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My Most Hirsute Spots (Pics)


I finally found a better camera stuffed away in my drawers full of crap.

Here are some photos of my hirsute spot right now: my neck. I have no idea why my hair grows so much here as opposed to other places.

Speaking of which, I also refilled my Spironolactone today.

I strongly believe with that and my on-going electrolysis treatments, I will handle this issue once and for all!

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My neck on its worst day!

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Close up of my neck again

I plan on taking care of this maddness this coming Saturday during my next electrolysis appointment, Thank God!

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Pics of Electrolysis Before and After


So I had my first electrolysis appointment in years on Tuesday. I must say my electrologist is very straight forward with me. She explained that I will have to maintain treatments to get optimal results for permanency. As nice and friendly as she was, she was very stern and this is only because (or I assume) she wants you to get the best bang for your buck and I don’t blame her one bit!

I also told her I am no spironolactone and she was very pleased with that.

I told her I wanted to go to someone who has some type of national accreditation and she explained it’s good to look for but not always necessary to find a good electrologist. Some states simply do not require an electrologist to be licensed. But at the same time, you don’t want to go to someone who does not know what the hell they are doing and you end up looking worse than when you stepped in the office!!

Basically, she inserted a small needle into each hair follicle. It actually did not take as long as I thought. She did most of my whiskers, chin and sideburns in less than 40 mins (36 minutes to be exact.) The needles insertion doesn’t hurt. I mean, you can feel the slightest pressure of it going in but you will feel the current of heat. I say heat because she used thermolysis on me which is a mode of electrolysis that uses heat as opposed to electricity.

The heat was tolerable, but I will not say it was completely painless. Now there were some hairs I did not feel being zapped at all, but most of them, yes, I felt some sensation. I did not cry nor did I ask for her to crank the energy down, though I’m sure I could if the intensity was too much for me.

You can also request numbing cream as some areas are quite sensitive like the bikini line or the upper lip hairs.

In my opinion, it’s worth it. I did have some swelling and some tiny scars, but I know they will clear up. It’s quite normal to see some small scabs on the individual treated hairs so do not fret too much if you get them after getting electrolysis. Now if you see bruising and huge scars, there’s a problem.

If you have the money to maintain treatments, I would go for laser hair removal, but understand you will likely be getting treatments done forever. If your goal is to be hair free forever, give electrolysis a try.

Now here are some before and after pics of the lower part of my face, right on the corner of my mouth, where I am the most hairiest.

Corner of my mouth before

Corner of my mouth before

Same side of my face after electrolysis

Thanks for reading!

Hirsutism Photos before my Electrolysis!


I will be having my first electrolysis session in years this week approaching!

I have been growing out the hairs on my neck, sideburns and chin for the past week to prepare for the session. I took these photos this evening.

Considering how bad my hair has been over the past decade, I’m not as hairy as I was, say, in college.

Basically, I have not touched my epilator. Shaving the hair is fine but removing the hair from the root is discouraged when undergoing electrolysis treatments.

I will certainly post for after photos the day I have my electrolysis done.

I get vicious ingrowns, especially on my neck.

Besides the hair, hyperpigmentation is also an issue for me.

Besides the hair, hyperpigmentation is also an issue for me.

I cannot wait to start documenting my progress with photos!

Thanks for reading!

Professional Electrologists to Me: Your Hair Isn’t THAT Bad!


So I went to a neighboring city, about an hour away, called Colonial Heights, VA.

It is where a small electrolysis school is located, one that I intend on attending soon.  I love that the school is quaint and small and more importantly, it’s one of the few schools that teaches electrolysis that is registered with the state of Virginia.

The lovely and friendly Mrs. Furrow took me around her facility, which was very cute! She even had some toys for my children to play with!

After talking business about my enrollment, I informed her that I am getting my first electrolysis appointment done this coming week, Tuesday actually. She was very happy for me, but informed me that if I signed up for the classes, there is a good chance that I go be a model for students to practice on under her supervision, for free! Even if I did not sign up for the classes, if I were to get services done there, I could volunteer for such services for free!

