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I've heard people rave about the Braun Silk Epil. I personally find the it painful on my thighs and found waxing less painful in general than the epilator. However, others may feel differently about it. I think using it after a shower is better and possibly the Braun one may have something you can put in the freezer.
I've used a Braun epilator and it's bloody painful! I don't really use it now (got it about two years ago) as you need to be consistent both to keep on top of the hair removal and to develop a certain pain threshold! It is less painful after a few uses but to be honest I can't imagine a teenager putting up with it. Maybe someone will come along who's teenager has experience of it.
I have epilated since I was a teen. It is very painful to start of with, especially around ankles and feet. But I got past that on my own and after the first couple of times I was fine. I found it very freeing to be able to take care of the hair myself, without needing to go for professional help. Personally I never got the hang of shaving and although I have done my own home wax before, I find it quite messy and time consuming.
I think it's not a bad idea booking your dd in for a professional wax to start with. After that experience she might have a better idea of what she might like to try next. My first ever experience of hair removal was stove top hot wax which my mum applied to me in her kitchen.