The Best Hair Removal Techniques & Methods

January 16, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

Hair removalWe want men to think we are naturally hairless and always smooth.  And because of that, there are so many products and techniques out there to help you achieve that goal.  But honestly, what is the best hair removal method??  What is the difference between each one?  Which one last longer?  By now you've probably realized that beauty is sometimes painful so I'm rating all of these hair removal methods on  pain and longevity to help you find out which method would work best for you.

Rating scale:

Pain 1-5 (1 = "I didn't feel a thing", 5 = "are you kidding me")
Longevity 1-5 (1 = "I sneezed and all of my hairs grew back",  5 = "is the winter has come and gone and I'm still silky smooth")

Shaving. Of course I had to add this one on there....we all do it!  It's the easiest and quickest solution to our problem. We sometimes shave with shaving cream, or shaving gel, some girls do it with lotion, and when you're lazy, soap and water. Although the results after soap and water may leave you red and bumpy and your skin irritated (Hot TIP: To ease razor burn pain, apply a thin layer of plain yogurt and let it sit for 3 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water and pat dry. Yogurt contains lactic acid which calms down your irritated skin and exfoliates the top layer of irritated cells. Trust me, it works.) For the most part shaving with gels or creams is pretty painless, but how long does it last?  You gotta do it practically everyday!  And on cold days, every 2 hours!  There has got to be a better way....
Ratings: Pain 1, Longevity 1

waxingWaxing. This is plucking on a bigger scale.  You use hot wax, apply it to the desired area, use the strips of cloth that come with the kit, put the cloth on top of the applied wax and rip off the cloth in the opposite direction of the hair growth.  Sound painful?  Probably because it's not a stroll in the park.  Especially when you get a bikini wax!...Oh my lord!....some of my friends say it was worst than giving birth for them....that's intense...Waxing in general in any other area is not fun, but if you can get used to it, it's a pretty effective method.  It lasts a long time...about 2-3 weeks depending on the person and the more you do it, the finer your hair gets and you won't have to worry about your hair for months sometimes.  On the down side, you have to do this very very often though.
Ratings: Pain 4, Longevity 4

Plucking. This method is normally used in smaller areas of the body, i.e. eyebrows, upper lip, your boyfriends toes, his unibrow....when you're mad at him and start plucking at random areas of his body....is this just me? Plucking is a very effective method because you're pulling the hair at the root of the problem.  So it takes longer to grow back from the root to the surface before you can see the hair.  This process definitely takes longer and is more tedious and can't really be used on other parts of your body where hair is growing like crazy.  It is used for precision when you're designing the arch in your eyebrow or maybe a small happy face on your boyfriends chest....again...am I alone on this?. As for pain, the more you do it, the finer your hair becomes and the less painful it is.  This method just gets better with time.
Ratings: Pain 3, Longevity 3

eyebrow threadingThreading .This is an ancient hair removal technique from India.  This method is used for ANY facial hair that either men or women have.  Mainly used for your eyebrows, upper lip, hairline, and usually guys in Arab countries use it for their ear hairs, hehe ew.  It is done with thin cotton threads that is twisted over your hairs, ripping it from the root in a straight line.  So it's similar to plucking, but it's faster since you can do rows of hair removal at once instead of one hair at a time.  I've done it and it's kind of surprising at first because this row of hair is so quickly removed from your face.  But my eyebrows were perfect when they were done and I loved the results.  I heard horror stories about it infecting some people resulting in breakouts and skin irritations.  Just make sure wherever you go to do this, everything is sanitized.  It lasts as long as plucking and definitely varies on how thick your hairs are.  It can last about 2 weeks or so.
Ratings: Pain 3.5, Longevity 3

Laser Hair Removal. Ahh yes...to never have to worry about shaving, plucking, waxing, pulling, doing ancient rituals to remove your hair again.  If you have the money for it (and I'm talking in the range of $1200 and up) this is the way to go.  This method is definitely not for everybody as there are a few things you must know:

  1. Your skin must be a lighter color than your hair.  If you are darker skin, you absorb too much laser energy and it may results in different laser equipment and require more treatments to get the desired results.
  2. If you tanned, you must wait till your tan wears off before you can consider this method.
  3. You must have time for multiple treatments to get rid of the hair for good! Hair grows in different cycles and you have to do it about 6 times to get all of the hairs out of there!

Now I have also had this done once and I thought it was awesome! I'm saving up to get other areas of my body done, but at least I can tell you what it feels like. If you're prepared for the pain, it's not THAT bad. Now of course this all varies on what area you do it, but it feels like someone is snapping a rubber band at you...like a pinching followed by a smell of burned hair. It's not painless, but for the longevity of it, the pain is worth it. The finer the hair, the less it'll hurt of course. So take yourself out for ice cream after your first 2 treatments, but after wards, it should get easier.
Ratings: Pain 4, Longevity 5 (Can't beat that!)

