New Yorkers Don’t Have to Live With Unwanted Gray Hair

Are you a New Yorker with unwanted grey hairs sprouting on your face or body? After years of plucking, shaving, waxing, or epilating those hairs away, you may be ready for a permanent solution. While you could continue to wax unwanted facial hair and body hair, that option becomes less attractive with age. Not only does the waxing take time and money to maintain, it is also hard on skin as it becomes thinner over time. And if the wiry gray hairs don’t come completely out, or if the root is trapped below the surface, you could develop ingrown hairs, too. Shaving and plucking require more frequent maintenance, and the same risks apply—ingrown hairs, cuts, chances for infection.

Perhaps you are thinking that the magical cure is hair removal creams. However, those products can be extremely harsh on delicate skin. If you must go this route, use the product for the least amount of time possible to temporarily remove your hair. Home  epilation devices also have their own set of problems. While they can remove unwanted hair, they aren’t for everyone, and it is possible to get skin caught in between the rotating disks the devices rely on. This can be particularly problematic for delicate, thinner skin.

With the issues associated with temporary hair removal, it is understandable that some New Yorkers would look for a permanent solution for their unwanted hair. If you have done searches for “permanent hair removal”, you saw results suggesting both laser hair removal and electrolysis. When considering your options, you should be aware that laser hair removal is only permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method for permanently removing hair.

In addition, even if you feel that you could perhaps live with a mere reduction of your unwanted hair, you might soon become frustrated while reading the fine print. Laser hair removal does not work very well on grey hair. That leaves only one option for permanently removing unwanted gray hair—electrolysis. We can help. Abracadabra Electrolysis is particularly convenient for residents of Manhattan and the Upper East Side.

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Electrolysis is Essential Care for Transgender Women

Many transgender women (women who were assigned male at birth) consider electrolysis an important and meaningful part of their transitions. These women grew excessive hair much of their lives, so permanent hair removal stands out as an attractive option. Recently, two of the trans women with whom we have worked discussed their experiences, and we are grateful and proud to provide this critical service for them.

Electrolysis client and astronomer Rebecca Oppenheimer likens coming out as transgender to Pluto’s reclassification. Some people are more accepting than others, and both reflect a greater understanding of the universe and Ms. Oppenheimer’s place in it.

Describing her process of living outwardly female, she explains,

“There is no [internal] change other than a liberation and removal of a carefully held secret (usually originating from the moment of self-consciousness).”

For Rebecca and many other trans women, removing this secret and living authentically require caring professional help. Electrolysis is effective and permanent, and it is a major aspect of their transitions. Permanent hair removal helps align their bodies with their realities, helps them feel happy and secure.

As Sheela-Marie Padgett, another one of our electrolysis clients, discusses in her New York Times feature , living authentically is worth it, no matter your age. Sheela-Marie, who came out as female later in life, considers her transition as essential as eating.

“It was a need and a hunger, and when I saw the solution it was like a truckload of food coming at a starving person.”

Permanent hair removal is a crucial part of this truckload of food. Most trans women spend countless hours shaving their faces, plucking stray hairs, and concealing stubble. Thankfully, the electrolysis treatments we provide relieve them from this tiresome, time-consuming effort.

Despite the challenges of transition, both of these women achieved huge success, and are happy to be free of unwanted hair. We understand the necessity of permanent hair removal for our transgender clients and we feel honored to be a part of these amazing women’s transitions and their lives.

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Hair-Free Skin Is a “Cultural Imperative”

Why are New York women so into hair removal? From early treatments with sharpened clamshells, lye and x-rays (!!) to more modern methods of sugaring, waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis, Upper East Side women are ever in pursuit of the smoothest skin. According to anthropologist Rebecca Herzig, it’s a cultural imperative. Smooth skin has become a symbol of civility, affluence, and cleanliness – but it wasn’t always so.

