​​   Laura The Brow Queen

Electrolysis - Permanent Hair Removal

Hair grows from tube-like depressions in the skin called hair follicles. The hair shaft is formed from living cells deep in the follicle. These fragile living cells subsequently die to form the remarkably strong fiber we call a hair. The same follicle is capable of producing more than one type of hair during the course of our lives.

Distorted coarse ingrown hair on the chin/neck

                      Goodbye razor, hello electrolysis

Q.  Which is a better method for hair removal of coarse facial hair, facial hair removal for women, electrolysis or laser hair removal?
A.  Electrolysis is the best method for all coarse facial hair color. If you're interested in permanent facial hair removal, facial hair removal for women, you need to understand first how each method works. If you have red, blond, gray, very light brown hair all over your body,laser hair removal will not work beside I had increased hair on my chin (mild hypertrichosis) due to exposure to laser treatment, laser hair removal.

Please read the following and you will understand why I prefer electrolysis over

This is how it is done!

The Greek translation of electrolysis is "to break up by electricity."  So electrolysis procedure works by destroying the roots and the follicle of unwanted hairs with an electric current. The end result is that the unwanted hairs do not grow back.

There are a number of different methods of electrolysis for permanent hair removal. Three of
the most common types of electrolysis are the Galvanic, thermolysis, and blend methods. 

Q.  How Does Galvanic Electrolysis Work?
A.  salt + water -----DC-current----->  hydrogen + chlorine + sodium hydroxide
    (In the follicle)  (direct current)            (gas)         (gas)              (Lye)

Galvanic electrolysis involves sending a DC current of electricity directly to the root of an unwanted hair via a needle that is inserted into the follicle of the affected hair. As the DC current travels through the follicle, a chemical reaction occurs. This chemical reaction produces sodium hydroxide (lye) which is capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action, which destroys the hair follicle itself.  That was the best facial hair removal for women.

Q.  How Does Thermolysis Electrolysis ,facial hair removal for women work?
A.  A needle is again inserted into the follicle of an unwanted hair. However, the electrical current that is sent through the needle is an AC (alternate current) current with thermolysis. Unwanted hair destruction does not result from a chemical reaction with thermolysis.  Instead, as the AC current passes through the needle, the resulting vibration heats the water molecules surrounding the hair follicles. The resulting heat damages the hair follicle, ideally preventing future hair growth.

Q.  How Does Blend (Electro-blend) Electrolysis Work?
A.   Blend electrolysis consolidates both the Galvanic and thermoloysis methods into a single  electrolysis method. With the blend methods, a needle is again inserted into the follicle of an unwanted hair. However, both AC and DC currents are passed through the needle at the same time. This method works quickly and also has effective permanent hair removal results

Laura  prefers to use the blend method which assures destruction of the whole follicle and the papilla, especially the distorted or curved follicles.  Although somewhat time-consuming, the method is successful in eliminating hair without much regrowth.

Q.  How does laser hair removal technology - Facial hair removal for women work?
A.  The use of an invisible beam of light and a constant source of heat that penetrates the hair follicle through its dark melanin, disabling and then destroying it at its root while preserving the surrounding skin.  Just think of it this way; colors attract light energy and hold it, while light colors reflect light energy.  It's like wearing a black tee shirt in the sunny summer day!  The light beam used in laser hair removal device is directed at the hair follicle.  The dark pigmented follicles absorb the laser light energy, die, and do not produce hair again. On the other hand, light hair does not absorb the light energy. 

Laser hair removal works best on those people with dark black hair and fair skin.  Therefore, people with dark skin, either from suntans or by birth, will scar easily from the light beam due to high level of melanin.  People with red or blond hair are not ideal candidates for laser hair removal because the laser is mainly attracted to the darkness of hair.

Q.  My face is full of light color "peach fuzz". Will I benefit from electrolysis?
A.  Some electrologists will agree to work on you but the process will be very difficult. It will be
     very difficult to see the roots of the hair. I would suggest you wax once every 2-3 months. 

Q.  How long does each electrolysis treatment take?
A.  The average treatment ranges from 15-60 minutes.  The amount of time per treatment depends upon the reaction of the skin to treatment, and the client's sensitivity. Timing also depends on what part of the body is being treated.  However, the first treatment should not last more than 15 minutes. Use this treatment as a test. If all goes well, the length of the treatment should be agreed between the client and I. 

Q.  How much hair can be removed in one treatment?
A.  That depends upon the client's sensitivity, tolerance, and the type of the hair, if terminal.

