I would like to start this post with a thank you to Andrea for this wonderful forum and to the professionals who donate so much of their time to helping consumers.
When I joined HairTell, I was looking for information regarding Laser on the female face. It quickly became apparent that it would be far preferable to tackle my hair issue with electrolysis. The members here were supportive in helping me find a good electrologist, who I have had a great journey with. My electrolysis thread is here: My electrolysis diary
As some of you may have read, my sister started electrolysis with my electrologist last year (there are some posts towards the end of my thread). She used a 9 hour package in the time period from March-July. It went well but it also became apparent that to really make headway with this electrologist, she would be spending a lot of time and money. Her travel alone would be a 3hr round trip and cost almost £10. Being a student on a tight budget and not being able to afford spending a good proportion of every Saturday on this once her Uni term started again, I began seriously considering alternatives. It also became apparent that the area she was mainly having done - the eyebrows - was requiring a lot of maintenance after approximate clearance was achieved, which was stopping her moving on to other areas. Without pictures, it is hard to imagine the level of hair she has. I'm sure any electrologist has seen worse but I generally can't help but roll my eyes sometimes; "it can't be as bad as my sister"; for someone who apparently doesn't have hormonal problem anyway.
We were in need of someone who could do all the work (a good bulk of it) in a day, to save both time and money, and with a high "kill rate" so we wouldn't need to keep spending time=money on treating the same follicles again later.
Enter, Josefa (depilacionelectr)
After seeing her work and knowledge, I could not help but contact her. It actually took us a while to get around to organising the trip and I probably ate her brain in the process. She was always patient with me and my numerous questions. It really put me at ease that she would always been on the same page in regards to how to tackle the work. Tickets to Spain were very cheap as they were bought on sale. Since we were so eager to start work, we booked one day of about 6 hours to get her started. Planning a second trip towards the end of summer. Unfortunately I was unable to go in the end as my passport was away, which I was really sad about because I am so eager to meet Josefa in person. Which by the way, I just got back today! Sigh!
Josefa took great care of my sister and to put me at ease, emailed a photo of the progress on one side after 80 minutes of treatment. I could not have been happier. There is clearly a lot more than 6 hours that needs to be done on her face but my sister said 6 hours in one day was more than enough as she became pretty exhausted and started feeling more pain. It's been a great experience to test the skin reaction (I'm sure Josefa will comment on this) and make a visible difference on her hairiest parts. The pictures I will be putting up are showing the areas in the worst possible light. I'm sure Josefa can also attest the fact that from a normal distance, to the naked eye, it's looking tremendously improved. I couldn't see any upper lip hairs until I looked very closely. During my sister's breaks, Josefa treated my mother - some coarse hairs around the face and the brown upper lip hairs. I think Josefa treated most of the normal distance visible upper lip hairs and my mother had no sign of treatment when I saw her 48hours later either.
Ok, enough with the jibber jabbar and onwards to the good stuff!
Photo from Josefa prior to treatment:
Photo from Josefa after 80 minutes of work:
This was a normal view of her cheek before. All the excessive hairiness has gone. Once it's all healed, I will take another photo from this angle.
for reduction on Underarms, Bikini, Full Legs & 3/4 Arms. Skin type IV
Electrolysis - Further details in: My sister's electrolysis diary
[27hrs of Blend, April 2008-Dec 2010 in UK, for coarse hair on lower sideburns, coarse chin hair, completed upper lip, shaped eyebrows]
[Sept 2011 to date, once yearly sessions with Josefa. Completed reduction of facial/neck fuzz in approx 27 hrs TTT]