Electrolysis for permanent hair removal

There’s going to be a couple of posts coming up about some of the beauty treatments that I’ve been undergoing over the last few months. Electrolysis is something I started a few years ago and never stuck with so at the beginning of this year I decided to go back and give it another try, to see if I can rid myself of the annoying stubborn hairs that I can’t get rid of on my little chinny chin chin.

This might come as a surprise to any lads reading this, but us women sadly aren’t born the smooth hairless creatures some of us may have you believe. And one of the areas that I particularly don’t like are the very odd thick course hairs that grow around my neck, chin and upper lip area. Historically I would just pluck them but I very much prescribe to the theory that you pluck one and 3 come along to its funeral so I was looking for a more permanent solution.

It’ hard to show on camera but this is the kind of hairs I’m talking about (that’s my neck btw)!

Electrolysis was always something that was only used in emergencies or in top end private clinics that cost a fortune, but like many things, it’s now widely available in standard beauty clinics and pretty much anywhere you have hair growing, can be permanently removed. It involves removing individual hairs using a very fine probe which is inserted into the hair follicle, zapped with a very mild electrical current and then the hair is removed with a pair of tweezers.

The hairs that are removed after a 10 minute session

It doesn’t hurt very much although it does sting a little bit, kind like the little sharp pain you get when you plunk a hair out of the follicle, once you feel it though, it’s over so is a bit like a little mild bee sting. The sessions I have last between 10 and 15 minutes to get out all that’s needed, I go about every 3 to 4 weeks (depending on when I can make it) and it’s costs £18 a session.

I’ve been going since the beginning of January and whilst I still have some course hairs still growing through, there’s far fewer, and I have noticed that the ones that are still getting treated don’t hurt as much when they are. I’m also starting to notice that I can go longer between appointments.

It’s recommended that you don’t wear make up or any thing moisturisers for 24 hours afterwards, just while the follicles calm down, and it’s not abnormal to get teeny tiny little scabs where the electrolysis had been administered but they only last a couple of days and falls off naturally. They’re completely unnoticeable to anybody else.

The hardest part for me is that whilst you can shave down any problematic hairs between appointments, you absolutely can’t pluck any more because it will effect the follicle that they’re trying to kill. That can be a bit of a pain if I’ve had a bit of a sprouting it’s still a week or so before my next appointment and I have a social thing on I’d rather not look like Desperate Dan for. One of the problems I have is that despite my hairs being blonde (I do have the odd dark one that powers through) they’re really thick and I the always catch the light more than the dark ones do. Obviously they need something to work with though so it’s something I just have to put up with, And to be honest it’s probably only me who really notices.

Hopefully by the end of the year I shouldn’t have to go back, because once they’re gone they’re gone for good and I love the way make up sits on my face better after a session. I get my electrolysis done at a salon near my mum & dad which I had recommended to me however I did a quick google search to find there are at least 4 other salons within a 5 mile radius that also offer it too so if it’s something you’re interested in, I’m sure there will be somewhere close you can get it done!

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