This helped clear things up so much because I got really confused when she told me that she "plucks" her unwanted hair off. I thought to myself, "wow, how long does that take you??"
That very same night after that conversation, I decided to head to London Drugs to grab my very own epilator and I got this one! The pink packaging just drew me in, plus it was on sale!
The "massaging system" written on the box caught my eyes when I first saw this. At first, I thought it meant that it vibrates so that it won't be as painful. Well it does vibrate since it's electrical but it wasn't enough to actually "massage" your skin to make it numb before the plucking. Instead, what they were actually referring to are the prickly beads at the top and bottom part of the epilator. So don't be fooled when you go pick up yours.
I used to wax my unwanted hair, namely under my arms, but that was a huge hassle. I hated it. Not just because of the pain, but also because there's a lot to prep and clean up before and after the process. Not to mention that you have to wait for the hair to grow a certain length before you can wax it off effectively. Although the pain is still there, with the epilator, I can "pluck" out hair that are just beginning to grow out! Literally, a couple millimeters.
Another thing about this is that it's fully washable. So after I'm done with it, I can just run it under the sink and use the little brush that it comes with to clean it off! It's so easy to take it apart!
Some things I wish it had...
When I first bought this system, I thought it was cordless. Nowhere on the box does it actually say that it has to be plugged into the wall in order for me to use it, so I felt a little bit cheated. It does not have a battery, therefore it cannot hold any charge. So I was kind of disappointed with that. With that in mind, you can automatically assume that you cannot use this in the shower. But this is just for my model, the newer models are cordless and allow you to use it in the shower and they only cost a little bit more.
Some concerns for other people...
Some people may be concerned about the pain. I was scared at first as well, but it's really not that bad once you get it going. Since I used to wax, maybe my skin is thicker now, but I do hear that some people do bleed a little when they first start epilating.
Also, if you have skin tags under your arms, I suggest you get it removed first before you use this because it *WILL* pull it off. You don't want that.
Epilators are more or less personal items that should not be shared, but I did let my friend Janice try it on her legs since she was so keen. Her reactions were so hilarious that I kind of wish I recorded it on a video. She's used to shaving her legs, so epilating it for the first time did hurt quite a bit. Her tip: pressing down on the skin with the epilator can help reduce some of the pain. Hovering around on top of the unwanted hair is much worse.
I love my epilator despite all these extra features I wish it had! Actually, when I look on the Braun website, I notice that they have newer models that do include these features! I guess the one I got was older, which was why it's on sale. In the end, I still find the epilator very convenient. All I have to do is plug-and-go! I will never go back to waxing!