The battle with unwanted hair, and the removal of it, is for many an ongoing one and most people think about how to remove hair effectively and permanently at some point. Waxing and shaving, the most popular methods of hair removal, offer good results, but are unfortunately not good permanent hair removal methods. The effects from these procedures are only temporary, meaning that they will get rid of hair effectively, but the hair will always grow back within a matter of days or weeks. Maintaining the hair removal can result in a costly, continuing process.
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- What is electrolysis?
- How often do I need it?
- Is electrolysis safe and the best hair removal method?
- What areas of the body can electrolysis be used on?
However, there is one form of permanent hair removal which really does give long-lasting results and some say is therefore the best hair removal method. Electrolysis is able to get rid of hair by completely destroying the hair follicle, so that it will never grow back.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a scientific process that involves using an electric current to drive an otherwise non-spontaneous chemical reaction, such as separating elements.
What does this have to do with how to remove hair, you may ask. Well, this electric current can also be used on the skin. A small amount of energy is passed into the hair follicle through a fine needle. This generates heat which destroys the follicle cell that produces the hair. Most importantly, hair electrolysis is permanent, once the cell is destroyed the hair won’t grow back.
It can also be used for a number of other advanced cosmetic procedures in order to treat and reduce several skin conditions.
How often do I need it?
In order to achieve the best hair removal results possible, several rounds of electrolysis need to be administered over a period of time in order to be completely effective. The average session lasts around 10 to 30 minutes and the series of treatments will take place over the course of a few months or a year. After this, usually no further treatment is required. The exact number of hair electrolysis treatments needed to completely get rid of hair will differ from person to person, but will also depend on the area of the body where hair is to be removed.
Is electrolysis safe and the best hair removal method?
There are many different kinds of hair removal How to remove hair and the best hair removal method is a subject for much debate and eventually comes down to individual choice. However, the British Institute and Association of Electrolysis (BIAE) recognises that “Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal.” You should confirm that your electrolysis practitioner is fully qualified and preferably a registered member of BIAE.
For further information please visit our section on training and qualifications.
What areas of the body can electrolysis be used on?
The technique can be used on any area of the body. It is most commonly used to remove small areas of unwanted hair that cannot be removed by other methods, such as hair on the upper lip, arms, toes, the chin, sides of the face and the bikini line, however it can also be used on larger areas too.
We are often tempted to get rid of hair by tweezing or plucking, but this can cause ingrown hairs, electrolysis is a far more effective way of removing such hairs.
Side effects from electrolysis are unlikely. Some people may experience some redness on the skin immediately after the treatment, but this will soon subside. Some people may find the experience uncomfortable, but this is all dependent on the individual.
Sometimes a numbing cream may be offered before the treatment to help reduce the pain, and levels can be adjusted during the treatment to help make you more comfortable. And of course, the treatment has a time frame – once the treatment is completed there will be no need to go through it again making it one of the best hair removal treatments currently available.
How to remove hair - electrolysis tips
Electrolysis is a great answer to the popular question of how to remove hair without mess of fuss, but there are a few things you should think about before undergoing a treatment:
- Be patient, it can take months before hairs will stop growing back, due to the specific hair growth cycle.
- It is a permanent hair removal treatment. Think carefully about where you want the treatment.
- Be prepared for some discomfort – some experience it, some don’t, but be advised that electrolysis isn’t entirely pain free, but steps can be taken to help reduce it.
- Make sure you choose a reputable, qualified clinic, and that you have an in-depth consultation about what you want and how long it will take before agreeing to undertake any treatments.
- And finally…look forward to a hair free future!
Not just a permanent hair removal method
Electrolysis is not just a process which enables permanent hair removal, but is also a very effective cosmetic treatment for certain skin conditions such as:
- thread veins
- spider veins
- blood spots
- skin tags
Unlike various other forms of hair removal and beauty treatments, electrolysis is highly specialised and completely permanent, which is why it is so important to ensure that you only seek treatment from a fully qualified professional.
Whilst there is currently no law in the UK which stipulates the level of training an individual must have in order to offer their services to consumers, the British Institute and Association of Electrolysis (BIAE) is a professional organisation which ensures that all members have practised for a minimum length of time, and have successfully undertaken further practical and written exams to gain a diploma.
Membership with this regulatory body is not compulsory, but because of the invasive nature of electrolysis, here at Beauty Resource we only advertise individuals offering this service who have provided proof of membership with the BIAE.
The BIAE is the main professional body for electrolysis in the UK and is the only organisation that personally checks that its members work to an appropriate standard.
Beauty professionals are required to pass a rigorous assessment before being allowed to register with the BIAE, and must have adequate insurance cover. Once registered, members are kept up to date with the latest in technology and industry news. This means they can offer their customers the best treatment available.
The BIAE has an excellent network of beauty professionals who trade advice and support one another in their profession.
To find out whether your beauty salon or therapist can offer advanced cosmetic procedures using electrolysis just get in touch with them via our site when you have found someone suitable in your area.
You can read more in this advanced cosmetic procedures article, written by one of our qualified beauty therapists.
More articles on Electrolysis
- Advanced Electrolysis/Advanced Cosmetic Procedures
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- What is Electrolysis?
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