Archive for September, 2011
Don’t you just LOVE the feeling of being freshly shaved, waxed, plucked, etc.? There’s nothing like silky, smooth skin to make a gal feel extra girly!
Hair removal is essential to your feminine image, but it’s an area where a lot of transgender women go wrong …
Are you making any of these hair removal mistakes?
1. Not exfoliating
All forms of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs (particularly in the beard, chest, and pubic areas), but you can avoid them by exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that trap the hair under your skin.
Exfoliating too soon can irritate your skin, so wait a couple days and then scrub gently with a washcloth or loofah. (I love The Body Shop exfoliating skin towel.)
2. Not moisturizing
Dry skin is another cause of ingrown hairs, so it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. (Besides, you want soft, feminine skin, don’t you?)
The best moisturizer to use immediately after hair removal is pure aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and skin soother. Perfumed lotions can irritate freshly shaved, waxed, or lasered skin, so avoid them for the first 24 hours.
3. Not treating ingrown hairs correctly
Exfoliating and moisturizing help prevent future ingrown hairs, but what about existing bumps?
Avoid the temptation to shave over ingrown hairs or dig for them with a needle – this can lead to infections and scarring. Instead, try an ingrown hair treatment such as Tend Skin, PFB Vanish, or Kalo Ingrown Hair Treatment.
4. Do-it-yourself hair removal (if you don’t know what you’re doing)
Professional waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal treatments are expensive, so it’s tempting to try them on your own. But be careful …
Newbie waxing mistakes – like waxing over the same area twice, pulling the hairs in different directions, or pulling too hard – can lead to rashes, bruises, and torn skin. Not a sexy look! If you insist on doing-it-yourself, get a couple professional waxing treatments first so you can observe proper technique.
Home laser and electrolysis kits aren’t as effective as professional systems, though girls have been reporting success with the No!No! Hair Removal System. The risk with these products is that they’re expensive and don’t always deliver results.
5. Bargain basement treatments
I’m all for beauty bargains, but don’t let price be your sole criteria when choosing a place for transgender hair removal treatments.
A cheap price tag often means a wax job with a bunch of stray hairs left behind or a patchy laser treatment. At worst, you could end up with burns or scars.
Check the qualifications of the person treating you and read the reviews on any place you are considering. Yelp is your friend!
Also, keep in mind that upscale places tend to put more emphasis on comfortable treatments. If you’re a waxing or laser wimp like me, it’s worth spending a bit more for a less painful experience.
What is YOUR favorite hair removal method? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or a pampered princess who loves her spa treatments? Take my hair removal poll below and leave me your comments below!
Did you see the ABC special that aired this week, “(Extra)Ordinary Family: Inside the Transgender World”?
I thought it was a great look at crossdressing, transgender and transsexual kids. BRAVO to their supportive families! (Sorry, Charles Kane, I disagree – I think children KNOW who they are. You had other issues.)
So I’d love to know …
When did YOU first know that you were a girl – or had a girly side? Did you have a realization in early childhood or did it blossom later in life?
Please share your story with me below!