What to expect?
When it comes to electrolysis, there are actually three different kinds of treatment to choose from. Your options are galvanic, thermolysis and blend. The aim of all three is the same: to kill your hair matrix cells for good, of course. With galvanic electrolysis, your technician will use electrical current to produce a chemical reaction to do so. Thermolysis, on the other hand, uses the heat created by the electrical current to zap your unwanted hair away.
Having sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis is advised. Once you get in the swing of it, each electrolysis session will become quicker and less frequent.
Thermolysis is faster than galvanic but not quite as thorough, so a blend of both thermolysis and galvanic electrolysis is recommended. On the day itself, you’ll be asked to lie on a treatment bed before your therapist inserts a small metal probe (similar to a very fine needle) into each individual hair follicle. Thankfully, the probe doesn’t pierce your skin and you won’t feel it enter your hair follicle at all. The only slight sting you may feel is when the small and entirely electrical current passes into the follicle. If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a wax, you’ll know this is nothing in comparison!
Know before you go
- Electrolysis is seriously effective, but treating each hair follicle, understandably, takes its time. Each session can last anything from five minutes to two hours.
- As your hairs (annoyingly!) don’t all grow at the same time, it’ll usually take a few treatments before you notice significant results. Hang on in there, it’s worth it!
- Having sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis is advised. Once you get in the swing of it, each electrolysis session will become quicker and less frequent.
- Laser hair removal usually doesn’t work for those with blonde or fair hair, but electrolysis is effective for all skin and hair types. Yay!
The sciencey stuff
Ok, so electrolysis may sometimes be overshadowed by quicker laser treatments available on the market. However, there’s no conclusive evidence that laser hair removal is completely permanent. If you want to be absolutely sure those pesky hairs don’t ever rear their ugly heads again, electrolysis and its proven track record is for you.