Early Colonists were somewhat obsessed with the differences between European settlers and Native Americans, particularly the Native tendency to be naturally smooth. European settlers, used to sporting beards and body hair, felt that Natives couldn’t possibly be civilized if they couldn’t grow beards.

Times, though, they change, and with the times, so changed attitudes towards body hair, particularly for women. As women demanded their rights with more vehemence, those with the nerve to stand up for themselves were portrayed as hairy, mannish, uncivilized, and unfeminine, so women felt it necessary to remove their “extra” body hair. Eventually, hair removal became an industry, with a variety of methods available. Obviously, if you feel unhappy with your body hair and want to be rid of it, we recommend the safe, permanent method of electrolysis. Will it make you more civilized? That’s up to you, but permanent removal your excess facial and body hair will make you look and feel like a million bucks!

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Electrolysis Myths New York Doctors Probably Believe

Some New York doctors have some funny ideas about hair removal, especially electrolysis. To hear them talk, you would think that electrolysis hair removal is not available on the Upper East Side. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Many New York doctors think that electrologists all disappeared in the 90’s. That’s just not true. Abracadabra Electrolysis has been practicing the permanent removal of unwanted hair in Manhattan for over 22 years and we’re still going strong!

Some Upper East Side doctors think that laser hair removal replaced electrolysis hair removal. Wrong again. Electrolysis is still the only hair removal method that is allowed by the FDA to call itself permanent. It is also the only method that is safe and effective for all skin colors, hair colors, and hair types.

There are Manhattan doctors who recommend laser because they think electrolysis is too painful for their patients. We’ve never understood this one. Electrolysis can be somewhat uncomfortable. So can laser, waxing, threading, sugaring, etc. Abracadabra Electrolysis provides a highly skilled electrologist with modern equipment designed to maximize the comfort of your treatments. The level of discomfort varies by individual, as with any other hair removal method. We have a number of ways to minimize discomfort and will work with your to make your treatments as comfortable as possible.

Some New York dermatologists and endocrinologists even think that electrolysis is only good for small areas, because it treats one hair at a time. While it is true that electrolysis destroys individual hairs, a good electrologist works very quickly, often destroying hundreds of hairs per session. In addition, that precision helps to ensure that we get Every. Single. Hair.

If you are looking for permanent hair removal on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, don’t believe the myths. Contact us for a free consultation and see for yourself what a difference electrolysis can make!

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Types of Facial Hair and Body Hair

Different kinds of hair serve different purposes, grow on different parts of our body, and appear at different times in our lives. Abracadabra Electrolysis on the Upper East Side of Manhattan offers permanent hair removal solutions for all types of hair.

Lanugo Hair

The first hair we all have is a thick, downy covering called lanugo. It is very fine and usually colorless. It is the first hair our follicles produce, appearing at about 4 or 5 months gestation. Lanugo is meant to protect delicate skin. It usually falls out by around 7 or 8 months gestation, replaced by another kind of hair, but sometimes some remains. Presence of lanugo in adults usually indicates a serious illness.

Vellus Hair

A close relative of lanugo is vellus hair. Vellus hair is fine, downy, and often lightly colored. Like lanugo, vellus hair covers the entire body, but lightly. It’s most visible on children and women, but we all have it. Ladies, that soft fuzz on your cheek is vellus hair. Vellus hair acts as an insulator and a wick to pull sweat away from the body. Too much vellus hair can also indicate illness.

In adults, much of our vellus hair will be displaced or covered by androgenic hair and terminal hair.

Androgenic Hair

Androgenic hair is just what it sounds like – hair whose growth is triggered by androgens (sex hormones). This begins at puberty, transforming the facial vellus into adult – or terminal – hair, and triggering the growth of hair in the armpits and on the pubis. These hormones sometimes are overproduced, which is why you will sometimes find women headed for their hair removal provider to get rid of unwanted facial hair.

