The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I have gotten into the trap of “permanent” beauty solutions a couple of times in my life. I started at the age of 12, when an at-home the electric epilation technique came to Russia. Early models of these devices were much more cruel than the equivalents nowadays, but I really tried hard to receive the as advertised results despite the pain. After my epic fail with electric epilation devices, I decided to try acrylic and gel nail tips. These looked good for some time, but required high maintenance and really damaged my natural nails. Then there were bangs, electrolysis, teeth whitening; plus considerations about laser hair removal, keratin treatment, Botox and Fraxel, veneers; and many other well-advertised “permanent” solutions that are supposed to make your life easier. 

Red Plaid Chiffon Dress

Finally, I figured that permanent beauty solutions do more harm than help. First of all, most of them have some kind of side effect. Your natural hair gets weaker if you are doing hair extensions, your nails become thinner underneath the gel and acrylic tips, and we don’t really know what the long-term consequences are of all these kinds of laser techniques. Second of all, I am not into the idea of “no way back” solutions. Let’s say you decide to change your smile with the help of veneers and do not like the result. Perhaps, you might regret your decision and wish to turn back time… But there is no way back: You did it, and it stays with you f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Lastly, I just don’t like to follow things that “everybody else does.” In this respect, Ben always laughs at me saying that my favorite phrase is, “Don’t tell me what to do. I know what I am doing!” That is so true: I love to receive people’s advice and feedback, but I always double-check that I am not under the influence of other people. Thus, I think a lot before considering any beauty “permanents.”


For some people, low-maintenance and extra time saved in the morning is a desirable outcome of “permanent” beauty solutions. However, I feel that these notorious extra five minutes in the morning actually contribute to how I feel during the day. Let’s put it this way: By straightening my hair daily as opposed to just once in a couple of months (keratin), I feel that I am making every day in my life special. In other words, I am not trying to eliminate the routine simply because I enjoy the process.

Referring to the title of this post, I would like to say that even though a carefree life is the goal of many people, such an approach does not necessarily work for everyone. Yes, you could stick to permanent solutions and enjoy your routine-free life, but will these solutions actually make your life better? I am not quite sure about it.


Plaid Chiffon Dress (similar here and here) // Vince Camuto Women’s Inslo-2 Wedge Sandal
Headband: (similar here) // Lips: MAC Girl About Town // Nails: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Rapid Red
Photos by Vital Agibalow