Electrolysis Hair Removal

by Emily McBride
(last updated August 21, 2015)

Everyone wants to have great hair—as long as it's on their head. If you are a woman, however, you do not want to have noticeable hair on your face, in your armpits, or on your legs. Some men feel that they have too much hair, and desire to get rid of some as well. Currently, there are many methods available to remove hair. Shaving and plucking are both very cheap, but they take time and do not last very long. Waxing and threading are more painful and cost a little more, but they get rid of the hair for longer. There are permanent methods of hair removal, like laser and electrolysis. Although it is nice to never have to shave or pluck again, these methods do cost significantly more.

Electrolysis hair removal works by using an electric current to destroy hair roots. First, a small, metal probe is placed in a hair follicle, and then an electric current comes out of the probe to destroy the root. The three methods include Thermolysis Electrolysis, Galvanic Electrolysis, and Blend Electrolysis. Galvanic Electrolysis is the most reliable method, but it also takes the longest. Blend is a mixture of Thermolysis and Galvanic. In order to destroy each hair root, each root has to go through the electrolysis process. This means that it can take quite a while. Some people say that electrolysis hair removal is painful, but most just think it is slightly uncomfortable.

The price of electrolysis hair removal greatly varies. Most places charge an hourly rate, which can run anywhere from $30 to $100 dollars an hour. The amount of time it takes depends on how many hair roots you are trying to destroy. Small areas, such as your upper lip, won't take as long as if you getting both of your arms done would. However, even small areas can take up to three or four hours.

Many people have had great success with electrolysis. However, there have been cases reported where hair roots don't respond, and the hair continues to grow. Sometimes it may take more than one treatment for the effects to be permanent. Also, it usually takes a few weeks for the electrolysis to take effect—your hair will not just fall out immediately. This can greatly increase the cost. Also, remember that electrolysis is a very slow process. If it causes you pain, it can be a miserable way to spend your day. Although electrolysis is termed a "permanent" method of hair removal, laser hair removal still provides the most permanent method.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

We know that it's important to keep your blood pressure in a good range—but what is a good range? Read here for more ...

Discover More

Cleaning a Computer

Chances are you have spent a lot of money on your computer. Keep the hardware and software nice and in good condition by ...

Discover More

Doing Pedicures Safely

Do you want to leave a salon with a nice new pedicure...and an infection too? This article will help you to understand what ...

Discover More
More Beauty Tips

Using Hair Removal Creams - Video

It's just a fact that hairy legs on women are not the most attractive. From razors to lasers, hairy legs can be a thing of ...

Discover More

Permanent Hair Removal

Some people, in an effort to rid themselves of all unfortunate hair try so-called permanent solutions. The problem is, these ...

Discover More

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a common treatment for hair in unfortunate places, however it's a procedure that should be approached ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine minus 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured beauty tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)