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nearly lost that ‘lovin’ feel’n…








It’s been a very very long time… so let me apologize for not posting anything for a while.  I have had some major changes, physically and emotionally and I frankly didn’t have the “heart” in it to write, err typing something when all I wanted to do was crawl under my preverbal rock and hide.  I was finding I was starting to have a “love-hate” relationship with my job and I was feeling pretty miserable about the entire idea of “working” in my industry.

It’s sad how someone and a particular environment can make you spin into a spiral of wicked bad emotions isn’t it? Okay, maybe it’s just me that gets like that? Hmm…. anyways, I was working at a place in Eastern Vancouver and I even though it was better than the “mall” (when I was threading at the local mall at the KIOSK–YUCK-YUCK-YUCK!!) it soon became obvious that promises and actions behind said promises were entirely two different animals with this owner and my boss.  I spent nearly 3 years working with and around this person and I found that I was discouraged more and picked apart nearly daily and I still have a hard time understanding WHY she wanted to be so down on me.  I suppose I was willing to hear it… and not fight.  I don’t want conflict and I chose to just try and do my job I was there to do and leave… however, often the passive aggressive stance she had made it difficult and mentally and emotionally challenging.

For a while I found myself being very discouraged with my profession and actually feeling like I hated my job.  What I have learned was and is that I didn’t and I do not hate my job… what I do dislike and have major issues with is being treated like I am a 3rd rate citizen and I am worthless and below standard.  Being picked apart and told how I need to change ME daily can definitely mess with your inner self!

I was contacted by a friend in the esthetics industry, she was and is doing very well in downtown Vancouver.  She was enlarging her business and wanted to see if i was interested in working with her.  I was a bit leery, but, thought I would give it a look see and try.  That was back in later 2014 and I found myself feeling encouraged and excited again!  I was only working a few days a week initially and it felt good coming to her shop.  It was a place I felt myself growing and feeling my  inner confidence coming out and I was getting strong again.  I was starting to love my work again.

After feeling unappreciated and finding that “my job” was secretly being advertised in the local Craigslist I felt it was time to leave the salon I was currently working at and within… I made plans and left in late December.  I did however, give my 2 weeks notice only to find that I was not welcome after that shift.  I have to be honest with you… I would have been shocked had she allowed me to remain my final 2 weeks!  by the time I left that day she had wiped my details from the companies web page and schedule.  Took away all my privileges and abilities away… I suppose she thought I’d “steal” my clients information.  I guess she didn’t think I’d save that stuff before I left? I didn’t steel anything… I thread and unless she currently has or had someone… these people would be following me… regardless of how she felt.  I did however, choose not to take any clients that we shared… I figured if they wanted my services again, they were smart and they’d do a search for “Threading” and would eventually find me… there’s only this shop I currently am at and the local Mall offering threading currently in Vancouver.  The thing is when I left, I did my best to remain civil, yet, this person was angry and chose to tell me how I’d never amount to anything and how worthless I am. I did my best to hold myself high and walk out of there with some pride.  By the end of January I was finally on my new path and had pretty much shaken the past few years and the issues that came from that place I had been in.  I started to realize how happy I was to come to work again… I enjoy seeing my clients and I like being here.  It’s definitely a good place for me emotionally for my working world!

SO… in case you don’t already know, I am now located in Downtown Vancouver, at a cute shop called:
Beauty by Tara Lee
1703 Broadway, Vancouver

We are open Monday-Saturdays, usually opening by 10 a.m. daily, our Saturdays differ depending on the Saturday. And we are usually here until 7 p.m. on the weeknights!  The parking is good and we do accept walk-ins, although I do encourage you to make an appointment, we seem to fill up pretty quick!

You can tho to: http://www.beautybytaralee.com

We offer online scheduling, you can see when both myself (Jamie) and Tara are available and book with us, you can also text or call us!  We make it really easy to make your appointment with us.

We are currently offering:


The costs are very competitive and we currently offer packages for some of our threading and waxing services.  If you create an account via the web page and LIKE us on Facebook… there are also specials that are announced and you are made aware of any of the deals and discounts that will often arise weekly and monthly depending on the season and service.

This is a great place and I hope you’ll take time to drop in and say HI and try out one of our great services!
You won’t be disappointed!!

be your own kind of beautiful


What is Dermaplaning?

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How is Dermaplaning performed? 
It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade).  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving.  However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut. 

This treatment, when professionally trained/performed, is extremely safe.  There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.  As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.

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Dermaplaning is performed only on the facial areas only.
With exceptions to the nostrils, eyelids, neck and chest areas.


This procedure is similar to microdermabrasions or chemical peels; during said procedure there is typically 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells removed and you can safely have this procedure repeated every 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to wait this long between services to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.

Dermaplaning can also be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel.  It is recommended using a Non-Traumatic Chirally-Correct peels (each ingredient contains only those molecules that will produce positive side effects to the skin).  They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin.  Being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.

Still with the above precautions you still may still see some superficial peeling after a chemical peel and dermaplaning service. If you are seeing skin peeling after a regular dermaplaning procedure without the act of a chemical peel, the procedure may be too soon for your skins normal cycle to be complete.  Take note when you are having it done and try to lesson the procedures so you are lessening the skin peeling process that could occur.  This will not help with the health of your skin if you are not allowing your skins normal cycle to be completed.

The idea is to not over-exfoliate the skin.  We are just assisting with your skin’s natural exfoliation process.

Skin types/conditions that can be benefited or treated by this procedure:
Nearly all skin types can truly benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended that this treatment be used for those suffering from severe acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum).  The oils from the sebaceous glad need to travel up and connect with the vellus hair (short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood. Typically referred to as “Peach Fuzz”).  If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.

