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International Women’s Day: Women who changed our world

Today is International Women’s Day, and we wanted to celebrate women worldwide that have helped pioneer changes that are significant but sometimes overlooked. These women’s names are not household names, but we can thank them for the support to help bring equality to every woman in every household. 

“Don’t think about making women fit the world — think about making the world fit women.” – Gloria Steinem.

Women that paved the way for pants

Women's Bloomers It’s hard to believe that there was a time when it was illegal for women to wear pants in the United States and many places worldwide. Early women’s rights activists in the 1850s  Elizabeth Smith Miller and Amelia Bloomer came up with clever ways to get around these laws by introducing Turkish-style pantaloons worn underneath a knee-length skirt. These pantaloons were named what we know today as bloomers. Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, was arrested several times for wearing men’s trousers and clothing and even had been arrested at the age of 80 in 1913. 

During World War I, women were recruited into working at factories and replaced jobs that men had, such as public transport. These women were not safe wearing dresses and flowing garments at these jobs, so they wore trousers. Because of this necessity, women wearing pants started becoming the norm and was finally accepted by society as a form of work attire, but there was still a long way to go. In 1919, labor leader Luisa Capetillo became the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. She was arrested, and it was then considered a crime for women to wear trousers in public in Puerto Rico. 

Men's Suit Marlene Dietrich Styke
Redefining Men’s Suits, Marlene Dietrich style!

With the help of Hollywood, glamorous actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn were often photographed wearing stylish trousers in the early 1930s, showing the world that wearing pants wasn’t just for the working-class woman. Eleanor Roosevelt became the first First Lady to appear in trousers at a formal function in 1933. Still, it wasn’t until 1939 that Vogue magazine featured its first spread of women wearing trousers–what a historical moment!

Even hitting all of these milestones for freedom of wearing pants, it was not until 1993 that women were allowed to wear pants on the U.S. Senate floor. To put this into perspective, that’s over 143 years since Miller and Bloomer found ways to help women feel more comfortable with freedom of movement by introducing bloomers as an undergarment to wear with restrictive dresses. I didn’t even mention the laced corsets that had to be worn…but that is another topic of discussion!

Hats off to the women that helped pave the road to freedom! Imagine not being able to legally wear yoga pants or leggings today! 

Women that helped invent today’s tech, but you never hear about

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I bet you didn’t know that the world’s first “computer programmer” was a woman. In the 1830s, Ada Lovelace was a teenage mathematics genius in England who worked with Charles Babbage, known as the “father of computers”. She was highly interested in his work on the Analytical Engine, which is considered to be the first computer ever built. According to Wikipedia, Lovelace was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer. Very cool! 

Another remarkable woman that comes to mind is Austrian-born Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr. Drop-dead gorgeous with brains to boot, Lamarr joined forces with American avant-garde composer George Antheil to develop a radio guidance system at the beginning of WWII. This system was built for Allied torpedoes to defeat the threat of radio transmissions being jammed and interrupted by the enemy. The spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology they created helped develop the principles of Bluetooth and GPS technology and are similar to legacy versions of Wi-Fi. Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the  National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. Go teamwork!

Women inventors of beauty breakthroughs

Madam C.J. Walker's Curl CreamIn 1867, Sarah Breedlove was the first child born in her family after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Already a widow by the age of 20, Breedlove worked hard as a laundress trying to make a living by herself. She realized that many black women like herself were having issues with hair loss and scalp diseases due to the lack of plumbing and harmful ingredients within hair products. Breedlove decided it was time to develop her own line of hair care products under the name Madam C. J. Walker. She set up a school to train thousands of African American women to become “hair culturalists,” resulting in job creation for these newly trained beauticians. Her hard work and dedication helped her become the first self-made female millionaire in the United States! You can purchase Madam C. J. Walker’s products at Sephora and Walmart as Breedlove’s legacy lives on. 

Fast-forward 155 years to modern times when plastic flooding the oceans and landfills become a worldwide threat. Brands are now focusing on creating packaging to help reduce waste, and two women went even further together to create a waterless concentrated product. Former beauty executives Jayme Jenkins and Jessica Stevenson brainstormed on a concept of what an American beauty brand would look like that didn’t produce single-use plastics. It took several years of research and development until their product was satisfactory. Still, they finally landed the brand and started Everist–a beauty brand focusing on the first patent-pending waterless concentrates for hair and body. These concentrates, housed in small aluminum containers, are like a thick paste and activated by your shower water. Clean and plant-based, Everist and the ladies that created it are taking giant leaps (with small carbon footprints) towards environmentally-friendly packaging–a trend that all brands need to consider. 

