Do you ever find yourself stuck in traffic and touching your chin only to find hair that feels like a pokey cactus? Or, maybe, you take a quick glance in the rear view mirror to check out your face before opening the door. The sunlight hits at just the right angle and you’re horrified at the large amount of unsightly facial hair. Where did it all come from?
The truth is that your unwanted facial hair could have been exacerbated by the very things you did to get rid of the problem in the first place–tweezing, waxing, and threading. Yes, each one of those methods on the face produces the same results–thicker, darker, coarser hair and more of it. An increased blood supply is the cause of the accelerated growth. The pulling action is like a trauma to the hair follicle and the body’s response to any trauma is to heal itself. The follicle then reconstructs itself a little sturdier with a better developed capillary system each time. Eventually, those few annoying fine hairs will have become strong, coarse hairs bristling in defiance of your attempts to destroy them.
Interestingly, there are a few exceptions to this general truth and eye brows are one example. Brow hairs are more fragile follicles and unlike other hair on the face, these hairs can sometimes be permanently eliminated by tweezing, waxing, or threading. It’s why as women get older, they learn to regret over-zealous tweezing from their youth because they’re left with thin, sparse brows that need to be enhanced with make-up to compensate for the missing brow hairs.
The take-away here is that if you’re considering tweezing, waxing, or threading, stick with the brows (choose your brow shape carefully) and don’t wander off to other areas of the face. Only electrolysis will result in the permanent removal of your unwanted facial hair.
Checklist for Choosing an Electrologist
Once you’ve made the decision to finally and forever get rid of your unwanted hair, it’s time to do your due diligence in choosing an electrologist.
Following is a list of things to consider:
- 34 states (including Illinois) regulate the practice of electrolysis and require electrologists to be licensed. This is the single, most important credential to look for when choosing an electrologist and the license should be clearly posted in the office. Never assume. Ask to see the license.
- The American Electrology Association (AEA) is the largest international not-for-profit organization representing the practice of electrolysis. Membership in AEA shows an electrologist’s commitment to the highest standards in education, practice, and ethics. To find an AEA member electrologist, go to www.electrology.com and click on “Find an Electrologist” to search by state and city.
- A Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) is the voluntary professional credential recognized by the American Electrology Association. The credential indicates that the electrologist has voluntarily met an established norm and is committed to regular courses of continuing education to maintain Board Certified status. Ask the electrologist if she holds the CPE credential.
- Most electrologists offer a complimentary consultation where you can meet in person and ask pertinent questions. This is a great opportunity to observe the office environment. Is it clean and professional? Ask about Infection Control Standards. All electrologists should wear disposable gloves and use sterile, single-use, disposable probes. Non-critical instruments like tweezers and probe tips should be individually packaged and sterile.
- Lastly, ask questions about her experience and what you can expect in terms of meeting your expectations, how long it will take and any adverse reactions to expect.
An electrologist is considered a healthcare practitioner and has a legal and ethical duty to stay educated, informed, and up-to-date on all aspects of her profession. Since electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency, it’s important to find someone you feel comfortable with.
Is pulling these weeds a permanent solution? I don’t think so.
How many times have you looked in the mirror and silently (or loudly) cursed at the resilient, unsightly hairs that WILL NOT go away despite your best efforts to annihilate them forever? Unfortunately, it’s probably those very determined actions you’ve taken to get rid of the hair that has caused them to grow back with the vengeance of a weed that refuses to give up. The biggest culprits responsible for nourishing and strengthening those hairs are tweezing, waxing, and threading. Yes, those methods actually grow back hair that is stronger, coarser, and much more resilient than the fine hair you started with.
If you want to kill weeds, get some weed killer. If you want to kill your unwanted hair, get electrolysis. It’s the only scientifically proven method of permanent hair removal.