We’re all accustomed to the good old flat iron to straighten curly or wavy hair. But what if there were other ways to achieve straight hair without that classic burnt smell lingering afterwards? Turns out there just might be.

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Let’s talk about alternatives to this unwieldy flat iron.

Liquid straighteners

Hairdressings, silicone creams, styling products: these are all liquid solutions to your straightening problem. Coating your hair with silicone creams prevents your hair from curling when it’s dry, and styling products like hairspray and mousse do this too. Silicone cream is more commonly effective despite the greasy look it gives, and styling products take some skill to apply and can make your hair feel and look unnatural. But both wash out of your hair super easily.

Brush and dry

This one takes a bit more skill, but it’s simple once you’ve mastered it. While brushing your hair, simply hold the brush with your hair in it, and blow it dry. It’ll hold this straightened look after it dries, but it can frizz out super easily and fail completely for the curliest of heads.

Professional straightening

A beauty professional can apply chemicals to your hair that induce long-lasting effects. Brazilian and Japanese hair straightening, as well as relaxers, achieve this, but damage the hair quite strongly. There can also be a nasty after-scent if it’s not done well.

The first step to gorgeous hair is a gorgeous face. The Whitney Center has over a decade of experience leading the permanent cosmetics industry in blessing women with the makeup and beauty needs they seek. Contact us today to discuss how we can make you the best you you can be.


It sounds impossible. Tattoos for hair? Aren’t tattoos made for the skin? Turns out a new fad has women applying temporary “tattoos” to their hair for an inexpensive and quick hair flair.

Okay, so they’re not really tattoos

Instead, they’re metallic designs that can be applied to your hair (or skin, of course) just as easily as they can be removed. One caveat is that these products only work on straight hair, but that’s just another excuse to break out the straightener again. Once your hair is straight, you can go from there.

How do you apply them?

We’ve all applied temporary tattoos to ourselves, or maybe even someone else – this is a similar idea. Very simply place the tattoo wherever on your hair you’re looking for it to stay, and then apply pressure with a warm, damp towel. It’ll stay in place until the next time you wash or brush your hair.

Where can I find them?

This is a really new fad, so finding these products won’t exactly be easy. At the moment, only Ulta carries them, but the good news is that they’re super cheap! It’s only about five dollars to get a whole pack of these right now. With the trend quickly rising, prices are sure to go up soon – get them while they’re hot!

Looking for a different kind of hair tattoo, one that can permanently restore the hair loss associated with alopecia or trichotillomania? The Whitney Center offers solutions for sufferers of both these conditions. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.


It’s easy to forget that permanent cosmetics isn’t entirely a gendered field. Men’s medical problems can sometimes have a permanent cosmetic solution. Quite notably, micropigmentation – a form of permanent cosmetics – is on the rise for men who wish to turn their baldness into a closely shaved look.

Micropigmentation can make a bald head look like this.
Micropigmentation can make a bald head look like this.

How does it work?

The process is quite tedious. A small three-point needle implants pigment directly into the scalp. Where this gets to be lengthy and tiring is that incredibly tiny dots are tattooed across the entire bald head, and must be spaced exactly to properly replicate a real shaved head.

Why choose it over hair transplants?

You might be thinking: “why not just get hair transplants and have the illusion of a full head of hair?” Consider how much less invasive micropigmentation is: there’s no surgery involved, and pain isn’t in the equation either. It’s also thousands – or even tens of thousands – of dollars cheaper.

How bald do you have to be?

Turns out this procedure is feasible for both men entering the balding stages and men who have gone completely bald. More than that, it offers a follow-up for men who have already had hair transplants. If the scars from this procedure are aesthetically unpleasing, the same techniques used in micropigmentation can be used to camouflage these scars.

The Whitney Center has tons of experiencing camouflaging the scars that hair transplant surgeries leave behind. Contact us today to learn how we can hide your scars forever.


You might guess from experience that an airplane isn’t the best place for your makeup and skin. Put some numbers to that: the real world is typically two to four times as humid as a plane. This means that your skin dehydrates far quicker, but these tips can keep your makeup and skin fresh and stunning between when you take off and when you land.

