Insertion Picture - Nonstandard Follicle

We got lucky here gang.

I have a client who has the most see through skin, and we came across a hair that was growing along almost parallel to the skin’s surface. With the client’s permission, I was able to take this picture to show you a few things.

The biggest thing you will see here is just how much matter has to “pop” through that small area at the follicle opening. See how much is bulging around the hair. When you feel something that is not a pluck, but just a “pop” this is why.
You will see just how much room there is inside the follicle and how we insert the majority of the probe in on most treatments. You will also see how deep this follicle would be if it were orientated vertical, instead of horizontal

You will also see how little hair there may be above the skin’s surface, yet how much there is under the surface, and therefore how much there is to shed if the hair were working it’s way out for some reason (like being in shedding phase, shaved, LASERED and melted in place).

It also shows how much surrounding tissue might be involved if this hair had been LASERed instead of Zapped with Electrolysis.

Would it be breaking my arm patting myself on the back to point out that this person started with 500 hairs per square inch and has had over 200,000 hairs removed from face and other parts of the body?

Thanks, James! That is an awesome picture and makes me feel a lot more knowledgable about my treatments. I’m a visual learner! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Thanks again,

While I am at it, if you look at th is picture, and think of the grid we discussed, can you now see how three visible hairs can trade spaces over the course of 9 months and seem to be the same 3 hairs all year?

Most Times Per Hair

Thanks for posting the pic! That was very educational. The insertion is probably the key to getting the best results from electrolysis. How do you know you have reached the bottom of the follicle, by feeling more resistance to the probe?

That does explain why it takes awhile for hairs to shed after laser hair removal. A lot of times, the hair bulb seems to be larger than the follicle itself. It probably takes awhile for the hair bulb to soften and deform enough that it will slide out. When I have my beard lasered, it takes two weeks to the day for most of the hairs to slide out. It’s a great feeling to look at my M3 razor after a few passes and see it loaded with expelled hairs! I can tell that they are dead ones sliding out because they are much longer than the normal stubble.

Those hairs that exit the skin sideways seem to be the hardest to treat with laser. That is one reason I’ve had my armpits and the sides of my chest with electrolysis.


On the insertion, you have to learn to hold the probe and feel the probe sliding in, and the moment where it hits bottom. It is hard to teach this feel. If you are holding the probe correctly, when you hit the bottom, the probe will tend to slid in your hand rather than breach the follicle wall.

The picture shows very well that many hairs have a mass that would not clear the follicular opening without something making the follicle opening larger.

When a hair is like the one in the picture and it gets LASERed, it ends up a a melted mass waiting for the whole area around it to shed out as the top skin scales.

The member who used to host the picture discussed in this thread is lost to us, and also the pictures she was hosting.

You will be glad to know that this string picture is now available right here on Hair Tell in the photo section: