I had a very nice email from a fellow who, after having done a lot of laser work, would prefer to get going with electrolysis. I thought that some of you might find my response interesting.
Of course, it’s fine and dandy to “finish off with electrolysis” … but not for somebody like me that wants to “dig in and get 'er DONE!” I’m only saying I’m not the guy for this job, as my email will elucidate. Yes, indeed, electrolysis is now a good option for this kid … however (read on):
Thanks for your kind email. Indeed, your experience is happening more and more: a person does laser for an extended period of time and eventually discovers it hasn’t done enough.
It takes a full TWO-YEARS for all the previously “lasered” hairs to come back. And, this “maintenance crap,” of which your tech is speaking, simply keeps you going in for laser pretty much forever. Technically, laser causes hairs to remain in “telogen stage” for a stunningly long time. Problem is, a hair in telogen is NOT affected at all by laser … so, eventually, all subsequent laser treatments are pointless. Sadly, few laser techs understand these hair-growth dynamics and just keep insisting, “You only need one or two more treatments.” This is bullshit!
But now, there is a significant problem (that I’m facing all the time). What do I do with a “recently lasered person?” I know that my one clearance with electrolysis is not going to produce the results I guarantee. I know there are tons of “stunned” laser hairs just waiting to rematerialize and screw-up my whole protocol.
With men, who have never been touched by laser, I guarantee 98% or better PERMANENT hair removal after three clearances. But now what? I know that I have at least a 2-year window of returning laser-hairs. How do I compensate for that?
In reality, having laser treatments has already defeated me, and I haven’t even started! Well, the way I work anyway: three “big ones” and DONE! I’m not “into” lifetime electrolysis; not my “thang.”
So, after this “laser experience,” you are now facing at a LOT of short electrolysis treatments to kill-off the lasered hairs as they slowly return with grinding and annoying regularity.
Sadly, I’m not the person for this appallingly long-drawn-out process. Indeed, with most guys in your situation, I have decided to not even start with them; so basically, I’m saying “no.”
See, the instant I start working on a previously lasered guy, I get blamed for all the “regrowth” … and yet, the mess was caused by laser.
I think the best solution for you now is to find someone geographically close to you that REALLY knows how to kill hairs. Then, just be prepared for 2 to 4 years of repeated treatments. (Of course, you could also wait 2-years, do nothing, and then go to one of us that do the “big bang” modus operandi).
I hope this helped … I know this is not what you wanted to hear,