Sorry, this is a long post. It’s my first one, and hopefully once I get an answer to these questions about my history, I’ll be less long-winded.
I always had a bit of a mustache, but I started developing a male pattern beard in my early twenties. I was never over weight, always had regular cycles, no female family members with similar problems . . . Over the next few years, it spread more and more. Mostly, I tweezed in order to be able to function without debilitating self consciousness. I got the money to do laser treatment when I was around 24. I went to American Laser Center. I was a client there for a full 3 years, where I went to 3 different centers, was treated with several different types of machines, at different levels, and different treatment intervals (anywhere between 4 and 10 weeks). In that time, the hair would fall out in between treatments, seemed to diminish in overall percentage, but at the end of the 3 years, it was nowhere near gone.
Over the next year, the hair all came back. And in the few years after that, it came back darker, and thicker than before. Pregnancy was the only thing that seemed to improve things, but everything went back to awful a few months after giving birth. I have never been to a doctor to see what my hormone levels are, as I have heard too many stories of people being to a bunch of doctors and getting lots of tests done only to be told their hormone levels are “normal,” tough luck.
Anyway, my primary method of hair removal now is shaving, and about once every month or two, I pluck/wax/epilate it all off, usually when my face gets so irritated from shaving and the hair getting thick again after growing in again. It gives me a little bit of time, a sort of lull where I can look good for a little bit before I have to go back to looking awful again. Then the cycle starts over.
After reading a bit here, I’m getting the idea that I’ve experienced some laser rebound, and my plucking/epilating/waxing isn’t making the possibility of permanent removal easier for that time in the future when I can pursue electrolysis. Because from what I’m reading electrolysis seems like my last hope at this point. I look like crap all time time, whether from razor burn, epilating/plucking bumps, or stubble.
So my question is, do I need to stop all hair removal methods beside shaving pronto because it is possibly prolonging how the length of time it will take for electrolysis to work for me? I don’t think I have the funds to start for another 6-12 months.
Also, what should I expect the process of electrolysis to look for me, especially number of treatments/length of time in treatment, considering the laser rebound, etc?
Thanks in advance to anyone who reads this epistle and can help a newbie out. Once I know which direction to go, I can read and learn a lot on my own.