Don’t you sometimes wish you could just make hair in a certain places disappear forever? Removing unwanted hair for the sake of a clean look and radiantly smooth skin can be such a hassle! It’s a frustrating feeling to see hairs growing back quicker than we thought or having to take more time than we want to tweeze our eyebrows to perfection.
Electrolysis, which is the only method of permanent hair removal, just might be the answer to your wish.
Her Campus has the lowdown for you on exactly on what the process is and what you should know before deciding whether or not it’s right for you!
Kinds of Electrolysis
Nancy Star CPE owner and professional electrologist at Abracadabra Electrolysis said that there are three kinds of electrolysis used dependent upon the hair type of the patient.
3. Blend: Combination of Galvanic and Blend
Star noted that the kind of electrolysis and hair removal you should get is dependent upon the kind of hair you have in the area from which you wish to get it removed. Star noted that Galvanic has been particularly effective for treating areas with curly or kinky hair while shortwave/thermolysis seems to work better with straight hair.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt?
It’s different for everyone, depending upon the individual’s pain threshold and what area is being treated. For example, the lips are generally a more sensitive area. “It feels a little bit like tweezing a hair maybe a little bit more pain than a small prick.”
Most centers have different tricks they use to help clients deal with the discomfort if any. Anything from the settings of the machine to numbing creams. Generally, the power and duration of the electricity are initially put at the lowest setting and then increased until the hair comes out easily. If the client expresses discomfort, the setting can be lowered. During your appointments prior to treatment your electrologist might also recommend creams such as Emla Cream or LMX, which are usually applied 1-2 hours prior to treatment appointment to help numb the area being treated.
What Areas Can it Remove Hair From?
Popular areas include the face (upper lip/sideburns/chin/eyebrows), armpits, bikini line, legs, back and abdomen.
What about laser hair removal? Isn’t that permanent too? What’s the difference?
The advantages of electrolysis over laser treatment is that laser is only approved for permanent laser hair reduction not removal, because while it works for some people, it doesn’t for others. With laser, the larger the difference in color from your skin to the hair, the more effective it is. It’s not as effective when the hair color resembles the skin. This isn’t the case with electrolysis which is equally effective on all skin and hair combinations. It can also be used to treat mole hair ingrown hairs and to shape eyebrows-something that’s either impossible or too difficult to do with laser.
Abracadabra Electrolysis is one of the best facilities that offer permanent hair removal in New York. Call them at (212) 987-6900 to learn more about their services.