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The Female Shaving Heads Trend and Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an option that women may look into instead of shaving their head because of the high maintenance of a daily shave, and the discomfort of ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is a real and viable alternative to actual shaving of the head for women.

Reasons for the Female Shaving Head Trend

Some women want to shave and “go bald” because they look and feel good that way. Others may have a hair-loss disorder such as alopecia and want to embrace baldness by shaving their head rather than try to disguise or hide it. Still other women may shave their scalp for charity or as a fashion statement.

Appreciating Your Own Inner Beauty

Whatever the reason for female head shaving or baldness, we would encourage you to embrace the vision of your beauty as a person – to see your own value as a human being, and to realize profoundly that your beauty has nothing to do with your hair or lack of it. Whatever your external attributes are, you can learn to embrace and love yourself unconditionally and not because of how you do or don’t look.

Is Laser Hair Removal a Good Alternative?

If you’re a female who shaves your scalp and you want a permanent solution, then laser hair removal could be just what you want. The hair on our scalps is different than the hair on other parts of our body, which is why it grows longer, but just like body hair, scalp hairs also respond well to laser hair removal.

Problems with Female Shaving Head

Some of the afflictions that females who shave their heads encounter include:

  • The inconvenience of having to repeat the shave every few days or even every day
  • Cuts, scabbing and scars
  • Ingrown hairs causing red spots
  • Soreness associated with the shave
  • The ongoing expense of shavers and other equipment

For all of these reasons, laser hair removal is an option to consider if you are certain that you want a permanently hair-free head. While laser hair removal does hurt when you have the procedure done, it does away with these uncomfortable, time consuming and expensive problems for the long term.

Female Head Shaving – the Way Forward

Only you can know what your exact desires are with regard to your female head shaving goals. Laser hair removal can be a good permanent way to deal with your head shaving problems.

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Sisterlocks – An Interview With a Leading Master Trainer by a Sisterlock Client

Black hair care can be quite a roller coaster ride if you like variety or if you are unsure what hair style works best for you. Going natural with my hair has been my thing for some 5 years now, I have just recently passed my 2nd anniversary with my sisterlocs. My two year experience with Sisterlocks has been a wonderfully freeing and satisfying adventure.

In the beginning the hefty price for the first three visits can be quite daunting especially for those whose mind is not made up. I had done my research beforehand and knew beyond any doubt that this natural hairstyle was right for me.

I must say with laughter that my first 6-9 months I thought I looked like a drowned rat. Because of my hair texture it took almost a year and a half for my hair to really start locking. By then the length had become reasonable and now my length is past my shoulders.

The fullness, length and versatility make me feel beautiful. Any uneasiness I had at the start has been well worth the time, money and effort to arrive at this point. It is important to be able to see the big picture before making an investment into this natural hair lifestyle.

Choosing a Sisterloc consultant will be the most important step in the process. My Sisterlock consultant has been a godsend. It is because of her that my first year went so smoothly. One morning during our 6 week appointment I took the time to do a brief interview with my stylist Blenna Williams. She owns and operates Salon Nature’lle in Memphis, TN, online at salonnaturelle.com.

PFP: What kind of certification or training do you go through as a Sisterlock consultant?

Blenna: One starts out as a trainee, then becomes a certified consultant, then R-certified from there to associate trainer. I am now a master trainer.

PFP: What do you believe is the number one reason why women get Sisterlocs?

Blenna: It is twofold, 1 the beauty of them and 2 the healthy hair therapy they receive and still keep their hair looking feminine and stylish.

PFP: After their initial consultation, what do you believe is the main reason why women choose not to get Sisterlocks?

Blenna: They don’t understand the pricing and how your first three visits set up your lifestyle change.

PFP: What do you find is the leading cause of damage to many African American women’s hair?

Blenna: First is the lack of knowledge, second is the chemicals. We tend to take care of our hair only after it’s been altered and not in it’s natural state.

PFP: What is the biggest problem women seem to have caring for their Sisterlocs when they first get them.

Blenna: We have so little knowledge of our natural hair pattern. We don’t see how beautiful our hair can be. As a master trainer I work closely with my clients in the beginning thereby alleviating any fears and teaching the client proper care until they are comfortable with the process. There are definite steps and stages. This is why we advocate seeking a certified Sisterlock consultant.

