Before the advent of laser hair removal there was one hair removal method that reigned king. For quite some time, electrolysis was the only hair removal method with any lasting effect, and people had basically no choice but to use it if they wanted to be silky smooth and completely hair free. But as time has gone by, electrolysis as a hair removal method has become less popular, with other hair removal methods gaining popularity in its place.
Admittedly, a lot of the hair removal methods that have risen in popularity are those that do not afford any permanent effect – the standbys (shaving and plucking) are always around, of course. And then there’s waxing, which has grown so popular that spas and salons have popped up like mushrooms all over the place offering their services. The same goes for laser hair removal, which has grown so popular that it has become more and more accessible to the general public – and in some cases, more affordable too.
However, if we’re talking permanent hair removal, one method still remains king: electrolysis. Let’s talk about the forgotten king of hair removal methods.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the one and only permanent hair removal method currently existing in the world. Sure, laser hair removal is touted as a permanent method, but it is more of a permanent reduction than anything else as there is still some regrowth to be expected. Electrolysis, on the other hand, destroys the follicle’s capacity to further grow any hair, resulting in permanent silky smoothness. It’s a tempting idea, to never have to shave, wax, pluck, or epilate ever again.
Almost all areas of the body can be treated, so if you want those stray eyebrow hairs gone permanently, that’s a possibility too. In the hands of a qualified professional, electrolysis should not have any side effects except in some cases a very slight (and temporary) reddening of the skin.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
Electrolysis is a process where a fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, which is then destroyed by either heat energy or with chemicals. Afterwards, the hair is removed with a pair of tweezers. Sounds simple enough, yes, but the actual truth is that the process can take quite some time. It is tedious, as each and every single hair must be treated.
Why Do People Choose Other Methods?
If electrolysis is such an effective hair removal method, why do people still choose to use other ways instead of just going straight for it? Why not just choose the method that achieves permanent results right away?
Well, as good as electrolysis is, there are still a few drawbacks to it. As it has been said, electrolysis is actually very time consuming, in that every session can take quite a while, and many sessions must be had over a long period of time. Some people who get their legs treated can be having appointments for up to two years. As such, the frequent visits to the electrologist also result in mounting costs, which are not always affordable for everyone. Not to mention it would be incredibly inconvenient to have to go for a treatment weekly or every other week. No wonder people instead choose to go for laser hair removal, which only needs to be done about every six to eight weeks.
Is Electrolysis For You?
If you are absolutely sick and tired of shaving, plucking, and waxing yourself to silky smoothness, then you may want to consider electrolysis. If you can justify the cost and the time commitment, electrolysis is most definitely entirely worth it – once it’s done there’s no more need to ever do anything… you wake up silky smooth, and you go to bed silky smooth…for the rest of your life!
The fact that electrolysis treatments are so cost prohibitive and time demanding is one of the main reasons why people have not embraced it nearly as much as any other hair removal method. There are also some who say that it can be painful – although whether or not this holds true for you depends on your personal pain tolerance level. At the very least you can look into trying one treatment to see whether or not you can manage the pain (if there is any), and if you cannot, you can try taking a pain reliever prior to the treatment to help numb it.
Electrolysis is a hair removal method that is truly one of the best out there – at the very least when it comes to results. Perhaps in the future it will see a resurgence in popularity, especially if modern industry finds a way to make it more efficient and cost effective.