Boy, you people are wimps.
I’m a guy…very hairy Italian guy…full chest pelt if you know what I mean.
I started removing my full body hair in late 2004. Tried shaving the pubs back in the mid-'90s when I was in college, and found that the constant razor burn would lessen the smooth feeling.
Well anyway, back to 2004. Due to some skin issues (achne), I started to shave my body hair because it prooved to help the achne heal up. Well, shaving was a double-edged sword. Yeah, it got me smooth for a day, but then rough stubble would grow back within 12 hours…remember…Italian dude.
OK, so I figured I had to find something different. Did a little research and found that this new generation of rotary epilators would do the trick. And that’s after trying some of these new oscilating cutter block foiled razors. What a waste those were.
So what model of epilator did I buy? The Braun SilkEpil 5270.
Works great. Works on all hairs except the smallest of new grown stubble. Give those hairs another day and it’ll work.
Now, about the pain. But a disclaimor is in need here first. I’m a spinal chord injury patient, so my outer epidermis probably isn’t as sensitive to pain as it would be for a normal person, so take this for what it’s worth.
The pain factor depends on the number of hairs your epilating at any given time. The more hairs you’re yanking out at one time, the more pain. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
But there’s some good news in that point. Once you get rid of your initial “pelt”, the sparity in the hair regrowth cycle means that whenever you do get regrowth, it’ll be a sparce hair here or there. And pulling these hairs out via the epilator is practically painless.
So basically, it’s only the first time that you get that “unbearable” pain.
But back to the Braun 5270. It’s a great epilator, BUT you must handle with care. Drop the thing, barrel first into a hardened floor, such as wood or tile, and there’s a good chance that you’ll jar the tweezer drum out of allignment and it’ll stop working. Oh, it’ll still rotate and it’ll look like the tweezers are still pinching properly, but when you take it to hair…nothing happens.
I’ve gone through four of these things over the past 5 years. The first one I actually fried the inner motor of the hand-held devive with alcohol during a cleaning session. But the next three I ruined with drops on my hard tile floor. (Well, I still had the tweezer drum from the first one.)
So with my latest one, I have gotten into the habit of unpluging the thing after use. Because what was happening was that I was accidently catching the cord with whatever and it’d send the unit flying and crashing into the floor.