PFP: What is the number one stereotype you wish people would get rid of regarding black women’s hair?

Blenna: That by showing our natural hair texture we are exposing negative stereotypes such as nappy headed, when really we are showing the beauty that God gave us.

PFP: What is your best description of what Sisterlocs are and how they look?

Blenna: Sisterlocks are small micro locs that have been interwoven into a stable cylinder that allows the hair to express itself naturally.

PFP: Do you train others how to do Sisterlocs?

Blenna: Yes, at this time there are four master trainers with the company. We go to different cities training others. If one has not gone through a certified Sisterlock training then they are not doing Sisterlocks. They are what we call Step-Sisterlocs and buyer beware. One can check online at the official Sisterlock website for a certified consultant or trainee in their area.

It is becoming wonderfully apparent that more and more black women are choosing natural hairstyles. Even the media is actually portraying African American women with natural hair styles across their pages and channels. It is definitely enlightening to see women becoming more comfortable with who they are.

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How to Make Your Eyelashes Grow in 3 Easy Steps

Knowing how to make your eyelashes grow is somewhat of a science. The reason I say this is because it’s important to know first what eyelashes are made of and what they need to help them grow. Let’s take a quick look at what eyelashes are. Then we can really understand the 3 easy steps to help grow longer eyelashes.

What are eyelashes made of? Eyelashes are made up of 91% protein called keratin. Keratin protein is the basic building block that also makes up our skin and nails. Our hair, skin and nails are made of same basic ingredient. So, what’s good for our skin is also good for our eyelashes. With that in mind, let’s move on to the 3 easy steps to make your eyelashes grow.

Step 1. Start with quality skin enhancers. Collagen is a great example. This protein provides structure for our skin. It’s widely used to maintain skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Just the same, collagen provides structure for our hair giving it resilience and strength. It can be applied topically to your lashes like a skin cream. Or you can take Vitamin C which helps to form collagen in the body and also stimulates eyelash growth.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that slows down signs of aging in our skin. It’s the active ingredient in the form of ‘tretinoin’ in high-end wrinkle eliminating creams. This vitamin stimulates eyelash growth in two ways: it activates new cell growth and helps form keratin protein. If you want to make your eyelashes grow, vitamin A is your ticket. It’s abundant in apricots, pumpkins, peaches, red peppers and so on.

Step 2. Improve your daily diet. You don’t have to “change” your entire diet. All you have to do is add in a few things that help your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and healthier. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to make eyelashes grow. Our bodies don’t produce them so you’ll need sources like salmon, almonds and whole grains. Take vitamin C and B-complex to improve circulation. Magnesium and calcium also help promote eyelash growth. This would be found in dairy, meats, avocados and bananas.

Step 3. Avoid damaging your eyelashes. Going to bed without removing mascara can cause lashes to fall out. Rubbing your eyes excessively is the most common way to damage eyelashes. Over washing your eyelashes makes them dry and brittle. If you need to remove mascara, use a mild makeup remover. Olive oil mixed with equal part water works as an effective eye makeup remover. Be gentle with your eyelashes, treat them nice, and provide them with nutrients. That’s how to make eyelashes grow in 3 easy steps.

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Reindeer Hide Rugs – The Perfect Winter Home Accessory Piece

Reindeer hides come in stunning natural hues of greys and browns. Over the recent years their use as rugs and furniture throws in homes has increased due to their natural beauty and elegance. Most of them are sourced from the Arctic regions of Finland where their skins are a natural by-product of the meat industry.

Due to their wonderful, tactile qualities, texture and colours they are proving a hit in many contemporary and traditional households, and are used as unique rugs and furniture throws.

A reindeer hide looks fabulous draped over the arm of your favourite armchair or sofa, and will also double as a wonderful toe-warmer on those cold Winter nights snuggled up on the sofa watching a movie. They may also be used as the foot of your bed to keep your toes and feet toasty on a cold winter’s night.

You may also use a reindeer hide as a luxurious and elegant floor rug, and the effect which is created when the reindeer hide is placed on wooden or stone flooring is truly spectacular. You must exercise caution when using them as floor rugs as they can be brittle haired, and without the correct care can be prone to excessive hair loss and shedding.

If you intend on using your reindeer hide as a rug, you should keep the hide away from all direct sources of heat such as under floor heating and close to fireplaces. It is also worthwhile keeping your hide away from direct sources of sunlight as placing them near a window could also make your reindeer rug dry out. To maximise the longevity of your reindeer hide you should place it in a low foot traffic area where it will not be constantly trampled on.

Every month you may take your rug outside and give it a good shake-out to remove any loose particles or dust. Providing you have a silicone treated hide you may also spray it with a fine mist water sprayer to lock some of the moisture back into the hide and prevent it from drying out.

We have looked at the possibilities of using a reindeer hide as a furniture throw or rug but they also make wonderful accent pieces and throws outdoor, particularly in the Winter months when it is cold outside. They are wonderful thick hides so using them on your outdoor furniture as a winter throw on a crisp, sunny day will enable you to sit outdoors and keep wrapped up to enjoy a little of the Winter sunshine. For this purpose you could also use them in your conservatory.

Wherever you end up using your reindeer hide, whether it be indoors or out you will quickly fall in love with your new home decor accessory and with a little tlc you will be able to use and cherish your hide through many Winters and Summers to come!

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How To Get Rid Of That Ugly Unibrow Forever

Grooming Your Eyebrows for a Better Appearance

A unibrow or mono-brow is the presence of abundant hair between the eyebrows so that the eyebrows seem to join above the nose to form one long eyebrow. In Western culture, the growth of such facial hair is seen as having a lack of grooming, as if embracing a “primitive” appearance. Unibrow separation is the only form of eyebrow grooming for men. Among women, the space between the brows is plucked or treated with electrolysis or other forms of depilation.

The way your eyebrows are groomed can make a considerable difference in your appearance as your eyebrows help shape your eyes and give you character. It is important to keep your eyebrows trimmed and well groomed. Bushy eyebrows require ongoing care and attention. Still everyone needs some kind of maintenance of his or her eyebrows. Good grooming tips are needed by men and women, as well.

Never shave your eyebrows as a quick fix. When your eyebrows start growing back, they will require constant maintenance. The continuous need for grooming will be obvious. Eyebrows require their own special care. Use your razor for grooming your beard.

It is not a good idea to use depilatories within the eye area. It is easy to irritate the skin and cause unwanted injuries. With depilatories, your hairs will grow back quicker than with waxing or tweezing. Your eyes are precious and delicate. Do not risk the safety of your eyes.

There are many kits on the market for waxing your eyebrows. With step-by-step instructions the process seems simple. It is best to have a professional wax your eyebrows, but if you decide to do it at home, have a professional do it the first time. Watch carefully to see how it is done and be prepared for temporary discomfort and pain.

Trimming Your Eyebrows

For those who have thin eyebrows, a small pair of scissors may suffice to trim away the stray hairs. Grooming and trimming of eyebrows is best done under bright light.

Select an area to give attention. Then trim your eyebrows in the direction of hair growth. Work slowing, with care. Hairs trimmed too short will stick out in silly fashion. With a few days of careful trimming you will know if you are on the right track.

Plucking Away Stray Eyebrow Hairs

Besides waxing, tweezing is still the most efficient method for removing eyebrow hairs. If you need to pluck your eyebrows, keep a clean pair of tweezers handy for this purpose.

Keep your tweezers store in a safe and sanitary place. Don’t let anyone use it. Some men may want to use a tweezers to clean their fingernails. This is unsanitary and it makes the tweezers less effective. If you allow such use of your tweezers, prepare to buy a new pair when the ends do not meet properly to grab the hairs.

Begin tweezing with moistened eyebrows. Tweezing after a shower is ideal, but soaking your brow area with a warm washcloth for several minutes will give the same effect. Comb your eyebrows in the direction of their growth and let them fall naturally in place.

Decide which areas need thinning. Then tweeze your eyebrows in the directions of hair growth. For an even look, start underneath, from inside, out. Pull each hair out, one by one, to avoid mistakes. Be careful, some hairs may not grow back!

When you tweeze the center of your eyebrows, look carefully to make sure you don’t get them too far apart. You can always go back later and remove additional hairs, if you need more space.

