Electrolygist zaps then clears with wax. is this ok?


I just started one session of electrolysis.

Her method is to zap each hair and then when she’s finished the area, she applies wax and pulls the whole lot out.

Does this sound right? I’m worried that she might miss hairs and just pull out non-zapped ones.

I just had the underside of my chin tested, it was cleared fine. There was pinkness and spots of red that has lasted for three days so far. Now, the pinkness is gone, and the red spots have faded to a handful.

There were no white spots or pus so I think her method won’t result in scarring.

She’s very fast. She can do more than 10 a minute, and that maybe on the low end. She’s fast because she doesn’t tweeze them out individually.

Is this an approved method?

Many thanks for your responses.

She’s been licensed in FL since early 90s.


I’m no expert, but it sounds a bit dodgy to me. Like you said she could easily be pulling out the non zapped ones.

Wow, that is definitely not an approved method used in electrology. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> Before you spend any more money and schedule additional appointments, I would first do some reading on how electrolysis works. I would not just look at how quickly your electrologist can clear an area. What you are seeking is permanent hair removal.

When this electrologist waxes your hairs she is actually stimulating additional growth, especially if it is on your facial area. I am sure this is NOT what you want. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Using this “method” you could be paying for electrolysis treatments for a very, very long time ie. the rest of your life. It is highly unlikely that the hairs would ever go away. This is not good. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

Another concern with this method is the fact that applying the wax over the treated area adds more heat to the surface. Some people have a reaction to waxing products without having just had each follicle treated.

This sounds like an off-shoot of (he who shall not be named), the little guy from back east, who sent his clients home with all their hair and told THEM to tweeze it out. I think he wanted to copywrite that idea…

i would add that she would be also waxing off peach fuzz hairs that can become darker and more coarse with time and will require additional treatments. this might save HER time, but I don’t think it’s an efficient or effective method for you.

Hi Candi,

As an electrology instructor, I would never guide a student to administer treatment in this way. It sounds too bizarre to be true. It sounds too potentially traumatizing to the skin to be true.

How did you find your electrologist?
Tell her about this website and invite her to chat with us.

Hi Candi,

I would have to go along with the crowd here and say that I have never heard the likes of this. The reason(s)…Let me count the ways:

  1. Unless the electrologist is epilating the hairs as they go, can they say for certain that they are properly treating the follicles?

  2. If a hair doesn’t glide out freely and smoothly, it has not been properly treated. If it has not been properly treated, she is simply waxing the hairs out which will lead to increased hair growth

  3. Unless her wax has antiseptic properties and has been sterilized and properly stored prior to use, there is a very good chance that she is introducing additional bacteria, spores, viruses and the like onto skin that has been just treated. Sooner or later infections will result to someone from this. (My opinion)

  4. Is waxing within the legally licensed activities for her license in the state of Florida? I know for a fact that I can not wax hair in California.

There are very good reasons why electrolysis is basically carried out by the same procedures on a world-wide basis. It is known as infection control and basic process controls. If hairs are not properly treated, they will regrow with a vengence. If the skin is not properly disinfected immediately after treatment, there are good potentials for infections.

Please consider other options. If I were to go in for treatment and someone tried that on me, I would get up and walk out. They could take me to small claims court if they wanted to, but I would hold off on paying them until I saw the results of regrowth and infection.

Joanie <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

Ummm, What they said… (and the little guy back east in Boston area is retired, perhaps he has found the invisible rabbit where olives grow.)

Reminds me of the exchange between the rabbit farmer and the city slicker asking for directions…lol
Joanie <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Wow, Yikes, and not good!!!
Sample some Electrologists in your area. Mosts Electrologists will do a free consultation and epilate a few hairs as well.