Courtney E. Winfrey, CPE
I am the last person who ever thought that I would become an electrologist. With my interest and education in the arts, I never dreamed that I would have a career in permanent hair removal. But fate, as it turns out, had other plans for me....
It all started at the age of 19, when a small cluster of hairs sprouted at the base of my chin. I dealt with the offending follicles by plucking or, more frequently, shaving (often resorting to secretly borrowing my future husband's razor for a quick shave before a date). I coped with my beauty dilemma quietly, thinking excess hair was just a minor inconvenience, a hereditary mishap, as it were. However, by the time I had given birth to my second child ten years later, the downy cluster had grown to a full-blown coarse blonde "beard."
And the problem was becoming more difficult to hide.
The years of shaving were taking their toll, with chaffed, red skin bearing the marks of the razor's blades I was dragging across my chin, sometimes twice a day. And makeup could only cover so much. I made an appointment at a sleek laser clinic, thinking my solution was within my grasp. But a few sessions (and several hundred dollars) later, I walked out of the clinic disillusioned and distraught. Laser, it turned out, was not able to treat my light hairs.
It wasn't until almost a decade later that my life changed in a most unexpected and joyous way.
Deeply frustrated with the irritation that daily shaving was still inflicting on my skin (and the quick regrowth of hair), I realized that electrolysis was the only available option left to try. But I wasn't thrilled about it. I had read and heard negative things about electrolysis many times before: that it was painful, that it was expensive, that it would take a long time for it to work, that it was antiquated and outdated. But since I had experimented with every other method of hair removal, I really had no other choice but to give it a try.
Seeking the help of an electrologist, I felt encouraged after my initial consultation that perhaps electrolysis would work, but I was informed that it would be a commitment, both of time and of money--however, I was assured that unlike other forms of hair removal, the results would be permanent and there would be an ending point after all of the offending hair follicles had been destroyed. Bolstered with this knowledge, I moved forward and began my treatments, which I found surprisingly tolerable (much more so than laser, in fact). After my first clearing, I ran my fingers across my chin, and tears welled in my eyes. It was the first time that I had felt smooth skin since I was a teenager. And because the electrolysis was only treating the coarse, thick hairs that bothered me, I was able to grow back my natural "peach fuzz" in time, allowing my face to regain its soft, feminine appearance once again.
At the suggestion of my electrologist, inspired by my own success story, and wanting to help other women win their battle against unwanted hair, I decided to pursue a career in the field of electrolysis. I received a scholarship from the American Electrology Association to attend one of the most respected electrology schools in the United States, the American Institute of Education School of Electrology in California (AIE). Picking up my family and dedicating myself to temporary residency in Santa Ana, I completed 600 hours of practical training and theory at AIE, and earned additional certification through private training with the former director of AIE, the highly respected Johanne Fortier-Gonella, RE, LE, CPE, in the field of thermocoagulation at Aesthetics Systems USA Training Institute. After obtaining my electrologist certification, I then moved forward to pursue the highest national rank an electrologist can achieve, that of Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE). Once my CPE status was established a few months later, I was finally ready, and extremely proud, to open my very own electrolysis practice, Vanity Affair Electrolysis, in Evergreen, Colorado, catering exclusively to women.
I specialize in the art of permanent hair removal. As a former electrolysis client, I am very empathetic to the silent and often embarrassing battle that many women fight against unwanted hair. You can be assured that when you come to my practice for your treatments, you are receiving your permanent hair removal services from an experienced, qualified and caring professional. Your comfort and successful treatment are my greatest priorities. I adhere to the highest standards for privacy and sterilization, and I will provide you with specific pre- and post-treatment instructions and the personal attention that you deserve. With your patience and commitment, a beautiful, hair-free future will be yours!
Ladies, no more hiding!
Art History major, the University of Texas at Austin
American Electrology Association (AEA) scholarship recipient
Graduate of the American Institute of Education School of Electrology (AIE) in Santa Ana, California, completing 600 hours in electrolysis practical training and theory
Certified Professional Electrologist classification issued from the International Board of Electrologists (IBEC)
Certified in Thermocoagulation at Aesthetics Systems, USA Training Institute and privately trained by the esteemed Johanne Fortier-Gonella, CPE, LE, RE, former Director of the American Institute of Education School of Electrology (AIE)
Member of the American Electrology Association (AEA). Established in 1958, the American Electrology Association is the largest international nonprofit membership organization for permanent hair removal professionals. The AEA promotes the highest standards in Electrology education, practice and ethics and champions state licensing and regulation of the profession to protect the public interest. The American Electrology Association plays a key role in providing reliable and scientifically accurate information to its membership, the public, the medical community and government agencies.
Member of the Colorado Association of Electrologists. The Colorado Association of Electrologists is an affiliate of the American Electrology Association (AEA).
Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE)