I first met Penny when she started coming to me for Waxing treatments, we got chatting and she told me about her business Davis Permanent Cosmetics with her husband Phil who is an expert permanent cosmetics make up artist.
Instantly a good friend of mine sprang to my mind. She needed help. Badly. Despite being one of the most stylish women I know she had the brows of a Cartoon Bronx prostitute (God I hope she doesn’t read my blogs!). Having overplucked in her teens she’d taken to drawing them on (I think with a black marker pen maybe?). They were big, dark and unnatural looking. I told Penny and Phil about her and they agreed we would stage a ‘Brow Intervention’. Two appointments later the prostitute had gone and she sported gorgeous natural hairstroke brows that suited her colouring. The black marker was in the bin-Phew!
A few months later Penny told me they were getting their own premises; the rest is history, as they say. I moved my business into their Permanent Cosmetics Clinic in July 2016 and so far so happy! Now I hadn’t thought of myself ever having a tattoo let alone make up tattooed onto my face. But I began to see Phil’s clients breeze in and out and was steadily becoming more interested and impressed. However, I’ve done my own brows for years, I wasn’t really up for someone else touching them. I’m a control freak and besides, could someone really be as good as me at my brows? I had to admit I was becoming tired of my 3 week tint sessions. I have brows but they are white blonde and need constant attention to avoid the ‘Ginger Zombie’ look.
Permanent Cosmetics – trying it out
On a whim one day (If you can call thinking about it for three months a whim) I had my brows tattooed on. We sat and chose the colour which Phil blended for me, a light warm brown and then the fun began. It took two hours, but it went so fast. Phil was very patient with me and throughout the appointment he showed me what he was doing. He really worked with me to get exactly what I wanted.
I was so impressed that a few weeks later I had the eyelash enhancer. This is where he tattoos tiny dots between each eyelash making your lash line stand out without actually having an eyeliner effect. I’m toying with the idea of having a very fine line next, as I love how my eyes are framed now. Most people are concerned with the pain and all I can say is he is not shy with the topical anesthetic cream. Its nothing more than uncomfortable at times. I didn’t even take my favourite Valium I was so relaxed!
I would highly recommend Phil if you’re considering permanent cosmetics, he has such an eye for detail and I really love the fact he specialises in permanent cosmetics tattooing which means he can devote all his time to his craft. He’s got a really calm vibe which is good for me as I can get a little ‘excitable’ sometimes (very highly strung, prone to meltdowns) and have got up and walked out of the dentists before now. They observe a very strict hygiene policy and Phil seems to have this thing about wrapping stuff up in blue plastic, he says its to do with cross contamination but I think he just likes it!
Have a peek at their Facebook and Instagram and Website – as below:
Piles! Some Mothers And Others Do Have Em!
Being full time Waxers we tend to deal with a few embarrassing situations, embarrassing for you the client not us the waxer! Such is our experience with private parts and nude bodies that over time we have become used to Periods, Piles, skin tags and moles and we won’t let them stop us from giving you a fantastic wax!
So lets talk about PILES! AKA Haemorrhoids
Piles are swollen veins around your bottom, they can hang down outside but give you no pain or symptoms, they might stay tucked away but cause you the kind of searing pain that makes sitting on a firm chair impossible.
How does one acquire Piles?
- Constipation or diarrhea -If you suffer from regular bouts of constipation and or diarrhea and spend periods of time straining on the toilet
- Family History – if your parents suffer from piles you will be more likely to get them
- Pregnancy- As your uterus gets bigger it puts pressure on the vein in the colon, which makes it bulge
- Giving Birth- caused by the strain of pushing
- Heavy Lifting consistently which leads to straining
- Long term obesity which puts a strain on your body
By the age of Fifty half of adults will have suffered from piles
How will I know I have piles?
Here are some of the signs you might have piles:
- Bleeding after having a poo
- An itchy bottom
- You might feel lump hanging down from your bottom
- A mucus discharge after going to the loo
- Any soreness, redness and swelling around your bottom
What to do if you think you have piles? Go to the Doctor of course!
The lovely Doctor will have you lie on your side and have a look at your bottom, an internal examination may also be needed but they do wear gloves and use a bit of lube so its not too painful. If it’s a simple case then the Doctor may prescribe you some creams – we’ll get to those later if you’re still awake.
If your Doctor can’t ascertain exactly what the crack is (sorry I couldn’t help it!) you might need a sigmoidoscopy. This is where your bum really becomes the star of the show as a small fibre-optic camera which fits in a little tube is inserted up your bum getting a good view to diagnose an internal hemorrhoid.
How your Doctor can treat piles
Your Doctor will prescribe a topical cream or and suppository to help, depending on the severity of the problem. A cortisosteriod cream which can only be used for a short length of time if the piles are quite severe. Usually though an over counter remedy such as Anusol, Germaloid or a supermarket own brand of haemorrhoid treatment will do as well as painkillers to relieve your discomfort.
If these aren’t helping, your doctor might recommend Banding. Tight rubber bands are put at the base of the haemorrhoids cutting off blood supply and causing them to drop off. This is done using local anesthetic and you can get back to normal after a couple of days.
The last resort is surgery.
How you can treat piles
Look at your diet, you need to avoid straining on the toilet so eating a high fibre diet with lots of fresh vegatables will help by keeping everything soft and easy to pass. If you need a quick fix a fibre supplement might be an idea. Drink more water, yes its a bore but again it will help keep things soft.
Don’t Cook it! If you need a poo, get to the loo! Staying active and not sitting on hard surfaces could also help. A warm bath can be a relief or try sitting on a warm water bottle.
Lastly we use our common sense where piles are concerned when Waxing, we will usually go around them but if we feel concerned we will advise you see a Doctor.
For more info see the NHS pages here:
Happy Waxing Folks!