For many transfeminine people, facial and body hair are particularly troubling. Beyond the frustrations of unsightliness, razor burn and ingrown hairs, facial and body hair can cause severe body dysmorphia and social anxiety. The presence of unwanted hair can not only cause discomfort with how one relates to their own body, but can also create anxiety about correct gendering.
I discovered NOVALUNE LASER on a website that provided a list of trans-friendly businesses and resources. Of the laser hair removal businesses that were recommended, Katie’s was the only one that specifically mentioned providing an environment that affirmed trans identities. This gave me relative confidence that I would feel comfortable being myself and potentially having to get very vulnerable with Katie. Upon meeting her, Katie immediately put me at ease. Early on in my transition, she saw me for me. She also understood that not every transfeminine person has the same goals, timelines, or financial situations. I felt comfortable sharing the aspects of my body that have caused me the greatest amount of dysphoria for the last twenty years of my life. As we discussed my goals, it became clear that Katie was knowledgeable and forthright.
My name is Andrea Rhea. I’m an artist, writer, and beverage manager based in Denver, CO, and I just happen to be a trans woman. I will be guest writing a few pieces for Katie’s blog as I believe in her business and her commitment to making laser hair removal more accessible to those who need it most. I will discuss how laser hair removal compliments my transition and affirms my gender, explore the various factors that affect laser hair removal efficacy, and pick Katie’s brain to learn more about laser hair removal and the world of aesthetics.