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My first Brazilian wax was comically long. I spent 40 minutes with my legs spread in the air while all the hair was plucked, turning my lower areas into a naked mole rat. It was painful and expensive, but the results lasted for weeks. Like many before me, I was addicted. No other hair removal method has been compared, and I never considered an alternative until I came across the Braun Silk-épil 9 epilator (Buy it, $ 90, was $ 100 , amazon.com).
One of Amazon’s best-selling hair removal devices, it removes unwanted hair by pulling it out from the root – think tweezers on steroids. In fact, the micro-grip tweezer technology is like using 40 tweezers simultaneously at a time, depending on the brand. Only, it comes with the added bonus of a swivel head that follows the contours of your body, a light that helps guide each pass on your follicles and a sensor that prevents you from pressing too hard against your skin. (Related: The Best Wax Strips At Home)
And if you’re wondering what is “better than waxing” – as several reviewers have proclaimed – it all comes down to the skin. Waxing removes skin cells, while an epilator only removes the hair roots. The result is less irritation with the same long lasting results. Plus, it’s much more cost effective with the device priced similar to one or two Brazilian waxes at a high-end salon (depending on your location).
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Buy it: Braun Silk-épil 9 epilator, $ 90 (was $ 100), amazon.com
Another advantage of switching to the Braun epilator is that you can epilate more often. Typically, you should wait at least three weeks between waxes to make sure the hairs are long enough to be removed with a wax, but you can use this device on follicles that are less than half a millimeter in length. Farewell, thatch! (FYI, here’s a “fucking miracle” for treating ingrown hairs.)
And if the fear of pain keeps you strapped to an electric razor, listen up. The epilator comes with two modes: gentle and effective. The former allows for a slow approach to hair removal that minimizes pain, while the latter charges at full speed. This allows you to make the process easier – reviewers have even written that it gets “less painful” over time. Plus, you’ll avoid the painful razor burn.
Best of all, it’s undeniably effective; one buyer claimed he could wax his arms, legs, bikini line, face and stomach in just 20 minutes. The device can also be used on wet or dry skin, and it’s completely wireless, making it easy to maneuver on hard-to-reach parts of the body. (Not ready to swap? Check out the best bikini trimmers.)
With over 4,500 five-star ratings, it was mostly the rave reviews that convinced me it was officially time to add to cart. One reviewer said it was the “best buy” of all time, and another called it a “game changer.” While I can’t find any reason not to give it a try, especially with the current 10% discount, this buyer summed it up best:
“I will never waste time or money waxing [a] spa or home, or expensive razor refills and shaving foam. This unit has already paid for itself in annual razor refills and does a much better job. “