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#123994 - 05/14/17 11:45 AM In need of some feedback
angelfeather Offline
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First of all, let me thank you all for posting, because if it wasn’t for this site, I wouldn’t have known anything about electrolysis and I’d still be struggling. In my country barely anyone talks about it, and I didn’t know anyone to recommend me a good electrologist. Basically I went with my gut feeling and chose a person who was upfront with me from the beginning, answering my question about the price via email without forcing me to visit their place. Later on I found out that she’s leading the Union of cosmetologists in my city and I had a dermatologist tell me that I must be going to someone who knows their job because I would have got visible scars if they weren’t good at it.I registered and opened this thread not because I don't trust my electrologist, but mostly out of curiosity and the need of feedback from experienced people, to gain more courage that the nightmare will end one day.

That said, let me share some of my background. I’m 36 years old and I’m a serious plucking case. It all started with a couple of hairs when I was 13, which turned into a few hairs every few months, to a couple of months, and so on, until I reached the point when I had to pluck a few hairs every single day and they’d appear again by night. The hairs are on the chin and a few of them on the neck (fortunately really few on the neck, the chin is mainly the problematic area). I had no idea what kind of damage I was doing with the plucking. I’ve tried wax and threading and even laser a couple of times, which never helped. Then I found out about electrolysis and honestly I was so relieved that a method like this exists! I’ve tried to educate myself as best as I can and understand what is really happening on my chin. I’m expecting a period of 12 to 18 months, and my electrologist says it might take even more. I did hormone tests and nothing came out. I have no hormone issue, I caused it all to myself with plucking, from what I understand.

I started around Christmas time. First time it took 25 minutes to clear the area and I’ve never had more than 35 minutes on one session. At first I had to go every ten days and at some times I went even every week because the hairs were annoying me. Lately I have managed a comfortable every 2 weeks session with around 25 minutes to clear, but I can’t always manage the 2 weeks period. The first week is always all right, it’s after that that hairs are starting to annoy me (mostly they’re annoying to touch) and around the 10-day mark, they are visible if you really look at the area. Most of my hairs are white, but there are plenty of dark ones in there. Not all of them are coarse. For example, the previous to last time I went, the hairs were a lot but not so coarse, but the last time I went, they were coarse. From that alone it’s pretty obvious to me that these aren’t the same hairs that are growing.

At first I felt a bit of a plucking sensation sometimes, but I wasn’t sure about it, and when I asked the lady, she said that she makes sure to kill the hair first and then take it out. I can sometimes feel her going back to the same hair twice or thrice because she meets resistance when trying to get it out. From what I’ve read around here, plucking sensation doesn’t always mean plucking. And even that, I don’t feel it a lot, just sometimes. Most of the time the hairs seem to be coming out effortlessly.

She uses the blend method and the pain is bearable. I’m very pain tolerant by nature so I can’t tell if someone else would be screaming at my place. The lady says I’m the best client regarding that matter and she can work at ease, not being afraid I’m gonna jump from the chair any time soon.

In conclusion, I’m quite happy and even though I still need to go every ten or fifteen days, I am noticing a difference after five months and I’m hopeful. Do you think I’m doing all right? Should I expect more at this point? In your experience, a person who has been plucking for basically twenty years with no hormonal issue, how long will I need?

I’m sorry this was so long, thank you reading, and I’d appreciate any replies. smile

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#123996 - 05/14/17 03:16 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
Iluv2zap Offline
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Assuming you CEASE ALL PLUCKING 9-18 months the same as any other area /person. It sounds like you have a good electrologist who is very fastidious. Keep it up! Your session length will slowly decrease over the period of removal. PLEASE throw away your tweezers. They should be banned!
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#123997 - 05/14/17 05:08 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
hairy Harry Offline
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I was a chin-tweezer for years before I started electrysis, it took about 9 months, twice a week to notice any results.

Good to see you still giving advice, Seana. smile

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#123998 - 05/14/17 08:30 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
Michael Bono Offline

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I'm going to use this line, but I want to give credit to the person who said it. (Damn perfect line):

"Only pluck out the hairs you want to keep!"

Now, ain't that perfect?

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#124000 - 05/14/17 11:14 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
dfahey Offline

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Angelfeather, welcome to Hairtell.

How long ago did you tweeze?

If you feel a pulling, then she feels resistance. It sounds like she goes back into the empty follicle and gives another zap or two, which is a good idea. If she has to do this for eery hair, then the energy level needs to be increased. Feel free to let her know you feel some pulling every time you feel some pulling.

