesn't last any longer than shaving does.
***CHOOSING AN EPILATOR***
I did have a flick through the Argos book at the epilators to get a general idea of what the difference between prices and brands were. I think I chose the best option by going into my local boots store so I could see the product and read all the information on the boxes. I'm glad I went in here as they had really good offers on their epilators including Braun which is a brand I wanted to try. I didn't want to spend lots of money on one, but at the same time I didn't want a cheap one. The epilator I choose had about £20 off, so it cost me £43.22 instead of about £60 which I thought was a pretty good deal. It also came with an ice pack and 100 day money back guarantee.
The epilator I choose has 40 tweezers for faster epilation and comes with a light which is a bright as daylight so you can see all the hairs on your legs whilst epilating. The epilator is a green colour and comes with 2 different types of speed settings. The lowest one is recommended for first time epilation and the faster one is for when you are used to epilating and this will remove hairs a lot quicker. The epilator also comes with a cap which you can put on for even closer, precise epilation, how-ever again this is only recommended once you are used to using the product. You also get a white pouch and a small brush with the epilator as well to help keep it clean. This particular epilator is for the legs only and cannot be used anywhere else such as the under arms or bikini line.
***USING THE EPILATOR FOR THE FIRST TIME***
The ice pack which comes with the epilator needs to be in the freezer for at least 2 hours before use. You then simply pop this into the silver pouch provided ready for epilation. I have to admit, I was very nervous about using the epilator for the first time and admittedly I actually got my boyfriend to do my legs for me whilst I squeezed a cushion. I was surprised that on the box it doesn't mention that the epilator comes with a 2 pin plug so an adaptor is needed. None of the staff stated this either when I purchased the product. I read through the instructions and other information plenty of times so I kind of knew what to expect and so I could be sure that my boyfriend wasn't putting me through any unnecessary torture. As advised I made sure my legs were dry and oil free with no moisturisers applied to the skin before. I held the ice pack onto the lower half of my legs where my boyfriend would start to epilate. After holding it there for no longer than 2 minutes (as recommended), you are told to epilate that area straight away.
When he switched the epilator on I was surprised at how loud this product actually was, you couldn't do this whilst anyone was asleep in bed of fear of waking them up by the noise. My boyfriend slowly used the epilator on my leg going towards my knee in the opposite direction of hair growth. I could immediately feel the hair's being pulled out of my leg. It wasn't the most painful experience but it wasn't very comfortable either, how-ever I do think the ice pack did take some of the pain away. After epilating that area I continued to cool the next area using the ice pack and he continued to epilate my legs. I did get used to the hair pulling after a little while and some areas were more sensitive/painful than others.
This epilator did remove all the hairs from my leg, even though it did take a bit longer than anticipated whilst I got used to the epilation. My legs were of course looking red and feeling a bit sensitive which is expected when epilating for the first time, which is why it's recommended to do this in the evening before bed so the redness disappears by morning. My legs did feel a lot smoother than they do when shaving or using hair removal cream. I moisturised my legs after using Veet hair minimising lotion and then went to bed with very red looking legs. In the morning, the redness had disappeared and I had lovely smooth legs which were hair free. Like with shaving and using hair removal products I expected to have stubbly legs within 2-3 days, how-ever I didn't. They were still smooth and soft as when I first epilated and no trace of hair's re-growing back yet!
I would recommend reading through the booklet which is provided with the product to make sure you know what you are doing and to ensure you are using the product correctly. You need to make sure you clean this product each time you use it and this information can also be found in the booklet as well. Veet do a spray which helps to prepare the skin for epilation, I found this in boots for about £6. I personally don't think this product makes much of a difference and it has a very strong smell like Vicks Vapo-rub, which to me is very off putting. It does cool the skin and maybe take's some of the sting away after epilating but I don't think it's worth the money.
I would highly recommend this product to others. You will experience some slight pain and discomfort when using it for the first time but this goes with every epilator. As I got this epilator when it was on offer I think it's very good value. The feeling of smooth, soft, hair free legs last a lot longer than it does with shaving and using hair removal products. You can buy more expensive cordless epilators which can be used on wet or dry skin but these are going to set you back over £80. The more you use this product the less hair you will have grow back which is also a great bonus.
(review also on ciao)
I have always been an avid waxer and have used this method for the removal of all bodily unwanted hair. However, following the avid reviews of many epilator fans, I was keen to get my hands on my own. Although I believed it was slightly more painful than waxing, the results promised to be the same and the cost savings were very attractive compared to going to a salon monthly. This epilator was given to me as a Birthday gift last year and has since been the tool with which I have spent many arduous hours removing hair from my legs.
