Simple Tips for Getting the Best Hair Removal Experience

August 15th, 2019

To get the best results from your electrologist you must prepare yourself, your hair, and your skin for your electrolysis appointment.

Here is a list to help you prepare and keep your skin soft and smooth while effectively removing hair.

Staying hydrated before your electrolysis appointment can boost the effectiveness of your session.

Pre-care

Hydrate: This is the most important step in preparation for your treatment. Drink plenty of water a few days before your treatment. Electrolysis works best when the skin and hair are well hydrated.

Arrive stress free and relaxed: When you're scheduling an appointment be sure you give yourself plenty of time. Avoid making appointments for times when you'll feel rushed or stressed. Coming in relaxed can significantly reduce discomfort during your visit.

Avoid Caffeine: Stay away from caffeine the day of your electrologist appointment. Caffeine's purpose is to keep us awake and alert, combined that with a small electric shock and it can make anyone uncomfortable. Additionally caffeine-induced jitters can make it harder for an electrologist to follow the follicle being treated.

Shave the area you are treating 3-5 days before your appointment: It is easier for your electrologist to locate your hair follicles when the hair is shorter. Shaving 3-5 days before your appointment should leave the optimal amount of hair visible for your electrologist.

Do not tweeze before your electrolysis appointment: It can take 6 weeks for your hair follicle to grow after tweezing, making it harder for an electrologist to find the follicle.

Avoid exposure to the sun before treatment: Exposure to the sun can dry out your skin potentially increasing discomfort during treatment and prolonging the healing process. If you must expose your skin to the sun your electrologist will likely recommend applying a lotion of SPF 50 or greater to protect your skin.

Moisturize: Along with staying hydrated, moisturizing can benefit you during your treatment process. Avoid any harsh ingredients in your moisturizers and soaps. Talk to your electrologist as they may be able to recommend a product for you.

Post-Care

Again stay hydrated: Staying hydrated after your electrolysis appointment is just as important as staying hydrated before your appointment. Your skin may heal faster when your body is properly hydrated.

Skip the makeup brush: Staying makeup free for the first 24 hours after treatment will ensure that your recently-treated pores and skin remain clean and recover faster.

Do not touch or scratch your skin: Following an electrolysis session your skin will be more susceptible to bacteria while your follicles heal.  Scratching or touching the areas that have been treated may cause an acne breakout. Follow your electrologist’s post-treatment guide to ensure you are keeping your skin clean.


Everyone’s situation is different but the electrologists in your area are knowledgeable professionals who would be happy to answer any of your questions about your individual needs. Find an electrologist near you and schedule your consultation today!

The Potentially Harmful Effects of Beauty Products

February 19th, 2018

People want to look their best, so they can feel their best. To do this, many of us turn to video tutorials and recommendations for beauty products from the web. But if you are anything like me, who still doesn’t know the difference between concealer and foundation (seriously, what is it?), you need some help. A quick search on YouTube or Google will yield thousands of beauty tips and recommendations for various beauty products. You can find anything from “8 Mascara Hacks You Need To Know!” to “Top 5 Best Anti-Aging Serums.”

Beauty Products Can Have Side Effects

What some people sometimes forget to consider are the possible side effects of these products. Everyone has different body chemistry and some can have some pretty severe skin reactions. A study published in August of 2017 reports side effects including rashes, hair loss and other dermatological problems, while some long term reports have even cited cancer as a possible side effect. We're not saying you should ditch your morning beauty routine and go au naturale. But, maybe before you start slathering your face with mystery product A., you might want to test out a small bit of the product on another part of your body to see how your skin reacts.

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Ask Your Electrologist

Another way to be careful about the products you use is to steer clear of the chemicals that can cause the most harm. These include harsh products containing glycolic, salicylic or retinoic acid. Why would cosmetics contain potentially harmful chemicals? Unfortunately, cosmetics are grossly underregulated in the United States. This is why it is important to be an informed consumer.  When in doubt, ask your electrologist! Your electrologist is a skin care professional and can help you find the right products for your skin type.

Menopause and Unwanted Hair

June 15th, 2017

Senor Woman discussing menopause permanent hair removalIt is common knowledge that menopause makes women smarter and even more devastatingly beautiful. (If this is not already common knowledge in your house, take steps immediately to make sure everyone is on the same page.)

In exchange for all of that wisdom and beauty, Mother Nature often "blesses" us during menopause with unwanted hair growth where we wish it wasn’t. It can be fine and downy, like peach fuzz on our cheeks. Or it can take the form of wiry hairs sticking out of our chins and upper lips. We can thank our hormones for this. During our childbearing years our estrogen levels are high in order to maintain our reproductive health. As we near menopause, estrogen levels drop. Testosterone can become more dominant and lead to excess facial hair.

Many women will overlook a stray hair or twelve, choosing to shave occasionally.  This may be a perfectly acceptable method of dealing with mild facial hair, but it can be a pain to keep up with the new growth.  And shaving leaves a stubble that you might find unappealing.

Getting back to the positive aspects of aging, many women find a new acceptance of their bodies that they didn’t have in the past. Our bodies are amazing and resilient, and they have seen us through decades of life. It is most important that we love them and take care of them. If your facial hair doesn’t bother you, leave it alone. The people who love you don’t mind if you’re fuzzier than you used to be.

