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Part of the summer beauty routine, for women anyway, traditionally includes shaving, spreading on depilatories or waxing to remove unsightly hair from the bikini line, underarms and legs. Those methods, however, must be repeated often and can be uncomfortable, even painful.

Erica Corte says she has a better solution -- electrolysis -- and can promise better results: permanent hair removal. Corte, a licensed electrologist, uses the most advanced technology available, a Sequential Modulation System by Silhouet-Tone, which allows the operator to use varied intensities of electrical current, depending on the area of the body being treated, to disable hair growth. In the past, electrolysis machines had fixed intensities and durations of current and sometimes left the skin red and damaged.

"It's no more expensive than any other temporary hair removal, such as hair depilatories or waxing," says Corte, who opened Electrolysis by Erica Corte at Lacoste Hair and Body Studio (1939 Hickory Ave., Suite 106, Harahan, 737-6011) in January. "Plus, once you've finished the treatments, it's permanent."

The process involves inserting into each hair follicle a tiny probe, which emits an electrical current and essentially cauterizes the papilla, which normally nourishes hair and allows it to regrow. Plucking out hairs or waxing, which pulls hairs out by force, can distort the end of follicles and make hair grow back coarser and darker. Distorted follicles sometimes require more than one electrolysis treatment.

"The secret is to come in on a regular basis, a weekly basis is usually best for the first month to six weeks," Corte says. "The more times you come in, the faster it will work. It isn't uncomfortable at all. People don't really feel the probe going in -- it's smaller than the hair -- they just feel a little heat for a split-second." The new technology allows her to adjust the heat depending on the sensitivity of the area -- underarms, lips and bikini lines take the least heat -- and an individual's reactions. "We're the only [Food and Drug Administration]-approved treatment" for permanent hair removal, she says.

After the initial treatments, people may come in every two years or so for a touch up to remove hair that has grown into follicles not yet treated. Others may need additional treatments if their body's hormones change, if they take certain medications, receive X-rays or undergo other changes.

Primo Fashion Stop

Prima Donna's Closet (1218 St. Charles Ave., 525-3327; 4409 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-3327; Plus-sizes shop: 1206 St. Charles Ave., 522-3327) this month will open its fourth store, offering designer and name-brand consignment clothing.

"It will be open in a couple of weeks," owner Stephanie Hirsh says of the new shop at 3258 Severn Ave. (Lakeside Vieux Carre Shopping Center, Metairie, 888-3327), adjacent to Lakeside Shopping Center. The new store is about 1,300-square-feet and will carry women's clothing in sizes 0 through 14.

"We specialize in designer and better-label merchandise that people bring in," Hirsh says. "[The style of clothing] is newer contemporary. We don't do much vintage. We also have some new items, jewelry, handbags, accessories." In addition to individual consignors, Prima Donna's Closet also works with select manufacturers and boutiques that supply new merchandise as well as pointing to consignment as an outlet for their customers to take clothing they don't wear.

"We all do the same things," Hirsh says of shoppers. "We buy something, wear it once and never wear it again. Why not get some return on our investment? Open up some room in our closets.

"We're very picky about our merchandise. What we ask our [consigners] to bring in are seasonal things that customers want to buy today, and what we end up getting are one-of-a-kind items unique to boutiques."

Coyote Hunting

Coyote Ugly Saloon (225 N. Peters St., 561-0003; www., will hold open bartender try-outs at 9 p.m. May 6 for feisty women who like to have fun while they serve drinks to customers.

Applications can be filled out ahead of time. At the try-outs, applicants will be asked to show off their entertainment skills. "There definitely will be dancing on the bar," says general manager Aaron Mackof. "Their attitudes will be judged, and if they have anything special -- from blowing fire or other weird special talents -- they can do that. We're looking for a few good women who like to have a good time but understand that it's a hard job."

Bikers Park at the Dock

Motorcycle enthusiasts will get a chance to meet bike-building stars during a "meet-and-greet" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at The Dock (1926 West End Park, 284-3625). The builders will participate in the Louisiana Bike Expo at the Superdome April 30 through May 2.

Celebrity guests at The Dock event include aeronautical engineer and master bike builder Jeff Nicklus, CEO of high-performance Desperado Motorcycles; New Orleans' own father-son bike builders Ivy Trosclair Jr. and Ivy Trosclair III of Metry Custom Cycles; and Wild Bill, who custom designs Harley Davidson motorcycles for Pro Street Customs. The Dock will give free posters to the first 100 customers in line, and the event will include prizes, giveaways and free jambalaya to anyone with a motorcycle key.

Electrologist Erica Corte says the new Sequentium VMC - machine she uses to permanently remove hair is the - most advanced and efficient system available.
  • Electrologist Erica Corte says the new Sequentium VMC machine she uses to permanently remove hair is the most advanced and efficient system available.

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