Beginner Tips for the Ivy Trimmer

Beginner Tips for the Ivy Trimmer

For women, there are many options for completely removing hair (razors, wax, lasers etc..), but what about if you don’t want to be all bare?

The safest, fastest, and easiest method of getting your hair to the length you want is a trimmer. Trimmers cause less irritation than shaving, waxing or lasers, so they can be a great option for people with sensitive skin.

January 19, 2022 — Eric Steckling
Top Ten Reasons to Always Carry Tweezers

Top Ten Reasons to Always Carry Tweezers

Top Ten Reasons to always carry your Tweezers

 

10: Follicle emergencies

For that stray hair that always seems to grow on your cheek that you always forget about except for five minutes before meeting someone that you can never quite get with your fingers. I mean, it’s right there in the middle of no-hair’s-land cheek hill staring at you.

 

9: Cooking

With clean tweezers, your cooking life just got easier. Need to place microgreens on your burger? Accidentally break the egg with the shell into your bowl? Pulling fish bones from your filet. Once you have kitchen tweezers, you’ll never be without.



8: Small repairs.

That’s right, repairs. Tweezer points fit in most tiny screw grooves making them the perfect companion to fix loose sunglass arms, open the battery compartment of your lantern, and hundreds of other uses. Never have to dig in your tool box for the smallest screw driver known to many again.


7: Lint Roll failures


Precision tweezers will clean pet hair, dryer lint, and pollen fuzz off your clothes that the lint roller refused to get. No more weird stranger at the office plucking lint off your shoulder, you tweezed it yourself.


6: Untangle tricky knots


Is your jewelry drawer or tackle box just a Gordian’s knot? Tweezers are the answer. Pick apart delicate threads that are too thin to be trusted with fingers alone.


5: Falsies


When applying your eyelashes, don’t let the glue get stuck to your fingers, cheeks, or forehead. Use tweezers to get a precise application every time


4: Regular hair maintenance


Tweeze your brows, tame the mustache, pluck that pube the trimmer missed, or if you’re not digging a hint of salt in your pepper, take that gray hair out with a vengeance!


3: Arts and crafts

Whether you are a stitcher, a threader, a gluer, or a painter, you will find endless uses of your tweezers when you leave them on your craft table. Miss a stitch? Lose your needle threader? Have an annoying fleck of dust that got into your masterpiece? Have to place the sequin just right? Never fear, tweezers are here.


2: Tiny Hobby parts

Are you building a computer? Working on a tiny engine? Have a model plane or RC car that just won’t go? Collect stamps? Want to add gemstones to your manicure? All of these can be accomplished with tweezers.


1: First Aid

Tweezers are an essential in any first aid kit. Slivers, bee stingers, thorns and more. When you have a quality pair of tweezers in your first aid kit, you will wonder how you ever got by without one before.

 

November 07, 2021 — Eric Steckling
Summer Guide to Footcare for the Perfect Pedicure

Summer Guide to Footcare for the Perfect Pedicure

Summer sun and beach sand feel amazing after a long winter, but the heat and summer fun can be hard on your heels.

Here are some helpful tips to care for your feet to avoid dry, cracking calluses.

Calluses on their own aren’t bad, the hardening of your skin is your body’s way of protecting your feet. The more you use them, the more calluses form.

But we’re not barefoot hunter gatherers anymore. Most of us don’t need inches of callused skin to get by in our day-to-day life and prefer the smooth skin for beautiful feet.

Things you can do anytime to prevent calluses before they form:

  • Hydrate - Like any part of your body, your skin needs water to be healthy. The heat of the summer dehydrates your body and your skin faster than other times of year. Drink plenty of water and your skin will thank you.
  • Wear proper footwear - Whether you’re going on a weeklong camping adventure, dancing at an outdoor restaurant, or going to the beach, making sure you have the right footwear for any occasion will prevent painful blisters and keep your skin from having to harden to protect the tissue underneath.

Things to do to remove or smooth unwanted calluses:

If you’re a foot owner on the go, who doesn’t have time to spend hours getting a pedicure, the easiest way to shape your soles is with the Brio Silkstone Electric Pedicure File.

Just turn it on and press the spinning file against your calluses and feel them get smoother and smaller. In a few pain-free minutes, your heels will have the fresh from the salon feel.

Now, you can turn to your toes! Tame unruly toenails with the Brio Radius Clippers. Trimming across the toe avoids painful ingrown nails. And you’re ready for the beach!

If you have time for a spa day here is how you can treat your feet for silky soles.

