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Barbara is the best electrologist I

Barbara is the best electrologist I have ever gone to, and I had gone to a lot! She has greatly reduced my hair problem over the course of the last year of regular treatments. She is extremely knowledgeable as well as an incredibly caring person. She is a pleasure to talk to during visits, and really knows what she is doing. I agree with other posters, that I have felt she should increase her charges, but she continues to charge much less than anyone else I have gone to, with exceptionally better results. If you have a hair problem that you are trying to deal with, Barbara is the electrologist to see!

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Gentle, Caring and Permanent Hair removal

Having gone to other electrologists and used laser removal services I can assure you this is the best Electrologist in the NW. There is a reason Barbara has clientele from Alaska & Idaho come to visit her.

From the moment you walk up the stairs of the beautiful & stately home fronting Broadway and enter the warm wooded foyer shared by an upscale eclectic clothing shop, masseuse & salon you are greeted by caring & hospitable faces. Upstairs Barbara welcomes one into what could be her parlor, there is an immediate sense of comfort, ease and professionalism. I noticed the coffee beans set out in a lovely Victorian saucer and the attention to detail one requires when accessing body care. Here there's pictures of family & there is the latest in technology.

Her equipment and knowledge are state of the art. She will detail her procedures and what you can expect carefully. You will find her,like I have, one of the most genuine, serene and compassionate individuals I have ever met. She talks in terms of family, if you are one of her lucky clients, you will be too.

After years of visiting other electrologists in the metro area, spending 100's of hard earned dollars, only to have the same areas of hair return month after month, I am SO VERY happy to have found Barbara. The same areas are trouble free now a year later after 2 (yes TWO) treatments. And here is the BEST PART: she is easily half the price of others. This has caused me to try and tip her (or even as unlikely as it seems, protest she needs to charge more) a thing she does not accept. I suppose that is because, like you will be, I am now family .
Give her a call, make your first appointment...and welcome to the family!

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Before I found Barbara, I was in a bad state after many months of trying to get rid of my facial hair . Laser treatments had only increased the amount of hair. By some electrologists, I had been charged a lot and promised a relief in two years. Then I met Barbara Failing. After FOUR treatments, I am totally free of the hair infestation. Month comes after month, and I am FREE. The whole cost was $250. This is what talent plus good old-fashioned integrity and compassion can do. This is how it should be. We are blessed to have Barbara here in Portland.

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Extraordinary Electrologist

I have been getting electrolysis treatments for the last 30 years and have worked with several different electrologists. I can honestly say that Barbara Failing is head and shoulders above the rest. She is knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, caring, dedicated and hard working. I have experienced a much greater positive result under the care of Barbara than any other electrologist I've worked with. Whether you're just starting out with electrolysis treatments or looking for someone new to continue treatments, I highly recommend Barbara Failing.

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Wonderful Electrologist

After moving to Portland, OR two years ago, I was in search of an Electrologist to achieve some facial hair reduction that had started to recur after several years. I was very fortunate to find Barbara Failing at Broadway East Electrology on my first attempt and could not be more satisfied with my experience.

I am of Indian descent and have always had a problem with excess face and body hair because of my genetics. I had gotten electrolysis in my teenage years and in my early twenties that was fairly effective but as I've entered my thirties, I have noticed some of the facial hair recurring. I have been going to Barbara for a little over a year anywhere from every 4-12 weeks depending on both of our schedules and I have noticed obvious hair reduction in this time period.

Barbara begins each new client relationship with a free consultation in which she describes in great detail the process of electrolysis and answers all questions and concerns. She is extremely professional, always on time, considerate and very kind. Her office is clean and she practices sanitary technique without fail. She is very flexible with regard to client preferences and tries very hard to make her workplace a comfortable and accepting environment. Additionally, she is a very conscientious provider and her integrity and commitment to her profession are obvious from the first meeting with her.

As a physician myself, I know how difficult it is to find the combination of great knowledge base, proper technique and great bedside manner in a health care provider and I have been very impressed with Barbara in all these regards.

Finally, her rates are more reasonable than most providers in the greater Portland area.

I have been very happy with my experience at Broadway East Electrology and will continue to see Barbara for my hair removal needs while I am in Portland.

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Barbara is great!

I've been going to Barbara for about 4 months now, and she is wonderful. She is very through, her pricing is great, and she's always been able to get me in around the times I request.. I would highly recommend Barbara.

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Thought I had hormone issues!

After a year of seeing another electrologist and having no hair reduction I was pretty frustrated. And it always seemed odd that the lady I was seeing would pull the hairs out as though she was tweezing them. After a year and no luck, I was completely surprised that after 2 sessions at Broadway East I had dramatic hair reduction, about 80%. Even after the first. Yay! What a change in lifestyle and boost to my confidence to not have to be worrying about facial hair. I think that it's more painful for me than for most, but it is SO worth it.

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Barbara is GREAT!