Q.  Does electrology treatment - or facial hair removal for women hurt?
A.  The sensation is less than tweezing for some people.  Some clients relax enough to fall asleep.  It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments of intensity can be made which helps to make the treatment more tolerable.

Q.  What areas of the body and face are most sensitive?
A.  The inner thigh and upper lip are usually the most sensitive. However, I apply a numbing agent that should help with the sensation. 

Q.  Does electrology- electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
A.  Not really!  Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If scabbing does occur, the client is advised to not pick them off. I am using state-of-the-art technology and techniques, and the results are most satisfactory.

In most cases there are no long term side effects.  Hyperpigmentation, freckling of the treated area, may occur especially if the hair is dark and deeper. The intensity of the treatment must be a bit higher than usual.  Under normal conditions, there are no harmful effects from electrology treatments, facial hair removal for women, electrolysis. But scratching, picking at the microscopic scabs that may form after treatments, or using heavy makeup can cause small pits (A small indented scar left in the skin).  Most cases of hyperpigmentation clear within a few weeks, but in some cases it can last a few months.  Nouvelle Beaute Skin Care product line carries the perfect fading cream for these issues.

Q.  Can I get an infection from the needle used in electrolysis?
A.  I will use a new needle for each client and sanitize all instruments after each use.

Q.  I have very coarse, dark facial hair and I work in the general public. Is it OK if I tweeze before the appointment?
A.  No!  I will use several hair removal methods during one appointment.  For instance, I will first treat the course hair with electrolysis, and whatever is left will be waxed.  I will do the same method each time you visit until all hair is gone. It is VERY important that you do not tweeze so that the treatment can be successful. 

Q.  I have been shaving, waxing, and tweezing for years. How many treatments does
     it take to eliminate and destroy my facial hair follicles?
A.  Everyone is different. The average client has a few distorted hairs.  All hairs in the very
     early anagen stage have straight follicles and lie close to the surface of the skin. This is
     the main reason why clients should keep their treatment on a close schedule.

So with electrolysis the facial hair removal for women, treating hair in the very early anagen stage is most advantageous because it assures no distortion to the follicle and destruction of these cells.  It also requires less needle intensity and of course less, sensation level.  Once the areas are completed, there is a less need for follow up treatments.  Unless certain parts of the face experience new hair growth because of hormonal changes, the entire treatment generally spans 8-12 months with individual treatments once or twice a month. The number of treatments will be anywhere between 12-20.

Q.  What should I use at home after the treatment?
A.  Not much but I will discuss with you home care treatment during the appointment.

Q.  Do hormonal changes in one's body have any effect on hair type or growth?
A.  Yes, hormonal changes in a woman's body will have an effect on hair types and growth. For some women, terminal hair begins to replace vellus hair on the face.

Q.  What causes the hair grow back or seem to grow back?
A.  The decreased success rate of electrology is due to hair that is treated in the telogen stage. The hair at this phase is already detached from the papilla.  It is best to treat hair in the anagen phase thus, it is very important for clients to maintain their appointment schedule.

1-  Early anagen hair begins to grow before the telogen hair has fallen out, like the above example, it is only the telogen hair that is being treated with electrolysis in this phase and regrowth will occur.
2-  Distorted hair follicles that do not grow straight, but curl under the skin in such a way that a straight needle cannot possibly reach the papilla.  Distorted hair follicles occur mostly in people with curly hair and sometimes become distorted and thickened from constant shaving, tweezing, and waxing. 

A.  Hirsutism is a condition in which too much hair grows on the face or body (changing from vellus hair to terminal hair) as compared to what might be average for a person’s age and ethnicity. Hirsutism-excessive terminal hair can be caused by abnormally high levels of male sex hormones called androgens (primarily testosterone and its derivatives).

Hirsutism can be treated and control the hormone level, but hair will remain and should be treated by permanent hair removal, not with  laser hair removal but Electrolysis.

The following also are some of the conditions that may increase a woman’s normally low levels of male hormone and consequently mild increase of hair thickness, amount, density, and coarseness
 
• Obesity
• Heredity/genetics
• Certain medications including birth control pills, hormones and anabolic steroids
• Polycystic ovary syndrome
• Cushing’s syndrome and Cushing’s disease
• Tumors in the ovaries or adrenal gland, formed when abnormal cells grow out of control and  clump together

The Growth of Human  Hair - Three phases

Hair shedding Cycle

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3-  Irregular menstrual cycle, menopause, medications and other factors. Excessive glandular secretions, hormonal imbalance, and high levels of androgen hormone which increases the amount of hair and speed the hair cycle. It also causes new dormant hairs / vellus hairs to become terminal and grow around surrounding follicles. Once a hair follicle is destroyed it can no longer grow new hair. There can be anywhere from 500 to 1000 hair follicles per square inch, depending on the part of the body. So, you may think that electrolysis is causing new hair growth but of course it is not!

4.  Characteristics of hair texture:

Porosity: the ability of the hair to absorb moisture through the cuticle.  

5.  Elasticity: the ability of the hair to stretch and then return to its normal form without breaking. Normal hair is capable of being stretched about one-fifth of its length, without breaking, and will spring back when releases.
If the hair is so damaged that it breaks during treatment, it will result in regrowth. However, I am very careful when the hairs are tweezed off preventing them from breaking.

Q.   Does Electrology / electrolysis /  facial hair removal for women always work?
A.   Yes!  As I explained before, hair may grow back depending on the health of the hair. However, most hair will grow from untreated hair follicles. If hair appears in about 6 weeks or less, you can be sure that it is from a follicle that was previously dormant. A period of 7-8 weeks would be required for hair to grow from a treated follicle.

Q.  What causes ingrown hairs? Can we treat ingrown hairs?
A.  Ingrown hairs are blocked by skin over the follicle opening.  Ingrown hairs are sometimes  caused by shaving, tweezing, or a bad waxing job.  When hair breaks at the weakest point  just below the surface of the skin, this can distort the hair. The hair then grows under the surface of the skin rather than up and out of the hair follicle.  A pimple-like inflammation  results that is uncomfortable to the person especially when it occurs on the inner thigh, the neck, bikini area, or the underarm.
 
Ingrown hair treatment;    
Ingrown hair is treated by releasing the trapped end of the hair first and then treating it with electrolysis current,  facial hair removal for women.

Q.   Can I undergo electrolysis if I have a skin disorder?
A.   It depends!  If the skin is inflamed or irritated you may not be able to undergo electrolysis. I need the permission from your physician before electrology treatment can be given. 

Q.  Can you treat the hair inside my nose and ears with electrolysis?
A.  No!  That will be harmful.  I can treat only the ones just outside the nose and ears.

Q.  I am diabetic, pregnant, have a pace-maker, or prone to keloids, can I get electrolysis?
A.  Yes!  But you first need to get a permission from your physician. 

Q.  Can you remove the hair in my mole?
A.   Again, physician permission is required.

Q.  How much does the electrolysis cost?
A.  Unlike laser hair removal which is very expensive, electrolysis is priced by time and it is very affordable.

Conclusion

This is the most honest opinion coming from the best certified professional electrologist in Dallas TX. 

I believe that performing any service the right way from the start is the best and most efficient method. I recommend:

Electrolysis - facial hair removal for women for the whole face and neck (front or back) if the hair is short or long dark or light and coarse.

Laser hair reduction for underarm, legs, arms, and bikini if the hair is dark and coarse.  The remaining hair will be treated with electrolysis.  

Waxing if you have facial fuzz, light hair, or vellus hair. 

Best Permanent Hair Removal METHOD For The Face!

Radio Frequency Diathermy (The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents) or Short Wave Electrolysis. A fine wire probe is used to transmit radio waves to tissues near the probe. Molecules within the tissue are caused to vibrate which lead to a rapid increase of the temperature, causing coagulation (to change or be changed from a liquid into a thickened mass: egg white coagulating when heated; blood clotting over the wound) of the proteins within the follicle, effectively killing the follicle PERMANENTLY.  So it believed to be the best permanent hair removal method.  


 Let's talk about Hair...

So you are annoyed by the excessive hair on your body, especially the hair on your face! So was I...
One of the earliest methods of hair removal that the early Egyptians used for hair removal was pumice stone.  Obviously, women have been struggling with hair for thousands of years.  I will discuss the best methods for hair removal - best permanent hair removal for each part of the body.

Please read the following prior to calling to schedule an appointment.
Educated clients are my best clients!


 Laura’s own experience

I come from a hairy background and there is no question about that! I was struggling with excessive hair all over my body. In the early 60’s until the late 90’s. The only methods known and accepted for temporary hair removal were shaving, tweezing, chemical depilatories, and waxing.  The solution, however, for permanent hair removal on the face is currently electrolysis.  The current technology for laser hair removal makes it a bit easier for women in today's time; that's only if the laser works on all body parts!!!  

