Menopause and Unwanted Hair

June 15th, 2017
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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.

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Hairline Shaping With Electrolysis

May 16th, 2017
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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.

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Body Positivity: Ending the Shame Cycle

February 20th, 2017
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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.

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Unwanted Toe Hair: A Problem with Solutions

June 24th, 2016
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Electrolysis permanently removes unwanted toe hairWhether due to an activated toe hair gene or a heady concentration of hair growth hormones, or a confluence of both, some people have hairy feet. Whether that’s a smattering of toe hair on a few digits or cascades of curlicued hair needing a brush, Western society is increasingly drawn to smooth, hair-free skin.

People with particularly luxuriant feet have compared themselves to Tolkien’s hobbits - creatures whose feet are covered in a coat of hair. Now that summer is upon us, many are looking down at those hairs bared in their sandals and wishing for a solution. No one wants to be plagued by insecurities when they are trying to choose the most comfortable shoe option for the summer. Do you choose to cover up reemerging hairs, or go for the coolest option? Why compromise when there are solutions?

According to the Daily Mail, British men are increasingly joining the market for cosmetic procedures as they seek different hair removal options. As some increase their shaving surface area, they quickly experience the frustrations of a mere temporary reprieve from hair growth and an increased overall grooming time. And while we could wish away vanity and hair standards, they seem to be veering toward less hair, not more. The Daily Mail is even predicting smooth legs will become standard for all men, not just bodybuilders and swimmers.

Solutions For Unwanted Toe Hair

Many are investing in semi-permanent and permanent hair removal solutions. Some are turning to laser removal for a reduction in hair growth and a temporary removal. Others opt for electrolysis, which offers the only method approved by the FDA to call itself permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is also great for all hair types, including lighter colors that are difficult for lasers to eliminate.

No matter which method you choose, permanent (or semi-permanent) hair removal doesn’t happen overnight. Both methods require a series of appointments and an upfront investment. However, when you consider your lifetime cost of shaving supplies and time spent grooming, the initial investment seems like a deal. And you’ll never have to worry about those stray toe hairs when you slip on your sandals to head to the beach again. Self-confidence is priceless.

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Tattoos And Permanent Hair Removal

May 19th, 2016
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permanent hair removal tattoosHair removal and tattoos are both ways of expressing yourself. Both are about you taking control of your body and appearance. Unfortunately, these two means of expression do not always get along. When looking into hair removal options, it is important to know how your body art may affect your process.

Hair Removal Near Tattoos

For unwanted hair issues, the two main contenders are electrolysis and laser. With professional electrolysis, an effect on tattoos is very unlikely. Electrolysis goes below your ink, to the base of the hair follicle. It destroys the growth cells in that one follicle, making it a very precise art. With laser hair reduction, the treatment can act unpredictably when presented with tattoos.

When considering laser hair removal, the location of your tattoos in relation to the treatment area is very important. Laser is attracted to pigment in both your unwanted hair and your tattoo ink. Even if the laser technician isn't working directly over the tattoo, the nearby pigment can attract the heat.

The lasers used in hair reduction are not the same as the lasers used in tattoo removal. Tattoo removal lasers are designed to act on a different layer of the skin. They use a pulsing laser to break up the ink and prevent the heat from getting too extreme. This pulsing method is not effective for hair reduction. As a result the hair reduction laser might not just distort your tattoo, it could also burn your skin.

Good laser technicians will keep at least an inch away from the tattoo, working around it. They may also use a shield to reflect the laser energy away from your ink. Regardless, the tattooed area will require a different method of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method recommended for tattoos.

Check with your electrologist and see if they treat skin with tattoos. Electrolysis is the best way to combine permanent hair removal needs with body art.

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