Terminal Hair

Terminal hair is longer than vellus, thicker, and darker. You’ll find terminal hair on your head, your arms, and on your face as eyelashes and eyebrows. The difference between androgenic hair and other types of terminal hair is that androgenic hair growth is triggered by puberty and is considered a secondary sex characteristic, and regular terminal hair just shows up with age.

Electrolysis Works On All Hair Types!

Electrolysis is great for reshaping your hairline, tidying up your eyebrows, clearing unwanted facial hair, and treating ingrown eyelashes. Longer treatment cycles can attend to leg, pubic, back, chest, and armpit hair, eliminating the bother of shaving or the continued expense and potential for skin damage of waxing. Electrolysis is the only permanent option for any facial hair or body hair that you just don’t want, regardless of hair types or skin type.

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What Is Electrolysis Hair Removal, And How Did It All Begin?

You probably know that electrolysis hair removal is the only permanent hair removal method recognized and approved by the FDA but do you know how it works, and why it was invented?

Electrolysis hair removal works by destroying hair matrix cells, so that the hair is no longer able to grow back. In order to do this, the electrologist uses a fine metal probe, about the size of a hair, which s/he slides into the hair follicle. Electricity is then conveyed, via the probe, to the follicle, and destroys the hair matrix.

There are three types – or modalities – of electrolysis used for permanent hair removal; galvanic, thermolysis, and the blend method – which, as you may have gathered, is a combination of the first two. Depending on the type of hair being removed, the client’s skin condition, and his/her pain threshold, the electrologist may use one particular modality, or a blend of both.

The galvanic method

Named after the Italian bioelectricity physicist, Luigi Galvani, Galvanic modality uses direct current (DC) to send an electrical charge to the hair follicle, which turns the salt and water present in the skin to sodium hydroxide (lye). As the lye builds up, it destroys the hair matrix. This method, while more time-consuming than the thermolysis modality, has a higher success rate.

The thermolysis method

Alternating current (AC) is used to send a charge through the probe to excite water molecules around the hair follicle, generating enough heat to destroy the hair matrix. Although this method of electrolysis hair removal is faster, it is not as reliable as the galvanic modality.

The blend method

Both AC and DC charges are sent through the probe into the hair follicle, and combines the advantages of both of the above methods to effect permanent hair removal.

So how did it electrolysis hair removal begin?

Who actually thought,

“Hmmm, here’s an idea – I wonder if zapping someone with electricity will stop their hair growing”?

No one person, as it turns out. Physicists had been studying bioelectricity for a couple of centuries before Charles Michel used electrolysis as a form of permanent hair removal, so it was less a ‘eureka!’ moment, and more a logical progression. However, in 1875, Michel, an ophthalmologist from Missouri, used galvanic electrolysis to remove ingrown eyelashes from one of his patients. Although he, and several other doctors, had actually been using it since at least 1869, this was the first officially-documented case of permanent hair removal using electrolysis.

Toward the end of the 19th century, electrolysis hair removal was gaining popularity; Dan Mahler, who, along with his wife, had been using galvanic electrolysis for permanent hair removal at their beauty parlor in Providence, Rhode Island, set up a company to sell electrolysis equipment. Over 120 years later, that company, Instantron, is not only still going strong but has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of electrolysis hair removal equipment.

In 1916, New York inventor, Paul Kree, developed the multi-needle technique, and was actively involved in bringing electrolysis to a wider market. The Kree Electrolysis Apparatus Company was at the top of electrolysis practice and teaching in North America right up until the late 1970s.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Dr Bordier in France, and  Dr Eitner in Germany, were both experimenting with thermolysis. According to medical journals of the period, Eitner had been experimenting since at least 1910 but Bordier is credited with perfecting the modality in 1924.

By the 1940s, new equipment, which superseded the unpredictable and rather crude spark-gap thermolysis machines, began to come onto the market. In 1948, Henri St Pierre and Arthur Hinkel patented the first blend modality electrolysis machine.