Many of my clients are struggling with excess and coarse hair on their chins, upper lips, necks, sideburns, noses, and foreheads.  I constantly struggled with a hairy upper lip and side burn, no matter how many times I waxed.  The hair would always return within 2-3 weeks.  Because of this, I left my comfort zone and tried laser hair removal so that I could possibly offer the service to my clients. I searched for the best permanent hair removal for the face. I joined the American laser center in Dallas and paid a great deal of money for the service, it didn't work on my face.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LASER HAIR REDUCTION

Although complications from laser hair removal such as blister formation, erosion, and post-inflammatory hypo- and hyper-pigmentation are common side effects, I took a chance and underwent treatments.  After a year and a half,  the hair on my upper lip and sideburns are still present with very little improvement. Moreover, the amount of hair on my chin has increased!   The laser induced  the villus hair on my chin to become longer and darker.  Before laser hair removal, laser treatment I only had 2 dark hairs on my chin, now after laser I have about 10-15 hairs.  DISAPPOINTING!   So laser hair removal was not the best permanent hair removal for facial hair.

To learn more about this strange phenomena with laser hair removal,  please read the paradoxical hypertrichosis.
Paradoxical hypertrichosis after laser epilation
The use of lasers to remove hair has become very popular in recent years. However, there are sometimes strange phenomena that occur when lasers are used to remove unwanted hair. On rare occasions, instead of removing hair, laser hair removal, laser treatments can actually promote hair growth. This phenomena, known as hypertrichosis is paradoxical effect of laser epilation. The new hair growth is actually created in part by the effect of the laser although this effect and how it occurs is not yet completely understood. Scientists are now searching for a better understanding of the mechanism behind this paradoxical effect of laser induced hypertrichosis so as to prevent it in future casesot

Read more about  Paradoxical hypertrichosis after laser epilation

The time and money that invested in this laser hair removal treatment was not worth the trouble it caused. Not to mention, I also had to shave certain areas of my face, something that I have NEVER done and will NEVER do again.  
                                 
Electrolysis - The Best permanent hair removal method for facial hair.

I finally tried electrolysis, one of the oldest methods for permanent hair removal.  I underwent 2-3 treatments on my upper lip and began seeing improvements.  It was a great service, therefore I decided to learn and master the technique so that I could offer it to my clients.
There are 5 primary concerns with electrolysis:
Pain
Effectiveness

Time
Scarring
Cost

To understand how electrolysis works, you first need to understand how the human hair works. Human hair is so complex that it is difficult for man to fully understand it.

 Hair types
Nearly all the skin of the human body, except for the palms of the hands and soles of feet, is covered with hair.  We are born with all the hair follicles we are ever going to have, and these follicles normally continue to produce hairs throughout our lives. Following are a few hair types:

Secondary hairs:   The stiff, short, bristly hair of the eyelashes and brows, and can also be found inside the nose.   The function of secondary hair is protection.  For the eyelashes, to prevent foreign objects from entering the eye.   Eyebrows serve to divert liquids (sweat)  from the eyes
and communication gestures.

Vellus hairs:  Also called "fuzz."  They are short, fine, light colored or colorless, and barely noticeable found on children and adults. The growth of vellus hair is not affected by hormones

Terminal hairs:  Thick, coarse, long, and dark compared to vellus hair.  During puberty, the increase in androgenic hormone levels causes vellus hair to be replaced with terminal hair in certain parts of the human body.  The human body, including the face, will have different levels of sensitivity to the male hormone, androgen.

The hair grows in a cyclic manner. A relatively long period of growth (that varies with the type and location of the hair) is followed by a short period of rest after which the hair is released from the follicle, and a new growth cycle begins forming a new hair

Thus the length of the growth cycle determines the length of the hair. Right?  Hair grows about
3 mm per day (about three tenths the thickness of a dime). Within a year, our scalp and beard on men can produce nearly five inches (13 cm). By comparison, the longest hairs on our arms have a growth cycle of less than two months.

If hair grew longer and longer without being released from the follicle, on the arms or legs for instance, it would be disastrous for people that don’t ever shave or wax. Can you imagine, for example, a man dragging a couple feet of hair on his arms?  The Lord thought of everything!

The follicle is also highly mitotic (cell division) and most capable of regeneration. Indeed, we were "designed" so that if hairs were torn out, they would quickly grow back.  That is why all active elements of the follicle must be dismantled to cause permanent hair removal

We stand in awe of  Christ our Creator, who has lavished such exquisite design and complexity on even the hairs of our body. We are greatly comforted by Christ our Protector, who has numbered the very hairs of our head and will not permit one hair to be harmed if it is not His will.

Everyone's hair grows differently, depending on age, weight, metabolism, hormones, ethnicity, medications, pregnancy, and other factors. But all hair goes through three distinct growth phases.

            Facial Hirsutism in Women