Upon receipt of this product, I was struck by the attractiveness of the epilator, being a pretty green colour and the easy grip around the main body. Braun provide two different head sections for the tweezer detail of the epilator one being a 'massaging' head, which uses roller balls at either side in an attempt to neutralise the pain. Additionally, the device comes with a built in light which it says allows you to clearly see hairs, and a long lead which allows you to plug in and sit quite a distance away to proceed, quite useful should you wish to sit by a window so that you can see the dastardly hairs in daylight. Upon switching on, the epilator works under a slow and a fast speed, the selection of which depends on:
a. how brave you are feeling and
b. how quickly you want to epilate.
Having settled down with a couple of glasses of wine inside me I decided to give my new gadget a go. I put the massaging head onto the epilator and having found a plug adaptor (the cable has a two pinned plug as an electric razor) prepared myself for what was to come. The first thing that struck me upon turning on the device was that the light was very bright and therefore does indeed show up the various hairs. I selected the slow speed and the noise of the rotating tweezers hit home, like a lawn mower chugging its way across the garden grass.
It should be noted at this point that the actual process of putting this rotating monster onto ones legs is a great thing of bravery (men don't know how easy they have it) and that it takes some courage to actually lower the contraption onto your legs without first pulling away a couple of times having felt the initial tweak. However, I gradually settled into the slow process of running the device up my leg against the direction of hair growth. Being electrical, the device should be used on dry skin however for future use I would recommend having a bath before hand. It is also worth pointing out that some parts of the leg are considerably less painful than others to remove hair from and that the inner legs were particularly painful.
Upon completion of the first leg I looked up at the clock and saw that it had taken over 30 minutes to do, a bit of a shock given the efficiency of waxing. However, resolute to complete I went on with the second leg to get both being hair free. Having finished the second leg, I turned the switch off and ran my hands over both legs and was pleased with the softness where the course hair had been, although I did have a crick in my neck from the constant leaning over to inspect the progress. Braun supply a small brush with their epilator whish is useful in brushing out the insides of the tweezers to get out the hairs left behind.
It was an hour later that my partner commented on the red bumps on my legs and when I looked down I was shocked to see the pink rash which had formed (a feature which is not as prominent when you wax your legs). Additionally, the next day I did scrutinise my legs in daylight, and spotted the odd hair which the epilator had missed, which was a bit gutting given the time that it took to do.
All in all however I was impressed with the cost of this product and the results, however I still occasionally have the odd shave in between sessions partly due to being a wimp and also the time that it takes to do (it is necessary to go over the same areas a few times). To add to this, I can honestly say that it has reduced the hair growth on my legs with regular use. I have since tested my epilator on my best friend and her yelps throughout confirmed my conclusion that this is a great product for the brave at heart although waxing is the easier if, might I say, more expensive alternative.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
Summer is fast approaching and soon it will be time to begin the arduous process of ensuring that you remain completely hair free for months on end. This time consuming and sometimes painful process can have you wishing for winter to come back so that you can hide beneath your clothes again, at least for a while.
There are a variety of methods and tools available to us to help us with this task. Obviously there is the razor but the problem with this is that it only cuts hair off at the skin level, meaning stubble can reappear within a few days. The razor blade can also strip the skin of moisture and repeatedly shaving the same area can make the skin sore.
Then there is waxing. Waxing rips the hair out from the root level meaning you're your skin should remain hair free for a few weeks. The problem with waxing is that it rips off some of your skin cells too and depletes the skin of moisture. It can also be a painful method.
And then there is the epilator. An epilator is an electrical tool which removes hairs by grabbing a group of hair and pulling them out. And yes, it is as painful as it sounds. The benefits are that as it removes the hair from the root, you will remain hair free for a longer period of time. And although it won't feel like it at the time, it is gentler on your skin because it focuses on the hair only and leaves the skin alone.
The Braun Silk-Epil Xelle Solo Epilator is the ideal tool to help you with this chore in a quick and relatively painless way. Braun promises that this product has been designed for efficient and extra gentle hair removal. (Excuse me while I laugh at that last bit!!) It claims that it will leave you feeling beautiful and with silky smooth skin for up to 4 weeks! It is a stylish looking device that doesn't look as scary as some epilators that I've seen. It comes in a gorgeous shiny green colour and is easy to hold.
