I am reminded of a time, many years ago, when I got a client who had been convinced that thermolysis/diathermy was a scam and only unethical practitioners wanting to “beat it for the hours” and get more money for having you work longer hours total would utilize such a practice. This person wanted to clear a full beard of a 200 hair per square inch density. After agreeing that we would work in blend, because both galvanic and blend worked by creating lye in the follicle, just one did it in about 7 to 30 seconds, and the other could take minutes for one hair, we got started.
I thought that after a few weeks, this person would get the idea that maybe we should try some thermolysis, but no amount of talk could sway this person. So we plodded on, removing about 250 hairs per hour for weeks. I was sure the client would get discouraged or the money would run out before we made any real headway, and besides, this job was looking like a 30,000 hair minimum and if we kept it up at the rate we were going, it might take 5 years to finish, if at all. See, one needs to get to the point of clearing every hair in the treatment area if one is ever going to finish, and it takes a long time before galvanic or blend can do that in the case of a large area. If one is removing 100 hairs at a time, then it might not mean as much, since one would start with full clearances each and every time.
One day, the client came in and I asked how much time we had available, and the client replied that there was only funds for a certain number of hours, but the client had no plans after we parted company. I announced that we were going to do a little experiment at my expense. We would do the regular appointment on the left cheek and then, after the client paid, we would be on my time and I was going to give the client one free hour of work on the other cheek and the client could compare. After a little resistance, it was agreed that since the client would not be paying for the perceived to be awful thermolysis, it would not matter how effective it was. So that’s what we did.
Well, I was averaging +/- 700 hairs per hour in thermolysis, so I easily did twice as much work in that one hour as I did in any hour of work in blend. Bonus feature was that the thermolysis side healed up faster and had less redness and swelling.
When the client showed up for the next appointment weeks later, I asked how it went and what was the client’s thoughts on the experiment. The client laughed and said, “Like You Don’t Know! You get your way on this one. We are going to be working in thermolysis from hear on out.”
Now if only I could post a gif of Lilly Tomlin’s “Edith Ann” character rocking in her oversized chair saying “And that’s the truth. (raspberries )”