how to approch!

sometimes i feel like my electrologist plucks couples hair together, she inserts the needle then removes the hair and sometimes little hair around that area, how can i approch her? is she doing it wrong? ???

Are you just gettimg started with treatments? Not all hairs are in a perfect anagen stage of growth in the beginning, so the hair may not slide out as we want it. Big bulbs offer resistance sometimes, too.

Do you shave before you go in?

Sometimes it is obvious for an electrologist to tell the difference between a non-growing and growing hair if you shave. She may choose to save you time and money and pluck the dud hairs. That is a strategy some employ, but the electrologist should let you in on the “what” and "why of things happening to you during a treatment so you don’t have to wonder and worry.

Just ask her why you feel plucking.


i started my treatments in august. are you suggesting i should shave before my treatment?

I’m suggesting that you ask your electrologist about the plucking. How many treatments have you had? Have you reached a first clearance yet? What area are you working on?

Shaving 1-3 days before a treatment is up to you. I do suggest this for my clients for various good reasons.

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Is this on your upper lip? I must hold my hand up and say I did this in my early years as I was using standard tweezers that were blunt and clumsy. I just couldn’t remove the hair without grabbing a few little blonde ones too. I’ve got some nice tweezers now that make it much easier.

i’m treating my siddburns , the first treatment she compeletley cleared the area, and i was hair free for about a week , and then started to see hair again, and now i go in for 30 minutes every other week, which is now extended bacuase i’m also getting my neck done also. what do u suggest i should do for maximam results? does it sound like i need to shave the area?

Hi Roma18,

Shaving a few days before your treatment is a good idea as when you see the electrologist, they will be able to treat the hairs that are above the skin surface. The fact that these hairs have grown since the shave shows them to be in the active growth stage. Just make certain that you shave enough time before your treatment so that the electrologist has enough hair to get the tweezers on. When I first started, the day before treatment was sufficent. Now I have to do it about 3 days prior. Things are improving!

If you have a fairly dark hair color, you can also bleach the hairs in the area where you want treatment. As bleaching does not go below the skin surface, your electrologist will still be able to spot the growing hairs by their pigmentation near the skin surface. However, this will not remove the finer and nongrowing hairs around the hairs being treated and you will get the occasional tweeze of adjacent hairs as the elecrologist will be working through a “short forest” with a few hairs that will insist on being in the area of the tweezer epilation.

I personally always shave before my treatments. This makes it easier for my electrologist and saves us both time and my money as I am getting the most effective treatment.

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

Yes, shave the area a couple days before treatment and tell her why you choose to do this, now that you have been informed. Stick to a well-timed schedule to grab those good, moist growing hairs. The first 1-6 months requires more treatments up front with longer time sessions and usually thereafter, you will need fewer appointments with less time sessions to get the remaining scattered hair.

Be aggressive up front. Make sure you are not being plucked. Moniter your healing and skin reaction. Keep to a strict appointment schedule. This is COMBAT! Punch it hard and correctly in the beginning and you will be happier faster. Need I add the variable again that all will go well for you IF you have a skilled, professional electrologist that you stay close to for at least a year? (More time if you are treating a large area with a lot of hair.)