Stay with this and you will be swaying and singing, "Oh, Happy Day", with your electrologist, in about 12- 18 months. This can't be rushed.
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#124010 - 05/15/17 02:05 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: dfahey]
angelfeather Offline
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Originally Posted By Iluv2zap
Assuming you CEASE ALL PLUCKING 9-18 months the same as any other area /person. It sounds like you have a good electrologist who is very fastidious. Keep it up! Your session length will slowly decrease over the period of removal. PLEASE throw away your tweezers. They should be banned!


The first thing my elecrologist told me was that I should use my tweezers on my eyebrows ONLY and nowhere else. Then she proceeded to let me know she'd cut off my hands if I touched my chin after treatment and transfer bacteria. She's a funny lady all right.

But yes, I followed her advice on the tweezers. It took me a while to not touch though... old habits die hard. Even now I have to remind myself to not touch the area all that much because I only end up being annoyed and magnify the problem when the hairs aren't very visible.

Originally Posted By hairy Harry
I was a chin-tweezer for years before I started electrysis, it took about 9 months, twice a week to notice any results.

Good to see you still giving advice, Seana. smile


This is really encouraging! I've already seen a difference, actually. It's not a big one, but I notice.

Originally Posted By Michael Bono
I'm going to use this line, but I want to give credit to the person who said it. (Damn perfect line):

"Only pluck out the hairs you want to keep!"

Now, ain't that perfect?


It is indeed perfect and I'm going to use it on sisters and friends. I'm already spreading the knowledge I've accumulated here, lol. I've also watched almost all of your videos and I've learnt so much from you! Sincerely, thank you.

Originally Posted By dfahey
Angelfeather, welcome to Hairtell.

How long ago did you tweeze?

If you feel a pulling, then she feels resistance. It sounds like she goes back into the empty follicle and gives another zap or two, which is a good idea. If she has to do this for eery hair, then the energy level needs to be increased. Feel free to let her know you feel some pulling every time you feel some pulling.

Stay with this and you will be swaying and singing, "Oh, Happy Day", with your electrologist, in about 12- 18 months. This can't be rushed.


I haven't tweezed once since I started electrolysis. My elecrologist doesn't allow me to do it, as well as any other hair removal method. The only thing she allows me to do, is cut with scissors when I get too frustrated. But she even discourages me from doing that too and claims I should keep it for extreme measure, because along with the dark/coarse hair I might cut some vellus hairs accidentally as well, which will only hinder our progress.

The only thing I'm kinda wondering about is how she tells me to not use water on the treated area until the next day. I haven't seen this elsewhere, I'm assuming she's just uber careful about this.

Thank you all so much for the replies, you've made me very happy and more determined to stay patient!

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#124013 - 05/15/17 05:40 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
dfahey Offline

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I'm okay with my clients using water as long as it's not contaminated water, like from a river or mud puddle. Ask her why she gave you no water instructions.
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Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

http://www.electrolysis.co.uk/?page_id=16

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#124024 - 05/16/17 01:54 AM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: dfahey]
angelfeather Offline
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Registered: 05/11/17
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Originally Posted By dfahey
I'm okay with my clients using water as long as it's not contaminated water, like from a river or mud puddle. Ask her why she gave you no water instructions.


I've asked her and she says it's because electrolysis involves electricity. I can't remember her reply all that well. Just that the skin needs to be left alone for a few hours.

She's probably being super careful. At first I used to get some whiteheads, but I know that was because I touched the area. Now, I get some slight scabbing that goes away by the next day.

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#124071 - 05/23/17 04:45 PM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
angelfeather Offline
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Registered: 05/11/17
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A happy update: I went last night after 2 weeks and it only took us 20 minutes to clear. There were 2 girls there observing the work (ofc I had given permission) and the lady would explain some things. It was quite encouraging how she told them that the most important thing about electrolysis is to make sure the hair comes out effortlessly with no resistance, and how one also needs to touch the area, not just rely on sight, to catch all the hairs every time.

Btw, I checked the website and the machine used is an XILIA EPIL 5S. I have no idea if this is old technology or new.

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#124074 - 05/24/17 06:09 AM Re: In need of some feedback [Re: angelfeather]
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AFAIK this is a fairly modern machine with actually some interesting features (a "combinded microflash program", i.e. something similar to Multiplex
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