Product Type: Braun Epilator & Lady Shaver
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Braun Silk Epil 7681 Xpressive Pro Wet & Dry Epilator
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Braun Silk Epil 7681 Xpressive Pro Wet & Dry Epilator
Advantages: Is cordless and can be used in the shower. No sticky mess that you get from waxing.
Disadvantages: Each 1 hr charge only lasts about 35 minutes. It's noisy.
How does it compare to other methods of hair removal?
Well, it hurts more, it's noiser and it takes longer. However, I can feel the hair growing back the next day if I shave and epilating lasts for about 3 weeks. I get a horrible itchy rash from shaving as the hair is growing back, but the hairs are not as blunt when they grow back after epilating, so no rash. You do have to remember to exfoliate regularly after epilating to prevent in-growing hairs. This model does come with a pretty good electric shaver head as well, so you get the best of both worlds.
I've never had a professional wax, so I couldn't comment on that, but I have used several brands of waxing strips and sugaring kits. Epilation gives a very similar finish to waxing and sugaring as the hairs are removed from the root and the skin will remain smooth for a similar amount of time. Waxing is probably a bit quicker, but messier as it always leaves a sticky residue behind. I don't think sugaring and waxing catches as many of the shorter hairs and I always used to shave my legs as well after waxing or sugaring. I think you need to develop a bit of knack with waxing to get good result, whereas epilating is much more straight forward.
How does it compare to older/cheaper models?
I've have had the Braun Silk-epil wet and dry epilator for about 2 years now. Before that, I had an older model, also from Braun. It had a slower rotation speed, was not cordless and could not be used near water.
I would definitely recommend the cordless models over a corded one, as you can use it anywhere that is convenient to you. You aren't restricted to using it near a wall socket and I like to epilate over the bath, as it's easy to rinse away the hair afterwards. Being able to use it in the bath or shower is also a bonus as it doesn't hurt as much. However, I find that the tweezers get a better grip on dry hair, so I don't have to go over the same areas as many times. You do have to remember to charge it in advance though. I hour of charging gives about 35-40 minutes use. This is usually enough to do both legs and bikini line.
This model as a built-in light, this is an excellent function as you can easily see if you've missed any hairs as you go along.
The two speed rotation is a good addition and I would suggest starting on the slower speed until you get used to it. I rarely use the slower speed these days, as my main aim is to get it done as quickly as possible.
There are several interchangable caps for use on different areas. These slip on easily and securely - I've never had them fall off during use with this model as they used to with my previous epilator.
Due to the chunkiness of the head and the size of the caps, most of the hair remains inside the epilator, this makes it easier to dispose of rather than it flying all over the place.
What comes in the box...
Olay cooling wet wipes - 16 disposable wipes to clean and cool your skin before epilating.
Shaver head - electric shaver for when you're not feeling brave enough to epilate
Trimming cap - clips onto the shaver head to trim hair rather than shave it, but quickly gets clogged
Facial cap - blocks out about 3 quarters of the tweezers for more precision
Efficiency cap - pivoting head, for more control
Sensitive cap - with rounded ends for bikini area and underarms
Massaging roller cap - massage skin to mask the pain
Power lead - with 2-pin plug for bathroom power sockets
Cleaning brush - for decloging tweezers and rollers - good size and quality
Drawstring bag for storage - handy addition
I don't bother with most of the caps and just use the massaging roller attachment. I only use the epilator on my legs and bikini line and this one works quickly and efficiently for both. I haven't been brave enough to try it on my underarms yet.
Don't go straight for the bikini line or underarms, epilating these areas will hurt a lot more than the legs and may scare you off for life. Get used to epilating your legs a few times first.
Hold the skin as taut as possible as this will ensure the hairs are pulled out quickly rather than the skin being pulled along with hair, which only adds to the pain. This is particularly important if the hairs are on the longer side (more than 1 cm).
Use Aloe vera or tea tree lotion after epliating as it will help reduce the stinging sensation.
Make sure you skin is clean before epilating, preferably with something anti-bacterial as the exposed follicles can easily become infected. The wipes that come with this model are good for this, but are not essential.
Plan ahead and epilate 24 hrs before you intend getting your legs out in public. It can take several hours for the redness to calm down.
The head is easily detachable by pressing the release button. The caps are clipped on and removed by squeezin the sides. Both the head and the caps can be rinsed under the tap for de-clogged using the provided brush.
In summary, epilation is a great long-lasting method of hair removal with no ongoing costs. The Braun Silk-epil Xpressive Wet & Dry has numerous features that make the job quicker and less painful and mark it out from its competitors. The RRP is £139.99, but Amazon are currently selling it for £65.20. You could spend this on one session of waxing at a salon, so great value for money.
Summary: Silky smooth skin
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