By the 1970s, with the advent of transistorized equipment, electrolysis hair removal became far more reliable. A decade or so later saw the introduction of computerized equipment, with engineer, Mark van Orden (RA Fischer Company), using Hinkel’s formula in a programmable epilation machine. With the advent of AIDS, disposable, pre-sterilized needles were introduced.

These days, as the demand for permanent hair removal increases, the development of improved electrolysis equipment and electrologist training continues.

If you are looking for the best electrolysis hair removal in New York, why not give us a call today on (212) 987-6900 to book a free consultation? Our Certified Professional Electrologists will be happy to meet with you to discuss the best method for meeting your permanent hair removal needs.

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Women’s Facial Hair; Things Your Mother Never Told You

Probably because she was too embarrassed to admit to it. However, excess hair on women is far more widespread than we may imagine, simply because few of us are eager to admit to sprouting hair on our chins.

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As we age and our bodies produce less testosterone-suppressing estrogen, we become prone to errant hair, particularly on the chin and upper lip area.The cruelest irony is, of course, that once we’re past 40, our eyesight starts to deteriorate, which means an ever-increasing reliance on reading glasses and magnifying mirrors… just to make the facial hair horror even more glaringly obvious.

Age is not the only cause of excessive hair growth – certain medical conditions may cause you to grow unwanted hair; PCOS, other ovarian abnormalities, liver disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and pituitary tumors – all of these can lead to unwanted hair growth. In addition, some birth control medication can contribute to excessive hair, as can meds for conditions such as migraines, high blood pressure, and seizures, plus bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. And for some, it’s simply down to genetics.
Since most of us do not want to end up looking like Grizzly Adams, what can we do to maintain our feminine appearance, and our dignity? The short answer is permanent hair removal by electrolysis; but what are our other options, and why are they not such good choices as New York electrolysis hair removal?

  • Plucking the occasional hair isn’t going to take much time, although occasionally, it may result in a little bump here and there on the skin.
  • Shaving is an option but really, it’s not a great choice; quite apart from the obvious issue of razor cuts and abrasions (razor burn), do you really want to be shaving your face?
  • Waxing, sugaring, and threading are other options but they can be painful, cause ingrown hairs, and you have to have a certain amount of hair growth in order for them  to be effective, which means you either have to walk around with a hairy face, or you have to shut yourself away for a few days. Neither seem like a great option, do they?
  • You could try a depilatory cream but even the ones formulated for the upper lip area tend to be far too harsh for sensitive skins.
  • A prescription cream, such as Vaniqua, which inhibits hair growth might be an option but the results are not instant, and they come with a list of unpleasant side-effects.
  • Laser hair removal is longer-lasting but cannot be used on all skin and hair types, and can cause permanent damage to the skin.

Electrolysis is the best option for permanent hair removal for women, especially for women in New York City; it will permanently remove any unwanted hair, and is the obvious choice for those suffering the embarrassment of excessive facial hair.

Electrolysis hair removal is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal, and involves sending a mild electrical current into the hair follicle to destroy the hair root, thus preventing any more growth. Because hair grows in three different stages (grow, rest, shed), you will need multiple sessions in order for electrolysis hair removal to have the best chance of success.

If you are looking for the best electrolysis hair removal in New York, why not give Abracadabra Electrolysis a call to arrange a free consultation? Our Certified Professional Electrologists will be happy to meet with you to discuss the best way forward, and the best method for meeting your needs with affordable electrolysis hair removal.

At Abracadabra Electrolysis, your secret is safe with us.

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Electrolysis for the Transgendered Community – Seven Things You Need to Know

For transgendered people, electrolysis is the best option for permanent hair removal. While it can be relatively expensive, time-consuming, and some people find it uncomfortable, there is no other permanent hair removal for transgender that gives lasting results, and it is the only permanent solution that’s approved by the FDA.

