Hello, all. I’m a 27 year old male and previously had pretty successful laser hair removal on my face (cheeks, chin, and upper lip). I had about 8 sessions of LHR, with my last one being about 9-10 months ago. My upper lip was completely clear after about my fifth or sixth LHR session, which was over a year ago, and has been clear ever since.
I don’t have a ton of hair left on my chin/cheeks either, but I do want to get rid of some of the noticeable, thick hairs that are left. I don’t care about the fine hairs or peach fuzz. I had a consultation with an experienced and licensed electrologist here in NYC that has been written up favorably on this board before. She said she usually starts out with thermolysis, but can do blend as well. To give you a sense of how much (visible) hair I have to be treated, she said she should be able to clear both cheeks and my chin in one 30-45 minute session (using thermolysis).
But she said that when she treats a hair, that particular hair will not die the first time around and has to be treated several times before it’ll finally stop growing back. She said that the hair would be “weakened” with each treatment, such that it would get thinner and grow back slower until it finally just died.
Is this really how electrolysis works? I thought that if a hair was treated and slid out easily, then it was killed. But she was insistent that it wasn’t and that it would grow back, albeit weaker. She did not seem to be referencing the various stages/cycles of hair growth, as she talked about that later in a totally separate discussion.
So if this is how electrolysis works, what is the range of treatments a single hair requires before it is killed? She said a hair is never killed the first time around, so is it like 2-3? Can it take upwards of 5, 6 treatments on a single hair to kill that single hair?
I understand that I have a bunch of hair that is not actively growing and that cannot be seen or treated. I understand that this hair will show up later when it “wakes up” and will have to be treated then. But she was saying that even if a hair is actively growing, one “zap” of electrolysis (and subsequently sliding it out) would not actually kill it but merely weaken it. Was she just trying to simplify the explanation? Or is this really how electrolysis works?