This procedure is often a great alternative to someone that cannot have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure due to contraindications that will prevent them from having said services.  Someone pregnant for example, would benefit from this process if they were concerned with the skin texture or were routinely having peels or dermabrasion services.

The only Contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

Procedures for having Dermaplaning:

  • You should be explained the procedure and informed that although unlikely, there is a chance that you could obtain a superficial scrape or nick to the skin.
  • You should sign a consent form that states possibilities of complications.
  • Your skin should be cleaned thoroughly, using a cleanser with mild keratolytic properties, (such as beta or apha hydroxy acids) this will help loosen dead skin and allow for a deeper exfoliation with the scalpel.
  • The scalpel being used should have a #10 blade in the handle.  Blade may need changed during the process due to dulling that will occur.
  • Your skin should be completely dry.  If the skin has any moisture on it at all, there is an increased chance of nicking the skin, and the treatment will not be as effective.
  • Because the scalpel is being used on your skin, it is very important that you, the client remain still during the procedure.
  • The blade will be scraped across your skin at an approx. 45 degree angle.  The abrading of the surface with precise movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth, there is a pattern that should develop, such as starting at one side of the face and finishing at the other, to ensure that all of the areas are covered properly.
  • After the entire face has been treated, a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied to the skin to finish the procedure.
  • If another peeling process will be used (such as a chemical peel), it is important that extra precautions are taken.  The peel will penetrate more deeply after the removal of the superficial layers of skin.

There is no downtime typically associated with this procedure.  You should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen (EVEN during the winter months) to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin).


Below video is a little bit silly, the commentator is a regular person, he is going for his first dermaplaning and has a very basic detailed process showed before and during and the after effects.  I chose this one because he did make me laugh, some of the videos… they get a wee bit too serious! (hope you enjoy!)


The below video is a bit more serious, it has a good amount of details without a LOT of medical jargon.  I wanted to find videos that are “client” perspective and client friendly… I hope these gave you some great detail!


Special thanks to two web sites that assisted me with details on my above blog:

Skin Inc.
Dermaplaning for Skin Rejuvenation
by Edie Pastis

Pure Skin Solutions

Thank you for being patient with me and reading my blog.
your patronage and use is always my greatest joy with regards to this blog… thanks for stopping by and reading!


What KINDS of Facials are there?

There are several types of facials you can pamper yourself with these days… they will all depend on your time availability, how much you would like to spend, and what your local spas offer.  Below are a few of the more common facials you will find at just about any kind of spa or medical spa in your neck of the woods… Please keep in mind that there are variations, different training methods (some spas are chains and offer in-house specific training for further education on product specific techniques), and you might have one facial every week for an entire year under the “Basic Facial” name and them ALL be entirely different… it really does depend upon your Esthetician and Spa and how they define their facials.


simple cleansing, steam and massage. They are typically least expensive, they are also the best option for normal skin, which isn’t prone to acne. Difference between these facials and cleansing is that the skin is massaged for a longer period of time or they might add a hand to elbow/arm massage as well or a foot massage.


are a step-up from the previous facial. usually formulated creams and moisturizers are used for the skin. Face packs applied dependent on the different skin types and special cleansing and rejuvenation techniques are also part of this process. These are beneficial for clients with sensitive skin types or aging skin.


Treatment for both teen and adults who are suffering from skin issues related with acne. Usually after cleansing, this treatment includes enzyme or glycollic acid exfoliation and a warm steam, this can also follow-up by a manual deep pore extraction, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming antibacterial mask. Typically these facials should be performed regularly, usually 2-4 week intervals to assist with clearing acne.


includes the use of a multi-phase technique of exfoliation, warm steam deep pore cleansing, lymphatic drainage (this should only be done by someone with special training) massage, and self-healing mineral or a paraffin masque over a freeze dry collagen sheet to ensure the ideal rehydrating effect. Typically in this kind of facial, liquid nutrients (serums) in the form of vials or ampoules are used and for quick absorption of liquid nutrients in the skin, laser of galvanic treatment is done. This can be an effective preventative treatment against harmful environmental damages, wrinkles and dark circles. Recommended for all skin types.


in addition to the cleansing, massage and rejuvenation techniques, these facials include treatment that targets dark circles under the eye. The characteristic of this facial is the bio-mask, which tones and tightens the skin on the face, making it appear younger.


Involved the application of a special paraffin mask on the face over layers of gauze, which helps seal in the special anti-aging and rejuvenating creams applied to the skin. Aids better absorption and brings back the radiance of skin.


This uses creams and masks enriched with free-radical fighting agents like Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E. Pollutants are first removed and the skin is then, deep cleansed in this procedure. Recommended for people working outdoors.


a steady, direct galvanic current is utilized to introduce water-soluble substances through the skin. Heightens the skins capacity to absorb and improves the penetration of the products. Treatment of special problems becomes easier. Benefits dry, dehydrated skins, improving moisture retention. Also help remove congestion. (See Galvanic Skin Therapy or Treatments for further details)


Make use of creams containing 24-carat pur gold, which penetrates the skin easily. It is a powerful rejuvenating treatment. Gold has a powerful effect on the lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. Accelerates the regeneration of new cells. Masks containing gold, are also applied. These facials help restore youthful qualities: softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance.


Essential oils are used, which have potent and specific properties that are particular benefit to the skin. They are effective for relation of the body and mind. They can help clean skin congestion and improve the normal functions of the skin. The mask, which is applied at the end of the massage, also contains essential oils. Elimination of toxins, the improvement in the skins normal functions, including cell regeneration and the uplifting effect, all combine to these facials revitalizing and rejuvenating.

Waxing “Down Under” Part II of Waxing 101…

I recently posted a detailed page regarding Waxing 101… things that are, in my opinion, important to know and be educated on with regards to the essentials with regards to being waxed and having a waxing treatment or service.

This page/post is going into further detail on the region of the body that most people frequently cringe when they consider having such this waxing service or if they overhear someone talking about it they become uncomfortable or even sometimes embarrassed about the thought of having your genital areas waxed.  I hope this post will help break down that fear (whatever it might or could be) and help you understand what’s important to know and be aware of.  And potentially my post will also answer things that you are just too uncomfortable to ask someone about this area of our bodies.



The term bikini line is the imaginary line in a woman’s pubic region that delineates that part which would normally be covered by the bottom part of a swimsuit. In the context of waxing, it is generally understood to describe any pubic hair visible beyond the boundaries of a swimsuit.  Waxing is usually also performed on the upper leg, this will depend on your needs and how much hair you actually have in this area of your body, if you are getting a bikini wax or even a Brazilian you might also want to consider getting your upper legs or full legs waxed so the look is uniform.

waxing styles:

  • American waxing is the removal of only the pubic hair that is exposed by a swimsuit, depending on the style of the swimsuit. For a bikini, it would be hair at the top of the thighs and under the navel. It is also known as a basic bikini wax, or a bikini line wax.
  • French waxing leaves a vertical strip in front (sometimes called a landing strip), two to three finger-widths long just above the vulva, and 1.5 inches or 4 cm wide. It is also known as a partial Brazilian wax.   Hair of the peri-anal area and labia may be removed. Removal of hair from these areas is also known as the Playboy wax or G-waxing. The landing strip wax has become popular with models who must wear garments of an extreme narrowness in the crotch region.
  • The Bikini Line: This is the least extreme form. All pubic hair covered by the bikini is left in place. Only straggling hairs on either side are removed, so that none is visible when a bikini with high-cut sides is being worn.
  • The Full Bikini: Only a small amount of hair is left, on the Mound of Venus (the mons pubis)
  • The European: All pubic hair is removed “except for a small patch on the mound”.
  • The Triangle: All pubic hair is removed except for a sharply trimmed triangle with the central, lower point aimed at the top of the genitals. It has been described as “an arrowhead pointing the way to pleasure”.
  • The Moustache: Everything is removed except for a wide, rectangular patch just above the hood at the top of the genital slit. This is sometimes called “The Hitler’s Moustache“, sometimes “Chaplin’s Moustache“.
  • The Heart: The main pubic tuft is shaped into a heart symbol and may be dyed pink. This is a popular style for St. Valentine’s Day, presented as an erotic surprise to a sexual partner.
  • The Landing Strip: A cultivated pubic hair pattern in which the hair is trimmed to a narrow vertical strip or rectangle, and all other pubic hair is removed. The landing strip starts from anywhere between the natural pubic hairline to within two inches from the top of the vulva, and ends just above the clitoris.
  • The Playboy Strip: Everything is removed except for a long, narrow rectangle of hair, 4 cm (1½ inches) wide.

You might find when you go to your local Spa, or Esthetician to have any of the above done that they might use a soft wax verses hard wax.  I realize there might be exceptions to the rule, but, in my opinion due to the sensitivities of the genital region Hard Wax should be used in this area.  Sometimes the basic Bikini can be performed using soft wax because it’s more close to the skin on the inner part of your legs.  Once the wax is on the pubic area, you should only be using Hard Wax.  You will not have the tearing or ripping or damage that soft wax may entail in this area.


Some claim the origin of the concept Brazilian hairless privates date back to a letter written by Pêro Vaz de Caminha documenting Pedro Álvares Cabral‘s voyage to Brazil in 1500 AD, which says: “…suas vergonhas tão altas e tão çarradinhas e tão limpas das cabeleiras que de as nós muito bem olharmos não tínhamos nenhuma vergonha” (English translation: “their private parts were so exposed, so healthy and so hairless, that looking upon them we felt no shame”).

The Brazilian wax was first so named in modern times by the J. Sisters salon in Manhattan, founded in 1987 by seven sisters from Brazil named Padilha.

The Brazilian is the removal of all hair in the pelvic area, front and back, while sometimes leaving a thin strip of hair on the pubis.   It can be used by those who wear thong bikinis.   It is a form of bikini waxing, and involves the complete removal of hair from the buttocks and adjacent to the anus, perineum and vulva (labia majora and mons pubis).  If a thin vertical strip of hair is left, it may be called a landing strip.

Brazilian waxing is also known as a full Brazilian waxfull Bikini waxHollywood wax or the Sphinx.   The Sphinx variety involves the complete removal of all hair in the pelvic region. The name is derived from that of a naked breed of cat from Canada. The smooth-skinned, hairless Sphynx cat was a genetic oddity discovered in Toronto in 1966. Some salons refer to the Sphynx as the Hollywood.  Some women trim, but keep hair on their labia, while removing the pubic hair on the mons pubis.

Brazilian waxing is more controversial than other types of waxing.  The look has also been called perverted, as well as suggested to be unnatural by some.  There is also a health risk involved if it is not done properly, as well as a risk of infection if done on a person with a weakened immune system.



The pubic area is one of the most sensitive areas in the body, and special attention must be paid to avoid irritation. Over time hair becomes weaker and grows more slowly leading to less frequent waxing.  If the client has never been waxed before, or has not been waxed for a long time, it may be necessary to trim the hair down first using scissors or an electric razor (this is something you should be aware of, if you have a larger or thicker amount of hair in your pubic region or it’s very long you might want to check with your Spa or Esthetician to see if they charge extra for trimming, most will, and if you are budget minded you might want to do your own trimming to save time and money).