Aside from removal of unwanted hair, why else might you wish to consider electrolysis hair removal over other methods? Laser removal, for example, may seem an attractive option but it’s often uncomfortable, very expensive, cannot be used on certain skin or hair types, and is not permanent. Shaving, as you already know, can nick the skin, lead to unsightly rashes, and a few hours later, you’re stubbly. Depilatory creams are messy, and can cause allergic reactions; waxing, sugaring, and epilation are again, uncomfortable… and of course, none of these are even remotely permanent. Do you really want to be spending ages every day in the pursuit of a smooth, feminine, hair-free body? The best transgender hair removal solution is electrolysis.

So what are the seven things you need to know about electrolysis hair removal for transgender?

Should I consider transgender hair removal before or after my transition?
When to begin electrolysis treatment is entirely up to the individual but many people prefer to get ahead of the game, and make permanent hair removal one of the first changes in their transitional journey.

How uncomfortable is electrolysis hair removal?
Everyone’s pain threshold is different, so it’s impossible to give an exact answer; some people experience mild discomfort, while others find the process extremely painful. If you have already started hormone treatment, you may well find that your skin is more sensitive now; if that’s the case, or if you know you have a low tolerance for pain, you may wish to consider using an anesthetic cream, such as Emla or LMX, prior to each treatment.

How long does electrolysis take?
Transgender hair removal is not a quick-fix, it’s a long process, sometimes taking up to four years to completely remove facial hair, with each session lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. If your surgery is going to take place while undergoing your electrolysis treatment, be sure to inform your electrologist so that s/he can contact your surgeon in order that pre-surgery protocols may be followed. This is especially important if you’re having hair removal in the genital area.

How much does electrolysis hair removal cost?
It really depends on how many sessions are needed, the size of the area to be treated, and the type of hair to be removed, so it’s hard to give a definite answer. It could be up to as much as $20,000 over a period of several years; however, some people end up paying much less, while there will always be a few for whom the cost is greater.

Are there any after-effects I should know about?
In a worst-case scenario, there may be some scarring but mainly, the only after-effects are some temporary redness and a little swelling.

Do I need to follow an aftercare routine?
You should avoid very hot baths and showers, saunas, and sunbathing for a couple of days after treatment, and some clinics advise avoiding swimming too. Obviously, if you have had facial electrolysis, then applying makeup should be avoided – although Sterex tinted cream may be applied. It’s best to avoid touching the area that’s been treated, especially on the face, so do make sure you cleanse gently, using cotton wool pads… and absolutely do not pick at any scabs which may form. Sterex soothing gel may be applied but again, use a cotton wool pad, not your fingers. Most importantly, do inform your electrologist immediately if you experience any adverse reactions.

Finally, do your homework
Not all electrologists are created equal, so firstly, make sure you choose a Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE), and secondly, ask around your social circles; people are always happy to share their success stories, and peer recommendations are usually a much better guideline than picking a clinic out of the telephone directory. You should also speak to your MD, surgeon, and counsellor because they may have lists of recommended electrologists who work with the transgender community. Ask for an in-office consultation, and don’t be afraid of contacting several practitioners if needs be; remember, you are likely to be spending years with your electrologist, so it is vital you find the right one.

If you are looking for New York transgender hair removal, please get in touch. At Abracadabra, we have many years’ experience of helping transgendered people achieve a more feminine appearance, and we understand and respect the need for confidentiality. We also offer free consultations, so what have you got to lose, other than unwanted hair?

Call us today and arrange a free consultation for the best transgender hair removal in New York!

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Pamper Your Skin This Summer

Signs of spring are emerging all over New York City, ranging from leaf and flower buds emerging from tree limbs, to longer daylight hours with more intense midday sun. Soon, New York natives will start streaming to the parks and shores in search of the sunshine and perfect tan that have been so elusive for months.

As you worship the sun, do yourself a favor and protect your skin from the most damaging effects its rays can have on your body.

