Does Electrolysis Really Work?

Hair removal by electrolysis is still the only permanent method of hair removal, which according to the BIAE (British Institute and Association of Electrolysists) is endorsed by the British Medical Association. It is the removal of hair by inserting a very fine probe into the hair follicle and applying a small amount of single or combined modes of electrical current, sodium hydroxide or both to destroy the hair follicle. It is based on the electro-conductivity of the skin unlike light-based hair removal treatments, which are based on the skins ability to absorb the wavelength of light when it targets the chromophores; the molecules which contain the pigment colour in the hair. So, as you can gather you can treat hair regardless of its colour and skin type with electrolysis, although skin overly sensitive to heat and alkalinity may have to be under consideration.

Electrolysis may be used almost anywhere on the human body however it is most definitely of value in the removal of women’s facial hair growth. Its ability to target individual hairs permanently is undoubtedly its greatest asset giving electrolysists’ control over probe size, energy settings and mode of current making it a truly personalised treatment.

Electrolysis treatments can be as little as a few minutes to a few hours! However, most appointments fall between 10 and 40 minutes making it an affordable option. Appointments do need to be consistent but these space out over time. Clients also need to be aware that it is a long-term commitment but if you want to stop plucking, shaving and waxing this is definitely an option to consider as usually facial hair growth tends to stay when it appears – especially if has been further stimulated by daily plucking or shaving.

Most people are concerned about comfort when having electrolysis. It does vary among clients but a therapist that has a machine with variable settings and a microchip processor offers more comfort than older machines. This is because the faster the current is discharged the less time the nerve endings have to register the sensation to the brain. However, comfort can be related to many things and not just the machine that is used. The majority of clients tolerate treatment very well with a few using a topical numbing agent for the upper lip area if required.

It is an effective, time tested treatment. From small areas of hair to female beards it is possible to be hair free.

Top Tips

Always have a consultation – you must feel relaxed and trust each other. Always take a picture of your growth as clients forget how much is treated over time. Always follow the aftercare that you are provided with. Be consistent with appointments and expectations with completion time Find a BIAE member – they have taken extra exams to register with the organisation