I am ready to begin electrolysis and was searching through the forum in order to find do’s and dont’s in order to maximize successful electrolysis. There is lots of good information, but sometimes it is conflicting.
I thought I would post as many quick questions as I could think of and see how many answers we get and how they compare to each other. If a similar post already exists, can somebody provide the link?
I read on an electrologist’s website that Thermolysis is ineffective for dark coarse hair, such as the male beard and that galvanic is the most effective for this area. Is there any truth to this? Are certain methods of electrolysis more effective on certain body parts than others?
Is there any variation in electrolysis treatment with respect to Laser Induced hair growth as opposed to normal growth?
What are the absolute “do’s” as far as preparing for electrolysis treatments? I have read about being very hydrated, not smoking, staying out of the sun right before treatment, and no caffeine. Any others? If one is on a weekly schedule does this mean that caffeine cannot ever be consumed, if it is suggested to refrain for a few days prior to treatment?
Can hair be killed in the dormant stage? I have read in numerous posts that it absolutely cannot. I have talked to a few electrologists who tell me not to shave or wax (see question 5)because it won’t make a difference since hair can be killed in the dormant stage? Who’s right?
Referring to question #4, I have read both pro’s and con’s with respect to shaving or waxing a week or so prior to treatment. I have heard from some electrologists that waxing is good since all incoming hairs will be in the active growth stage, but I have also heard from other electrologists that waxing is the worst thing you can do. What’s going on here? Seems like it would be very beneficial to treat only actively growing hairs.
If indeed this is the case, is waxing or shaving preferred or does it really matter? I read a post that suggested shaving was better because waxing will remove the very fine hair that is not problematic and would probably not have been removed anyway, but that the waxing might stimulate further growth of this fine hair. (Of course shaving would remove this hair also but, according to theory, will not alter its growth.
I hate to even ask this but will anyway. Do you think electrologists ever tell clients that shaving/waxing is counterproductive in order to prolong treatments i.e.,treating hair during initial clearance that is not actually growing knowing that it will have to be treated again? I know all electrologists on this site are good and only offer the best info, but it’s like any profession, there are the good and the bad.
Thank you very much.