Do not pluck too many hairs from the top of your brow. Target obvious stray hairs and thin them out a little. Start from the center, then outwards.

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Sleeping With Wet Hair Can Cause Blindness and Other Absurdities

My grandmother has this funny and bizarre collection of health ideas that I do not know whether some of it is true – but I’m sure most of it are just local absurdities. Maybe it is because of information deficiency and the belief in albularyo or local quack doctor.

These health beliefs always remind me what it was like to grow up in the province, fascinated and horrified by the adult world. Right now, it is really reassuring that the things I used to believe weren’t so strange after all because I discovered that, somehow, most provinces across the Philippines, and even other countries, also have their own or same health legends. And the most common – sleeping with wet hair can cause blindness.

Then again, even communities in Metro Manila and other cities, especially urban poor communities, still believe on these health legends. Although city people have access to electricity and the mass media, much of their health information can be misleading inaccurate or distorted.

These beliefs are really amusing so I take time on finding little facts about it by doing a little research to satisfy my itchy curiosity. I’m not an expert in medicine and my notes are still subject to medical scrutiny.

Here are some of the popular health-beliefs in our town in Mindoro and my personal notes:

1. Sleeping with wet hair can cause blindness – In our province, it is said that if you sleep with wet hair, first you will be cross-eyed, then you will go blind. Meaning, if you happen to wake up in the middle of your sleep with your wet hair, you will only be crossed eyed – and you know what, you are considered lucky — because if you sleep longer you will be blind.

* My Notes: According to John C Hagan III, MD, an Ophthalmologist affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, that belief is totally untrue. There is no connection what-so-ever between wet hair and eye problems. Why would you want to sleep with wet hair anyway?

2. Urine of frogs causes warts or kulugo – Kokak Kokak! No way. I love playing with frogs when I was a kid, what I got are bruises from chasing them – not warts.

* My Notes: The cause of the typical wart is not a frog. It happens because the wart virus finds a body with a weak immune system.

3. Eating too much mangoes can cause bungang-araw or prickly heat rashes – I’m not really sure about this one. What I personally experience is that I got itchy lips and throat when I accidentally ate a portion of that pico mango fruit rind. Despite the fact that mango can be allergic to a few people, it is still a healthy fruit and I cannot help myself eating this fruit – especially those overripe big kinalabaw mangoes, hmm yummy.

* My Notes: Well, the problem is that mango tree sap, and the rind of the fruit, contains urushiol, the same chemical the poison ivy plant produces. Some people experience skin rashes especially in the lips upon contact with the sap or the skins of the fruit. Well, you can’t be that hungry that you want to eat even the mango skin – that’s reserved for the backyard pigs you know.

4. Eating grilled lizard can cure asthma – The usual practice is to grill a lizard until it turned to charcoal black, grind it then mix it to some juice or coffee so you can’t taste what a lizard really taste like. Others just add a whole lizard when cooking rice. Yaikks!

* My Notes: Some experts say that asthma can not be cured. Of course eating lizard is not based on a prescription or medical advice, but at least they believe in alternative medicine. We just really don’t know its medicinal effects though. In the meantime, I suggest we should require all lizards to have them labeled with “No approved therapeutic claims.” – until such time that a proper study was conducted. Any objections, Godzilla?

5. Washing hands after ironing clothes can cause pasma – Pasma refers to a folk illness unique to the Filipino culture with symptoms of hand tremors, sweaty palms, numbness and pains attributed to an interaction of “init” (heat) and “lamig” (cold).

A rather amusing variation on this belief is the idea that condoms cause “pasma” allegedly because the rubber aggravates the body’s heat. Ha ha ha, Maybe an impotent Catholic priest, who is fighting against contraceptives and the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, started this rumor. LOL

* My Notes: Pasma is not described in medical textbooks, discussed in medical schools, or generally recognized by contemporary medical science.

6. A lady eating twin bananas will give birth to twins – Eating twin fruits like double almonds and bananas were thought to increase the likelihood of twins.

* My Notes: None – I don’t bother Googling this one, because obviously, this is ridiculous. Just consult your local manghihilot to explain this to you in detail or perhaps try visiting the psychic readers in Quiapo if you want more information.