By now, you know that we advocate electrolysis treatments as the best way to remove unwanted hair in a safe, effective, and permanent manner. Shaving unwanted hair is seems easy, but it needs to be repeated often and takes a toll by scraping away skin layers along with the hair. Waxes, on the other hand, can be an especially painful way to remove hair, even beyond the need to repeat the process often.

But no matter what method you use, or what stage you may be in during your permanent hair removal process, it is very important for you to pamper your skin and minimize permanent damage from the sun.

Courtesy of The International Dermal Institute, here are their top six tips for maintaining your skin during summer sun:

1. Exfoliate your skin every morning to remove the dead cells that look dull and can clog the pores your skin needs to breathe and recharge.

2. Keep your skin hydrated by using intensive masque facial treatments when time permits, and spray toners as a quick refresher when time or location require a more discrete approach.

3. Drink water. The higher temperatures and activity levels of summer drains your body of this vital nutrient. Medical authorities recommend that you drink at least two quarts (eight glasses) of water daily; more if you also consume caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

4. Apply sunscreen – multiple times. Despite marketing claims, sunscreen does wash off in water or as you sweat, and loses effectiveness even if you don’t swim or perspire. It is best to apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas every two hours.

5. If you are unfortunate enough to endure a sunburn, even a mild one, go into immediate damage control. Even mild burns can increase your chances of skin cancer, and will definitely accelerate your skin’s aging process. Apply cooling gels and arrange glycolic facial treatments for the affected area to both reduce damage and obtain some relief from the pain.

6. Repair and treat sun damage with moisturizers. Even if you love your tan today, your skin will pay for it years down the road.

Finally, as we head into another New York City summer, remember that now is the time to start the process of electrolysis hair removal to attain the body image you want, and to free your spare time from the annoyance of repetitive grooming, shaving, or waxing. We know you will be thrilled with the results. Call us at 212-987-6900 today for a free, no-obligation consultation can help you look and feel better.

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Is It Safe to Have Electrolysis During Pregnancy?

Women usually face serious problems with hair growth during pregnancy, as irregularity of hormones trigger hair growth. Hair removal, with the increase in growth of body hair, therefore becomes a major concern among women around this time. As there are lots of hair removal method during pregnancy, but electrolysis got safest method for women that they are most comfortable with. Lots of women opt for the process of electrolysis as this is the only permanent solution to unwanted hair growth.

Although electrolysis is completely safe while you are pregnant, this process of hair removal is known to be the safest method. Only a few body parts you should avoid for electrolysis during pregnancy are the belly, because it is a sensitive area of the body, and becomes overtly sensitive during this time, and breasts, during the last trimester, in case you have decided to breastfeed your baby.

Electrolysis hair removal can be done in a number of methods through which you can go for the best method according to you. Read on to know which electrolysis processes to choose during this period:

Galvanic electrolysis: In this process, a direct electric current is passed through a needle and put into your hair follicle, which leads to a chemical reaction. This reaction further helps in damaging the hair follicle.

Thermolysis method: This method, also called diathermy, high radio frequency or short wave method, is about passing an alternating current of high frequency through a needle. This current, when passed, causes a vibration that produces heat in the needle which in turn destroys the hair follicle. It is completely safe electrolysis method during pregnancy because just small amounts of heat placed into the hair papilla or follicle to retard the hair growth.

The blend method: This is a combination of these two methods, galvanic electrolysis and thermolysis.

Of all these methods, thermolysis is considered to be the safest bet during pregnancy, since it uses an alternating energy current that is way weaker than that used in the other two processes. The galvanic and the blend methods use a direct current which can be harmful for you during this stage.

In spite of observing all these precautions, always keep in mind that you should consult your doctor before going for any such treatment. Remember to choose the best electrologist for this treatment. It is important for you to take care of your and your baby’s health at all costs. Make sure that you and your baby are safe and comfortable, and report to the doctor if there is any irregularity.

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