Product Type: Philips Epilator / Lady Shaver
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Philips HP6509 Satinelle Body Epilator
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Philips HP6509 Satinelle Body Epilator
Date: 03/12/11, updated on 04/12/11 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Hair takes a couple of weeks to grow back. Grows back thinner than with shaving. Good price.
Disadvantages: Takes quite a while. Don't get the silky smooth, just-shaved feeling. Agony on the armpits!
Every summer I got so fed up with the continuous burden of having to shave my legs almost everyday whilst I was on holiday. I'd tried hair removal cream, which hadn't given me good results at all; waxing strips, which I never seemed to be able to get results with; and was at that time using a simple Venus razor, which required more or less daily use. So last summer I decided to do something about it and started researching epilators.
Ranging from £20 to in excess of £100 I really had no idea what constituted such differences in price; as far as I was (and still am) concerned an epilator is basically an electric set of tweezers. Seeing as Amazon had a seemingly good deal on the Philips HP6509 I decided to give it a go, knowing I'd only regret it when next summer came around. I had read that epilating hurts a lot the first few times you do it, so I was prepared to feel the pain. When I turned it on for the first time I will admit I was quite nervous, and it took me ages to actually put the appliance against my leg, as I kept chickening out thinking it would be agony! But I finally mustered up the courage, and I'm not going to lie, it did hurt quite a bit. I guess you could compare the sensation to lots of little pin pricks going up your leg. The second time I used it though, I didn't feel the pain at all and actually enjoyed witnessing the hairs being plucked out my legs! It probably lasts about 2-3 weeks until I feel I should epilate again, but even then, the hair is so much thinner and sparser than it is when having shaven, that you can get away with having slightly stubbly legs. As the hair is being removed from the root like in waxing, you do end up with slightly red and bumpy legs just after epilating, but if you do it before you go to bed and moisturise, your legs are fine by the morning.
Another point I feel I should make is although all the thick, visible hairs are removed, it doesn't quite manage to take out all the tiny, barely visible ones, so you don't end up with the silky smooth feel you get immediately after shaving.
You should probably allow yourself a good 20 minutes to half an hour if you want to do a really good job and get to all the areas on your leg. This is because you have to move the epilator up your leg quite slowly if the tweezers are going to have a chance to reach all the hairs.
Regarding use on the armpits, I have only tried it once, but quickly gave up as the pain was unbearable. Hopefully at some point I will be able to get over the initial pain, but shaving my armpits really isn't much of a burden in comparison to shaving my legs as it's such a small area.
This particular epilator also comes with a shaving attachment, which I'll admit doesn't give such a clean result as regular razor, but is really useful as you don't need water, so you can use it in emergencies wherever you are (as long as there's a socket!).
All in all, I would have to say that buying my Philips HP6509 epilator has been my purchase of the year, because the results last so much longer than with shaving, and once getting over the initial pain, isn't a hassle to do. And although it's not as cheap as a razor, it will probably save me money in the long run because I won't have to keep on buying refills for a razor. I think I bought it when it was about £30 on Amazon, and today I've looked and it's down to just under £24, so this really is a bargain
I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a new way to get rid of unwanted hair, as, if you decide that it's not the method for you, not too much money has been wasted. Having said that though, unless you can't get over the initial hurdle of the pain, I can't see any reason why you'd want to go back to shaving or waxing once you've tried this epilator.
Summary: Would definitely recommend. Hair takes longer to grow back than with shaving, and grows back thinner
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