I actually came to this forum researching all of the at-home laser hair removal systems, but quickly found out that they are over-sold, as is every other hair removal treatment I have ever tried! At this point, I have decided to do electrolysis, and I have read tons and tons on these boards. Some of the “treatment diary” type posts have been extremely helpful in figuring out what to expect.
So I guess I should say a little about my hair and what all I have done to try to get rid of it.
I have PCOS, and started getting hairs on my chin and neck when I was 15 or so. Just one or two here or there. It freaked me out because my mom has always struggled with chin hairs and also fine dark hairs on her upper lip. This is not something I wanted to inherit from her!
She had always tweezed, so I tweezed the hairs out. She told me not to shave, because of all of the standard myths about it making the hair grown in thicker etc.
Tweezing got to be more and more time consuming over the years, and my skin has become a mess. I have tried depilatories (ouch), both hard and soft wax (don’t work), threading (just as temporary as tweezing and expensive), and finally, shaving.
For about a year I was using a Norelco shaver in the shower, on the advice of people on a PCOS forum. But I’ve moved countries, and did not want to have to buy another one (electrical stuff is not compatible). So for the past couple months I have been tweezing like a mad woman. I am now almost 32, by the way.
At the same time, I am finally in a time in my life where I can afford something better. So I did a lot of research into professional laser (very popular here in Australia) and now electrolysis. It’s funny how the laser people are very vocal about electrolysis causing scarring, and the electrolysis people are very vocal about laser not being permanent. But I have been persuaded by the electrolysis argument, I think.
So this morning I went out and bought a nice razor, after reading the shaving forum here. I am not going to pluck anymore. It’s hard, like quitting smoking. Also I have a bad habit of pulling the hairs out with my fingernails. No wonder my skin is such a mess. But I am committed to shaving until I start electrolysis.
And I have sent inquiries to the electrologists I could find, including a cosmetology school in the area. I have gotten two quotes back for price: one is 1.50 per minute, plus $10 for the consumables. One is $2.50 per minute, flat rate. I also asked them about which machines they use, hygiene practices, and other questions, but have not gotten those answers yet. My impression is that people here are typically using the blend method.
I’m in Brisbane, Australia, if anyone reading this has any info or recommendations for electrologists in this area. It certainly would be a great career move if anyone wanted to pursue it, I think.