I never thought I'd find myself epilating my legs, arms, and underarms (and certainly not on camera!) but here we are.
I'm fairly certain I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be on camera, painfully removing my leg, arm, and underarm hair for educational purposes.
So, how did we get here?
I have been curious about epilating thanks to my friend, Angela. She swears by it, and she has the smoothest legs to back it up. I decided to film my first time epilating for you all.
You're welcome, and I'm sorry.
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There was a more advanced version, the Braun Silk-épil 9, but the hair removal area of the device was larger, and I figured that might make the hair removal process more painful.
To prepare for my first time epilating, I thoroughly exfoliated my legs using both exfoliating gloves and a body scrub. It's hard to say if this helped make the process less painful, but I would like to think it did.
Epilating for the First Time
To put it bluntly, epilating hurts really badly, but it also works incredibly well. Watch my video to see my in-the-moment reaction to epilating.
So, will I do it again? YES.
I say that with both confidence and reluctance, which is such an odd thing. Confident because I am committed to giving epilating a fair shot, and reluctant because damn, it really hurts.
I like the results and in the long-term, it's significantly more affordable than getting waxed professionally or waxing myself at home and less time-consuming than shaving every few days.
I come to you from the future or this post (which I suppose is still the past from whenever you read this).
After epilating regularly for six months, I decided to quit epilating my legs and underarms. I still epilate my arms, though.
At first I epilated once a week to catch all of the hairs during their little grow cycles. Then I shifted to once a month.
I have to say, it was LOVELY only removing hair once a month (vs a few times a week shaving).
But what I didn't love? Perhaps it's my epilator, perhaps it's my technique, but I never got very fast with it.
It would take a half an hour or longer each time I did my legs. It was long enough that I was worried about the epilator dying on me, but luckily it never did.
(I guess that's a pro! The epilator holds a good charge)
I say this could be my epilator or possibly the technique I used because I often found I had to go over a patch of hair several times to remove the hair.
Also, I was never quite happy with the pain tolerance situation.
I suppose that yes, I did learn to tolerate the pain a bit better. In the video I kept stopping and starting, which made the whole process take approximately one century.
After this, I got more confident and was able to epilate much more quickly.
But really, the pain itself never went away.
Did it hurt a lot?
For me, yes. It's interesting though because my mom epilates her legs and says it's very low pain for her. So you may not know for yourself until you give it a go.
For me, the arms never really hurt that much. I have no idea why that would be...
But for that reason, I only plan to continue epilating my arms.
Is the Braun a good epilator?
I have nothing to compare this against, but what I can say is that it holds a charge for a long time, and I enjoyed the different attachments that it comes with.
For example, I've used the shaving head with the guard for other feminine grooming, if you catch my drift.
Overall, I'm glad I tried epilating even though I decided it's not my ideal hair removal method. What I really want now is a good hair removal cream that works in under 10 minutes that doesn't give me a chemical burn like Veet used to...
Have a recommendation? I'd love to hear it in the comments.