26 July 2015

Hair Removal Talk & Braun Silk-epil 3 3270 Epilator Review

I was recently on a search for effective hair removal for my arms and legs. After having previously tried out my mums epilator, and understanding how painful it could be, I took the plunge and went out to buy one for myself.
There are many epilators out there on the market and I was contemplating on buying a pretty expensive one at first (either the Braun Silk-Epil 5 or 7) but then I figured, what if it doesn't work as well I hoped, or maybe all do the same thing. Whatever the reason, I played it safe and bought this one: the Braun Silk-epil 3 3270 Epilator. 
And to my delight, it was half price at £29.99 down from £59.99 at Boots, so I just had to get it.

The set-up was straightforward, just plug it in and your good to go. However, it does come with a European plug and no adaptor, so that could be a problem for those living in the UK (I'm not sure why it doesn't have an adaptor with it, that was a disappointed. Luckily, my mum already had one at home from a previous holiday.) There are two speed settings, one slower and the other slightly faster, to accommodate the different areas you wish to remove the hair. There is also a 'lady shaver' attachment that is recommended for use of longer hairs before epilating them, and a brush to clean the heads afterwards. 

To prep my skin before using the epilator, I just had a shower like normal and used an exfoliating body scrub along with my exfoliating shower gloves as it is recommended to prevent ingrown hairs. The great thing is that nothing else is needed for the areas you wish to epilate - just get the machine and you're good to go. 

Now, I'm not gonna lie: It hurt so bad the first time I used it. My fists were clenched and my teeth locked shut as I tried to push through it. And that was only during the removal of my arm hair.  Epilating my legs wasn't as bad, but it did still hurt especially around the knee area. Think of it as multiple tweezers pulling out the hair at once, which is quite a difficult feeling to imagine.

My mum reassured me that over time it becomes practically painless after you do it a few times, so I stuck with it and I've now been using it for over 5 weeks. She is indeed correct, as I can now do it within a 10 minute stretch straight after my shower with very little pain. There are still some parts sensitive, but I think its difficult to get a good hair removal that is completely painless. I epilate around once a week, but I found that I can see hair growth in about 5-6 days, which is actually really good especially when your used to the daily hassle of razors!

Overall I am so happy with my epilator. Although the word 'epilating' can be pretty daunting, especially when you have to spend quite a lot of money of a little machine that has spinning tweezers on the end of it, it is a worthwhile purchase. Its not as painless as shaving but it is a hell of a lot less hassle too. And its much less messier than waxing can ever be! Its handy too, as you can just whack out the epilator and remove the hair wherever it is needed which with time becomes much less painful that you can almost not even feel it. I've noticed that my hair actually has become finer with regular epilation, a myth I perviously didn't believe until now that I see it with my own eyes. What you do have to be wary of is the ingrown hairs that can occur, particularly on the legs where the hair has grown backwards into the follicle causing a bump in the skin. However, this can be easily avoided with regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, and you can even buy creams such as these Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads to wipe down the skin after epilating.

I would definitely recommend an epilator to anybody who wants their hair removal to last longer than a day! Its only a one-off purchase too meaning there is no need to constantly buy razors, shaving cream or wax strips. There are many on the market which are suitable for a range of different uses for every budget.

I need to add a little side-note: hair removal is a personal preference and I don't think anybody should feel the need to have a completely hairless body just to be accepted. If it makes you feel more confident and happy, then go for it! If you just want to embrace what you've got then theres no need to change as long as you feel comfortable in your own skin. No-one should dictate how you feel about such topics, just do whatever you think is right for you!

I hope this post helps anybody who has thought about this type of hair removal, and if so feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. This is so useful! I've been thinking about trying epilating for months and have read so many reviews now, and I think it's time I tried it out (yay for having a high pain tolerance haha). Great post Aliya :)

    1. Haha thanks Abby, its such a random post but I'm glad it helped!

  2. I'm really interested in trying this technique, it does sound painful to start with but if the pain stops then I guess it's worth it! I'm defo going to investigate!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

    1. After using it for quite a few weeks now i have to say it is definitely worth checking out!

  3. I only tried epilating once and always swore never again as it hurt SO much - but maybe I should persevere! It does sound so much more convenient than regular shaving.

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

    1. I really think you should! Yeah it is pretty painful at first but I found that around the third time it was so much bearable :)