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Hello from Denae It will be summer next, andit is hard to believe it is almost Christmas!
Herewith two web sites you may be interested in. They select experts in each field to write.
I will be writing some new material, and do let me know of any.
Follow TG Life and TG Reporter.

Follow TG reporter’Tonight (Monday Night) on one of the larger magazines. It is on a major cable tonight, so search for it on your cable station.. One of my clients,( her name now is Bobbie) will be high lighted as the next Renee Richards. She is also opening a clinic to help tg’s. She thanked me, fpr helping her get out of the sinking quicksand, and wants to help others. She has already done Good Morning America, Dateline, and several other major news shows. She is also a physician. They are going to cover her, as the next working tg.
Should be shown frm 7 to the 10 pm time slot. She wants to encourage girls, that have a job….that will allow this. So, watch tonight. You will see how I work!
Stay Tuned,
Denae

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Kertain Hair Treatment

Hello Everyone, I have very hard to control hair, and spend lots of time blow drying out my curly hair. I went to a salon today, where Larry Zellers at Inspire Salon in Santa Cruz, CA (fabulous hairdresser who occasionally dresses in drag) put a new product called Keratain on my hair. OMG, my hair was instantly smooth and silky, and I have had to try a million products and have had to deal with my difficult curly-frizzy hair for my entire life.

I had heard about this new Keratain product for frizzy hair for over a year, and since I have an important TG event coming up, I decided to try it;, but deep-down inside I was really thinking it would be yet more wasted time, effort and money. What a wonderful surprise. Smooth, silky hair, and the frizzy hair was gone! You do want to find a stylist who has worked with Keratin products before, so they can explain the process to you.

There are two types of Keratain treatments.
The first-(heavier treatment)- will help frizzy, or really curly hair straighten and be more smooth. The second type -(less strong)- is simply a hair “smoothing” treatment. This has to be done in a salon and is truly miraculous. This will last for several months. Yea!

For TG women, if you’re using your own male hair or hope to grow it out one day (and not wear a wig) and you also have frizzy, curly guy hair… check the yellow pages/or do a computer search and locate someone who does Keratin treatment (for men and women). You will not believe it is actually YOUR hair.
Also check prices, as every salon is different. Another plus, is I do not have to style my hair, the next day. The new, straight, smooth hair…stays for days! I love, love, this hair product! If you test out using Keratin on your male or female hair, do blog me and let everyone know how it looks!
Denae

COVERING THAT BEARD
Beards – God’s curse to cross-dressers. Many of us can’t afford or can’t have electrolysis or laser treatments to remove our beards. But don’t worry because cosmetics can help.

STEP ONE – Obtain the closest shave possible. Start with a freshly washed face, and then moisturize. Next, using a multi-blade (or a good electric razor if you prefer), shave using downward strokes then shave using upward strokes afterward. Repeat the upward strokes two to three times to get the closest shave possible. Pay special attention to your chin and the area just above your lip, around and on the edge of the lip and under your nose. Having a styptic pencil handy is good idea until you get used to shaving this closely, a styptic pencil will stop any bleeding from cuts. I can’t stress enough the importance of shaving very, very closely.

STEP TWO – With a pair of cuticle scissors, carefully trim all nose and ear hairs. Many cross dressers forget this, and even after you makeup is removed, having no visible nose or ear hair is just a good practice to get into. Remington even makes electric shavers designed just for this purpose.

Now look at your face very carefully in a mirror. You are looking for stray hairs on your nose and between your eyebrows. A tweezer will remove them quite easily.
I will talk more about plucking eyebrows in a later article.

You must remember that all store bought makeup, foundations and concealers are manufactured and designed with a woman’s face in mind and will never cover medium to heavy beards, and will cover light beards only for a very short period of time, so here’s what I suggest.