A patch test is necessary, usually at the uppermost part of the thigh, to test that the client is not allergic to wax or the skin doesn’t overreact. Since the mucous membrane of the vulva is the most sensitive of the bikini area, it is usually better left to the last part of the process.

Oil based lotions or creams are always to be avoided, while oatmeal based powders are best for soothing the skin after waxing.  Sometimes bumps or in-grown hair can result. Isolated hairs can be removed by using tweezers or by electrolysis.

The pain involved with this procedure can be slight or severe and can continue from several seconds to several minutes. Some people experience less pain during subsequent treatments. It can be helpful for a bikini wax recipient to take a mild anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen) an hour or so before waxing to reduce potential pain from the waxing.

The medical community has also seen a recent increase in folliculits, or infection around the hair follicle, in women who wax or shave their bikini areas.  Some of these infections can develop into more serious abscesses that require incision with a scalpel, drainage of the abscess, and antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of folliculitis.

**Again this is another perfect example as to why “Double-Dipping” should never be done EVER!


  • being a diabetic
  • varicose veins or poor circulation
  • any medications you are taking or took up to a year prior that was for treating acne
  • blood thinners
  • any medications you are taking that recommend you avoid direct sunlight due to being easily burnt
  • taking any steroidal medications (or recently stopped taking them)
  • if you currently have an outbreak of herpes, or another STD that can spread if procedure was given
  • you should try to avoid having this procedure near or during your period (try going at least 2 days prior to starting or 2 days after last day)

Your professional will always be wearing gloves when performing this kind of waxing service, it is to protect them as well as for your safety and preventing any spread of anything.



  • it’s recommended to wear loser fitting clothing items in the first 24 hours after being waxed
  • you shouldn’t expose this area or your skin to any tanning (naturally or tanning beds) for at least 48 hours
  • do not have a hot shower or bath for the first 24 hours afterwards
  • do not use any kind of loofah or shower scrubby to bath with afterwards; it can cause infection and is abrasive to skin
  • NO swimming in chlorine, any kind of pools, rivers or the ocean for at least 24 hours after
  • no steam rooms or saunas
  • sexual contact for at lest the first 24-48 hours should be limited or avoided due to the irritation it can cause
  • limit your exercise routine for the first 24 hours after
  • avoid applying any lotions or oils for the first 24 hours afterwards, unless recommended by professional performing procedure
  • NO tights, leggings, nylons/hose for the first 24 hours after
  • If you are prone to ingrown hairs (and this will typically happen after your first couple of experiences before this changes) it is recommended that you use something that has a mild exfoliate in said product or your favorite cleanser and adding a teaspoon to a tablespoon of sugar to said cleanser as you are about to apply to this area of your body to scrub/wash it.
  • you can also apply a product that will help prevent ingrown hairs such as “No Bump Rx” or “Tend Skin” (as examples) about 2 days after waxing treatment. You can then apply it 2 to 3 more times a week to help prevent any further ingrown hairs.

WAXING 101….

Welcome to “WAXING 101” 🙂

Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair generally grows back from waxed areas generally between 2 to 8 weeks, depending upon the clients/your growth cycle and how fast your hair grows naturally.  Occasionally some people will start to see regrowth in only a week. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini areas, legs, arms, back, abdomen and even feet. There are many types of waxing products suitable for removing unwanted hair.  There are generally 2 kinds of waxes that are widely used in the industry today (there is also something called Sugaring, which I will create a post just about that subject at a later time).  Soft wax or sometimes called “Strip wax” what most are accustomed to seeing and Hard wax.


SOFT WAX (strip wax)

Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination or product thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip, thought it’s typically a “Muslin” or basic natural cotton fabric that is used.  The strip of muslin is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth.  This removes the wax along with the hair.  Strip wax can and often times can pull at least a small top layer of you skin, it is not recommended if you have skin sensitivities or other health risks (please see below for warnings).

Generally Soft Wax (Strip Wax) is used for the following body areas:

  • brows
  • upper lips
  • forehead
  • chin
  • chest
  • back
  • buttocks
  • legs
  • arms
**Soft wax is used in larger spots of the body and where the skin can be manipulated and pulled tight enough to lesson the tearing effect and damage to your skin itself.


With Hard Wax you are only pulling said wax that is applied, no strip/muslin over the top of wax.  In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly. The wax hardens when it cools (much to the consistency of silly puddy, sounds silly yes, but, if you have ever handled this toy resin, you will understand), thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have skin sensitivities.  Hard Wax generally won’t pull your skin, it only adheres to your hair, thus why you have to make the hard wax a bit thicker when applied to your skin.

Hard Wax is for more sensitive skin areas such as:

  • brows
  • cheeks
  • upper lips
  • chin & lower lip area
  • foreheads
  • nose hairs
  • ear hairs
  • under arms
  • pubic hair area (generally Hard Wax is the safest wax to use in this area)
**Any area on your body that you feel is more tender, skin that has less elasticity, if you have sensitivities to soft/strip wax.


Waxing has been used safely and successfully for centuries and if it’s done right, the majority of people can find long lasting results from waxing to remove all unwanted hair on your body/face.

This post is more about the professional techniques and methods; there are however, many DIY waxing kits you can buy for home usage.  I will not recommend anything in this post for your home usage, please see “DIY” category, I will attempt to place details there for your DIY usage and potentially good products.  Please understand I am not against you doing things yourself and there are some DIY waxing kits that will be efficient for your hair removal needs, however, I also DO NOT recommend you buying a kit and not knowing the consequences.  Educate! Educate! Educate! I cannot say this enough. If you attempt a home DIY kit for waxing and you feel comfortable with said product, great.  But, I don’t want you to create a situation that will cause more harm then good.  Please read below and gather knowledge so you are aware.


The waxing technique generally in my opinion should be left up to the professional.  Obviously there are exceptions.

Generally, in most states you are required to have either an Esthetician license or Cosmetologists license in the state you are planning to practice any wax removal process or treatments.  This is to ensure the person that is giving you said service is knowledgeable of how to apply, pull and handle skin care related issues that can and might arise during your simple hair removal procedure.

There are only two areas on the body that should NEVER be waxed, they will and can cause severe damage and scarring if done these areas are the eyelids and your eye lashes.  Even when you are having your brows waxed and your professional goes lower then necessary on your lid it can cause damage to your eyelid.  This skin is extremely fragile and it only gets more fragile as we age. So it is never recommended that you ever remove hair using wax in these two areas.  If you have hair there and want it removed, I recommend either your tweezers or threading only.

Other then the above areas mentioned, you can remove any other body hair using a wax product.  Weather you would want to is all up to your personal preferences.


Advantage:   It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time.  It’s typically a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory creams (Nair, for example) the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer and it will slow growth and appear more sparse, if you are able to maintain said waxing treatments over a long period of time.

Drawbacks:   Waxing can be painful when the strip/wax is removed from your skin. Although the pain is not long-lasting, it can be intense, particularly in more sensitive areas.  The expense of having larger areas of your hair removed, it can be costly, however, it lasts a longer time and cuts down on the time you have to devote daily, weekly, monthly, and  if figuring out that time over a year, it might be beneficial to budget waxing for your hair removing needs, depending upon how you feel about unwanted hair on your body.  Hair removal is not permanent. When removed against the direction of hair growth, the wax strip may disturb hair follicles, causing hair to begin to grow in different directions. This may cause hair growth to be more noticeable and make other methods of hair removal more difficult. Fortunately, this risk is negligible if the waxing is performed properly.  Some people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest (this changes over time, if you keep up the wax treatments/services, said hair follicles soften and the chance of this side effect lessons) . While usually impossible to eliminate, ingrown hairs can be reduced by regularly exfoliating (please see below for further details), and applying an astringent or a solution of both astringent and oil – typically baby or azulene (calming to the skin)oil, or Aloe Vera cream or gel.


Things to know before you go get your next waxing service at your local                                         salon, spa or Esthetician:


  • are you sensitive to the sun (do you burn easily? do you burn then tan or just burn again?)
  • what medications are you taking?
  • are you diabetic?
  • do you have any kind of skin related diagnosed problem? (example: rosacea)
  • do you easily get cold sores or fever blisters?
  • have you been diagnosed with phlebitis or do you have varicose veins?
  • did you exfoliate or have a recent chemical peel or microderm?
  • recent injections? (example: Botox)
  • any kind of skin lightening procedures?
  • taking anything or using anything for your acne?


pay attention to how your professional is handing the wax that they plan to spread onto your skin, if you have been going to them for sometime, then you might already be able to answer this:

Is your Esthetician or Professional giving you the service using safe, health conscience methods?

Are they “Double-Dipping”?   If you are not aware of this nasty habit, it’s not safe and you should question if your professional is doing this and why they choose to double-dip rather then just dispose of the sticks and use a new one each time they dip back into the pot of wax.  Waxing pots do not and should NEVER get warm/hot enough to kill bacteria, if it did, you would be burned severely by said wax.  However, the waxing pot can be a breeding ground for unnecessary bacteria when your professional chooses to be lazy and not use a new clean stick or applicator stick each time they dip into said waxing pot.  It’s extremely hazardous to your health and can create infections such as staph or any number of fungal infections.  Try to imagine it this way: your professionals prior client could have just been in that room for a full Brazilian, although it’s a clean room and the linens have been changed and it “appears” clean and safe, if they are double-dipping into the same wax that was used for the previous client…. the client that just visited and had a Brazilian wax.  Think about that for a few seconds.  Then imagine that said client had a yeast infection, or some other fungal infection or even an STD; if your professional is being lazy and not changing said sticks your chances of getting an infection from said wax is high.

I only tell you this hazard as a true regard to your health and well-being.  It’s something that very few people ever think about unless you are a professional and are trained during your education process that you should never double-dip.  However, in some states you are not required to change sticks, it’s a nasty “gray area”.  In fact the state I practice in doesn’t have this as a law… therefore there are some that will double-dip.  I hate the thought, habit and find it gross.  The sticks are not expensive and it’s a small thing to have peace of mind.

You are the person in control of your service.  You have the right to ask and protect yourself.  If you are reading this, you are educating yourself and protecting your health.


CONTRAINDICATIONS (you should not have any waxing service done-or consult your physician first and have a note showing your doctor says it’s okay)

  • If you’re diabetic
  • blood thinning medications
  • if you have had recent Chemical Peels using: glycolic, salicylic, or other acid based products
  • recent microderms
  • recent injectables (like Botox)
  • recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries
  • rosacea or very sensitive skins
  • recently sunburned
  • presence open pustules or papules on any area you want waxed
  • exfoliated topically with medication including: Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Differin, Azelex, or other peeling agents or vitamin A topical products. (Realizing some of the acne meds are changing I chose to leave the older names, due to more understanding)
  • Hydroquinone for skin lightening
  • Accutane or other acne medications
  • any medications that advise you to stay out of the direct ray of the sunlight, these meds are generally temporary, however, you might have to wait to get your next waxing procedure; these medications will make your skin more fragile
  • Any form or Steroids (topical or taking orally)

**If you have a tendency to get cold sores or fever blisters please make your professional aware, Generally this isn’t something that will automatically prevent you from getting your service.  However, if you have any breakouts it’s never advised to have a treatment due to spreading dangers over the face.  If you have the tendency to get them, you should however know that if getting your upper lip waxed you could cause a breakout of one.


