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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!

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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!

 

Getting Electrolysis Treatments as my Christmas Gift!


Before and Afters of Electrolysis. Courtesy of transgriot.blogspot.com

So I was Googling “electrolysis schools” and of course did not come up with a thing in my area.

However; I did come across some new electrolygists in my area! How dope is that!?

I have had electrolysis treatments done in the past but I did not have time or money to keep up with the treatments.

Electrolysis, in my opinion, is a little uncomfortable but it bearable. The needle going into your hair follicles is not painful but the zap of electricity makes me jump a wee bit. But not much.

I do not want it done all over my body. My neck has always been my biggest insecurity area but I think I will get great results with electrolysis treatments.

I think laser hair removal would have given slightly better results but at the same time, the hair would not have been removed permanently.

Here is a list of electrolysis in the Hampton Roads, VA area where I am from for anyone looking for electrolysis who just happen to be in the same area as me:

Just Smart Electrolysis in Virginia Beach, VA (registered with the AEA)

Electrolysis by Debbie in Yorktown, VA

Poquoson Electrolysis, Poquoson, VA (I went here for my electrolysis the first time and Lisa was wonderful!!)

As I undergo the treatments, I will do my best to take as many pics and photos as allowed.

OH! And PLEASE go to someone who knows what the hell they are doing! Check out reviews and everything about this person before under going treatment. The very nature of the procedure takes skill and precision and not having that could cause some serious scars.

HOW MUCH DOES ELECTROLYSIS COSTS?

From my own research, an hour’s worth of electrolysis will cost you about $60-$70. Typically, electrolygists charge $1.00/minute but this is in the Virginia, USA area. That amount may fluctuate depending on your area and how high in demand the procedure is for your region.

HOW LONG DOES ELECTROLYSIS TAKE TO ACHIEVE PERMENANCY ?

In my opinion, it may take quite a few sessions to kill a hair follicle. The dermal Papilla will need to be destroyed completely to stop hair growth. That will be done in two or three sessions. But consider a few things:

1. Is your hair growth from a medical condition? Get that under control and then attempt electrolysis.

2. Your hormones.

3. The stage your hair is in. The newer the hair, the softer, it is, the less time it will take to kill the follicle. The darker and more coarse the hair, the more sessions it will take. Hair grows in the anagen, catagen, and telogen stages. The closer to telogen your hair is, the more terminal/permanent it is. When your hairs are in the telogen phase, they will not go anywhere, regardless how many times you tweeze, wax, epilate or even laser remove. They will always return. At this point, you will need to have the follicle itself killed in order to stop growth, thus why electrolysis is the best option.

Picture of a hair follicle. The dermal papilla is what allows hair to grow; that’s why electrolysis aims to destroy that. Courtesy of xenolite.co.uk

The below details exactly how electrolysis works. The needle is inserted in the hair follicle and that’s why the current passes into the hair follicle, destroying it.

Courtesy of electrolysisnyc.net

The hairs on my neck are definitely terminal. Very dark and coarse and being African American, my hairs definitely tend to produce ingrowns. It’s terrible!! I look forward to my sessions and, again, will do my best to show photos and videos.

Thanks! I’m excited!

This may be why Vaniqa is so damn expensive


I must admit that this little tube worked for me! When used as instructed, it really does slow down my hair growth. I remember using this cream religiously for several days straight with barely any hair growth.

After a couple of weeks, when the hair did start growing back some, it was little at a time and it was much finer. If the hair grew ingrown, they were much easier to extract too.

I was so happy to have this cream!

I read over the studies posted on the US FDA website about Vaniqa and roughly 58% of the participants using Vaniqa reported improvement. The other 42% did not have much improvement. The info is in PDF format so you will need to download it to read the document.

Remember that your hormonal makeup and general health play a huge role in how your skin will react to Vaniqa. Pregnancy, smoking, and skin conditions like acne may contribute to the success or failure of you Vaniqa regimen. My personal opinion is that Vaniqa is most optimal with women with idiopathic hirsutism.

My only beef with the medication is this: IT COST TOO DAMN MUCH!

I have yet to be on an insurance that will even cover it’s cost! Paying out of pocket means me paying nearly $100 for a tiny tube that fits in my tiny hand!

But I think I know why Vaniqa is so expensive:

  1. Most medications that are considered for elective or cosmetic use are typically pricy. Think of it like getting a boob job. Do you really NEED it or is it a “vanity need?” Insurance companies have no desire to pay for your lack of self-esteem or need to feel and look better about yourself. It is perfectly fine to want to look better, but no one else should have to pay for it!
  2. While there is no solid research for this, in the data provided in the pdf link above, some women became pregnant during clinical studies and a small fraction of those pregnancies were not successful and one child was born with defects. Again, researchers were unable to find  clear link between the fetus and pregnancy development and/or if the ingredients in Vaniqa disrupt the nutrient quality in breast milk. Thus, creating a price for unknown variables. Happens all the time in medicine. If there is an inkling of risk, especially with fetal development, in any medicine, be prepared to pay a little extra!
  3. There is a high concentration of eflornithine hydrochloride. Though the only major side effect reported from Vaniqa on the skin is acne, it is still a high concentration for a cream that work for only a little more than half of the consumers who may use it.
  4. As I stated, a very rare side effect of this medication is acne. Using a medication that may cause more skin issues may come with a higher price tag.
  5. Ranaxby Laboratories Limited is the company that makes, Eflora, which is India’s version of Vaniqa. I must admit, it felt good to pay for the same cream for WAY less money and achieve the same results. I was able to purchase my Elfora from an online pharmacy. The cream worked great but I have to say, I was not fond of the condition my package came in. The bottles themselves were not tampered with but the envelope was busted, the writing on the package looked questionable, like it was written by a kid. So this may be another reason why Vaniqa is expensive: it has some much cheaper, easier accessible competition. And to get an official tube of Eflora, which is available in Europe, Canada, and parts of Asia (let me stress the word OFFICIAL) you may need a prescription as well.

You can also try Kalo Lotion which is an inhibitor for hair growth as well. A prescription is not required. This is strictly a commercial product. I used this lotion as well and it worked a little bit on some areas but not others. It does not have the same ingredients as the Vaniqa and Eflora have, so if your hirsutism is pretty severe, unfortunately, I do not see this working well for you.

So that may be why Vaniqa cost so much and why it is so hard to obtain. You most cannot blame these pharmacy companies for charging so much for these medications. With competition and risk involved, they have to protect themselves, regardless how in-demand a medication is!