Do you need Electrolysis?
Unwanted hair causes enormous distress, as anyone who has suffered with it will understand, and often brings with it a sense of isolation, low self worth and poor-self esteem. Unwanted hair can be genetic or inherited or one of the symptoms for disorders such as polycystic ovary system. There are also many medications and drugs that cause or stimulate unwanted hair growth as well as hormonal changes within the body such as during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. It is often in the case that electrolysists are privileged to witness a dramatic transformation in their clients, from a self conscious, deeply demoralised individual at the beginning of a course of treatments, to confident and happy individual once treatment is under way and making progress. Many women and indeed many men have benefited from this tried and trusted treatment.
Superfluous hair growth commonly found on the top lip.
A tiny probe (about the same diameter as the hair) is inserted down into a follicle opening already present in the skin.
The probe is charged with a tiny amount of electrical current and you will feel either a build up of warmth concentrated in the locality or a sensation similar to a slight sting. Sensation depends on the area and the method of epilation used.
The hair is gently released from the follicle with tweezers leaving the client hair free. The hair slides out easily without traction.
The procedure is repeated on each individual unwanted hair to clear the area as much as possible within a given time frame whilst taking skin reaction into consideration.
The next appointment will be made so that regular treatments are maintained. Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal.
However each individual hair requires treatment a number of times to provide a solution that is ultimately permanent.
How long does a typical treatment last?
In electrolysis there is really no ‘typical’ treatment as all clients are individuals and a treatment plan is created to suit the individual’s needs and requirements. Treatments can take anything from 10 minutes once a month to up to 2 hours once a week. Electrolysis treatment will initially take longer and be frequent eventually tailing off to shorter less frequent treatments as the hair becomes less dense, finer, lighter and less noticeable. Treatment can be performed in one area or in many different areas in any given treatment session. With the transgender community appointments can be in excess of 4 hours in any one session and are usually initially concentrated on facial hair growth.
Who do I go to for treatments?
Always ensure that the electrolysist holds a current valid and recognised qualification in electrolysis. Professional electrolysists specialise and excel often in just electrolysis and advanced techniques but many beauty therapists have a basic electrolysis qualification as part of their beauty certification and whilst many of these are good practitioners, additional qualifications and CPD Continued Professional Development certificates are always welcome and usually give an indication of experience. STEREX Electrolysis is the leading brand name in the Industry and runs post graduate training for therapists so look for a postgraduate STEREX certification on the salon walls. To find a good electrolysist in your area visit Sterex's FIND A PRACTIONER section, which allows you to enter your postcode and source the practioners who have undertaken some training with Sterex to upgrade and enhance their skills. Information is also available on the ‘British Institute and Association of Electrolysists’ (BIAE) website, whose members have all passed a strict theory and practical examination.
How much does an electrolysis treatment cost?
Nationwide the cost of hair removal electrolysis varies depending on location, experience and client base. However the average cost to the client of a hair removal electrolysis treatment is usually £1.00 – £2.00 per minute of treatment. ‘Offers’ are occasionally given for courses booked and paid for up front and for longer appointment times. Experience and skill does make a huge difference to the success and result of the treatment as well as the cost. Fast is not always best as accuracy is key to success. The equipment and needles that each electrolysist uses may also play a part in the cost of the treatment as 24 carat gold needles are more expensive than stainless steel.
What happens after an electrolysis treatment?
An aftercare product will be applied to the treated area to cool and protect. You might be given, or asked to buy, a product to continue to use at home and you should be given advice on how to care for your skin e.g. no scratching or picking the area and no sunbathing or other heat treatments following a procedure. The most usual products offered are by electrolysis brand leader Sterex electrolysis that has a range of aftercare products specially formulated for their antiseptic and soothing properties which can be applied after electrolysis as well as waxing, IPL, or laser treatments or sunbeds/sunbathing including:
Aloe Vera Gel
A cool soothing gel with a refreshing lemon grass fragrance contains 95% liquid extract of Aloe Vera.
Witch Hazel Gel
Renowned for its antiseptic properties containing 80% liquid extract of Witch Hazel.
Après Cosmetic Creams
The mildly medicated Après creams help calm skin sensitivity and offer light camouflage coverage.
Is a course of treatment recommended for optimum results?
Definitely as each hair requires more than one treatment because each individual hair has its own growing cycle and blood supply. Electrolysis works by weakening the hair and eventually destroying it. Courses of treatment are therefore imperative and results take a little time. A fine probe (resembling the size of an eyelash) is inserted into the hair follicle where a tiny burst of energy is targeted at the root of the hair. This prevents nutrients feeding the hair and the hair becomes weaker and finer. After a course of treatments the hair is no longer able to grow and complete hair free results are obtained.