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Braun Silk-Epil 7 7681 Wet and Dry Epilator Review

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Basic Information About This Product:
The Braun Silk-Epil Wet and Dry Epilator comes with a travel drawstring bag, a charger and five detachable heads. It has two speed settings and a light which comes on when the epilator is turned on.


The Braun Silk-Epil Wet and Dry Epilator was my first ever epilator. Normally I shave to remove any unwanted hair, but I wanted to try out an epilator as they pull the hair from the roots, which means it takes longer for the hair to grow back. It's similar to waxing, which I have had done in the past and loved the results, but I though an epilator might be less time consuming and messy…..boy was I wrong!

I decided to try it out on my legs first, so I could see exactly what I was doing. It took me around an hour to do ONE full leg as I had to keep going over the same bit to pick up the hairs the epilator had missed! I ended up shaving the other leg as I couldn't be bothered wasting another hour. 

I then tried it out on my underarms. Again the epilator didn't seem to be picking up the hairs very well and when it did decided to pick up hairs, it would cut my arm and leave it bleeding! It also left horrible spots where ever I used it.

Charging time for the Epilator is a whole day which will give you up to two hours charge time. A red light will show when it's running out, but you can tell anyway as the motor gets slower and quieter. 

The only good thing about this epilator is the light. I wish every razor and lady shave came with one, it's great!

Overall I would not recommend this Epilator at all and it's defiantly not worth the £129.99 it costs.

Have you used an epilator before? What are your thoughts?

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  1. Nice summary :) This is actually my favourite epilator and in our users opinion, the best by a mile! Braun have got it right with the Silk-Epil 7 series, hurts at first but you get used to it!! Love the site.. Keep it up! :) Miss Shave :) xx
    http://www.missshavealot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :)

      Unfortunately this product didn't work for me.

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  2. I have using this epilator for 2 years . Some quick thoughts on this model specifically:
    * Removes smaller hairs than other models, so you can be more aggressive as stray hairs start to grow back
    * The "massagers" on the epilation head really do help
    * You can use it dry or completely-wet, but not damp (e.g., right after the shower won't work)... and I must say that using it under running water dramatically reduces any discomfort, although it's a bit harder to notice stray hairs
    * You can't use it while plugged in (that would be a serious safety hazard in the shower!) but it means that whenever the battery eventually stops holding a charge, you'll have to toss the unit)
    * This includes a trimming head, for the cases when you have longer hairs you want to attack (they have to be 1 cm or shorter before this will really pull them out)
    * This also includes a specialized cap for more-targeted facial hair (basically it just covers most of the epilator so you can do just a 1/4" strip at a time, which reduces pain notably), but remember to use caution and do this only with a clean epilator, or it can make you break out
    * The small spotlight on the unit makes it much easier to see hairs you may have missed
    * The wipes really do help. You'll use one and think it didn't help that much, then try the other leg without one at all, and realize it WAS helping more than you realized :) I used them the first time I epilated, but haven't bothered subsequently. I haven't tested to see whether using the wipes or epilating underwater is better overall, and I don't know if you could do both, or if the water would rinse off the helpful ingredient from the wipes. Could be worth a test...

    And some thoughts on epilation in general:
    * This seems obvious, but I have to say it: it only hurts when a hair is being removed. This means that the first time you epilate, it's very uncomfortable. But since only a small percentage of the hair grows back before you epilate again (assuming you do it at least once every 3 months!), the subsequent touch-ups really aren't bad at all, especially on your legs. (Underarms are less comfortable, and bikini area even less so. Face is also quite sensitive, though that probably varies by person, depending on how much tweezing you normally do.)
    * The first time you epilate, your legs will be unbelievably smooth. But hair grows back at different rates, so after a month or so of epilating (maybe one time each week), you'll have tiny hairs here and there, that are starting to grow back, but are still too small to get. It's less of an issue with this epilator than others, and the hairs aren't really visible. So if you think someone's going to be touching your legs, then shave :-D but otherwise life is much easier if you just epilate once a week or so. Then if you don't bother doing anything for a month or so, you'll have a few stray hairs here and there, but nothing like someone who shaves regularly and then skips a month (or even a week... or even 3 days). Visible stubble is entirely a thing of the past.
    * You do have to use a loofah or some other type of exfoliation on your legs occasionally to prevent ingrown hairs (just little bumps on your legs--mine don't turn red). But if you wax, or if you age ;) you'll have to do that anyway
    * And how could I forget the #1 reason to epilate: no more underarm bumps. You know, the ones that you ALWAYS have, despite a million products on the market that say they'll banish them but don't? Sometimes when you epilate, your skin will be red for 30-90 seconds afterward, but then it fades. So NO MORE BUMPS. That alone is reason enough to own an epilator, IMO :) This also helps with bikini-area bumps, but I find in those cases that the redness can take several hours to fade, so it's fantastic to use the day before swimming but would not be a good choice immediately before pool time.

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