You can join the “ditch the razor” movement and start your at-home laser treatments with Tria’s 4X Hair Removal Laser. Reduce plastic razor and shaving product packaging waste by permanently removing body hair at home.

We hoped you enjoyed reading and learning more about these phenomenal women on International Women’s Day!

Tria Beauty 4X Hair Removal Laser in Grey

Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser features that you need to know

When shopping for a potentially life-altering hair removal device, it can be challenging to make the right choice for you. But, what should be suitable for everyone is a device that is easy to use and has features that make it more convenient. The Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser has unique features among all other hair removal device brands, and I am here to show you what those are! Here are the top 5 features that you need to know:

The 4X Hair Removal Laser is Cordless

One of my favorite features of the 4X is that it is cordless. It seems simple enough, but most hair removal devices on the market are corded, which means you do not have the freedom to use them wherever you want. During one of my Facebook Live events, my guest was using her Tria 4X outdoors to treat the hair on her legs, and it looked like a very relaxing experience! I have customers reporting to me that they’ve used our lasers on planes to save time! If you remember corded telephones, then you know how annoying it is to be stuck against the wall talking to your BFF. Don’t forget that because the device is cordless, the internal rechargeable battery needs some TLC to keep it running smoothly. Just be sure not to store the device in your closet for long periods and charge it once at least every three months.

The LED Screen is Your Friend

Tria 4X LED ScreenI don’t know about you, but I always prefer a screen on a device that allows me to see important information such as battery life. When you turn the 4X Laser on, you can see how much battery power is left, the power level, and how many ‘shots fired’ you have completed during your session. The latter is essential to me to track progress. For instance, if I am doing my legs and I use 300 zaps one month, and the next month I use 200, that means I have less hair to zap! This is usually a good indicator to let you know that your treatments are working!

Laser Won’t Unlock Unless it’s Safe

Safety is a priority at Tria–did you know our lasers are FDA-Cleared? In the early 2000s, Tria conducted tests to ensure that the laser was safe for use at home and which body zones were the safest to treat. A feature was introduced to ensure that the laser was safe to use on a particular area utilizing a little red light on the bottom of the device. For instance, I had a customer tell me that after a summer vacation of tanning on the beach, her Tria 4X device would not unlock. This is because if your skin tone is darker than the light brown shade shown on the left chart, the laser will not detect the hair follicle, and there is a risk of burn.

Tria Laser Skin Chart

Try to remember that if you have tanned during the summer or used a self-tanner, utilize the safety unlocking feature to ensure that the areas you are treating are safe. I will simply turn off the device and back on again when moving on to another area of my body and have the device test the area I am about to treat.

Tria’s Lasers Are True Diode Lasers

Here’s one that creates mass confusion–are Tria’s lasers IPL or laser technology? There is an entire blog post about What is the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL? Simply said: IPL is a big, broad flash of light (hence why you need to wear annoying goggles during treatments), and it is not as targeted as a diode laser. Don’t let the word ‘laser’ fool you when you see ads on YouTube and Google when the device advertised is really just IPL. Tria’s 4X laser delivers 3 times more energy than IPL, resulting in more permanent hair removal. Facts.

Five Power Levels for Comfort

It is true that the higher the power level setting is set on the 4X, the faster the results will be. For a lot of us, we need to power down a bit in order to feel comfortable. Personally, I can handle level 3 on my face, but I can power up to 5 for other areas, such as my legs. The fact that you can choose your power level to accommodate certain body parts is wonderful! You have 5 levels to choose from on the 4X, and you can definitely use a level 1 to start out with and work your way up as you start losing hair or get used to the sensation. The denser the hair is in a particular area, the more you will feel the power! Always start out with level 1 when treating an area you haven’t treated before to see how it feels, then work your way up.

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal Talks Tria: His Favorite Features

Watch our YouTube interview with Dr. Lal below to see which features he loves about the Tria 4X!

Best of Beauty 2021

Our editor’s best beauty picks for 2021

By Tria Beauty Editor Krista Robyn and Beauty Influencer Courtnei Lee

If you keep up with beauty trends and launches, it felt a bit relaxed in 2021 when it came to new beauty on the shelves. This might have been due to factory shutdowns and slower production due to COVID-19. This year, I decided to focus on my skincare routine, wear less makeup, and appreciate my natural beauty (most of the time!). I focused my shopping on staple products rather than wasting money on trendy palettes and sets that pile up and create more bathroom clutter. I also looked for brands that were eco-friendly and helped create less waste for the planet.

For this best beauty list, I collaborated with fellow beauty enthusiast, Courtnei Lee, who loves a good beauty find just as much as I do! We’ve rounded up our top beauty products of the year that we just couldn’t live without!

Krista’s Top Beauty Picks

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum – Travel Size Atomizer $65

Tom Ford Neroli PerfumeOn a trip to Bloomingdale’s, I stopped at the Tom Ford counter to take in all of the beautiful scents the brand has to offer. They are all unique, ranging from ultra feminine to some serious deep woods and tobacco masculinity. I found the perfect one for me – Neroli Portofino, which is a gorgeous blend of Italian citrus, florals and amber. The price point threw me off as the full size 3.4 oz bottle is $360 before tax. I nearly walked away pouting, but the sales associate introduced me to the travel size atomizers that were $65, and I was definitely onboard with that price. Now, if you do the math, you save money per ounce on the bigger bottles, which is the case with most perfumes. I did not want to commit to the larger bottle since I hardly have an occasion to wear fragrances with COVID still looming.

Another awesome thing about this scent is that I can wear it all year without it being seasonal. This bottle is the perfect size and price for someone dreaming of luxury fragrances without shelling out a fortune. Another tip is to take advantage of Bloomingdale’s Klarna payments offering, where you can make small payments each week until the item is paid off. I was lucky enough to have my atomizer engraved at the place of purchase with my name so that it is personalized just for me!

Natasha Denona Macro Tech Eyeliner Crayon $24

Natasha Denona Eyeliner PencilFinding a good black eyeliner is like finding a needle in a huge cosmetic haystack. What I look for in a quality pencil liner is longevity and something easy to apply. A staple product in my smokey eye look is a good black pencil liner that I can blend or wear in my waterline without it running down my eyes.

After many years of searching and trying liners, I discovered the Natasha Denona eyeliner pencil in Black. It’s creamy and highly pigmented, and draws out like a dream. If you’re looking for alternatives to black, they have a really beautiful burgundy shade that is trendy this year, and a nice warm brown.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipstick $34

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds LipstickI own a lot of lipstick and glosses, but I assure you that it is nothing like this next product. I was looking for something super glam to rev up my current lipstick shades, but I did not want a sticky gloss to wear under my COVID mask. The texture of the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipstick is soft, yet does not leave a texture behind that would transfer into my mask.

This gorgeous shimmering golden lip color can turn any lipstick shade that you have into a glimmering glam look as it has many micro sparkle pigments to transform your looks. I tried this lipstick over a dark burgundy and I could not stop looking in the mirror!

 

Drybar Double-Shot Blow-Dryer Brush $150

Drybar Double Shot Dryer BrushWith hair that won’t stop frizzing no matter what the humidity levels are, I was forever needing to heat style my hair with a curling iron after drying my hair. As you can imagine, it was very time consuming to blow dry my hair and then heat style it. I’ve owned a few blow dryer brushes before, but the one from Drybar is the best I’ve tried hands down!

This oval-shaped blow drying brush dries and styles my hair at the same time while taming any frizz, leaving my hair looking like a fresh blow out every time. I could not be happier with my hair! My tip to you is to invest in a really good heat protector spray, because the brush gets very hot.

Makeup Eraser Puff 5-Piece Exfoliator Set $15

MakeUp Eraser PuffsThis next item may seem very simple, but these MakeUp Eraser Puffs are little life savers and are my green pick of the list! I use these puffs to remove my makeup (works with or without soap), exfoliate and you can also apply toner with these! These puffs do so many things, there is no need to buy cotton balls or makeup rounds ever again. Each puff has lasted me a few months with proper care, and my trash can is no longer piling up with cotton waste.

