Electrolysis Pain Exaggerated in Articles

February 22nd, 2012

Hair removal informationI've noticed that, for some reason, many writers are incapable of describing electrolysis hair removal without mentioning pain. They often don't seem to mention pain with regard to other hair removal methods. Because having somebody slather wax on your skin, letting it get a good grip on all your hairs, and then ripping it off doesn't hurt a bit, right?

Personally, I'm tired of hearing electrolysis treatments equated with biting a leather belt while your buddy digs a bullet out of your leg with a Bowie knife. It's just ridiculous. I'll give you a real world example.

I was at the American Electrology Association Annual Conference two years ago. I'd been working with the electrologist community for years, but I'd never actually had it done. Aesthetic Systems was there demonstrating the new Dectro equipment so I decided to give it a try.

Let me just give you some background. Firstly, I hate pain. On a scale of one to Teddy Roosevelt, my pain tolerance is negative four. Secondly, after reading all the same articles you've seen, I was expecting something along the lines of receiving dentistry from a blacksmith in 1840. So, I'm frightened, unprepared, and have applied no topical anesthetic cream. Here we go.

The nice folks sat me in a comfortable treatment chair and rolled up several pieces of reassuringly modern equipment. They explained how it works and then proceeded with about fifteen minutes of hair removal. The experience was ... drumroll please...mildly uncomfortable.

Yep, that's it. Each time they removed a hair there was a mild sting that lasted for a tiny fraction of a second. No muss, no fuss, no drama.

If the constant flapping about pain has put you off electrolysis hair removal, talk to a local professional electrologist. Most electrologists offer free consultations and many will even do a free sample treatment so you can see what it's like. They will talk to you about adjusting their equipment for your comfort and about creams you can apply.

2 Responses to “Electrolysis Pain Exaggerated in Articles”

  1. Josefa M. Reina says:

    Another favorite things for the writers is "electrolysis is only for small areas" or "for a few hairs." I wonder if it works for a few hairs, why would not work for many hairs? I think this is an insult to the intelligence of readers.

  2. I couldn't have stated it better myself! It is true. When I offer a sampling of a treatment which includes, of course, verbal consultation, proper skin prep, gloves, disposable probe and "OK, now what you are feeling is the micro current and....in the blink of an eye, the hair slides out". The client looks at me and blurts out, "thats it"?!

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