I plan to make a future post regarding bikini and Brazilian waxes and what you should know about this area of our bodies when getting waxed.  This post was just essential or basic knowledge for you to have when you are thinking about getting waxed.

I hope you have found this easy to read and not too dry.

let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the above post.

Thanks for taking the time to read!!

Beautifying our bodies… with art: Piercing Anyone?

Curiosity brought on by my daughters recent birthday gift of getting (wanting) her ears pierced again… she initially had them both pierced, however, the person that did it the first time, sadly made the 2nd ear all wonky and we allowed it to grow back… she was ready for it to be re-pierced.

So yesterday she got her 9th birthday gift from her mommy a few days early and was re-pierced.   Today while we were talking she made me curious… she asked me about the history of piercing… and it got me wondering myself… so this is for myself, my daughter and anyone else… 🙂

**This post ended up being much longer then anticipated… my apologies for the details, but, I found that since piercing is so related to skin and skin care I wanted to go ahead and share the details I found about the history and the processes and the things to be aware of before and after having your desired body art done… hopefully it’s not to dry/dull and it helps you or someone with the information they never knew they wanted to know about piercing!



So let’s start with the easier part…


Ear piercing has been practiced all over the world since ancient times. There is considerable written and archaeological evidence of the practice. Mummified bodies with pierced ears have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, the 5,300 year-old  Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in a Valentina Trujillon glacier in Austria.  This mummy had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in American wire gauge) diameter.

The oldest earrings found in a grave date to 2500 BCE (25th Century BC). These were located in the Sumerian city of Ur, home of the Biblical patriarch Abraham.  Earrings are even mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 35:4, Jacob buries the earrings worn by members of his household along with their idols. In Exodus 32, Aaron makes the golden calf from melted earrings. Deuteronomy 15:12–17 dictates ear piercing for a slave who chooses not to be freed.  Earrings are also referenced in connection to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi in the Vedas.  Earrings for pierced ears were found in a grave in the  Ukok region between Russia and China dated between 400 and 300 BCE.

Earrings were common in the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt (1550–1292 BCE), generally taking the form of a dangling, gold hoop.  Gem-studded, golden earrings shaped like asps seem to have been reserved for nobility.  The ancient Greeks wore paste pendant earrings shaped like sacred birds or demigods, while the women of ancient Rome wore precious gemstones in their ears.  Among the Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest of America, earrings were a sign of nobility and wealth, as the placement of each earring on a child had to be purchased at an expensive potlatch.

According to The Anatomie of Abuses by Philip Stubbs, earrings were even more common among men of the 16th century than women, while Raphael Holinshed in 1577 confirms the practice among “lusty courtiers” and “gentlemen of courage“.  Apparently originating in Spain, the practice of ear piercing among European men spread to the court of Henry III of France and then to Elizabethan era England, where earrings (typically worn in one ear only) were sported by such notables as Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Charles I of England. Males commoners were also known in this era to sport an earring as well.

From the European Middle Ages, a superstitious belief that piercing one ear improved long-distance vision led to the practice among sailors and explorers.  Sailors also pierced their ears in the belief that their earrings could pay for a Christian burial if their bodies washed up on shore. (this explains the old saying that men wore them as proof of sailing the “seven seas”)

In Europe, earrings for women fell from fashion generally between the 4th and 16th centuries, as styles in clothing and hair tended to obscure the ears, but they gradually thereafter came back into vogue in Italy, Spain, England and France—spreading as well to North America—until after World War I when piercing fell from favor and the newly invented Clip-on earring became fashionable.

As you can see piercing of our ears has been around a VERY long time… and it does explain why sometimes in history that women were looked upon (depending on the era they were within) as “loose” or “harlot’s” if they were wearing earrings.  I do know that often times if you were married in the early years of America it was more acceptable then if you were unmarried.  I think it was more fear for some possibly, women pushing the envelope of independence and someone that wasn’t happy with said envelope being pushed chose to insult by pointing fingers towards another female to make them appear badly.


As I was reading and finding history on ear piercing… I was surprised to learn how old body art/piercing was.  It’s been around nearly as long as ear piercing.

Nose Piercing

Nose piercing also has a long history. Ca. 1500 BCE, the Vedas refer to Lakshmi’s nose piercings, but modern practice in India is believed to have spread from the Middle Eastern nomadic tribes by route of the Mughal emperors in the 16th century.  It remains customary for Indian Hindu women of childbearing age to wear a nose stud, usually in the left nostril, due to the nostril’s association with the female reproductive organs in Ayurvedic medicine.   This piercing is sometimes done the night before the woman marries.

In Genesis 24:22, Abraham’s servant gave Rebecca a nose ring. Nose piercing has been practiced by the Bedouin tribes of the Middle East and the Berber and Beja peoples of Africa, as well as Australian Aborigines.  Many Native American and Alaskan tribes practiced septum piercing. It was popular among the Aztecs, the Mayans and the tribes of New Guinea, who adorned their pierced noses with bones and feathers to symbolize wealth and (among men) virility.  The name of the Nez Perce tribe was derived from the practice, though nose piercing was not common within the tribe.  The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas wore gold septum rings for adornment, with the practice continued to this day by the Kuna of Panama.  Nose piercing also remains popular in Pakistan and Bangladesh and is practiced in a number of Middle Eastern and Arabic countries.

