When many people think of hair removal, they often think of electrolysis first. It’s a proven technique of permanent hair removal and reduction, particularly for small or sensitive areas.
Electrolysis is remarkably versatile and can be used safely on virtually all parts of the body with the exception of the ears and inside of the nose. Typical applications include the bikini and underarm areas, stomach, breasts, chin brows and upper lip hair removal for women.
How does electrolysis hair removal work?
Different electrolysis techniques are available. These include Galvanic, Diathermy and Blend (a combination of the other two) needle electrolysis. All the treatments consist of a variation on the use of a fine, high-temperature needle to destroy the hair follicle. In diathermy, a shortwave current cauterises the hair; in the other processes, galvanic currents cause salts and water in the follicle to produce lye, which enhances the destructive capability of the procedure.
Pros and cons of electrolysis
Electrolysis hair removal is a highly skilled and painstaking procedure that has evolved since the late nineteenth century and has a very good success rate for permanent facial hair removal. Because of the nature of the process involved, clients should expect the treatment to be quite time consuming. This is because each hair must be treated individually. On the negative side, electrolysis is associated with ‘pinprick’ pain sensations not unlike the discomfort caused when hairs are plucked with tweezers.
How many treatments are needed?
For most people, the use of electrolysis for permanent hair removal requires more than one treatment session. This can be because of factors such as the following:
– Distorted follicles associated with wavy/kinky hair
– Hair growth cycles
– Stress regimes
– Destroyed follicles caused by prolonged use of tweezers or waxing
– Hormone imbalances
– Sensitive skin that requires staged treatment