STEP THREE – Start by applying a small amount of moisturizer all over your face and neck and give it a minute to absorb. Reapply. I recommend that you use THE FANTASY GIRL professional Pink Goo. In addition to helping conceal the beard shadow in person, it hides it in photos as well. Camera flashes will definitely show heavy shadowed beards under most makeup. Apply the Pink Goo to the beard and mustache areas using a “patting” motion. You don’t need to apply very much, just a light coat over the beard and mustache area will take the “shadow” out of the beard. After the Pink Goo is applied, wait a few minutes until it dries. Next, using a dry cosmetic sponge, or your fingertips, pat on the beard cover over the beard and mustache area. After it sits a minute apply another thin coat if needed.

STEP FOUR – Next we apply the foundation, I use a cream foundation, it comes in many shades, is inexpensive, and covers very well without having that “shiny” look that many others have. Here at The Fantasy Girl salon we use a private label cream based foundation. They go on lightly, and are easy to use and look great. Using a cosmetic sponge, begin blotting the foundation over your face. Use a patting method, to ensure even coverage. Make sure you evenly blend all over, including the eyelid, eyebrow, and ear areas. What you are doing here is creating an even skin tone all over you face. Our cream foundations are perfect matches for our beard covers. You do not need very much, usually the residue on the sponge after doing the beard area will be enough to cover the eye, upper cheek and the area just under the jaw line. Most people can usually end the cream foundation coverage just under the jaw line. Going lower risks getting makeup all over your clothing, which is expensive and difficult to clean.

STEP FIVE – Apply a loose powder, which will set and smooth out the foundation. Our loose powder is the perfect tone for setting our foundation crème. I use a powder puff to apply the powder. Some people prefer placing a small amount of powder onto their palm, then dipping a powder brush into the powder and pressing the brush onto the face. The key is to actually push the powder firmly into the crème foundation and face, melding the two. This allows the foundation to set properly and slow down the process of your skin absorbing the cosmetics. Once again, use sparingly, too much powder looks terrible, and will make any lines on your face more pronounced. Take the powder puff and place in jar of powder, remove and tap lightly to shake of excess powder. Then pat the powder puff all over your face, starting at the top and moving downward. Be sure to use a “patting” motion – do not rub your face with the puff, as this will cause streaking of the foundation. Leave the loose powder on your face for 3-5 minutes to allow it to “set”. With a large powder brush, using a downward motion starting at your forehead and finishing at the base of your neck, brush any excess powder from your face. You can use 2 or more tones of foundation to create contours on the face. Use a darker tone on the jaw line and sides of the nose, and a lighter tone on the cheekbone and eye areas.

This Tip provided by Sofie Taylor The Fantasy Girl Salon, north of the Boston area.

TG Voice Training Exercises….Before You Begin Working On Your New Voice

Recently, while teaching a privvate voice consultation, I have realized the importance of voice and movement together– as I have included voice in all my movement consults. I suppose, I have taken pieces of the most important areas…… everything I have seen, heard, or read for the last ten years on TG voice training. Since this is a difficult subject for all TG clients, I am putting it in the easiest form– I have found useful in my private voice consults.

For now, prepare….. with the one most important thing. To daily  STRETCH YOUR VOCAL CORDS, WHICH creates THE RESONANCE and PITCH– TO BE MORE FEMININE.  I suggest, while driving to work or school,  simply practice with E E E E E E E. Start low and go up. WE want the larynx as thin as possible by stretching them out. Another exercise is- ME ME ME ME ME.  The only way, to maintain the feminine voice we create, is to first stretch with these exercises. By only starting with a few minutes,  you will not strain your voice. Then, go up to 5 or 10 mins of both exercises a day. Be patient, and don’t over-do it!

When you begin our next step, you will be ready to maintain your female voice and it will be softer and naturally higher.

Watch for me CD and my new web site coming up within 6-8 weeks!