The set of 5 comes with a laundry bag so you can toss your puffs into your wash with ease. These should be part of any makeup lover’s skincare kit!

Ok, Courtnei, it’s your turn! I’ll turn it over to her to share her ‘can’t live without’ products for the year!

Courtnei Lee’s Top Beauty Picks

It was a year of chaos for all of us, and it was definitely a challenge to stay on top of beauty, especially working from home! These are my top 4 beauty products that saved me in 2021!

Jubel Naturals Daily Dew Oil

Jubel Naturals Daily Dew Moisturizing Oil $34

I actually found out about the Jubel Naturals brand through a collaboration, and I’m so glad I did! This all natural, vegan, cruelty-free skincare is incredible! I have dry/combo skin and this beauty oil brings back moisture in such a gentle soothing way. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, repaired, and ready for the day!

Tria Beauty 4X Hair Removal Laser with Courtnei LeeTria 4x Hair Removal Laser $459

I honestly can’t say enough about this powerhouse device. As a trans woman, lockdown was extra scary as my laser appointments were shut down as well. Thank God for Tria and this amazing device coming to my rescue! It’s so simple, so convenient, and the only form of basically painless hair removal I have found.

 

 

 

 

CL Essentials Cover Your Sins FoundationCL Essentials Cover Your Sins Foundation – C$39.99 – in Canada

This foundation formula is one of my greatest possessions. Whether you’re having an unexpected Zoom call, or need to run out to get groceries after a day of drinking, this foundation has you covered. It’s moisturizing, full coverage, is smooth as silk, and never leaves you feeling caked. Best of all, I offer worldwide shipping on my website!

 

Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment $28

Olaplex No. 0 TreatmentWe all had our quarantine hair moments whether it was a touch up dye job, full bleach out, or a regrettable bang experience. We all tried to be our own stylist and our hair is feeling it! I was dyeing my own hair constantly, and this product was my life saver. I’m pretty confident I would be rocking Charlie Brown bald right now if it weren’t for the bond building treatment. This product is easily applied via spray bottle, and completely saved my hair structure. 10/10 would recommend.

 

Well, that about wraps up all of our best of beauty products for 2021! We hope you have an amazing New Year and stay safe!

Laser hair removal vs IPL

What is the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL?

In today’s laser hair removal device market, we see ads for at-home laser hair removal devices when most of the devices advertised are not even laser at all! There is a mass amount of “laser” hair removal devices you see on Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. Most of these devices use a technology called IPL – which’s short for Intense Pulsed Light. In layman’s terms… that’s not a laser!

Tria is the only FDA-cleared at-home hair removal laser available on the market and uses the same diode laser technology used by dermatologists and laser hair removal clinics. But how do Tria’s lasers compare with those of the IPL variety, and how is laser more effective for permanent hair removal? Let’s take a deeper dive into the technology, shall we? 

What is laser hair removal?

While both IPL and laser hair removal methods use light to heat the hair follicles to prevent regrowth, the technology is different due to the light source used. With laser, a pulse of focused light targets the pigment in the hair, and the energy from that light converts to heat which then disables the hair follicle underneath the skin. This process helps stop future hair growth, but it doesn’t happen overnight. 

 Since each hair on the body is in a different growth phase, your hair growth will need to be in the anagen hair growth phase for permanent hair removal. This is why lasering at home can take between 3 to 8 sessions or more to see results over 2 to 6 months when performed once every two weeks with Tria’s lasers. Consistency and patience is the key to achieving long-term results. If you miss a session doing laser in the areas you are targeting, you will have to wait longer to see the results you were hoping for. 

Who is laser hair removal for?

Laser hair removal is not suitable for all skin tones or hair colors. Since there must be a contrast between the skin color and the hair color, the laser works best on pale to light brown skin tones with light brown to black hair color. The laser will not work on grey, blonde or red body hair. Even if you do artificial tanning, such as using a spray tan or tanning bed, you will need to wait until your tan fades before using the laser. Tria’s laser will not unlock if your skin and hair color are not suitable–this is a safety feature to keep skin from any injuries.  

Another factor to take into consideration when deciding on laser hair removal is hormones. The most common reason why women grow thick facial hair is due to a hormonal disorder called PCOS. Laser will work to help control the hair growth, but it will not permanently remove it, resulting in long-term use of laser for the face.

