Cultures on this planet have been removing hair for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Greeks and Native Americans all employed their own methods of hair removal. In Western cultures, shaving, plucking and waxing methods have been around the longest. Electrolysis, however, has also been around longer than you might guess; electrolysis for hair removal has actually been in use in one form or another since the late 1800’s. Though science has improved on the first devices, electrolysis as a hair removal treatment has dipped in popularity.
Electrolysis for hair removal is a procedure that employs a needle or probe which sends a jolt of electricity down into an individual hair follicle. The heat from the electricity destroys the follicle’s growth center, preventing hair from coming back. Several sessions are required to achieve permanent hair removal, and some pain or tingling is associated with the procedure. It is also time consuming, as each hair follicle is treated separately. There are some advantages to this method, however.
Benefits of Electrolysis
Because it utilizes water and minerals around your hair follicles to produce electricity, electrolysis can work on any skin type and any hair color. Laser hair removal can only target pigmented hairs, and is risky for darker colored skin tones. If your skin is extremely dark, you may want to opt for electrolysis. Though it may take more time, this method may be preferable for you.
Risks of Electrolysis
Electrolysis methods can damage skin around the hair follicle, resulting in burning and scarring. You need an experienced electrologist to administer the treatment sessions to achieve optimal results with minimal side effects. You may also experience ingrown hairs and infections in the hair follicle after hair removal with electrolysis.
Home Electrolysis Kits
You might be tempted to invest in a home electrolysis kit, attempting the procedure yourself. Because this process is complex, and can potentially injure your skin, you should not try it at home. It is best to entrust your skin and health with a professional who is trained in using the technology. Though it seems fairly simple to aim a device and send electricity into your skin, you will want an expert around if there is a problem. If you are doing it yourself, you won’t have access to the help and expertise you need to safely remove hair. Invest in a professional to achieve optimal results.