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.


Unwanted Toe Hair: A Problem with Solutions

June 24th, 2016

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.


Tattoos And Permanent Hair Removal

May 19th, 2016

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.


Children With Unwanted Facial Hair - What to do?

March 17th, 2016

Children With Unwanted Facial HairAs electrolysis becomes more popular it is no surprise that its popularity is also growing among minors with unwanted facial hair. We all know how important image and appearance are to a young person. Teens are one thing, but what is a parent to do for a younger child embarrassed by their unibrow or harassed over their dark upper lip? Electrologists say, "For your little ones, start with the easiest option - a cheap personal facial trimmer."

Most Electrologists are reluctant to treat children under 12, though requests will still come in for children as young as 6 years old. Electrolysis can be an uncomfortable process, even for adults. Topical numbing creams can help manage the process, but they can only do so much.  One should not have high expectations that a small child will be able to handle facial hair removal treatments like laser or electrolysis.

Children have delicate, sensitive skin, making facial hair removal options designed for adult skin less than ideal. Chemical products that dissolve or bleach unwanted hair can burn or irritate young skin. Waxing may be fast, but it can also be harsh, causing bleeding or a rash. Shaving may seem obvious, but it's easy to nick or scrape the skin, especially when shaving the face.

Professional Electrologists recommend starting small with a battery-operated facial hair trimmer like those made by Finishing Touch, Remington, Panasonic, etc. These items are cheap, painless, easy to get, provide a close cut, and are simple to use at home. You can always move up to electrolysis when your child is older.

What If a Trimmer Isn't Enough?

If you feel that your child's situation is more than a trimmer can handle, schedule a consultation with an Electrologist. Electrolysis is permanent hair removal, so the Electrologist will want to talk with the child to make sure that this is something they really want. As a parent your consent is, of course, required, and you will play a part in the consultation. Most parents are also able to witness the treatments, which will probably be no longer than 15 minutes per session. Remember, a consultation isn't a commitment. If you or your child are unsure about pursuing a certain treatment, talking with a professional can help to ease the mind and come to a decision.

Enjoy helping your child take control of their personal appearance!


Mole Hair and Electrolysis: What You Need To Know

January 4th, 2016

Are you curious or concerned about a mole with hair growing on it? Moles are common skin abnormalities but you may have several questions about them. What exactly is a mole? How and why does hair grow on them? Are these moles a cause for serious medical concern? You may wonder if electrolysis can safely remove hair from moles. Regarding skin conditions and hair removal, information is crucial, so we'll help answer these questions before you make a decision.

Remove hair from moles with electrolysis

What are moles?

Moles are growths which appear when skin cells develop in a cluster instead of spreading evenly over the skin. They are often darker in color than the surrounding skin. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, and they usually develop between early childhood and age 30, often increasing during adolescence. Though many adults have at least a few moles which are usually benign, it's still important to seek a medical evaluation for prevention and early treatment of skin cancer.

How and why does hair grow on moles?

The answer is that moles themselves don't actually produce hair, hair grows through them. Hair follicles produce hair on nearly every area of the body, including areas where moles occur. The dense cluster of skin cells growing together which forms a mole can cause darker pigmentation of hair growing through the mole. Sometimes hair appearing on a mole is vellus, which is shorter, fine, and light-colored, compared to longer, dark, and thicker terminal hair, which can also occur on moles.

Electrolysis and moles

Despite the common misconception that moles with hair are more likely to indicate a serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, dermatologists clarify that moles with hair are no more or less likely to develop melanoma than similar moles without hair. However, if you notice changes to a mole such as asymmetry, irregular edges, different colors throughout the area of the mole, or changes in size, shape, or color, this may indicate melanoma, and you should speak immediately with a dermatologist.

Is electrolysis safe for permanent mole hair removal?

Generally speaking, electrolysis on mole hair is safe and simple. Your local electrologist is the best source of information though, because regulations for using electrolysis to remove hair from moles vary from state to state. Some states require a doctor's approval before electrolysis treatments, and your electrologist may recommend speaking with a dermatologist or another medical doctor to check that the mole is not cancerous. If you're considering electrolysis for permanent hair removal from your mole, ask your electrologist about how to get started.