Permanent Hair Removal

May 31st, 2011

Hair removal is a private matter, and the topic is sensitive in general. Eons ago, hair conveyed strength, power, even social status. Think of Samson in the Bible, or Medusa, whose hair was turned into snakes.

Shaving your legs weekly, plucking chin hairs or waxing the eyebrows and a mustache are time consuming, and not exactly fun. Add to these, tending to armpits and ever-so-private areas of our bodies, we’re spending a lot of time on hair removal.

So, why not rid yourself of the task completely and opt for permanent hair removal?!

There are two tools that are industry standard for permanent hair removal: the Lightsheer Diode Laser, and the Nd Yag Laser.

Hair Be Gone, Option 1: The Lightsheer Diode Laser This device makes hair removal not only permanent, but one of the most comfortable for the patient during treatment. Basically, each hair follicle receives a laser pulse for just a fraction of a second. This keeps the hair from growing back. This unit was introduced to the market in 1990. What makes this unit so beneficial are its speed, accuracy and added comfort for the patient. The unit has a hand piece with a cooling capability. It protects the patient’s skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery. The Result: Significantly less skin irritation. And since it works quickly, larger areas can be serviced in less time. It typically requires 3 to 5 treatments to get good reduction of hair growth. Laser hair removal cost per treatment rages from $29 to $200 depending on the area size.

Hair Be Gone, Option 2: The Nd Yag LaserThe second approach is to use the NdYag Laser. Its greatest advantage for hair removal is its ability to perform well on darker and African-American Skin. This technology was introduced to the market in 1990. Depending on what is to be removed, cost is $50-$300 per treatment.

Before you decide on hair removal, consult with an aesthetic specialist and listen to their advice and recommendations. Discussing hair removal is a private matter, find a specialist that is professional and discreet, so you can have an informative, practical, and positive experience.

- Beverly Hills Aesthetics

Enhance your Eyelashes

May 27th, 2011

By Stefanie Payne

Lash length and fullness is largely predetermined by your genetic makeup.  Some of us are blessed with long, beautiful and thick eyelashes, and some of us stuck with short, sparse, straight or brittle lashes.  Whatever your eyelash fate, you can create the appearance of fuller lashes… here are a few tips!

  1. Heat lash curler for 5-10 seconds with a blow dryer prior to using for amplified curl.
  2. Curl lashes before applying mascara or primer! If you curl lashes after, they will stick to the curler and fall out.  Not such a big deal if you have a lot to lose, but if your lashes are very sparse, even the most subtle loss of lashes is noticeable.
  3. Use a primer or clear mascara as a base. Let dry completely before applying mascara.
  4. Instead of a lash separator, let the mascara dry slightly on the wand before applying.  This will help separate lashes without having to use a hard, plastic tool.   Apply 2-3 coats.
  5. Try a Lash Conditioner.  Lash conditioners don’t produce results overnight.  But if you apply the regimen to your skincare routine, over time your lashes will appear darker and fuller.  When you stop use, expect the benefits to come to a halt. It is important to note that lash conditioners contain prostaglandin, a treatment for Glaucoma.

A couple of cautionary notes about lash conditioners:

  • Choose a conditioner that is physician formulated and ophthalmologist tested
  • Never use while wearing contact lenses or if you have a pre-existing eye condition
  • Side effects can include darkness surrounding your eyes

No beauty treatment is worth jeopardizing your eyesight – so follow directions carefully when using anything chemical-based on your eyes.

Editors, Worldwide Skin +


Perfect Parts – Five Ways to Part Your Hair

May 19th, 2011

Changing your part is a fast and easy way to not only change up your hairstyle, but to update your entire look as well. Set your part while your hair is still wet, then blowdry and style to keep the part in place.

Styles of Parts

Side Part | Heidi Klum

<< Side Part—classic and clean! (Also called a “straight part.”)  To Create: Choose either side to part on, comb 2″ of hair directly back from the hairline, separating the part all the way back to the crown of your head.


Center Part | Megan Fox

>> Center Part – bohemian chic! Channeling the 60’s and 70’s, this part is sophisticated yet whimsical. To Create: Comb 2″ section of hair straight back from the center of your hairline.  Hold hair at the crown and push upwards, then separate in the middle. Most look best with a semi-jagged, or a slightly off-center part. (A straight line will enhance imperfections in your face structure unless it is perfectly symmetrical… as very few faces are.) Makeup tip: Go light with the makeup – let your part be the star!

Extreme Side Part

<< Extreme Side Part – stylish and sexy! This is a great part for those of you who fuss with your hair.  To Create: Find a side part by drawing an imaginary vertical line from your jaw bone up to your hair line. Take a fine tooth comb and create a part line outwards in the shape of a “Y,” sweep the heavy section downward. Hair flair tip: Finish with a barrette, securing the heavy side… half hippie, half school girl.

Zig Zag Part | Blake Lively

>> Zig Zag Part: Great for fine hair, or for covering roots that need a touch up. To Create: Start with a side part. Take a fine tooth comb, starting at the hair line, and move backward in the shape of a z, keeping the comb close to the head. Separate.  This part looks best when hair is worn down.  When pulled tightly back, the zig zag looks severe which can look dated—this variation keeps it fresh and fashionable!


The "No-Part" Part | Katie Cassidy

<< The “No-Part,” Part – no muss, no fuss!  To Create: Flip your head upside down, shake head vigorously and raise your head up, letting hair fall to either side. Create a rough part with your fingers. Blow dry.

Find the Right Part for Your Face Shape:

Oval and Long Faces: These face shapes look best with a side part, a zig-zag part, or a “no-part” part.

Round and Square Faces: Go for a center part, elongating your face and accentuating your features.

Heart-Shaped Faces: Off-center parts let your features and unique face shape shine.


Editors, Worldwide Skin + CityRoomStories / Beauty


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