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#1 greenthumbs

Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:08 PM

I've been thinking of getting one as with 2 little ones I cannot find the time or energy to get the wax out and create all that mess and cleaning up.

Anyone have one? Any suggestions on what type? Any pros/cons, things to look for? Advice?

I won't bother for my legs as a quick shave in the shower is doable. I just can't keep on top of the thighs and bikini line (and top of feet, and toes).

(Yes, I know I don't have to remove body hair, but I want to, so please don't bother going there).

#2 clockcar

Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:16 PM

I have one its a small cute one I got from myer, but ouch the pain. I havent used it in years. It causes a rash because of the ouch factor with me

#3 Beanette

Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:18 PM

I have the Braun Silk 5 epilator, I got for around $100 from Myer, but at the time they had a $60 cash back offer.

I use it for my legs and underarms and it's very easy to use and reasonably painless (considering the hairs are being pulled out by the roots!)

ETA: One thing I've noticed is that I get much more irritation if my skin is wet, so I try to remember to do it before I shower. Gently rubbing underarms with a towel is enough to exfoliate my skin to make sure I don't get any ingrown hairs, and if I do, I just wriggle them out with tweezers before I epilate.

Edited by Beanette, 26 November 2014 - 03:20 PM.


#4 Feral timtam

Posted 26 November 2014 - 03:22 PM

Of the ones I've tried my hands down favourite is the Emjoi cordless one. It's the least painful and the convenience of being able to not worry about the lead when travelling is fantastic!

I also have a Braun Silk Epil 5 and used to have a Phillips one. Don't get the Phillips, it is super ouchy and does not do a good job.

The Braun is about midway for pain, but nowhere near as good as the emjoi for hair removal. I do love the fact that it has a light on it. I doubt you'd get it for the price I paid, I scored mine for $23 due to a priceline pricing stuff up.


I really want to get my hands on an Epilady which are supposed to be one of the best brands but haven't been able to find one in stock when I've had the money.

#5 babycuddler

Posted 26 November 2014 - 06:12 PM

I have a Braun silk epil with a light. Best thing ever!! I tried others but couldn't handle the pain. It comes with a beginners head to get your legs used to it. Now it actually feels pleasant, not painful, like when you are scratching something itchy....

I got my legs waxed for my wedding as a treat and then came home and got more hairs out with the Braun. I use it on my arms too.

I use it before or after a shower and have had minimal ingrown hairs. Also the hair doesn't all grow back at once so your legs are less hairy for longer, and there is never a stubbly feeling.

#6 madefromscratch

Posted 26 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

I've got the Braun Silk Epil and it's okay, the downside for me is that it sometimes breaks off the hairs rather than tweezing them.  I got the top of the range model to use in the shower but it seems to tweeze better if I do it out of the shower.  I use it for my underarms, my arms, my legs and my bikini line.  I think it says not to use it on underarms or bikini line but I don't have much hair there and haven't had a problem.

#7 Coffeegirl

Posted 26 November 2014 - 09:58 PM

I have a Braun too.  I wimped out and bought the corded version last time and regret not spending the extra on the waterproof cordless version.

I use it on legs and underarms.  After 4-5 years of using them I still can't do the bikini line *ouch*. But use the razor attachment instead.  Gets a really close shave and has a trim attachment as well.

Usually do it after a shower as I find the hair grabs better.  Rarely get ingrown hairs and only need to use it every 10-14 days, and that's because I like my legs really hair free, not because they really need it OYKWIM.  Hair is softer and thinner when it regrows so not as noticeable either.

Edited by Coffeegirl, 26 November 2014 - 09:58 PM.


#8 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 27 November 2014 - 05:54 PM

I have always waxed/epilated.

Had an original epilator which I would gave to psych myself up to use and could only do it on my legs (not underarms).

Purchased the Braun silk epil 7. LOVE IT. No pain. I can do my underarms without issue. Generally better if I do every 7 or 14 days, but still fine if I leave for 28d.



#9 The Awesome One

Posted 27 November 2014 - 06:15 PM

I may be a sook, but to me those buggers hurt like hell lol.

#10 .Jerry.

Posted 27 November 2014 - 06:57 PM

I have the braun silk epic 7 as well and I love it.  The first few times hurt a lot, but now doesn't hurt at all.  Haven't shaved legs for nearly a year. :)  Only have to get the strays every few weeks so way easy and efficient. :)
Worth spending a bit more to get  a good one. :)
Mine does shaving as well.

#11 Velvetta

Posted 27 November 2014 - 07:20 PM

I have to ask - do the above absolutely remove hair? I have brazilians every 4 weeks but it's so expensive - $50 a time - I mean for the Brazilian thing, the rest I shave which is easy.

#12 madefromscratch

Posted 28 November 2014 - 12:21 PM

View PostVelvetta, on 27 November 2014 - 07:20 PM, said:

I have to ask - do the above absolutely remove hair? I have brazilians every 4 weeks but it's so expensive - $50 a time - I mean for the Brazilian thing, the rest I shave which is easy.

I wouldn't use it for that... those tweezers are pretty mean.  I'd use a home wax kit rather than an epilator for that job...




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