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Home Hair Removal With The Braun Silk-Epil Expressive Epilator

Update: Learn all about  affordable home laser hair removal and permanent hair removal options in our Complete Home Laser Hair Removal Buyer’s Guide .

Last week I sat down with the Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator in hand, wondering why the heck I agreed to test a home hair removal device that I knew would hurt and I generally expecting the worse in terms of pain. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the discomfort was quite bearable, and the results were so good that I love the thing!

Before I write more on how much I like this product, let’s get one thing straight. If you are not familiar with how an epilator works, it essentially pulls your hair out a the roots. Therefore, it cannot be painless—that is impossible. So anyone who complains that an epilator is a bad product merely because it hurts is usually focusing on their own sensitivities and not the quality of the product. It also means that if you are squeamish or particularly sensitive, you probably shouldn’t try one.

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Braun Epilator

With all that said, I actually am a bit squeamish, but I was surprised to find that the pain was less than waxing for me. Not much less, but a bit. I was expecting more because of the slower use of the product. But the Braun Silk-Epil Expressive has the option of using a beginner head with little massage type rollers and a smaller surface area, which seemed to make a difference. I also found that I actually kind of liked the sensation. It one of those satisfying kinds of pain, knowing that it will lead to weeks of hair free legs. One note though–I briefly tried using the Braun epilator on the bikini area, and that was a lot more painful, so I’m not sure I will be using it there. Although I plan to try again.

In terms of home hair removal, the epilator worked very well. It can remove hair once it is about 2-3mm long, which isn’t all that bad to grow out. The hair came off completely which each swipe of the device and it stayed gone for well over 3 weeks—the same as waxing for me. The Silk-Epil has a little built in light that is nice for spotting missed hairs, and because it is rechargeable, there is no annoying cord. A corded version Home Hair Removal With The Braun Silk Epil Expressive Epilator is also available for about $30 less.

The epilator comes with heads for legs, underarms, the bikini area, and face, along with a razor attachment and case. Cleaning is easy. My only complaint is that the instructions are a bit hard to read. The English instructions are in the middle of a thick booklet, while references to the parts come from a picture at the front, making page flipping a requirement. It also is a bit on the expensive side for a hair removal appliance, but well worth it in my opinion, assuming that you are the type who can handle the sensation of the device.

The Braun Silk-Epil Expressive has become my hair removal option of choice. If you are willing to put up with a bit of prickly pain and discomfort for weeks of hair free legs, this is a great item to try.

Update: Since writing this, I have started using the Tria Laser for permanent  home hair removal and have also tested the Verseo eGlide for permanent hair removal on my face. I am happy with both products. For more, take a look at our posts on the products here:

Home Electrolysis Roller (overview with a lot of user comments)

Verseo eGlide Review

Permanent  Home Hair Removal (buyer’s guide)

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  1. “If you are willing to put up with a bit of prickly pain and discomfort for weeks of hair free legs,” is what sums it up for me. After reading your piece, I think I’m ready to finally try an epilator. I’ve always been a little afraid of the pain, but considering the other things I’ve tried, why not? Thanks for sharing!

  2. The only way I get rid of hair is by using IPL removal at a local med spa. It’s the only solution I’ve found that doesn’t hurt, burn, or mess with my skin’s pigmentation.

  3. For weeks of hair free legs I’d go through the pain. Waxing never worked for me.

  4. So I guess all the ladies doesn’t need their bikini wax anymore. That’s a great news isn’t?

  5. I plan on buying this epilator, i have to switch mine, it’s a bit old, already.

    Anyway I just wanted to make a comment on this: “I briefly tried using the epilator on the bikini area, and that was a lot more painful, so I’m not sure I will be using it there.” – I have and use epilator since I was 14 (now I’m 20) and the first times I used it in the bikini area it hurt like hell and I even bleeded. Now that area it’s painless for me. Really, I feel absolutly no pain! But let me remind you that to use the epilator it is better if you use it in smaller hair, it will hurt less.

    Sorry about my English.

  6. This epilator is amazing. I haven’t shaved my legs in about 5 years or so because I’ve been epilating.

    Even when my legs are “hairy” you can hardly see it and the hairs are really soft and fine. When I used to shave, my leg hair was sharp and course and I would be embarrassed to brush my leg up against someone accidentally in the summer. I have tried several iterations of the epilator. This version is the best. The most painless, the most portable (hello cordless!) and it has a trimmer and bikini attachment. The bikini area I still reserve for waxing as I do get a lot of ingrowns but I’m hoping in time I can use it for that as well.

    If you have never used an epilator before, I recommend getting your legs waxed a few times first and then epilate as your hair starts to grow back. It will be a much easier transition than unleashing it on your virgin leg hairs if you’ve never done it before ;)

  7. I actually tried epilating and i think its probably one of the greatest inventions. Initially i started to shave and the hairs grew back quicker and more thicker each time. Then i resorted to waxing, which was fine, but the only issue with waxing was that you have to wait for at least 4 weeks for the hair to grow back long enough to wax. But now i’ve discovered the epilator and the hairs grew back much more finer and it takes at least a good 4-5 weeks for it to grow back. ALthough when it does grow back, you can start epilating again pretty much just as long as you moisturise regularly after to keep it smoothe and long lasting. If it irritates your skin after epilating, use an aloe vera gel which instantly calms and soothes the skin.

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