  • Soak your feet - Skin absorbs water making it easier to work with. When you soak your feet, you can add a few drops of essential oil for scent, or Epsom salts to ease pain. Relax with it, enjoy the soak!
  • Exfoliate - After your feet have soaked and softened, dry them with a clean towel and pull out your favorite file. Time to get to work. This will be the biggest step to shaping the calluses.

Pumice stones are popular for this, but if you want to save the elbow grease, the SilkStone is top notch for smoothing your feet.  Much like if you don’t have much time, the SilkStone works on freshly soaked feet just as well.

  • Moisturize - Apply your favorite lotion or moisturizing cream to your feet. If you have particularly painful cracking or tough calluses, you can put lotion on your feet and wear socks to bed to get an overnight moisturizing treatment. Talk to your podiatrist for more assistance with painful cracking.
July 12, 2021 — Eric Steckling
Trimmers Over Razors

Trimmers Over Razors

Trimmers aren’t just for beards, bros, and bikini lines. A trimmer can be the best tool in your arsenal for all your hair woes.

Women have hair. And for years we’ve been told to remove the hair on our bodies with razors, lasers, and painful waxing while also being told to keep the hair on our heads long. 

No matter your preferred length of hair (anywhere) a trimmer is just the tool you’ve been searching for to finally ditch the hours of effort, hundreds of dollars, and painful side effects of traditional hair removal. 

So, whether you want to shorten your armpit hairs just enough to not get caught in your bra strap, try out the iconic hair style of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, or make your bits balder than Vin Diesel, here is how a trimmer can help you:

On your head:

For decades, barbershops across the globe have standardized hair styles using hair trimmers. As technology has improved, we’ve been able to bring the barber home. With a trimmer, guards, and a mirror (and maybe a buddy for the back) you can do your hair at home in a matter of minutes. Saving time, money, and a trip to the stylist. 

Stay tuned to the Brio Blog for future tips and tricks on using our trimmers to achieve the latest styles.

On your body:

Do you have sensitive underarms? 

Sensitive skin doesn’t mean you can’t have control over your hair. Unlike a razor which puts the sharp metal directly against your skin, pulling and dragging sweat, soap, or any grime from your skin all along the cutting area, a trimmer can be hovered, trimming the hair without tearing the hair. 

Between your legs:

Whether you want a jungle, garden, or completely bare, a trimmer can get you there, faster, safer, and easier than with a razor alone.

With reversible guards you can achieve any length and it’ll be even across the mons. From there you can hop in the shower, rinse off the trimmed hairs and be done, or you can take it the rest of the way, your way. Even if that way is with wax. It’s a fact; waxing shorter hair takes less wax, fewer strips, less time, and less elbow grease from your esthetician. You don’t need to take your hair all the way down, but adding a quick trim to your routine can cut the time in the salon substantially and save you money!

You can have as much or as little hair as you want, faster, safer, and easier than ever before with a trimmer. 

Things to look for in a trimmer:

  • Size of the blade - Too wide of a blade, the harder it will be to maneuver around your body; too narrow and it will take a lot longer to get the trim you want.
  • Ease of use - Trimmers run the gamut of bells and whistles. Finding what you need, be it a quick on/off switch or something more intense. 
  • Maintenance - Trimmer blades need to be oiled and cleaned to keep running at peak condition. Look for trimmers with easy to clean blades. 
  • Portability - Traveling with your trimmer makes it ideal for long vacations, road trips, or even going around a dorm room or shared apartment. Having a handy, lightweight, carrying case that keeps all your trimmer accessories in one spot is underrated.
June 14, 2021 — Eric Steckling
Celebrating International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day

As we enter into the Month of March and transition to Spring, it's a great time to recognize the birth of a month in which we celebrate women.


Since 1911, the world has honored women on International Women’s Day each year on March 8. In March 1987, Congress declared the month to be one of celebration and honor for women who have impacted our world and made it a better place. This year, we ask that you take time to reflect and identify ways we can continue to move forward into a more gender-equal world. This year, we challenge you to honor women who have impacted you and share your story using tags such as #choosetochallenge and #IWD2021.

To stir something within you, we have a few women who have inspired us. While they are not limited to the women listed here, it's apparent that women are making their way into all walks of life and changing the trajectory of tomorrow.

Marie Curie

With a dream in her heart, Marie Curie attended underground classes to receive training in science. Later, she would transfer to the Sorbonne, in Paris, and obtain her Master’s Degree in Physics. She would go on to complete yet another degree in Mathematics a year later.

Alongside her husband, Ms. Curie discovered two elements, polonium and radium. She also was first to coin the phrase “radioactivity”. She didn’t stop there, she is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and is also the only female as of today to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes in two different areas, Physics and Chemistry.