7. Brushing hair 100 times before bedtime can make it softer and shiny – This is the old tale, which claims that brushing your hair a lot, 100 to 200 strokes a day, is good for the hair.

* My Notes: According to the basic hair care article posted in Mercury Drug Website, we have about 100,000 strands of hairs on our head. Each grows for two to six years. It’s normal to shed some 50 to 100 hair strands a day. When hair falls out, a new strand eventually replaces it.

* Their Advise: Don’t put strain on your hair strands by brushing too much or too vigorously. The story about brushing your hair 100 times a night is not true. Overbrushing the hair simply makes it brittle and may cause the scalp to produce excess oil.

8. Eating ants can improve singing – So finally, Celine Dion and Charice Pempemco’s secret is finally out. Sautéed ants are behind their angelic singing voice? Well, if it’s true, Willie Revillame and Paris Hilton should’ve done that two decades ago so that they wouldn’t have to be a trying hard singer.

* My Notes: Maybe an old lunatic singer, during one of her epileptic seizures, started sharing her secret about eating ants to improve her voice, her die-hard fans heard her – and from there, the legend goes. Z and Princess Bala will not love this.

9. Drinking seawater can cure cough/colds – In our province in Mindoro, whenever we got cough, my mother will let us have our sea swimming early in the morning and would encourage us to take a gulp of seawater to cure our cough. Of course seawater in our small town is really clear and clean unlike the yukkiiee toxic Manila Bay.

But wait, based on my fact finding spree, this one, which I thought was also an absurd belief is amazingly has some truth in it. Well at least I found out that not all beliefs in my list are just absurdities.

* My Notes: According to a Czech research [Efficacy of Isotonic Nasal Wash (Seawater) in the Treatment and Prevention of Rhinitis in Children], seawater spray cures kids colds. It may be that the salt water has a simple mechanical effect of clearing mucus, or it could be that trace elements in the water play some more significant role, though the exact reason why such a solution works is not known, said Dr. Ivo Slapak and colleagues at the Teaching Hospital of Brno in the Czech Republic.

I’m sure you also know of some health myths – like jumping on New Year’s eve to make you taller?

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What Are Mink Eyelashes?

Mink eyelashes are the most expensive and luxurious looking of all false eyelashes. Although available as lash extensions, they are normally found as strip lashes that are applied as when required.

False eyelashes have been around since 1916 when D. W. Griffith had a wig maker weave human hair through gauze and then glued to the eyeline of actress Seena Owen in the film Intolerance. No one really took much notice until the 60s, when they came back into fashion and were then made from synthetic substances. Mink eyelashes are more recent and preferred by celebrities who do not always wish for permanent implants.

Mink eyelashes are made from selected mink fur hairs that are simply brushed from live mink by hand. They are not subjected to chemicals or dyes and thus retain their rich velvety appearance. Their appearance is why so many of the A list celebrities wear them.

To care for your mink eyelashes, think of them like a mink coat! Don’t sleep in them or bring them into contact with water. Remove them carefully and then store properly when you don’t need them and they will last for up to 25 applications.

Your lashes will cost anywhere between $100 to $300 for a reasonable set and come as complete strips, bejewelled or in small clusters. You can also get individual lashes for lash extensions if you prefer this option, but of course you will need to have these professionally applied.

Beware when looking for mink eyelashes if you find cheap ones, as these are likely to be fakes. Look for high quality strip lashes that guaranteed to be 100% natural mink fur and you won’t be disappointed with your choice.

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What Is Hypertrichosis? Human Werewolf Syndrome Explained

There are many conditions that happen to individuals, explained and unexplained. In hypertrichosis, you will find a wide range of probably answers but not all of them will be the answers you are looking for. The best relief from conditions like these is to seek the advice of your doctor.

Hypertrichosis is a medical condition that causes excessive growth of hair in areas where hair does not normally grow. It may be present over the entire body, or you could have it in only one or more areas. Some individuals will be born with the condition and others will develop it later on in life.

Congenital Hypertrichosis is very rare. In fact, it is so rare that there have been only 50 verified cases since the Middle Ages. It occurs because of a flaw during pregnancy. A fetus is covered with lanugo which is a very fine layer of hair that falls off during the eighth month. In these cases, it does not fall off but continues to grow. In a serve case known as Congenital Hypertrichosis Terminalis, the hair becomes colored as well and remains there after birth.

Another variation of Congenital Hypertrichosis is called Naevoid Hypertrichosis. Here, the individuals will have excessive hair growth in only one area of the body.

Acquired Hypertrichosis

Acquired Hypertrichosis occurs after birth at any point. The symptoms may include unpigmented vellus hair or pigmented terminal hair. The excessive hair may cover the entire body, or it could be localized to one area.

What Causes It: Hypertrichosis?

Although there are no for sure answers to that question, many believe the condition to be a genetic disorder. It can be considered inherited or has been known to just happen due to the mutation of genes. Some are cancer related which occurs after individuals have cancer. Some individuals believe that it can be caused by drugs or metabolic disorders as well.

Treatments For Hypertrichosis

The best treatments available include:

Shaving regularly

Depilatories which are hair removal creams can also be used as long as the skin is free from cuts or open sores. Check for allergic reactions before use.

Bleaching products can help to lessen the look of these hairs but make sure to check for chemical reactions.

Electrolysis and laser hair removal techniques may also be helpful. Here, a laser will actually kill the follicle stopping it from being able to grow hair. Some at home kids are effective, but professional service is the best.

Hypertrichosis is a condition that really does not have a cure so to speak. Hair removal techniques can help though. Although the best treatments are those that are the most costly, they are likely to provide the most satisfaction here.

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What Causes Overnight Hair Loss?

Hair loss can be embarrassing, and it can be alarming if it happens overnight. This condition is often known as alopecia areata, and commonly, some doctors will treat it as an autoimmune disease of the skin. This condition occurs when your body’s white blood cells launch a coordinated attack on your hair follicles, treating them as foreign bodies that have to be removed. This results in your hair falling out following the death of your hair follicles. What triggers this condition is unknown, but studies have shown that there may be several causes that directly or indirectly result in this condition.

Aside from the autoimmune disease itself, there may be a genetic connection: some members of your family can suffer from different allergies or autoimmune diseases, or may have eczema or asthma. These conditions can actually lead to overnight hair loss, and studies have shown that about half of all people who suffer from overnight hair loss also tend to suffer from these diseases. About a fifth of those who suffer from overnight hair loss may also have a fellow family member with the condition. Some babies might even be born with the condition, and this can be due to something that has happened to their mother while they were being carried in the womb.

An imbalance in the body’s hormones can also lead to autoimmune diseases, and it can indirectly lead to overnight hair loss. This may lead to the disease that causes the hair loss, or to direct hair loss itself. There are actually overlaps among the different autoimmune diseases, so it can be hard to pin down the cause of the disease to a certain hormone.

Overnight hair loss may actually occur as the result of another disease, or even as a symptom! About half of all women who give birth also experience hair loss and some women may even develop bald patches. This may be due to the fact that some hormones are imbalanced during pregnancy and can cause baldness. Another way for overnight hair loss to occur is through disorders of the thyroid gland, where the thyroid gland’s overproduction or underproduction of some hormones can also cause other hormones in the body to be imbalanced. In this case, both men and women are affected by the imbalance.

There are some conditions that co-occur with overnight hair loss. This may include an overproduction of Langerhans cells in the body. Stress also contributes to a lot of disorders, and one of them is alopecia areata. This may be due to the fact that stress can cause the narrow capillaries that supply blood to different parts of the body to constrict and close. Chemical imbalances such as those associated with lack of vitamins and minerals can also cause your body to lose hair. Lastly, you may also be undergoing an infection due to a viral or bacterial, even a fungal agent, and you may experience overnight hair loss as a result.

These are only a few causes of overnight hair loss. Although this condition can be quite disconcerting, to say the least, you should not panic. Instead, you need to go see your doctor and ask for advice on how you can have your condition treated. Moreover, you need to ask for help on how you can get your hair to start growing again. You don’t have to worry as long as you don’t self-medicate and as long as you keep your cool.