How cool would that be!?

She inspected my facial hair and informed me that my hair did not look that bad! The hairs are kind spread apart and very easy to see, making me a great model for students to work on (again, under her supervision!) Coming from an educated woman who has been doing this for years, that made me feel very good!

I look forward to getting free electrolysis done and performing it on others in my own small salon in Newport News, VA.

I chatted with my mom about it who didn’t have a problem with it, but kinda down played the idea, saying I should wait to attend the classes…..wait for what?! I am passionate about this, why not go for it while I can?!

You can read more about Mrs. Furrow and her school and salon, Angel Touch, here.

I really look forward to being apart of this class and learning such a great skill that will change so many lives! I’m excited!

My First Electrolysis Appointment for the New Year!


So I was looking into some electrolysis for the new year to be rid of this facial hair once and for all!

My facial hair does not bother me nowhere near as much as it did when I was younger, but it’s simply something I want to do for me to better myself and my self image.

So I found a spa in my area that offers all types of services, but the electrologists in the shop is not only experienced, but she performs laser hair removal as well. How awesome is that!?

I plan on having my consultation sometime this week, since she said that was the protocol for getting services which did not surprise me. When I had my electrolysis done before, I had to have a consultation. No big deal.

The lady’s name is Debbie and from the information on the website, she has been doing electrolysis for 20 years.

I researched her and I did not find much information on her, neither did I find any complaints of her work. And the salon she works at has no complaints as well in the electrolysis services.

Sometimes, depending on the state you are in, it’s hard to find licensed electrolysis businesses because performing electrolysis does not require having a license in Virginia.

That’s why it is crucial to do a little digging on any practicing electrologist (or any professional in general) so you know what you are getting into. I usually pay attention to the licenses that should be on display in any esthetician-like office or hair salon, nail salon, medical spa, etc.

But for the most part, I am psyched to finally be getting this done! After a little digging, I found that after 5-6 treatments on my areas of most concern, I should be fair free! I cannot wait either!

I am aware that it will not be terribly comfortable; I am considering  some numbing creams I can start to invest in.

I will detail as much as I can about my treatments. My hope is to be allowed to take some pics or a short video of my progress.

Read more about Debbie here.

Stay tuned!

 

How to Have the Life you Want…While Being a Broke Ass Single Mom!


Courtesy of zadishaefreeman.com

Well this is the life I want:

I want to have a successful book detailing my hirsutism struggle and the various ways to deal with everything concerning excessive hair growth.

I want to have a successful electrolysis and laser hair removal salon. Not a huge one; just one I can operate part time.

I want to not have to work in military contracting EVER again! Ugh…that’s a whole other blog right there!!!

I want to have a nice sized house I purchased, with cash. (I hate loans and debt!)

I want to pay off majority, or all of the 100k I owe in student loans. Yes, I said that right….100k!!!!

I want to work for myself and a success story and not have to worry about how to fund vacations and my kid’s future educations.

How will I get there? How will I pay off my debt and my live the life I want? It seems impossible on my salary of (roughly) 48k yearly.

Most would think I make a good salary as a single person, which I do….now as a single mom…..eehhh…..

Considering my bills per month (rent, power bill, gas, etc. etc.) I have roughly 1k left to just…have.

That is not including the randomness I have to deal with (leisure, toys for the kids, some shit falling apart in the house that I have to pay for, car repairs)

So what does that mean? Basically, much like most people, I’M FUCKING BROKE!

But all is not lost for me or my dreams.

I am expecting a lovely tax refund (one of the perks of being a single parent). Let’s say that refund will be 3k.

I have a 3k surplus I intend on NOT touching. After all, I want to write a book (which, even if going the independent route, may cost me a couple thousands of dollars).

I found an electrolysis school which cost 4k.

So to start my dreams, I need to save, at least, 6k (the book and electrolysis school).

I am not including the cost to actually establish salon space for myself. Hell, I am just trying to find a way to pay for the school.