If nature has given you more luxurious facial hair than you are comfortable with, it’s time to think about a permanent solution.  Electrolysis is a safe and effective way of doing just that. Depending on the amount of hair and the size of the treatment area, you could be on your way to a smoother face in just a few sessions.

Hairline Shaping With Electrolysis

May 16th, 2017

Is Your Hairline Giving the Wrong Impression?

In the early 1900s, a doctor named Gerolamo Cardano penned several books in which he made an association between forehead lines and the planets. According to Cardano, the horizontal and vertical shapes on the forehead corresponded to different planets and provided valuable insight into personality and behavior. Interestingly, not only do followers of Metoposcopy read the lines, they also attempt to determine one’s personality and qualities by looking at the size of the forehead, and the shape of the hairline.

So what if, for example, you have a straight hairline with a narrow forehead? If Metoposcopy is to be believed this means you are angry and irritable, and craving love. Is that really how people see you? And more importantly, is that the impression you want to give?

How about a nice rounded hairline? Well, that, according to the books, means you are irresponsible and selfish, and quick to exploit friends.

Metoposcopy should be approached with common sense (and perhaps a hefty pinch of salt), but still, it does make you wonder...is your hairline telling lies?

Luckily there is something which can be done to permanently and expertly change your hairline. Of course, you could try plucking the hairs which are distorting your otherwise perfect widow’s peak, or you could even shave the baby hairs growing under your hairline to give it more definition, but those are short-term solutions and would need almost constant maintenance. There is even something called ‘hair contouring’, which requires different parts of your hair to be lighter or darker to accentuate or disguise the shape of your face. But again, that would require regular visits to the salon.

If it worked for Rita Hayworth...

Take a leaf out of Rita Hayworth’s book. When she first came onto the movie scene in the 1930s she was a dark haired Spanish girl, with the typical Latino hairline – low-down and giving her forehead a narrow appearance. Her exotic looks were holding her back from landing bigger parts, so she underwent a series of electrolysis sessions on her hairline. This completely altered the appearance of her face, making her appear much more open and inviting, and showing off her eyes.

Rita Hayworth - Before and After Electrolysis Hairline Shaping

Rita Hayworth - Before and After Electrolysis Hairline Shaping

Of course, it’s not only the front hairline which can be improved using electrolysis. A lot of women like to wear their hair up but find that their neckline extends too far down the back of the neck. Electrolysis can be used to give a much cleaner neckline, making up-dos much sleeker.

While you might not want such a drastic change as Rita Hayworth, (she also went from black hair to her signature red) there is no doubt about it – hair frames the face, and the shape of your hairline does affect your appearance. Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal which the FDA allows to call itself permanent hair removal, so once it’s done you never have to think about it again.

Body Positivity: Ending the Shame Cycle

February 20th, 2017

Body positivity solutionsWhile the term body positivity might be new, the sentiment isn't. Everyone wants to feel good about themselves. When faced with something you feel like you can't change, you have a choice to make - accept the trait or spiral into depression. At least, that’s the frame of the body positivity argument. Given those options, it’s easy to see why many men and women alike are leading others to accept their weight, stretch marks, gray hair, wrinkles, and body hair.

Body positivity is not magic

Their attitudes are jaunty and fearless; it's easy to see why anyone would want to emulate them. Maybe if we adopt those attitudes, we could gain the same confidence. From Meghan Trainor's positivity anthem "All About That Bass" to the public faces of bearded ladies like Harnaam Kaur, acceptance spreads like a fire. Often that’s an amazing process, but Kaur admits in her anti-bullying work that words do hurt and that her journey to acceptance has been a rocky one, filled with self-harming tendencies.

So, what are the options?

Is spiraling really the only option for those who do want to change something about themselves? Of course not. There are many available solutions to our problems, from lifestyle changes to medical procedures. There’s no need to sacrifice viable solutions to acceptance and body positivity. Everyone should focus on getting to a place where they can love who they are, even if the paths to get there look very different.

Kaur's confidence on a runway is awe-inspiring, but one has to wonder, would she have been in a better place if she could have opted for permanent hair removal? Would she have ever thought about self-harm? If a simple solution exists, why should anyone struggle so hard? Swimming with a cinderblock chained to your ankle may make you stronger, but there are ways to strengthen yourself without risking your life.

For those struggling with body image because of unwanted hair, electrolysis is a permanent, effective solution. Electrologists are often inspired to pursue their careers because of their own need for  permanent hair removal. Electrolysis permanent hair removal was an incredible, positive change for them, a change they wanted to share with others. It’s a small thing - a few follicles - but it can make a huge difference in how you see yourself. If it makes you fell more confident, I say go for it!

You get to decide what works for you

In the struggle to develop self-confidence, there are bullets to dodge almost anywhere you look, from both media and entertainers. At first glance "All About That Bass" is a harmless body positivity hit, but Trainor's song has a twisted side as it slams thin women. There's a dark side to some body acceptance advocates, shaming those who choose to improve their appearances so that they can love themselves. Any change that lets you walk taller, feel beautiful, and exude confidence is growth. Whether that growth comes from meditation, support groups, or cosmetic procedures doesn't matter. It's all moving toward acceptance.

If unwanted hair is keeping you from feeling like your best self, end the shame cycle. If you choose to end it by seeking permanent hair removal, the electrologist community is there for you.