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Waxing Instructions — Waxing with Soft Wax

Waxing is the one of the best, oldest and most popular hair removal methods. Its popularity is based on several factors including it’s effectiveness and relatively low cost. But the practice is as much an art as it is a science. Done improperly waxing can lift the skin and cause permanent scarring. For safety reasons and to achieve best results, waxing – especially in hard to reach and sensitive areas – is best left to professionals. If you are determined to do it yourself it is highly recommended that you visit a waxing professional at least once so that you can see how it is done properly before trying it yourself.

Whether you are a professional or a home user it is important to follow some basic guidelines to achieve safe and effective waxing results. This article describes key concepts in how depilatory waxes are formulated and the basic techniques and best practices for safe and effective waxing with soft wax. A later article will describe techniques and best practices for hard wax.

First, we must define the difference between soft wax and hard wax. It is important to note at the outset that the difference in quality from one brand of wax to the next can be significant. Cheap waxes typically use inferior raw materials resulting in finished products with inferior performance and safety characteristics.

Both soft and hard depilatory waxes are designed to be melted and applied to the skin. How the products “cure” or dry on the skin and how they are removed are the essential difference. Soft wax cures slowly and remains tacky. Once applied it must be removed using a waxing strip (a piece of fabric designed for the purpose). Hard wax, often called no-strip wax, cures firmly so that it may be lifted without a strip.

Hard or no-strip waxes tend to be more gentle than soft waxes and are often the esthetician’s choice for waxing sensitive areas such as the lip, bikini and underarm. In general, soft waxes bind and pull hairs more forcefully than hard waxes. However, depending on how the wax is formulated and which secondary ingredients are included, there is considerable variation from one soft wax to the next.

For example, Bombshell Wax sells two types of soft wax, Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree Wax and Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax. Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax is a translucent wax that goes on in a very thin layer, almost like cellophane. It is ideal for speed waxing larger body areas such as full legs or arms, backs and chests. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax formula includes titanium dioxide to create a slightly thicker, opaque, cream style wax that goes on a bit thicker to surround and lift even coarse, curly or stubborn hairs. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème wax is gentler than the Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax and is therefore better suited for the face and sensitive areas. The point is that subtle variations in product formulation can make an appreciable difference in how a particular wax performs.

To wax with soft wax, begin by choosing a high quality soft wax such as Bombshell Wax or Cirepil.

Melt the wax in a professional wax warmer on low heat until just liquefied. Alternatively, if you use Bombshell Wax or another wax packaged in a polypropylene container, heat the wax in the microwave in 1-2 minute increments until just liquefied. Do not overheat. Keep in mind that waxes vary in how fast they heat.

Clean the skin with an antiseptic, antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) you intend to wax. Do not use Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin on previously exfoliated skin, especially the face.

Pat the skin dry and powder lightly.

Test the temperature of the wax on the wrist using an applicator or spatula. If it’s too hot, allow the wax to cool.

Dip a wooden applicator or spatula (think tongue depressor) into the wax. Scrape the underside of the spatula on the edge of the wax jar so that wax is on only one side of the spatula. Twirl the spatula over the jar until you have control of the wax and you have an ounce or two on the spatula. Spread a thin, even layer of wax in the same direction as hair growth. Repeat: spread the wax in same direction as hair growth (if the follicle is the start and the tip of the hair is the end, spread from the follicle towards the tip).

Do not allow the wax to harden.

Cover the wax with a high quality waxing strip such as Bombshell Las Vegas Strips(TM) and press firmly in downward strokes in the same direction as hair growth.

Hold the skin firmly with one hand. With the other hand, quickly whisk the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth staying close and parallel to the skin. Warning: it is extremely important to remove the strip low and parallel to the skin. If you lift straight up you risk lifting the skin, causing bruising.

Using your hand, immediately apply pressure to the just-waxed skin to soothe tingling nerve endings.

Using a waxing strip, press over and lift and wax residue left on the skin.

To prevent ingrown hairs and break outs, immediately after waxing apply an antiseptic antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) that was waxed. Apply regularly between treatments (3-5 times per week) to clear and prevent ingrown hairs.

To decrease redness or irritation, apply a soothing cream such as Cream 100(TM) Calming Balm to instantly reduce redness, calm inflammation, soothe the skin, and promote healing.

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