What to expect with my electrolysis hair removal treatment?

Once your technician ascertains that Electrolysis Hair Removal is the correct treatment, you will be taken to our specialised electrolysis room where you will notice the highest hygiene standards are implemented. Using the latest Apilis Machine from Canada, your technician with use a programme perfectly suited to your skins moisture content, hair thickness, hair depth, and its growth cycle. The technician will also choose the most comfortable, yet effective setting for your treatment to make your experience as pleasant as can be. Dark glasses will be offered to reduce the effects of the overhead magnifying lights, whilst cool compresses will help calm and soothe to complete your Electrolysis Hair Removal Treatment. The wonderful outcome is that the treatment hairs are removed after each insertion, and you will leave with a perfectly smooth skin. Chi’s Green Tea Serum is recommended as the after care for 3 days’ post treatment to calm, soothe with the addition of its anti-bacterial properties. Your skin may be red for around an hour or so, but should settle down after that. Initially, some ‘lye pimples’ may occur after the first session, due to irritation or touching, but the use of Chi’s Green Tea Serum will minimise this. With each visit, the treatments will become shorter and the time between session will become longer, as the hairs degenerate. Typically, after 8-10 sessions a noticeable difference in the intensity of hair and speed of regrowth will occur. Although Electrolysis Hair Removal has been around for over 100 years, it is still the truest form of hair removal. However, it is important to note that everyone will have a different experience and expected outcomes.

What is electrolysis hair removal?

If you have excess facial or body hair, you know how limited your options can seem. Unwanted hair can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, and it can affect the way you look and feel significantly. Removing it is an option, but there are only so many methods to choose from, and many of them are time-consuming, painful, or inconvenient. Fortunately, there are permanent methods of hair removal that can allow you to live your life without worrying about constant shaving or tweezing, or keeping regular waxing appointments. We can remove most unwanted hair via IPL laser treatment, but this therapy doesn’t work on red, very blonde, or white hair. For people with very light hair, Electrolysis Hair Removal is an effective option. Electrolysis is a proven method of removing unwanted hair permanently with a gentle electrical current to destroy the blood supply to the hair. It is ideally designed to remove unwanted facial hair although small areas on the body can also be treated. A combination of IPL and Electrolysis may be suggested if there is a combination of dark and light hair. This will speed up the results as electrolysis usually takes longer to achieve a result but is known as permanent, whereas IPL reduces the hair growth and takes less treatments. A highly trained professional will discuss the various treatment options to give you the results you desire. A comprehensive consultation will ascertain if Electrolysis is the correct treatment programme for you.

How does electrolysis hair removal work?

A trained practitioner inserts a fine needle into the hair shaft and then a small electric current passes down the needle into the hair shaft to kill the hair’s root. When the hair grows back, it will be finer and weaker. After a few treatments, the hair follicle finally dies completely, and the skin is permanently hairless. The electrolysis machine determines the exact current necessary for the hair being treated. At Chi, we use Blend electrolysis. This method also uses a sterile single probe, but it combines 2 different modalities. The first produces a small amount of lye (14pH) from the natural salt and water in our skin. The second current uses Theremolysis (high frequency current) vibrate and intern melts the lye through the folical. The blend of these 2 currents then destroys the dermal papilla which nourishes the hair follicle and makes the hair grow. Our bodies are made to repair so multiple electrolysis treatments are needed weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the area, amount of hair and growth cycle. Each electrolysis session can take as little as five minutes, then increasing depending on the size of the area. The growth cycle of the hair is important to achieve a successful outcome. If the hair is left to grow too long in between sessions, the dermal papilla will not be attached to growing hair and the treatment will not have achieve what it was meant to do. Your Chi technician will explain to you a treatment plan to give you the best result for your situation. It will be explained not to tweeze, wax or epilate the hairs in between your electrolysis sessions as firstly the hair needs to be in the growing stage and the technician need to be able to find the hair follicle. Tweezing, waxing, threading can encourage facial hair growth so please put the tweezers away! Understandably the embarrassment of hair growth is why one has the electrolysis performed in the first place but the hair does not need to be long to treat. Only a couple of days growth is required and can be simply maintained with trimming or depilatory creams in between appointments.