What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is still recognised as the ONLY method of PERMANENT hair removal.
In the hands of a well trained electrolysist it is a perfectly safe and highly effective treatment. One of the 3 different methods of electrolysis will work on (and is suitable for) ALL hair types and colours and ALL skin types and colours.
What are the different electrolysis methods?
The Blend is the most recent method, and is used here at LaserWise in Cardiff. It combines Galvanic (DC) and Thermolysis (AC). This is the most effective method because the lye is more efficient at weakening the hair when heated. This is said to be the quickest and most comfortable method especially good for curly or distorted hair follicles.
Short wave diathermy or thermolysis uses an alternating current at a high frequency and low voltage. This causes the water molecules around the follicle to vibrate resulting in the production of heat, stopping the blood supply to the root, which weakens and eventually destroys the hair.
The galvanic DC (Direct Current) method causes a chemical reaction in the salt and water in the follicle. This reaction creates a chemical called Sodium Hydroxide or Lye, the Lye stops the nourishment to the cells that cause hair growth.
How does it work?
A tiny probe (about the same diameter as the hair) is inserted down into a follicle opening already present in the skin. The hair is gently released from the follicle with tweezers leaving the client hair free. The hair slides out easily without traction. The procedure is repeated on each individual unwanted hair to clear the area as much as possible within a given time frame whilst taking skin reaction into consideration. The probe is charged with a tiny amount of electrical current and you will feel either a build-up of warmth concentrated in the locality or a sensation similar to a slight sting. Sensation depends on the area and the method of epilation used. The next appointment will be made so that regular treatments are maintained. Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal. However, each individual hair requires treatment a number of times to provide a solution that is ultimately permanent.
For successful and effective results, each individual hair requires repeated treatments. This is because each individual hair has its’ own growing cycle called Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. This is not unlike the ‘cycle of life’ with Anagen being the ‘alive’ and growing stage, Catagen the ‘collapsing’ stage where the hair collapses away from its source of food and nourishment (the dermal papilla) and the Telogen stage where the hair is ‘tired’ and dying and disconnected completely from its dermal papilla. Successful treatment for electrolysis (and incidentally also laser and IPL) has to target the hair in Anagen to achieve optimum results as it is the destruction of the dermal papilla which is required. Therefore results are not immediate and take a little time… but electrolysis does work and it is permanent.
Should I have Electrolysis or Laser?
It doesn’t matter what type of hair you suffer with, here at LaserWise Cardiff, we will find the solution best suitable for you. Here is a quick way of finding out which method will work best on you:
- Works on all Hair and skin types
- Works on any hair colour
- Each hair is treated one at a time so can be time consuming (not ideal for large areas i.e full legs)
- Works on ONLY black/brown hairs (not white, red, blonde)
- The thicker the hair, the better the result
- Can treat many hairs in one go, great for treating large and small areas
Many clients that we treat tend to have a mixture of hair colours and types, therefore, we offer both treatments – Electrolysis and Laser and they achieve brilliant results but don’t worry, we are here to make that decision for you.
How much does it cost?
At LaserWise Cardiff, we charge Electrolysis by time, not area. Please see below:
|Time||Single Treatment||Course of 6 (20% Off Inc)|
|Up to 10 Minutes||£20||£96|
|11 – 20 Minutes||£30||£144|
|21 – 30 Minutes||£40||£192|
|31 – 40 Minutes||£50||£240|
|41 – 50 Minutes||£60||£288|
|51 – 60 Minutes||£70||£336|
When can I start?
At LaserWise, we offer a free consultation where you can come and meet the practitioner who will be carrying out the treatment for you. Here we will discuss all of your options, check your medical history, recommend the best suitable treatment for your hair and answer all of the questions you may have. We take a £25 deposit for booking any appointment with us, which will be deducted off the treatment price or refunded if you decide not to go ahead. You will only lose this deposit by not giving us at least 24 hours notice of any change or cancellation to your appointment.
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