This epilator has 40 tweezers built into it which simultaneously removes groups of hairs on one go. The tweezers remove the hairs quickly and efficiently and because of the high density of tweezers, the hairs are removed in fewer strokes.
The device comes with two different speed settings too which are easy to control and change. The slower speed one is less painful but it takes longer so I tend to keep it on full speed so that the process it over and down with more quickly which is speed two.
One of the things that set this particular device apart from others that I've used is the fact that is has a special inbuilt light. There is nothing more frustrating than thinking you've done a good job and then realising that you missed a bit when you're out in the sunshine. The Smartlight lights up the exact area of skin that you are epilating. It highlights even the shortest and finest hairs on your body meaning that your legs will be completely hair free once you're done.
Also included in this design is a special contraction which lifts flat lying hairs which would otherwise have been missed by the tweezers. They are called SoftLift tips. They don't hurt, they leave that job up to the tweezers, and they ensure that not a single hair will remain once you are done.
It has a dual massage system. The purpose of this feature is to activate the skin and minimise the feeling of the hair being pulled out. Personally, I don't know if this feature makes the process any nicer but the vibrations that you feel detract from the pain a little bit.
This device needs to be used on dry skin. It is mains operated so never use it anywhere near water. I use mine after having a warm bath because the pores are open and the hairs are removed easier. Dry your skin properly before used the device if you do this.
You drag the device slowly over the skin in the direction that the hair grows. If it doesn't remove all of the hair the first time, you will need to drag it other the same area again but it does grab most of the hairs immediately.
I bought mine from Argos for £64.99 but if you shop around, you'll probably find the same one for cheaper. This seems very expensive but you will keep the device for years whereas a razor lasts about a month so the costs probably equal out over time. This product has been dermatologically recommended too. The device comes with a cooling glove which can be applied to the legs once you're done and it brings sweet relief and calms the stinging sensation.
So the benefits of this product are that it does leave me hair free for longer and leaves my skin feeling smoother and without any stubble. It does hurt a lot when you use it the first time but the pain is honestly very much reduced the second time that you use it so don't let it put you off. I haven't been brave enough to use it on my bikini line yet but my legs can be epilated with minimum pain. When your hair grows back, they are finer and they take longer to completely return so you reap the benefits in the long run. The Smartlight is genius too because you don't have to fuss about finding a private area of your home with a good light.
The negatives of this product are really just negatives for epilation as a hair removal technique in general. There is obviously the pain but you will get that with any epilator and your skin may look red and look like it has a rash for a day or two. Applying sudo cream or a soothing lotion can make this disappear more quickly. Also with epilation some ingrown hair can occur, so make sure you are exfoliating every day to prevent this. I also find this difficult to use on armpit hair as the skin is more flexible there so it pulls the skin a lot too.
All of those negatives will appear with whatever epilating device you buy. You will find epilators that are more expensive and less expensive than this but you won't find one that works better. It removes all of your hairs quickly and as painlessly as possible and comes with a few accessories to make the process even easier such as the light and the glove. As epilators go, I am a big fan of this one. I won't say I actually like using this product but it serves its purposes so I can't complain.
Braun Silk epil Xelle Solo
I don't enjoy the chore of hair removal and maintenance and anything that promises to give me great results that last for longer always catches my attention. In the past I have went to get my legs waxed and when I lived in the city it was an easy lunch time process. However, after moving out into the country it is much more of a trek into the city and things like waxing are even more of a chore than they were. One of my friends recommended that I should try epilating as they used one on a regular basis and found it actually gave her better results than waxing alone.
To use this you do need to let your leg hair grow until they are at least a good couple of millimetres long, maybe even a bit longer. It does suggest that you can use this with only 0.5 mm of hair but I find that I get inconsistent results than if I leave it for another day or two. Then you just turn the epilator on, select your setting and try to methodically work your way around one leg at a time. It does take a while until you are finished, I find that typically depending upon short breaks it can take me roughly half an hour to get the finished results that I am after, maybe a bit longer some days. One word of warning thou, it is best to use this when you aren't going anywhere as my legs tend to look even more irritated than they do after waxing, and usually requires a good few hours before the skin settles. I also find it best to use a bit of baby lotion over my legs when I am finished to make sure that they don't get dried out.
There are two different settings on the epilator, 1 - which is a slower and 2 - which is a much faster epilating speed. It really comes down to personal preference which you choose to use, I mostly use the faster setting now, but when I first started using this it was predominately the slower setting that I preferred. There are 40 individual tweezers placed all over the roll top head and they really do grab and remove the majority of pesky leg hair. The epilator is also a nice shape to hold and it is easy enough to manoeuvre around, I also think that with the green it looks rather nice.
