Before and Afters of Electrolysis. Courtesy of transgriot.blogspot.com
So I was Googling “electrolysis schools” and of course did not come up with a thing in my area.
However; I did come across some new electrolygists in my area! How dope is that!?
I have had electrolysis treatments done in the past but I did not have time or money to keep up with the treatments.
Electrolysis, in my opinion, is a little uncomfortable but it bearable. The needle going into your hair follicles is not painful but the zap of electricity makes me jump a wee bit. But not much.
I do not want it done all over my body. My neck has always been my biggest insecurity area but I think I will get great results with electrolysis treatments.
I think laser hair removal would have given slightly better results but at the same time, the hair would not have been removed permanently.
Here is a list of electrolysis in the Hampton Roads, VA area where I am from for anyone looking for electrolysis who just happen to be in the same area as me:
Just Smart Electrolysis in Virginia Beach, VA (registered with the AEA)
Electrolysis by Debbie in Yorktown, VA
Poquoson Electrolysis, Poquoson, VA (I went here for my electrolysis the first time and Lisa was wonderful!!)
As I undergo the treatments, I will do my best to take as many pics and photos as allowed.
OH! And PLEASE go to someone who knows what the hell they are doing! Check out reviews and everything about this person before under going treatment. The very nature of the procedure takes skill and precision and not having that could cause some serious scars.
HOW MUCH DOES ELECTROLYSIS COSTS?
From my own research, an hour’s worth of electrolysis will cost you about $60-$70. Typically, electrolygists charge $1.00/minute but this is in the Virginia, USA area. That amount may fluctuate depending on your area and how high in demand the procedure is for your region.
HOW LONG DOES ELECTROLYSIS TAKE TO ACHIEVE PERMENANCY ?
In my opinion, it may take quite a few sessions to kill a hair follicle. The dermal Papilla will need to be destroyed completely to stop hair growth. That will be done in two or three sessions. But consider a few things:
1. Is your hair growth from a medical condition? Get that under control and then attempt electrolysis.
2. Your hormones.
3. The stage your hair is in. The newer the hair, the softer, it is, the less time it will take to kill the follicle. The darker and more coarse the hair, the more sessions it will take. Hair grows in the anagen, catagen, and telogen stages. The closer to telogen your hair is, the more terminal/permanent it is. When your hairs are in the telogen phase, they will not go anywhere, regardless how many times you tweeze, wax, epilate or even laser remove. They will always return. At this point, you will need to have the follicle itself killed in order to stop growth, thus why electrolysis is the best option.
Picture of a hair follicle. The dermal papilla is what allows hair to grow; that’s why electrolysis aims to destroy that. Courtesy of xenolite.co.uk
The below details exactly how electrolysis works. The needle is inserted in the hair follicle and that’s why the current passes into the hair follicle, destroying it.
Courtesy of electrolysisnyc.net
The hairs on my neck are definitely terminal. Very dark and coarse and being African American, my hairs definitely tend to produce ingrowns. It’s terrible!! I look forward to my sessions and, again, will do my best to show photos and videos.
Thanks! I’m excited!