Denae

Playing with Gender on Airplanes, Part 2

Hi again. This is Robin and I am here with part two of my playing with gender while flying. As I mentioned in part one, I took a couple of trips in sort of “semi-femme” mode in which I wore relatively androgynous clothing and a wig but no makeup, padding, or other clearly feminine “indicators.” The clothes were a simple woman’s patterned t-shirt and jeans. The shoes were ankle boots but without much a heel and little overtly feminine about it. I wore my wig in a simple manner, pretty much straight with just a little curl. My goals were to “dress” but without the associated stress of trying to “pass” and also to see how people would react to me, given a somewhat androgynous look. I tried this out on two cross country flights. I wrote about the Miami trip last time, now I will cover the Boston one.

The t-shirt I wore was a “daisy fuentes” brand bought at Kohl’s. I really like the style and colors of this brand and have bought lots of them. They are mostly patterns of one kind or another. This one was blue, black, and white in sort of an abstract pattern. It was long sleeve. The jeans were black Gloria Vanderbilt ones I bought at my other favorite fashion place, Costco. The boots were black with really no heel at all.

The trip from SFO to Boston was generally uneventful. I got one ma’am (again at a food place in SFO), a couple of “sirs”, but mostly genderless responses. The only really interesting test is when I picked up my rental car and had to present my license. My picture had short hair and I had long hair but the Avis counter person did not say anything.

The trip home was a lot more interesting. I was fortunate enough to get an exit row seat with no seats at all in front of us. I was a little late getting on the plane and so I rushed on with my suitcase and computer bag. I knelt in front of my seat and was unpacking things when a flight attendant came up to me and asked “Miss, can I help you with something?” This was a really nice surprise (especially the “miss” part). I looked up and smiled at her and responded in my best femme voice, “thanks, but I think I have everything under control” and then sat down. I figured she would discover her error shortly but I was in for another surprise. There was a woman sitting next to me and soon the same flight attendant came back to give us the “exit row” speech and ask for our agreement that we would help in an emergency. She looks at both of us and says “Are you ladies prepared to help us in an emergency by opening the emergency exit doors?”. I was really, really surprised. How could she not notice??? I could understand making the mistake when I was kneeling and looking down but to do it again while looking straight at me, unbelievable (but really, really nice). I smiled at her and said I agreed and she moved on to the next row. For the rest of the 5 our flight I made sure to demonstrate female body language and voice whenever I interacted with her. I also went in the bathroom and applied a little light foundation to hide whatever stubble might appear during the rest of flight. I did not want to embarrass the nice lady.

The experiences on the two flights really made me wonder what are the cues that people rely on to decide whether whether the person in front of them is male or female. I really thought I was presenting far more male than female. The clothes were slightly feminine, but not overtly so (i.e. no florals, neutral colors, pants not a skirt/dress, etc.). Many guys have longish hair and so that was not a definite signal. My face and body are not very feminine, although my height is within normal bounds for women. My body language was more feminine than male (partly naturally, partly by intent), in particular the way I stood, held my hands, and played with my hair. Maybe there was enough clues suggesting female for people to draw that conclusion. I am still very surprised at the reactions from the various people.

I will try again on my next flight.

Robin

Sitting In A Feminine S-Curve

Hello Ladies, As Promised herewith more on Feminine Movement. I was eating here in Santa Cruz, CA yesterday when a well dressed TS woman walked in, and slide correctly into her booth. However, she ordered a pizza and a bottle of beer. Okay, we all relax, but the deal breaker was two-fold. She spoke to the waiter with a mans loud voice. Next, when drinking the bottle of beer, her elbow went straight OUT to the side while drinking large gulps. The elbow out, really did not blend with her beautiful appearance. Lets go back to Vol 1 on the blog. Remember, elbows IN, along with knees and feet. With just a few simple changes, this well dressed woman could have been all woman. Okay, I say it over and over. The two most important aspects of blending as a female when in public is your Movement & Your Voice. Makeup and Hair, you can pay for. However only you can create your own mannerisms and voice. Pull IN. We will cover some Voice in coming blogs when we are finished with movememnt. I have also had request for Wardrobe coordination. More later, and regardless keep your elbows in while eating or drinking and eat slower!

Denae Doyle www.FemImage.com Vol 1 DVD