This is far from a pain free process. It hurts. However, I only use it on my legs, there is no way I could go near my bikini area or armpits, even the thought of those areas coming in contact with this makes my eyes water. On my legs I find that the pain is tolerable and because I have been using this for a while now I have got quicker and more efficient at doing it. Really this is one beauty product that really does require a bit of practice to get the most from it.
Personally, I have found that this can give you better results than waxing alone because you can go back and get rid of any of the smaller hairs a day or so later. Whereas unless you are fantastic friends with your beauty therapist I doubt they would appreciate you popping in and pointing out the few stray hairs that they inevitably missed. I still tended to shave my legs every so often in between epilating sessions for a very smooth feel, but it really does reduce the amount of hair that comes through, especially if you use it on a regular basis. Beware thou, when using this you do get ingrown hairs the same as you would with waxing so make sure you exfoliate on a regular basis for the nicest finish.
The Braun epilator is easy enough to clean and it does come with a helpful little brush to help get all the hairs removed from the tweezers. However, I have also found that I need to use a baby wipe every so often to really make sure that this gets a good clean.
The one main complaint I have about this epilator is that it is noisy. I usually want to watch TV while I do this to keep myself entertained and as distracted as possible, but you really have to crank the volume up to hear anything above the noise of this. However, of the few epilators I have owned I think that this is a fault with all of them.
I bought mine from Tesco just less than a year ago, but these are still readily available online from stores like Amazon, where you can expect to pay anywhere from £35 - £60. Although these are epilators are expensive if you do get your legs waxed on a regular basis which can cost anywhere between £10 to £20 per time these epilators can seem like a bargain in comparison.
This gets a four out of five stars from me. Personally, I think that this has been a good investment and although I would prefer a pain free solution that offers the same results I am happy to use this until then. I would also happily recommend this one to anyone thinking of buying an epilator as it is easy to use, easy to clean and although may not come with as many frills as some others epilators do it does exactly what you want it to.
Just as a side note - you will need to buy a shave adaptor to use this product with.
I bought the Braun epilator about a month ago and am really quite impressed with it!
I'm not gonna lie, it looks very scary when you first get it out of the box (well it did to me anyway) but once you get over the initial fear you won't regret it!
I'll admit that I did make my boyfriend use it first to check how painful it was, and after him assuring me that it didn't hurt (and feeling the very smooth patch of skin he had aquired on his leg) I decided to give it a go.
Well I do think it hurts a little, but it's definitely bearable. It's worth it though, as hairs don't grow back for a couple of weeks, and when they do they're noticably finer than before. Hopefully they should keep getting finer and finer the more I use it!
All in all I would definitely recommend it over shaving, as even though there's a slight pain, it's less hassle and doesn't need to be done as often-think of it as more of a long term solution too. Oh and it comes with a special soothing patch which goes in the freezer and can be applied to any sore areas which is nice!
After a long time considering what the best hair removal option for me was. My friend recommended epilating after she had a year travelling and found this was the most effective way of keeping hairs at bay for the longest period of time.
I bought my epilator on special offer at Boots. I believe these offers are quite frequent, so keep a look out.
The instructions are pretty easy to follow and as soon as I put the epilator together I made a start on the first leg and my God did it hurt! I found that doing circular motions and very very quickly helped me get through the pain!
Do not shave in between epilating as this makes the next epilating session worse! Epilating pulls hair out from the root where shaving obviously doesn't. Definately worth it but you have to be persistant and patient. I'm sure it saves money on buying razor blades as well! The hairs grow at different rates so I have found that after a session a couplf of days later I may have a few that have grown at a different rate and I have to epilate them out, but there's nothing you can really do about that. Will depend on how quickly your hair grows but epilating lasts me comfortably 3 weeks without obvious hair regrowth.
Take the plunge- you will see and feel the benefits!
I liked the idea of epilating long before I had the guts to try it, it's not as bad as you imagine - I promise!
The silk epil comes complete with it's only handy storage bag, two different heads (one claims to numb the area somewhat) and a little brush to clean the unit with. It has two settings which are, essentially, fast and slow and a light which shines down onto the area being epilated in order for you to see the hairs better.
