Your Electrolysis Questions Answered!
November 16, 2018
Today I'm going to cover one of our lesser known services - electrolysis. We've gone over it in the past, talking about it's roots and it's pros and cons, but today I want to focus on you! Or more specifically, your questions about electrolysis.
To backtrack a little, electrolysis is a permanent form of hair removal involving electricity and a probe. The probe is inserted into the follicle of the hair and then a current is pulsed through the bulb to kill the hair.
How effective is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is certified permanent hair removal by the FDA, so it is very effective at getting rid of unwanted hair for good.
Why is it billed by the amount of time?
Electrolysis treats one hair at a time so it only makes sense to bill by the minute. Since everyone has a different amount of hair in each area and some hairs require more than one pulse, it's impossible to know how long to make appointments based on body part. Plus, most people can only withstand the process for short amounts of time.
How many sessions will I need?
Again, because everyone is different and has varying amounts of hair, it's very difficult to give an accurate answer. Another thing to factor in is your hair growth cycles, especially if you were waxing the area before beginning electrolysis. If you want a better idea, you can book a complimentary consultation.
My hair is very light/dark/coarse/thin etc. Will electrolysis work for me?
Yes! Because the follicle is targeted not the hair itself, electrolysis works on all hair types!
I have a dark complexion- is it still safe/effective for me?
Absolutely. Unlike laser, electrolysis works beneath the surface of the skin and without the use of light. There is no risk of burning and skin tone does not make it any more or less effective!
Is it more effective than laser?
Laser and electrolysis are both forms of permanent hair removal, but that is pretty much where the similarities stop. Laser is great for treating large areas of hair, where electrolysis can treat single hairs at a time. So really, it depends on what your hair removal goals are. Your best bet is to book a consultation so we can help you make the right choice!
What do I need to do to prepare for my first session?
If you're someone who waxes, tweezes, or threads you need to stop doing that for at least four weeks. You can shave or use a hair removal cream, however the hair needs to be long enough to grab with tweezers. You typically want to give it 3-7 days to grow in depending on how fast your hair grows. You also want to make sure you show up a few minutes early for your first session to complete paperwork.
Is there anything to I need to do or avoid after my session?
As with most treatments, just make sure to be gentle on your skin after your session. You may notice some redness, swelling it even very minor bruising. This will all go away in the first 24 hours, but you can use aloe to help with the irritation. Cold compresses can also help to get rid of any unsightly swelling.
This all sounds great, but I want to talk to a trained technician before proceeding.
No problem! We offer free consultations in salon. Just call, text or email us to set up your complimentary consult!