Hair: more or less?

Hair comes in all forms: Thick, dark, frizzy, thin, light, smooth, the list goes on. Hair is a big part of our appearance, and it can determine what kind of day you are going to have. 

I’m not just talking about the hair on our heads. Have you ever gotten in your car and noticed the stray eyebrow hairs you missed with your tweezers? Or what about that peach fuzz above your lip? Let’s not forget about the monotonous task of shaving legs and underarms day after day. 

Well, good news for all of us, there are solutions to these problems, and we have a lot of great options here in Rochester. 


Dark hair can be a wonderful and terrible thing. Hair in darker shades can give a sultry or exotic look, but it also requires shaving twice as often as light hair. If shaving has worn you out, it might be worth looking into laser hair removal.

Essence Skin Clinic, located in the heart of downtown Rochester, offers all sorts of laser hair removal. This treatment can be done on any part of the body where hairless skin is desired. This includes legs, arms, face, back and other areas. The best part is that it permanently reduces hair growth. Pricing varies by the number of treatments needed and the area of hair removal. 


Maybe lasers aren’t for you, but you are still looking to get rid of some unwanted hair. Threading might be more up your alley. 

Eyebrow threading started in India and is commonly practiced in the Middle East. Lucky for us, it has found its way to the United States and more specifically, the Apache Mall, right next to Applebee’s. At Brow Art 23, a piece of thread is used to twist and pull out the individual hairs. This process takes about as long as it would to get a wax, but the results last longer and are more precise, and best of all it is better for your skin. This treatment can be done all over the body. Pricing starts at just $7. 


Perhaps you’re not trying to get rid of hair but trying to gain some. Brow Art 23 offers eyelash extensions as well as lash and brow tinting to create a fuller look. Hair extensions are increasingly popular. 

Halo extensions are one of the most popular extensions. They are made from a thin clear wire that forms a circle with cascading hair down the sides and back. To put them in, you simply section your hair into a half ponytail and place the extensions on the part. After that, you let the rest of your hair down and cover the wire with your own hair. These customizable, natural hair extensions come in 20 shades and can be colored and styled like they are growing out of your own head. Much of their popularity can be attributed to the fact that they do not damage your hair like other types of extensions would, and they can last for years. Pricing varies by length and style. 


Nobody wants to talk about hair loss, but it is not as uncommon as you might think. Fortunately, there are some very effective solutions that can be found at Reiland’s Hair Clinic on Seventh Street in Rochester. Whether the cause is stress, aging or medically related, hair loss among women is increasing. Female hair loss no longer needs to be a taboo topic.

Reliand’s offers customized treatments ranging from shampoos and conditioners to laser treatments. They also offer their own line of hair care products that were created by owner, Jennifer Reiland-Meath. Reiland’s offers free consultations and will work to come up with the most effective and cost-efficient treatment options. 

Whether you are looking for more hair or less, there are plenty of options to guarantee a good hair day for all.

Elizabeth Harris is senior at University of Minnesota, Crookston and interning with Rochester Women magazine. She is also a dance instructor.