Having tried waxing and thought it not too terrible I wanted to try epilating my legs. I was slightly put off by the continued ripping out of hairs as opposed to the quick, sudden pain of waxing. When I did get round to trying it though I used the 'numbing' head on the silk epil and found the experience to be totally bearable, it even started to tickle a little after a while! The numbing head has tiny star shaped rollery bits (technical eh?) on each side of the roatating mechanism that actually grips the hairs. The little stars spin and cause the area to be numbed supposedly. Having used the unit with just the normal head I can't say I noticed a difference personally although I could see that it may have a placebo effect for some!
I first used the silk epil on legs that I hadn't shaved for a while so the hairs where longer and easier to grip. It took about an hour this first time and I was impressed with the light on the epilator which made the whole process nice and easy. Afterwards I was left looking like I had measles with red dots all over my legs - these had faded by the next day however which I was impressed with. I usually suffer with those red dots for at least 48hrs after waxing! Immeadiately after epilating my legs were mostly hair free, they were also a little dry - nothing that a slick of moisturiser couldn't handle though. Some very short hairs (1mm ish) weren't removed and this meant my legs felt a tiny bit stubbly still. I deftly removed these with tweezers et voila! Smooth legs!
A few hairs had started to reappear after a week and a quick zizz over with the epilator removed these. The problem is that, as the hair grows back at differing rates, I find I have a few reappear everyday. This is really annoying as just a few inconspicuous 1mm hairs stop your legs from having that silky smooth feeling I love so much. Cue epilating every other day. This only takes about 5 mins as there's so few hairs to remove but it's the same amount of time overall that I'd spend shaving my legs so kind of defeats the object of using the epilator instead.
On the plus side the hairs aren't noticeable to anyone else, even if I don't re-epilate for a week or so. By this time a couple have grown to a few mm long (and a mean a few, like 10) but on the whole my legs are mostly hair free. I've only been using the epilator for about a month now and my friend promises me that the hairs grow back slower with continues use. For now I'm determined to keep it up. If I can get to the point where I don't have to epilate for a few weeks at a time than the whole experience will have been very worth while!
Priced around £60 but often on offer (1/2 price quite frequently) I'd say the unit was a good buy even if I have to keep using it every other day. If I compare this price to what I'd spend on razor blades then I'm 100% sure I've saved money in the long run, even if the unit only lasts a year
I am completely new to the whole epilator technique as I basically thought it was just creepy and scary to think of each hair in my leg being ripped out individually. However as a kind of impluse buy when shopping in Asda, i seen this particular eplilator rolled back in price from around £60 to £35, so i thought why not, having heard good reviews about epilation before.
The Braun Silk epil Xelle Solo can be used both on your legs and also on your underarms and bikini line. So far I have only used the epilator on my legs, and given the painful experience I am usnsure as to how long it will take me to build up the courage to use it elsewhere.
There are two different heads available to use on this epilator, one has a set of rollers that massage your legs and hair to make it more easily plucked and therefore is less painfull, the has one bumpy surface to allow the tweezers to get closer to your skin and pluck shorter hairs.
A booklet giving step by step instructions on the best way to use the epilator is supplied also within the packaging, along with a bag and a charger for the epilator. I found the instructions very easy to follow and very helpful being a 1st time epilator user.
The epilator itself uses 40 tweezers to lift hair that is both short and long out of your skin, for me this was a very painful experience and infact it took me afew turns before I was able to complete my legs, doing about half a leg at a time. However being my 1st time, this is as much to be expected, I am sure (hopeful) that with further use the pain will lessen over time.
There is a light that faces your leg to highlight all hairs, which is very useful as it makes it much easier to ensure you dont miss any hairs along the way. It gets all hairs from your legs if you take your time and concentrate on doing a good job and it does take a very noticably longer time for hair to regrow, sofar it isnt growing back much thinner, however in time I have been advised that it will.
There are two settings on this device, a slower setting, for less painful removal and first time users and also a faster setting for more quicker removal and more experienced users.
I think that this device is quite a good buy, and plan to continue using it, if you are an experienced or just a first time epiliator like me, I am sure that you will find this device very simple and straightforward to use.