The option of asking my parents for the money is there but I rather find my own way! But if I get desperate, I will not be too proud to beg AT ALL!

So, how do I save the additional few grand I need? I already know I will be expecting a healthy refund of 3k (estimation).

So what do I do? I only save around 1k a month.

Here’s what you do….yes, it’s going to sound painful, but no pain, no gain, right?!

HOW TO HAVE THE LIFE YOU WANT WHILE BEING A BROKE ASS SINGLE MOM:

  1. You cannot be ashamed to do the Peanut Better Jelly Time Dance! Yes, like…literally. Eat like you are on food stamps (no offense to anyone in of public assistance. I’ve been on Medicaid myself!) Eat like you seriously cannot afford it. Don’t be scared to Ramen Noodle things up a bit either! Bottom line, act like fast food and take out do not exists! Cook at home more. As a single mom, I know that’s difficult. But you have to try. Here’s a tip single moms: buy the fast food for the kids, but not you. Just don’t make it a habit.
  2. Don’t be afraid to let people know you are on a financial diet. Your coworkers asking to take you out to lunch need to know that or if you decide to go, buy something very simple and inexpensive like an appetizer and not a full course meal.
  3. Don’t be afraid to let people you are dating know you are on a financial diet. Hell, he may fall for you even more once he realizes you are financially responsible!
  4. Don’t drive too many places. If you don’t need to make that business trip or trip to meet up with friends at a bar, then don’t. Having a meeting over the phone if possible or invite friends to your house for drinks. And tell their freeloading asses to BYOB!
  5. Entertain your kids more the free way. Parks, walks, rides, window shop, or hell, my kid’s enjoy the double seated shopping carts at Target. They like riding around in that for hours!
  6. Take your lunch to work. Eat fruit for lunch. Go to Food Lion of a can of fruit or canned chicken or soup as opposed to Burger King.
  7. Take your car to a professional car repair person, not a repair shop. Someone with a good reputation in working on cars will save you A TON! But make sure they have a good track record first. Just don’t trust any friend of a friend of a friend. That goes for repairs on your house as well.
  8. Pay as many bills as you can at the same time. That’s the fastest way to get them out of your hair.
  9. Work from home more. If you have the option to clock in hours at home, do it, especially if you can rack in some overtime. Or it will at least keep you from going crazy on the job while dealing with the stress of finances.
  10. Get more active. Clean the house more, vaccuum the floor more, just get more active with whatever! That why you don’t have to deal with spending money all the time.

I plan on establishing these tips in my own financial life so I can afford the life I eventually want.

I will keep you up to date about how it works out!

I Finally found an Electrology School! And I’m writing a Hirsutism Book! Oh Boy!


I am going to make this a quick posting since Tis’ The Season and I’m getting my mess ready for Christmas!

I have been looking for an electrology school for the longest time; at least 2 years. The only schools available are in the D.C. area. I live 3 hours away from the nation’s capitol.

According to the AEA, there are many electrology schools in the nation, but there are very few accredited by them. Now, in the state of Virginia, where I live, any type of esthestician school needs to be licensed by the state and I FINALLY found one that actually is!

Angel Faces School of Esthetics is in a neighboring city about an hour and a half from me that is licensed with the state.

Electrologist are not required to be licensed in the state of Virginia, though I intend on gaining membership with the AEA if and when I finish this school.

Thought looking at the school, it seems very simple and not very detailed, I am more concerned that it is a legitimate school, registered with the state.

I plan on studying and training as an electrologist and then offering services from my home! Just the thought of it sounds exciting!

I also plan on studying laser hair removal and opening my own salon to give women (and some men) the option  of both electrolysis or laser hair removal.

I also intend on writing a book about my struggles with hirsutism and my self-image issues. I think people need to hear it from someone like them, not a doctor.

While I believe doctor-written books on hirsutism are helpful (I own a few) I think the story is more provocative and sincere coming from someone just like the reader.

I’m writing it now, as we speak! Be on the lookout! 🙂

Happy Holidays!