If you are a candidate for laser hair removal, then there’s no better time than now to get started on your smooth skin journey!

What is IPL hair removal?

IPL vs Laser graphic

IPL technology, which is different from laser technology, uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths to target pigment in the hair. The energy is not as focused as a laser, as you can see in the diagram above, causing the energy to be much weaker than Tria’s diode lasers. This means you will need more treatments and will most likely see less permanent results. When it comes to safety, IPL can be concerning since the beam of light emitted covers a large area of skin surrounding the hair, increasing your chances of skin and tissue damage.  

Tria's laser vs IPL

If we look at this chart here that compares Tria’s hair removal lasers with at-home IPL devices, we see that Tria uses 20 Joules (a unit of energy) and delivers 3X more energy than leading IPL hair removal devices. 

Now that we’ve covered the technology portion of IPL vs. Laser, let’s talk about the machine’s body and why Tria is easier to use than an IPL device.

Tria’s lasers are cordless and do not require you to be tethered to the wall during treatments like IPL devices. You can enjoy the outdoors, lounge on the bed or couch, or use it anywhere you want! Having a cordless device also means that you can maneuver the device in a broader range of places without tangling yourself in a cord.

With Tria’s lasers, you do not have to wear protective eyewear like you do with IPL devices. No need to wear sunglasses at night while zapping away body hair!

Before you go, I’d like to go over the three P’s–the three reasons why you should opt for laser:

  • Precise – Lasers use pinpoint precision when treating each hair.
  • Power – More power means faster results.
  • Permanent – Who wants to invest time into hair removal when it is not permanent? 

That’s all for today Tria Beauties; please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions regarding our hair removal devices by sending a DM to @triabeauty.

Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Waiting all year for the glory of the summer sun is definitely a highlight for those finally coming out of quarantine. While some of us are still waiting for our community pools and beaches to open, there are a lot of people wondering how to tame hair growth before stepping out in their short shorts. There are many customers coming to us saying they’ve been waiting forever to get into a laser hair removal clinic, and turned to Tria Beauty for their at-home hair removal needs while on lockdown. (Thank you!) Now that the sun has made its appearance, there are a few tidbits you should know about before starting your laser hair removal journey for the summer.

We’ve wrangled some handy guidelines from our wonderful customer care team here at Tria as well as tips from the experts at Boomboombrowbar.com.

TIP #1 – Minimize or avoid sun exposure

As we all know, sun exposure makes your skin more sensitive, especially during the summer months. When you are frolicking about on the beaches in Hawaii, your skin will become more sensitive to heat than ever–think about that time when you had a sunburn and took a hot shower–ouch!! Since hair removal lasers use heat, the treatment will not only sting, but it may cause burns and even scarring. Not worth the risk! Avoid the sun at least 24 to 48 hours before and after sun exposure, and definitely do not treat any areas with a sunburn.

Keep in mind that the areas that could be the most sensitive to the sun are the face, arms, hands, feet, and legs. For men that worship the sun, that could possibly be the chest and back area.

To help minimize sun exposure, always wear sunscreen! Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen that shields you from both UVB and UVA rays. To keep your skin hydrated while using your laser, use the pre-treatment Soothing Gel, available in the 4X and Precision Laser Deluxe Kits.

TIP #2 – Avoid tanning

In order to effectively use our at-home hair removal lasers, there needs to be contrast between your skin tone and the body hair in order for the laser to target the melanin in the hair. Tanning the skin, whether you are doing sunless self-tanner, spray tanning, tanning beds, or tanning with the natural sun, your skin tone may become darker than your body hair color.

To find see if you are a candidate for at-home laser hair removal with Tria, you can scroll down on this page to see our skin tone and body hair color chart.

TIP #3 – Use caution when exfoliating

Because laser hair removal will cause your pores to open, you want to let your skin heal for at least 48 hours. Try to avoid the sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool, or ocean swimming. You also want to avoid exfoliating your skin for about 5 days following your treatment. No loofah or scrubby sponges, salt or sugar scrubs for at least 5 days.

What do you think of these summer tips for laser hair removal? Drop us a message or question on our Instagram or Facebook page!

Watch our video from Instagram Live going over these summer tips and more!