What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Of all of the hair removal methods, electrolysis is perhaps one of the least spoken about amongst the other more popular choices such as waxing, shaving and laser hair removal.

What is Electrolysis?

The word “electrolysis” comes from the method in which electricity is used to remove body hair from a body. The basics behind electrolysis is that a needle is applied to your hair follicle which then, depending on the type of electrolysis that you choose, is then “killed” by means of the needle’s tip.

You can expect to have one of three electrolysis treatments when you attend a salon. The first one is called galvanic electrolysis. This type of electrolysis will damage the hair by having a chemical sodium hydroxide form and gather at the hair follicle. In this method, the needle on the hair electrolysis machine must remain in the follicle for approximately 60 seconds. This, of course, means that will take a long while to experience permanent hair removal, especially if you are removing hair from a larger area.

The next common form of electrolysis involves using heat to kill off the hair follicle. The hair follicle is overheated by a method referred to as “thermolysis”. If this method is used in conjunction with the first mentioned above, then the hair is removed in a quicker period of time.

Is it Permanent?

Yes. Some women will notice that their hair is permanently gone after one treatment, though most will find that the hair has been removed permanently by the 3rd or 5th treatment. It is very dependent on the individual, but if you never had much hair before, then you probably can expect not to have that hair come back again after one treatment.

What are the Drawbacks to Electrolysis?

The most common complaint about this form of hair removal is that it takes too long. When you consider just how many hair follicles we have on any one square inch of space on our body, and then think that the electrolysis needle needs to touch each follicle for up to 60 seconds at a time, you can see just why this type of hair removal is quite time consuming.

After going in for an electrolysis treatment, you may notice some reddening of the skin or little red bumps. There may be swelling, there may be scarring and their may be itchiness, so do be prepared for that. People who attempt to do this at home also often injure themselves, so reconsider doing so if you are thinking of doing it yourself.

All in all, if you are looking for a permanent hair loss solution and do not want to try the laser hair removal option, then electrolysis is the safer alternative. Make sure you ask around to see which salons and spas are most highly recommended for this treatment in your area.

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