I received this as a Christmas present last year (I did actually ask for it!) and after a quick read of the instructions and 30 seconds of putting it together, I was away. Initially I felt like an idiot for willingly putting myself through the nippy pain which I thought was never going to end but after a few minutes the pain wasn't nearly as bad, due to your body releasing pain killing hormones I'm told. 7 months on and I use the epilator around once a fortnight on my legs. I'd say I have fairly fast growing dark hair so I'm quite happy with the re-growth rate and I find there's not as much hair and its actually lighter. They sa,y like waxing, you get used to the pain the more you use it and I'd actually agree with this, especially if you pull your skin quite taught which also allows the hairs to be removed more quickly. So far my legs are my only use for this, however I believe it can be used on pretty much all the areas which you can get waxed and I did try my arm pits once but saw specks of blood and reasoned the pain and mess wasn't worth it and a razor was good enough there! The epilator itself is fairly lightweight and compact with removable coverings, one of which is supposed to massage as you go, although I wouldn't necessarily agree with this statement! There is also a little brush which I use to brush away all the hairs from the tweezer parts itself and a light which allows you to see what hairs you've missed! All of which can be stored nicely in a white draw string bag. A downside to the product is that it has a two pin plug so requires one of the 3 pinned adapters and in order for it to work it needs to be plugged in constantly so your not freely moveable. Aside from these I think the epilator is a good, reliable product which allows for easy hair removal at your own leisure!
This was the second epilator that I've had but if I'm honest after my first one I did think twice. My previous epilator was about 7 years old, and although it had the desired effect it took ages to just do one leg, it didn't get the shorter hairs, had a tendency to break off the hairs rather than pluck so it grew back stubbly and was extremely painful!
My birthday was coming up and when my family asked what I wanted I mentioned that I would like a new epilator...best decision ever!
When I opened the box I was surprised at how compact and ergonomic the design was compared to my last purchase.
PRODUCT DESCRPITION (as quoted on the Braun website):
40 tweezer technology;
The epilation head comes with 40 tweezers that are uniquely arranged to remove hair in a single stroke for superb efficiency.
Active massaging rollers;
The active massaging rollers stimulate the skin with micro-impulses before and after epilation - for a gentle epilation.
Illuminates the epilation area and makes even the most minute hairs visible.
Lets you cover a larger area of skin, so that more hairs are removed in one stroke.
Shaver head with OptiTrim attachment ;
For sensitive body areas.
The product has 2 speed settings which are either fast or slow, is mains powered, has a 12V adapter and a brush to clean the tweezers.
I was so excited to try it out as it claimed;
"efficient results in minutes. Silk-epil technology with the super-efficient 40-tweezer system and Smartlight for extremely thorough epilation in only a few strokes"
As I said previously, I was worried that the product wouldn't be as high as my expectations would like to believe. My worries were quashed after the first use!
I got it out of the packaging (eventually...packaging, now theres something I would like to review!) and put everything together. There was a tweezer head, a shaving head and a couple of guards. With the tweezer head and the massage guard on I proceeded to the task at hand.
I had given up on my previous epilator as it was too much like hard work and I had not shaved my legs for a few days and so the growth was fair although I have very fair hair and so don't need to shave too often. I was worried that my hair may be a little too short as my old epilator would not have touched them.
My first impression was that it was much quieter than my old one and that it was very light and easy to handle. I started at my ankle which to me has always been the most painful part. The epilator removed the hair quickly easily and without unbearable pain, if anything it just tickled a little. I had covered one leg in a matter of minutes and the results were amazing! The SmartLight was great as in previous experience I have epilated and then once out into sunlight the pesky missed ones can be seen...this prevents missing any. The cord is long and so being connected to the mains wasn't a problem at all.
I didn't need to epilate then for another 2 weeks when the very small hairs which couldn't be plucked first time round had grown sufficiently. Every time I epilate, there are less and less hairs and they grow back finer than before so I only epilate once a month now, although maybe a little more in summer and less in winter. This product is great and I wouldn't be without it! No more stubble is amazing, and make your legs look and feel great, especially in the summer if you keep them exfoliated and moisturised. I also use it on my bikini line...a little more painful but you get used to it the more you use it!
One thing which may sound like a criticism but isn't is that once every 2 or 3 months I will shave my legs to try to thicken the hairs up a little. After a while of epilating, the hairs can become a little too fine which makes removal a little harder so I shave my legs once and it seems to help.
The product packs away into a small drawstring bag and doesn't take up much room so storing is very easy (unless you forget where you stored it!)
In summary, this product does exactly what it says in the tin, its quick, effective and relatively pain free! A must for all ladies!!
Braun Silk Epil SE 5180 has 40 tweezer technology for fast and efficient results!Re-growth is slower and finer leaving your skin silky smooth for up to 4 weeks.The Dual Massage System activates the skin before and after epliation.The Ice Glove effectively cools the skin before epliation.