Lip and Tongue

Lip piercing and lip stretching were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Pierced adornments of the lip, or labrets, were sported by the Tlingit as well as peoples of Papua New Guinea and Amazonia Aztecs and Mayans also wore labrets, while the Dogon people of Mali and the Nuba of Ethiopia wore rings. The practice of stretching the lips by piercing them and inserting plates or plugs were found throughout Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and South America as well as among some of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Africa.  In some parts of Malawi, it was quite common for women to adorn their lips with a lip disc called a “pelele” that by means of gradual enlargement from childhood could reach several inches of diameter and would eventually alter the occlusion of the jaw.  Such lip stretching is still practiced in some places. Women of the Mursi of Ethiopia wear lip rings on occasion that may reach 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in diameter.

In some Pre-Columbian and North American cultures, labrets were seen as a status symbol.  They were the oldest form of high status symbol among the Haida women, though the practice of wearing them died out due to Western influence.

Nipple, Navel and Genital

Records exist that refer to practices of nipple and genital piercing in various cultures prior to the 20th century. Kama Sutra, dated to the Gupta Empire of Ancient India, describes genital piercing to permit sexual enhancement by inserting pins and other objects into the foreskin of the penis.  The Dayak tribesmen of Borneo passed a shard of bone through their glans for the opposite reason, to diminish their sexual activity.  In the Talmud (Tractate Shabbat 24a), there may be mention of a genital piercing in the probition against the kumaz, which medieval French Talmudic commentary (Rashi) interpreted as a chastity piercing for women.  Other interpreters have, however, suggested that the kumazwas rather a pendant shaped like a vulva or a girdle.

Nipple piercing may have been a sign of masculinity for the soldiers of Rome.  Nipple piercing has also been connected to rites of passage for both British and American sailors who had traveled beyond a significant latitude and longitude.  Western women of the 14th century sometimes sported nipple piercings as well as rouged nipples (Historically, it was assocatied with sex workers. Normally, you’d apply a thin lipstick or liquid rouge and rub it in). left visible by the low-cut dresses fashionable in the day.  It is widely reported that in the 1890s, nipple rings called “bosom rings” resurfaced as a fashion statement among women of the West, who would wear them on one or both sides, but if such a trend existed, it was short-lived

Tongue piercing was practiced by the Aztec, Olmec and Mayan cultures as a ritual symbol. Wall paintings highlight a ritual of the Mayans during which nobility would pierce their tongues with thorns, collecting the blood on bark which would be burned in honor of the Mayan gods.  It was also practiced by the Haida, Kwakiutl and Tlingit, as well as the Fakirs and Sufis of the Middle East.

The history of nipple, navel and genital piercing has been particularly misrepresented as many of the myths promulgated by Malloy in the pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief continue to be reprinted.  For instance, according to Malloy’s colleague Jim Ward, Malloy claimed navel piercing was popular among ancient Egyptian aristocrats and was depicted in Egyptian statuary, a claim that is widely repeated. Other sources say there are no records to support a historical practice for navel piercing. 20th century inventions of piercing enthusiast Doug Malloy (Richard Simonton 1915–1979, also known under the pseudonym Doug Malloy). In the 1960s and 1970s, Malloy marketed contemporary body piercing by giving it the patina of history.  His pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief included such commonly reproduced urban legends as the notion that Prince Albert invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers and that Roman centurions attached their capes to nipple piercings. Some of Malloy’s myths are reprinted as fact in subsequently published histories of piercing.

Body piercing was also heavily popularized in the United States by a group of Californians including Malloy and Ward, who is regarded as “the founding father of modern body piercing”.  In 1975, Ward opened a home-based piercing business in West Hollywood, which was followed in 1978 by the opening of Gauntlet Enterprises, “the first professional body piercing specialty studio in America.”


Piercing in general has saw a great resurgence within the past 20 years, the generation “X” leading the way with following generations passing the torch and the desire to decorate permanently to ones body doesn’t seem to be changing anytime in the near future, in fact it seems we are only getting more creative on said piercings and how they are being done and placed in order to make even more creative art.

While the majority of people that choose this type of body art have their own reasons “why” they did it, most will concede it was “to express their individuality” among others.

As the art grows laws have been set in place and states continue to regulate how you can get pierced and by whom.  More states are requiring not only an OSHA (Occupational, Safety and Health Administration), but also certain amount of hours worth of training and guidance under someone else that has done body art/piercing before you can be certified or licensed to practice on your own.

Being licensed and certified should cut down on the downside of what potentially can and will go wrong with any kind of piercing to ones body.

There are several items that are used for the different above mentioned piercings that you can get and that are available.  Please read on if you are interested in what and how they are all used.

Piercing tools

Permanent body piercings are performed by creating an opening in the body using a sharp object through the area to be pierced. This can either be done by puncturing an opening using a needle (usually a hollow medical needle) or scalpel or by removing tissue, either with a dermal punch or through scalpelling.

Tools used in body piercing include:

  • The piercing needle:


The standard method in the United States involves making an opening using a beveled-tip hollow medical needle, which is available in different lengths, gauges and even shapes. while straight needles are useful for many body parts, curved needles are manufactured for areas where straight needles are not ideal. The needle selected is typically the same gauge (or sometimes larger as with cartilage piercings) as the initial jewelry to be worn, with higher gauges indicating thinner needles.