Take a daytime stroll in your destination

Part of what makes flying  so weird for your skin is that it disrupts your sleeping cycles. A walk in the sun is known to restore order to your sleep schedule, which does wonders for your skin. Of course, sunblock is vital so that this method doesn’t leave you with sunburns, which put your skin in a worse situation than it was in to begin with.

Go red-eye

Sure, it’ll make your eyes red, but it’ll keep your skin fresh. Maintaining a healthy sleep cycle does wonders for your skin. It’s easy to look great coming off the plane if you’ve slept well!

Don’t use makeup at all

This seems self-evident, but there’s actually some science to it: makeup on your skin dehydrates it faster. Beauty products that don’t need water to be used can offer a somewhat suitable alternative, but you’re best off just embracing your natural look.

Want to have your face made up anyway? Consider investing in permanent cosmetics with The Whitney Center. You’ll never have to apply makeup again, meaning you can look beautiful on a flight no matter what! Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.



Just over a month ago, former Whitney Center colleague Dr. Doris Day was interviewed by beauty publication NewBeauty. A renowned dermatologist with vast experience, Dr. Day’s masterful knowledge of skin has allowed her to help many people solve their skin problems. The Whitney Center is like-minded in working to give customers the skin they desire, so it only feels natural to highlight some of the most important points Dr. Day spoke about with NewBeauty.

A trend may work for many, but it doesn’t work for all

Dr. Day notes that some people will blindly adhere to a makeup trend or use a popular new product without really considering whether it’s right for them. Even a beauty product renowned for its safety may be worthless if it simply does nothing for you. And when it comes to deeper, longer-lasting procedures, the person performing them is just as important as what it can do for you.

Safe skin is beautiful skin

As we’ve said on this blog before, preventing skin damage is one of the most underappreciated ways to achieve beautiful skin. Dr. Day echoes that sunblock is an incredibly effective, commonplace, and thoroughly necessary skin product. She emphasizes that it’s a misconception that lasers can burn off any potential skin problems.

Stress gets under your skin, literally and figuratively

As her interview wraps up, Dr. Day notes that stress prevention is perhaps the most effective way to keep your skin youthful and gorgeous. Even a mere furrow of the brow can have a minor, but permanent, effect on the skin below your eyebrows. But while mentioning this, Dr. Day also states that medical procedures are often viable alternatives.

A great procedure to enhance your skin is permanent cosmetics. The Whitney Center has over a decade of experience working with clients to permanently enhance their eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, and other face makeup in a way that brings out the strongest in their skin. Contact us today to learn how we can make your skin shine the way you want it to.


Trichotillomania may have a long-winded, seemingly complex name, but its meaning is quite simple. The word describes an anxiety that results in the chronic pulling of hair, follicles and all. Trich (pronounced “trick,” this is what those who have it often call it) can result in bald spots and permanent hair loss, but with a few million people going through it yearly, ways to fight it have been developed.

Trichotillomania is chronic hair pulling, with permanent damage.
Trichotillomania is chronic hair pulling, with permanent damage.

Hair powder to cover up bald spots

If your hair is long enough, you can cover bald spots with it, but what if you’re worried about some sort of sudden exposure? If you can find a spray version of the powders that dye the roots of hair, then this can be applied to any bald spots you develop. Just spray it where desired from a decent distance and voila!

Keep your hands occupied

How can you pull your hair out if your hands are busy with other things? Better yet, what if you just can’t use your hands at all? Painting your nails renders your hands essentially useless until they dry, so doing this or keeping your fingers otherwise distracted can help you forget about your hair.

Keep your fingers covered up

Something as simple as a glove can prevent the tactile feeling of having hair in your hands, which is surprisingly effective at combating trich. Another method is to tape band-aids to your finger tips to make sure that these important tactile receptors feel nothing. But this can look pretty weird – what if you want a more long-term solution to combating trich?

The Whitney Center is a field leader in implementing permanent cosmetic solutions for trichotillomania sufferers. We can tattoo in permanent eyebrows, enhance your lashes, or camouflage bald spots on your head. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you combat trich.

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