As a brown girl, hair is something I have to deal with everyday of my life. While I have incredible, full, thick hair on my head, that trend seems to continue on my legs. It makes hair removal a nightmare. The amount of time and money I have spent trying to get my legs even semi hair-free equates to half my teenage lifetime.
I tried an epilator a while ago. It was my mum’s one from the 90s. Basically a crude coil attached to a machine, the coil would vibrate against your leg and pull out the hair. really painful and hardly effective.
The straight forward advantage for me is that it pulls the hairs out by the root, with less tendency of breaking than waxing has and the newer models can remove hair up to 2mm long. Which is the shaving length.
I got the Braun Silk-epil 3 from Pick n Pay at R150 and at that price I thought I’d give it a bash. This is an old model, the newer model is much better, but I didn’t find it at 4 Dischem stores, 4 Clicks stores, Game, Edgars or Pick n Pay’s in JHB.
It’s quite a small little device that has 20 tweezers attached to a barrel. The more expensive ones have 40 tweezers attached to a barrel. This barrel spins and the tweezers then grab all your rogue hairs.
I tried to do this to my 2mm long hair, but some of it was still stubble so it wasn’t as effective as it could be. However it removed most of the hairs that were long enough got pulled out.(ah, that familiar feeling of having hairs yanked out of their roots). It was definitely more painful on my thighs.
Would I use it?
Definitely. Even if you get one for R300, that’s just 2 months of salon appointments and it can definitely last you over a year. The regrowth would be the same as waxing, but you wouldn’t have to wait until it grew longer to have it waxed. I even tried using this on my underarms, which works, but requires a myprodol for the pain.