So next time you pick up that razor, you may wonder, "is there a better way?" or "how much time do I have to get a smoother look and feel?"  I hope this helps!  Leave me comments! :-)

Chi Pink Iron – The Best Flat Iron Ever!

January 10, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

Chi Pink Iron

I have wavy, sort of curly, sort of straight, frizzy, very annoying hair. The easiest and quickest tool for me to use to look fabulous is a straight iron. Now, there are so many different straight irons on the market. Which one is good? Whichever one that is in your budget, make sure it’s a ceramic iron as is it better for your hair. This is the one item that I suggest you splurge a little on.  Because a little goes a long way! It is less damaging to your hair and it makes it look healthy, smooth and fabulous!

Go for a Chi Pink Iron. I have the pink limited edition one because I love pink, but you can’t go wrong with any of their flat irons. It’s the best flat iron that I’ve ever owned and I recommend it to everyone!

Eco-conscious Makeup!

January 2, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

I have used Physicians Formula before and I was always satisfied with their products.  Now, they came out with an Organic Wear Line and I'm definitely excited to try it out!  Here are some of the benefits:organicmakeup

  • 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals - Harsh Chemicals may cause irritation, breakouts, acne, rashes, redness and premature aging because your skin cannot breathe naturally.
  • 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives -Preservatives may cause irritation as well as health problems for some people.
  • 100% Free of Synthetic - Synthetics happen when different compounds are puposefully mixed together to create another product.  Man has never produced something better than nature.  This makeup uses only natural colors, fragrances, and the brush is made from natural fibers.
  • 100% Free of Parabens - For the most part, Parabens are not proven to be that bad for you. They are used as a preservative but have low toxicity levels. Only a small percentage of the population who have paraben allergies may experience skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and/or Rosacea.
  • 100% Cruelty Free - They do not test on our furry friends.
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging - The paper compact uses 93% less plastic than a regular compact!  Nothing hotter than a fashionista who is conscious about the environment.

I am definitely going to put this product to the test.  My skin feels like it's breathing just knowing that everything is from mother nature herself!  She is the ultimate fashionista!

What are some conscious ways you try to be more green and environmentally friendly when it comes to beauty and fashion?  Would you use this product?  What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment!

UPDATE: After posting this, I went to Walgreens to buy the makeup, and the concealer stick is on sale from $6.99 to $1.39 and the blush is on sale from $12.90 to 3.19.  It's a good chance to try out the makeup!

Permanent Makeup MUST KNOWS

January 1, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Featured, Hair & Makeup

When thinking about permanent makeup, yes...it’s a tattoo...forever...as in...not removable.  You must consider a couple of things...

1. I am not really a big fan of using "colors".  They are too seasonal and trendy and later on you will be known as the old lady with blue eyebrows.  When thinking about permanent makeup, choose something neutral.  Go with colors that enhance your look!  Permanent makeup should really be used as a base.  You know, eyeliner, lip liner for fuller lips, stronger eyebrows when you barely have any.  Stuff like that.

2. Make SURE that the ink people use does not have iron oxides in it!  That is the stuff that will turn your shit green or blue. You know you’ve seen those old Asian women walkin around rockin the green or blue eyebrows!  Not good people!  Back in the old days, they used iron oxide ink because it’s in body tattoos and it’s cheap.  But after realizing that after sun exposure your shit will turn green, they quickly found other options.  There’s organic ink as well as just ink without it.  So make sure with your permanent makeup artist so you know what you’re getting into.

3. FIND a good artist!  Do your research!  To be honest, just because they may have been in the industry longer doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing anymore.  Some women who’ve been in the industry for 30 years don’t update their look.  So you’re stuck with a look that was hot, 30 years ago.  Make sure your artist has evolved and check their recent work before you let them mess with your face!  Sometimes it’s good to go with someone who’s younger because they are updated on the trends and the trends now a day is natural!

4. Ok, people usually get really queasy when tattooing eyeliner on.  Actually…not that bad!  Eyebrows are probably the least painful, and then eyeliner and the most painful are the lips!  You have less skin there and all of your meat is just chillin right there on your mouth.  So take that into consideration and make sure the artist numbs you with 5% lidocaine for approximately 20 minutes before starting on any area.   Some people still feel the pain after it’s numb, but at least it’s not as bad.  Trust me, you couldn’t take it without a little somethin!  Don’t worry; if you’ve found the right artist with the right touch, it’s all worth it!

5. Did you know that you can use permanent makeup to remove birth marks, sun spots, and some age spots?   Well, it’s true.  It is done by matching the color of your skin and basically coloring over it to conceal it.  In emergency rooms and plastic surgeons offices, they use it to treat burn victims and for breast cancer victims, they use it to create an areola.  Pretty cool eh?

before and after permanent makeup

And those are just a few things to consider…if you have any other permanent makeup questions, I am licensed and can answer any of your concerns.  Talk to Anna!