  • The indwelling cannula:

Outside of the United States, many piercers use a needle containing a cannula (or catheter) , a hollow plastic tube placed at the end of the needle. In some countries, the piercing needle favored in the United States is regarded as a medical device and is illegal for body piercers. 

  • The dermal punch:

A dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed, and may be useful for larger cartilage piercings.   These are not professionally favored or recommended, even for ears.

  • The piercing gun:

Piercing guns, which were originally developed for tagging livestock, are typically used for ear piercing, but may be used for other body parts as well.  Piercing guns are generally not favored by professional body piercers. Guns use relatively blunt, solid studs that punch through tissue; thus they cause more trauma to tissue than proper piercing needles, which are sharp and hollow. They are also considered unsuitable for hygienic reasons.

  • Cork:

may be placed on the opposite side of the body part being pierced to receive the needle.

  • Forceps:

Or clamps, may be used to hold and stabilize the tissue to be pierced.  Most piercings that are stabilized with forceps use the triangular-headed “Pennington” forceps, while tongues are usually stabilized with an oval-headed forceps. Most forceps have large enough openings in their jaws to permit the needle and jewellery to pass directly through, though some slotted forceps are designed with a removable segment instead for removal after the piercing.

  • Needle receiving tubes:

A hollow tube made of metal, shatter-resistant glass or plastic, needle receiving tubes, like forceps, are used to support the tissue at the piercing site and are common in septum and some cartilage piercings.  Not only are these tubes intended to support the tissue, but they also receive the needle once it has passed through the tissue, offering protection from the sharp point.

  • Anesthesia:

Is supplied by some piercers, particularly in the United Kingdom and Europe. The anaesthesia may be topical or injected. Piercers and other non-medical personnel are not legally permitted to administer anaesthetics in the United States.

Risks associated with any body piercing

Body piercing is invasive and comes with risks.  Even if you are properly caring for your recent piercing, you still could have complications that could result in a visit to your local doctor or even the hospital.

Some risks of note include:

  • Allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing jewellery, particularly nickel. This risk can be minimized by using high quality jewellery manufactured from Titanium or Niobium or similar inert metals (Do not corrode when in contact with oxygenated water).
  • Infection, bacterial or viral can be a hazard of your next body decoration.  Risk of infection is greatest among those with:  Congenital Heart Disease, those taking Corticosteroids, diabetics.
  • Excess scar tissue, including hypertrophic scar and keloid formations. While piercings can be removed, they may leave a hole, mark or scar.
  • Physical trauma including tearing, friction or bumping of the piercing site, which may cause edema and could delay healing.
  • Oral trauma, including recession of gingival tissue and dental fracture and wear. Recession of gingival tissue affects 19% to 68% of subjects with lip and/or intra-oral ornaments. In some cases, the alveolar tooth-bearing bone is also involved, jeopardizing the stability and durability of the teeth in place and requiring a periodontal regeneration surgery.

The healing process and body piercing aftercare

The aftercare process for body piercing has evolved gradually through practice,and many myths and harmful recommendations persist.  A reputable piercing studio should provide clients with written and verbal aftercare instructions, as is in some areas mandated by law.

The healing process of piercings is broken down into three stages:

  • The inflammatory phase: during which the wound is open and bleeding, inflammation and tenderness are all to be expected;
  • The growth or proliferative phase: during which the body produces cells and protein to heal the puncture and the edges contract around the piercing, forming a tunnel of scar tissue called a fistula. This phase may last weeks, months, or longer than a year.
  • The maturation or remodeling phase: as the cells lining the piercing strengthen and stabilize. This stage takes months or years to complete.

It is normal for a white or slightly yellow discharge to be noticeable on the jewelry, as the sebaceous glands produce an oily substance meant to protect and moisturize the wound.  While these sebum deposits may be expected for some time, only a small amount of pus, which is a sign of inflammation or infection, should be expected, and only within the initial phase.  While sometimes difficult to distinguish, sebum is “more solid and cheeselike and has a distinctive rotten odor”, according to The Piercing Bible.

The amount of time it typically takes a piercing to heal varies widely according to the placement of the piercing. Genital piercings can be among the quicker to heal, with piercings of the clitoral hood and Prince Albert piercings healing in as little as a month, though some may take longer. Navel piercings can be the slowest to heal, with one source reporting a range of six months to two full years.  The prolonged healing of navel piercings may be connected to clothing friction.


Soooo… way more then you or I expected to find or even want to know… but, since I know how related skin care and piercing can be… I figured this was a great potential post for anyone that was looking for great details about the what-knots regarding any kind of body piercing/art.

After recently and finally getting my “Monroe” piercing I have on my upper lip (between my lip and nasal areas) named I assumed after Marilyn Monroe due to the popularity of her beauty mark she had that so many attempted to recreate.  Mine’s on the wrong side, and in a different location… but, it’s still considered this “Monroe” style.  I have personally wanted/desired this for many years and finally got it.  I am happy with my choice, and I educated myself fully before going into the procedure.  I had this done at a local licensed and trained professional within the same mall I work at (for threading).

Their sanitation process is hospital grade, two step sterilization process of all implement, which includes ultrasonic & autoclave machine. The autoclave machine is tested monthly by OHSU to insure effective sterilization.

Euphoria Body Piercing & Tattoo
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive suite #165
Vancouver, WA 98662



**If you have anyone you would like to recommend, I would be happy to list them and give them a shout out as well. Please let me know! Safety above all else is #1 priority in my mind… we want to beautify our bodies and show off our personalities in such different ways… we should know where to go to get safe procedures!

(not to mention great skilled professionals too!)


**Some of the above details on history and related information I found throughout the web, however, the historical details mainly from Wikipedia.com