Outside her career, Marie and her husband Pierre raised two children and even in his absence, she continued her research and devoted her time during World War I to support the cause.


Özlem Türeci

In more recent times, the name Özlem Türeci should inspire those around you to stop and take pause. As a physician, scientist and now entrepreneur, she and her team at BioNTech discovered the first RNA-based vaccine against our current health crisis, Covid-19.

As an Immunologist, Türeci specialized in cancer research and immunotherapy. She went on to focus her studies on cancer before founding BioNTech and serve as the Chief Medical Officer. Today, her company works to develop immunotherapies that support the individual.


Mae Jemison

As the first black female to travel into space, Mae Jemison made her mark in and out of NASA as an engineer and Physician. Jemison attended Medical School at Columbia University and worked for the Peace Corps as a Physician in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. When she returned to the US, Jemison began work at NASA and was the first black female in space aboard the Endeavour as a Mission Specialist.

After her tenure with Nasa, Jemison went on to become an entrepreneur founding a technology research company, actor, writer and choreographer at her dance studio where she focused on Jazz and African Dance. Currently, she serves on various boards and is a public speaker who speaks to science and technology. Ms. Jemison has numerous accolades including being an inductee in the National Space Hall of Fame.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look forward to focusing on the talents that women of all walks of life have brought to the table to push our society to be an ever-evolving community that supports equality and growth for all.

March 08, 2021 — Eric Steckling
Ditch The Disposable Razor

Ditch The Disposable Razor

Have you ever wondered if using a disposable razor was the right choice for you? You are not alone; more and more women are transitioning from disposable shaving methods to trimmers and we think we have figured out why. Keep reading to find out five reasons why you should consider ditching your disposable.

First, the environment.

Every year, over 2 billion razors end up in the landfill. This does not even account for the number of containers of shaving gels, lotions and creams. As we look to the future and leaving Mother Earth better than we found it, trimmers are a more environmentally conscious choice for ourselves and the generations that will come after us.

Second, cost.

Everyone wants to save. The average woman will spend over $10,000 in her lifetime on shaving with disposable products. When we want to focus on cutting costs in our lives, choosing a trimmer will save a woman thousands of dollars over her lifetime. Even replaced once every few years, the cost of a new trimmer will only add up to a fraction of what a woman would spend if she chose to use disposable shaving methods.

Third, time.

While trips to local convenience store may seem simple enough, those trips add up and add on to your time out and about. Not to mention the times you forget to pick up that needed replacement blade or forgotten shaving cream. While clubs and subscriptions are popping up, they too are costly, and sometimes you just do not need your next subscription when it arrives. Using trimmers directly delivered to your doorstep saves you valuable time you could be spending on things you truly enjoy.

Fourth, discomfort.

Outside of razor burn and ingrown hairs, choosing to utilize disposable razors may actually cause your hair to become more coarse. While this may not be a big deal in the beginning, in the long run this can actually cause individuals to have more nicks, cuts and itching skin. Trimming, while the hair may not be as close as a disposable razor shave, will not cause your hair to become harder to get rid of as you get older. Razor burn and ingrown hairs are nearly non-existent with a trimmer and once you see how smooth you can feel using one, you may never reach for your disposable again.

Finally, ease.

No need to hop in the shower or lather up when using your trimmer. This trimmer is best used on clean, dry skin. A phone call from a friend for an impromptu night on the town, you will be ready to sport your tank top in no time without having to start in the shower first.

While disposable shaving has always been at our fingertips, times are changing, and we see the importance of a transition from disposable to sustainable world as being more important to today’s woman. We think that our trimmer, the Ivy will have you feeling good not just about yourself but the environment too.

May 02, 2020 — Eric Steckling
Perfect Bikini Trim for Your Perfect Bikini Body

Perfect Bikini Trim for Your Perfect Bikini Body

We believe that every body is a bathing suit body. Getting ready for the beach and the pool doesn't have to be a task but can actually be a gift to yourself. Follow our simple steps to take this chore and turn it into self care to be bathing suit ready in no time.
May 01, 2020 — Eric Steckling
How I prepare to have the Ultimate Summer Body

How I prepare to have the Ultimate Summer Body

Alright ladies, I’m going to come right out and say it. You know what the worst part of the first day of pool season really is? That moment you realize you forgot to shave. You know what moment I’m talking about. The point of no return, when you inevitably have to take your kimono off and …damn how could I forget that part? The first day of summer can be overwhelming; your routine to get summer ready shouldn’t have to be. Here’s how I prepare to have the ultimate summer body.
June 28, 2019 — Eric Steckling