If you walked into a crowded area and asked, "Who is tired of dealing with unwanted hair" I would imagine that a large portion of people (both men and women) would raise their hand. If you then asked "so…who loves shaving, plucking or waxing?", I'm fairly certain you would get a very different response!
As a general rule, people hate having to deal with the stresses and hassles of hair removal and most of us are looking for a better, less time consuming way to deal with our unwanted hair. If you're anything like me, a permanent solution (or at least a long term solution if you include No NO Hair Removal for it easy of use and fast, long lasting results) is the only real viable option and there are only really two types of hair removal which offer this.
So…who comes out on top in the battle of electrolysis VS laser hair removal?
The Big Picture
To notice the difference between electrolysis and laser hair removal you must first consider how they are similar. Both use different techniques to give you the same result, no hair in those areas that people are tired of shaving, plucking, waxing, etc. Both procedures may end up costing you a good bit of money and each one will take more than one visit to a specialist to reach their full potential.
Most people feel that both laser hair removal and electrolysis are not too painful, if done right, but you may end up with a "sunburnt" look in the treated area and that may be a little uncomfortable in the days following your procedure. This depends on you mostly and your ability to handle it or lack thereof. Every person in the world has a different pain tolerance and I can't begin to say how it will feel for you before, during or after the procedure. I can only say that most people feel it is worth it when they are able to throw away their razors permanently.
Electrolysis VS Laser Hair Removal
Now, to give you a better idea of what is entailed in each procedure, we should look at how each one is performed. It is important you keep in mind, that no matter which route you choose to go with, you should choose a person who is experienced in that type of hair removal to ensure that your treatment goes well and you won't experience unnecessary pain.
Electrolysis Hair Removal: This procedure requires the use of a thin needle is inserted into each hair follicle and then delivers a small amount of electricity to kill the root. Because of the simple fact that you have to hit each hair follicle you can expect to spend a lot of time getting it done. Usually, the procedure will last about 20 minutes per session and the larger area you need hair removed from will determine how many times you may need that session.
The bonus to it is that typically speaking, if you have it done to one eyebrow and all the hair follicles are done on that eyebrow, hair should be permanently gone in that area. The issue is that most likely some hairs will be missed the first time around and you will have to return to catch the missed hair.
You can buy do it yourself electrolysis systems which you can use from the comfort of your own home. However, if you want to ensure that it is getting done safely, a professional should be the one the one to perform the procedure. A professional will also ensure that you don't have a lot of peach fuzz hairs that you may miss seeing and they can get to those "hard to reach" areas that you will have to be an acrobat to reach, such as the back or bikini area.
With electrolysis there are three different methods to choose from which makes it easy to find one that is most comfortable for you. You can choose from:
* Galvanic which uses galvanic electricity or direct current. It works because when the needle is inserted it interacts with the body's salt and natural moisture which creates a very small quantity of lye that destroys all hair and tissue that it comes into contact with.
* Thermolysis which is also considered to be high frequency because it uses alternating currents. Those currents kill hair growth cells by simply burning them which in turn destroys the follicle.
* Blend combines both the galvanic and thermolysis.
Because of the heat aspect of thermolysis, most people experience a warm sensation during treatment as well as the hair being "plucked".
Laser Hair Removal: is the preferred method of those people who want to eventually be hair free but don't want to invest the time in treating each hair follicle on an individual basis. It involves a laser beam which is directed at a specific area of hair. Not every hair follicle will stop producing hair after just one treatment in all cases. It will gradually cut down on the hair growth over time.
To reach complete hair removal, even on smaller areas of the body, could take you months, depending on how you want to space them the procedures out. You could also expect to spend minutes or hours in each treatment session, depending on which area of your body you want hair removed from. For legs you could spend hours, for a little hair on your upper lip may take just a few minutes. Either way, to reach your peak results you should commit to at least 4-7 times of having it done.
Which is Right for You?
According to some, laser hair removal is more favorable if you have fair skin and darker colored natural hair but this is not all inclusive. Some professionals also feel that the laser is ineffective on people with light colored body hair. However, electrolysis is effective and permanent no matter what your skin tone and hair color is.
There are many factors to consider including price and how much hair you need removed. For small areas, electrolysis may be the best bet and for larger areas the laser may work the best. If your primary concern is cash, then you should consider that electrolysis can cost on average about a dollar per minute of treatment and a laser treatment session can go up in price depending on various circumstances such as the season and your location.
In the battle between electrolysis VS laser hair removal only you can decide which is right for you. No matter which option you choose, make sure you do your research before you commit to treatment. Research the different options and the different specialists who perform the procedure in your area.