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To hear people tell it, electrolysis went from being an unneeded field to a dieing field and has remained so for 135 years! The simple truth is 9 out of 10 people want some hair permanently removed, they just don’t necessarily know that it is possible to do it, and now thanks to lots of confusing advertising and so called “debunking” articles (more like RE-Bunking articles) people don’t know how to actually achieve permanent hair removal in the safest way or the fastest time possible.
Electrolysis is a strangely polarized field. The practitioners practice what they know best, and the teachers teach what they know best. In between you have people who believe that one form of electrolysis works better than others, or worse yet, that others don’t work at all, or are less effective. Now here is the funny part. Whereas galvanic, thermolysis and blend are all equally effective WHEN PERFORMED CORRECTLY, they are not equally easy to learn to perform correctly… SOOooooo if you know how to do one, and try to do one that you don’t know as well, it will seem to be less effective, when it is in fact YOU who is less effective. The poor results will tend to cement in the person’s mind that the other method they tried is in fact less effective, and many tend to spend no more time working to better their skills in that technique because it obviously doesn’t work as well. (It is sorta like saying that Manual Transmission cars don’t work, when the real problem is you don’t know how to start and shift one without stalling the car’s engine out. The problem is with you, not the car, or technique. Just imagine what would happen if a Manual car driver tried to drive an automatic transmission car and insisted on moving the stick on the floor as if he were in a standard transmission vehicle, and two footed the pedals as he went along the road. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />)
So like Biggie and Tupac, electrolysis has its East Coast vs. West Coast thing going on where if you go to school on the left coast, you are taught heavy blend and galvanic, often to the detriment of your understanding of proper use of thermolysis, just as a person attending school on the right coast would get heavy rotation on thermolysis technique and theory, but might get only a cursory understanding of galvanic and blend methods.
A good thermolysis operator could clean up in the state of California if one were in a large enough city, and got the opportunity to show people how many more hairs can be removed in the thermolysis modality, while still actually getting more hairs permanently removed per hour than galvanic and blend.
Where there are thermolysis operators who are not achieving high kill ratios, galvanic and blend operators can make out, because client’s would believe that they are getting more for their money, as although they are getting fewer hairs per hour, they would be getting a higher kill rate for the fewer hairs they were having treated.
Now, as for you “fuzzy_in_seattle”, many people are not getting the best, fastest care in hair removal simply because their electrologist is too afraid to talk honestly to them about the best way to go at permanent hair removal. Why? Because it is a conversation about money!
You see, since we get paid by the hour, any talk about how you should go at your treatment, is in fact a discussion of how much money we will be paid, and how quickly we will get paid that money, even though we are not actually discussing that fact. An electrologist doesn’t know how much you can afford to pay, how much you are willing to pay, and most of all, doesn’t want you to think that we are actually trying to vacuum money out of your pocket when we just met you for the first time 5 to 60 minutes ago.
With all of this in mind, most just ask the client, “How long do you want to go for today?” and later ask, “When would YOU like to book your next appointment”, instead of saying, “The quickest way from bear to bare is for me to see you as long as possible as frequently as possible for the first 3 months, and then reduce time and frequency from there. If we do this, you will be spending a lot more money up front, but you will spend a lot less total money over the long run, as you will get finished with fewer total hours of work needing to be done, and we will miss fewer hairs as they cycle in and out of growth cycle, in addition to looking finished a lot sooner than if we did short appointments spread far apart.”
If you want that kind of information, you probably will only get that here, because you are not seeing me, and I don’t make any money off your treatments, so I can afford to tell you that without dealing with you thinking that I am just trying to suck the money out of your wallet, or that I need to make a payment on my boat slip fees and you look like just the sucker to get that out of.
Of course, in my practice, I tell all my male face clients that if they are serious about removing a male beard they should optimally find a way to do 20 hours in 6 weeks or less, so I can get to first clearance in the fastest time possible, and then we can maintain it from there, and they can look finished from the beginning.