Well, the face is where most people want work done, now isn’t it?
I “slam” DIY in the same way car mechanics “slam” backyard mechanics.
A person who has been well trained comes to the table with skill that surpasses anything you will obtain working at home, and I don’t think you are including the time you spend reading books in your estimation of that cost in terms of time per hair.
Next up, a good thermolysis operator can run circles around a galvanic operator, and finish the job in record time IF given the time and frequency of visits.
Lastly, if you had seen all the self scarred people I have with pock marked genitals who have tried DIY genital electrolysis, you would not be so big on the idea either.
Even with all this, I say, you can do home hair removal just as you can home car repair. You just have to approach it seriously enough to get the education needed to not screw it up, get the right tools to do the job well, and when it says you need a partner, because it is a two person job, take it seriously. After all, if you pour the wrong fluid into the wrong hole in a car, trying to save $20 costs you $300 or more, when a pro has to try to fix that mistake.
There is nothing that makes a pro (mechanic or electrologist) despair more than someone coming into their business AFTER they have messed something up, and is now asking for help fixing what they did not have the necessities to attempt.
My largest objection to the DIY section was encouraging those who would scar themselves. Of course, what the section has proven is that most people give it a try, realize that a trained chimp CAN’T do this, and they go to a pro where they belong, or actually get a partner and hit the books hard.
I am reminded of the Simpson’s Episode where Mr. Burns hires Major League Baseball players to be ringers at the company baseball championship against a rival power company. Homer bristles at being replaced by Darryl Strawberry and shouts: “So, you think you are better than me Strawberry!” Darryl softly says, “Homer, I don’t know you, and I have never seen you play, but… yes.”
I clear 600 to 1200 hairs per hour with 60% to 80% kill rate depending on how much hair is actually in anagen at the time of the work. I can strip the average man’s face and neck in anywhere from a weekend to a week if given the time. I can also become the only hair removal that person uses in 3 months or less.
Electrolysis with a good pro is the best value for the dollar you can get, based on the results you get for your dollar, especially when you do it right.
We are a compassionate people. We may sound like we are just drumming for business, but we really feel your pain, and want to help you rid yourselves of this problem. We know we are the equivelant of the shop mechanic who can diagnose the problem, and rid you of the problem in record time, while your attempts to do so risk messing up things that did not need to be disturbed, and would take twice as long anyway.
Peace go with you. I am happy things worked out for you.