I'm so glad i read the reviews here when I was choosing an electrologist! Everything everyone has said is true. I started a few months ago to clear some facial hair prior to my wedding and there has been sooo much improvement! No more stubble for me! Barbara has been truly amazing. She truly cares about her work and is sympathetic to the pain of unwanted body hair. My only regret is that I hadn't gone to Barbara sooner.

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Third time's the charm! Barbara is the best.

I went to two other electrologists in the Portland area before I found Barbara, and I only wish I'd found her first.

I have an incredibly low pain tolerance (I frequently cried when I went to the first two electrologists), and my skin is very sensitive. Barbara worked with me very closely to make my treatments tolerable.

For those who don't know, the insertion of the hair thin electrolysis probe into the hair follicle must be precise for the treatment to work. If not, you're just electrocuting healthy skin. I learned this the hard way. Barbara's insertions are incredibly precise, so much so that when she asks me if the insertion is comfortable, I can't even tell where on my chin she's working!

Because she doesn't just yank out the hairs, her treatments take a little longer than many other electrologists. She treats each hair as many times as necessary until it slides out of the follicle effortlessly (if you can feel a tweezing sensation during electrolysis, it's not being done correctly). However, because Barbara's treatments are more effective due to her very precise insertions, I'm actually seeing permanent clearing for the first time. I wish I hadn't wasted hundreds of dollars on agonizing, useless ""treatments"" (let's just be honest and call it tweezing). I'm a little bitter about that, but lets move on.

Most of the electrologists in Portland have modern equipment, so the difference between them really comes down to professionalism and technique. Barbara has been consistently gentle, thorough, understanding and patient with my finicky, sensitive, easily-irritated skin. She educates herself about new techniques and really listens to her clients, instead of just pretending to listen and then doing her own thing anyway (something I encountered in the first two electrologists, both of whom are ""well reviewed"" on Citysearch, by the way).

I recommend Barbara without reservation. Please contact me if you would like to discuss my experiences with her.

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I am recently relocated from Austin, TX and was looking for the perfect electrologist to continue my treatments. I found her at BROADWAY EAST ELECTROLOGY, on the corner of 16th and Broadway, on the top floor of a charming historic home.
I was spoiled in Austin and began seeking out electrologists as soon as I moved town. Being a semi - retired electrologist myself, my standards are quite high. After having treatments around town, I was never satisfied until I found Barbara Failing.
There are many reasons why Barbara is the best; she is always punctual, I have never waited for an appointment with her and her prices are reasonable - $25 per 15 minutes compared to $40 at other facilities. Barbara greets me with the biggest, brighest smile every time I see her, which is often (every 2 weeks). Her professionalism is unmatched in Portland, she has the highest regard for privacy and is very sympathetic to the woes of unwanted hair growth. Also, Barbara is using top of the line equipment, the Apilus, which is regarded as the top most electrolysis machine. Above all else, her treatments are very comfortable - despite having hot needles inserted into my face (HA HA) - in fact, I have begun permanently shaping my eyebrows, a dream I have had for years yet have never been able to tolerate the discomfort before Barbara! I leave her appointments with NO IRRITATION and I can meet my boyfriend at the neighborhood coffee shop and not be embarrassed or inflamed or anything! She does this amazing treatment after every appointment where she uses pure aloe and lavender and ""rolls"" the skin to both disinfect and cool the areas. I have noticed a huge reduction in the amount of hair and what little is left is much softer and finer.
I was recently at a ""Lady Party"" where we women were discussing facial hair, of course, and I mentioned Barbara. Sure enough everyone piped up, ""Yeah, we know Barbara, she's the best in town.""


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Transgender friendly, professional, and a pleasure to chat with while getting zapped

Not to mention some of the best rates in Portland, with price breaks up to 3 hours a session which is great for those who have a ton of hair that needs to get zapped. :)

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skilled electrolysis conveniently located

very skilled and experienced, competent and careful at the art of electrolysis. Barbara Failing has a good sense of all of the variablees like not using too much electricity which can be painful and harm your skin but also not making the problem worse. I'm very picky and hypersensitive about a lot of things like fresh air, etc and Barbara was incredibly tolerant and never got her ego in the way. I never had any skin irritation from going to her and I would highly recommend her. Also she really worked to fit me in to her schedule even when it was a bit inconvenient for her and was always aware and careful about maintaining a high standard both of cleanliness and professionalism in her practice. Would recommend with no hesitation.

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Whisker by Whisker by beard disappears

Barbara is great, professional, enthusiastic, knowledgable and EFFECTIVE!
Finally, I am not tweezing and shaving my face like a man!

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Hair by Hair, Barbara's the Best!

I've been seeing Barbara Failing of Broadway East Electrology for a few years now. My hair has been resistant and hormonally-driven, but Barbara has done the best job out of all the electrologists I've seen in the last 20 years. She is tenacious, patient and completely knowledgeable about hair growth patterns, AND she's enthusiastic about her job! She doesn't treat me like I'm just another customer in line - I know she really cares about getting good results for me. You'll do yourself a favor by seeing Barbara.

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Electrolysis, Hair Removal
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Irvington, Northeast Portland
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