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Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal for everyone - including white, grey, blond hair!!

Electrolysis involves permanently removing hair utilizing a fine, stainless steel, sterilized, disposable probe and electrical current. The probe, about the same size of the hair, is carefully inserted into the follicle alongside the hair by a skilled, professional electrologist. A small amount of current is administered; just enough so the hair can be removed without resistance (the hair should not be pulled out) and the skin is not harmed. This is repeated over and over until the desired area is cleared.

There are three main reasons why electrolysis is a process over time and may require more than one treatment of a hair:

There are three types electrolysis available:


A DC current is passed through the needle causing a chemical reaction in the hair follicle, which produces sodium hydroxide which destroys the hair follicle.


An AC current is passed through the needle causing vibration in the water molecules surrounding the hair follicle, this produces heat. The heat damages the hair follicle. This method is much faster, but less reliable than galvanic electrolysis.


This method tries to combine the benefits of the galvanic and thermolysis by passing an AC and DC current through the needle at the same time. It results in a much quicker form of electrolysis.

At Queens Laser and Electrolysis Hair Removal, we primarily implement the Thermolysis method, thought if requested, use the Blend approach.

However, whichever method of electrolysis is used, the treatment results are the same. The goal is to destroy the hair follicle and permanently prevent hair from re-growing in that follicle. Electrolysis is much more accurate and effective than tweezer electrical epilators designed for home use.

Is Electrolysis Painful?

This depends on the individual, though most feel mild discomfort. Though it may sound painful, electrolysis is quite painless, as the probe does not pierce the skin. Electrolysis needles are quite literally as fine as a human hair! The treatment is equally effective for any hair color or type.

How many treatments will I need?

Electrolysis consists of a series of treatments. It is not one treatment and the hair is gone forever. This means that it is a weakening process. After an electrolysis treatment the hair should grow back thinner and finer. It also depends how thick or thin the unwanted hair is. For instance, someone who has been waxing or tweezing will need more treatments than someone who has not tampered with the area. Hair removal over any substantial area requires multiple treatments. Given the ongoing cost of waxing every few weeks for endless years electrolysis proves itself to be a very cost effective method of permanent hair removal.

Is Electrolysis Permanent?

Yes. For successful long-term hair removal, the hair follicle must be destroyed along with its growth centres. Hair has an active growth stage, a transient stage and a resting stage—much like the growth and flowof a daffodil bulb, followed by its wilting and dying, and then its dormant phase! Yet there is no way of telling which stage the hair is in before treatment, and so hairs treated in the transient or resting stage will be removed, but as the growth centre was not active, a new hair will grow. Treatment of this new hair, however, should destroy the bulb and prevent new hair from growing.

Can I use other methods of hair removal like waxing, tweezing or bleaching during my electrolysis treatments?

Other temporary methods of depilation, like waxing, sugaring, plucking or shaving, these alternatives are discouraged during the electrolysis treatment period, although bleaching and cutting are permitted. This is because the other methods can actually stimulate hair growth. TIP: I always tell clients that if they come in for their treatment as soon as they see hair growth, not only will they be treating the follicle at the active growth phase, they won’t be tempted to use other temporary methods of hair removal.

Does it damage the skin?

When the procedure is performed by a qualified technician, the tissue surrounding the hair follicle should remain undamaged. Obvious precautions such as wearing gloves and the use of disposable, pre-sterilized needles also minimize the risk of infection.

Temporary side effects may include some redness and swelling, dryness and scabs. If the procedure is not carried out by a professional, there is the risk of permanent skin damage resulting in a scarring or pitting of the skin.

How long do the results last?

Electrolysis is often viewed as a permanent hair removal method. Once the hair root is destroyed, the hair will not grow back, right? In some cases hair does regrow in places and clients need to return once or twice a year for a cleanup. Hair can continue to grow in the underarms, pubic area.