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There Are Hair Types?
There are different kinds of hair? Yep, there sure are! And they serve different purposes, grow on different parts of our body, and appear at different times in our lives. Hair, whether a long flowing mane that you brush to gleaming, or an annoying stray one on your chin that you can’t wait to get zapped, is wonderful and weird.
Click on the hair types below for their explanation.
We all start our lives hairy! The first hair we all have is a thick, downy covering called lanugo. It is very fine and usually colorless. It is the first hair our follicles produce, appearing at about 4 or 5 months gestation. Much like peach fuzz, lanugo is meant to protect delicate skin, like a fuzzy armor. It usually falls out by around 7 or 8 months gestation, replaced by another kind of hair, but sometimes some remains. Ask your Mom if you were a fuzzy baby! Presence of lanugo in adults usually indicates a serious illness
A close relative of lanugo is vellus hair. Vellus hair is fine, downy, and often lightly colored. Like lanugo, vellus hair covers the entire body, but it’s not a thick pelt. It’s most visible on children and women, but we all have it. Ladies, stroke your cheek. That soft fuzz is vellus hair. Vellus hair acts as an insulator and a wick to pull sweat away from the body. Too much vellus hair can also indicate illness.
In adults, much of our vellus hair will be displaced or covered by androgenic hair and terminal hair.
Androgenic hair is just what it sounds like – hair whose growth is triggered by androgens (sex hormones). This begins at puberty, transforming the facial vellus into adult – or terminal – hair, and triggering the growth of hair in the armpits and on the pubis. These hormones sometimes are overproduced, which is why you will sometimes find women headed for their electrologist to get rid of unwanted facial hair. Kathy Bates’ character on American Horror Story is a good example of someone whose androgens stimulated excess hair growth
Terminal hair is longer than vellus, thicker, and darker. You’ll find terminal hair on your head, your arms, and on your face as eyelashes and eyebrows. Is it thick and strong, and darker than peach fuzz? Then it’s terminal hair. Is androgenic hair terminal hair? Yep, it is! The difference between androgenic hair and plain old terminal hair is that androgenic hair growth is triggered by puberty and is considered a secondary sex characteristic, and regular terminal hair just shows up with age
Electrolysis Works On All Hair Types!
So,what hair types are electrologists getting rid of for us?
Usually androgenic and terminal hair. Electrolysis is great for reshaping your hairline, tidying up your eyebrows, clearing unwanted facial hair, and treating ingrown eyelashes. Longer treatment cycles can attend to leg, pubic, back, chest, and armpit hair, eliminating the bother of shaving or the continued expense and potential for skin damage of waxing. Electrolysis is the only permanent option for any facial hair or body hair that you just don’t want, regardless of hair types or skin type.
Hair removal treatments are also dependent upon the stage of the hair’s growth cycle.
Why is electrolysis the best method of hair removal?
Electrolysis is a method of permanent hair removal first developed in the United States in 1875 and later modified in France. Historically, the safest and most efficient method for destroying hair is by the insertion of a sterile probe into the hair follicle. A slight amount of electric current is applied through the probe which destroys the hair root, ending further hair growth.
After over 100 years, electrolysis is still considered safe and effective. Its effectiveness and permanency is documented in major medical journals.
Electrolysis works on all body locations, on all skin types, on all skin colors, and on all hair colors.
Electrolysis is the standard by which all other hair removal methods are compared.
Is electrolysis expensive?
Considering the intense physical effort required of the electrologist, as well as the equipment, office space, insurance, etc., the fees charged by electrologists are reasonable. When compared to the prices of other health and beauty-care services and the cost of dealing with excessive hair using temporary means, electrolysis, in most cases, is very affordable. Remember, the problem is being dealt with permanently and not just on a short term basis.
We have kept our prices at a modest rate so our clients can afford to complete the process without financial strain.
Is electrolysis painful?
Whether or not there is any discomfort during electrolysis is quite variable depending on a patient’s tolerance, machine settings, modality used, and other factors. During most treatments, a definite sensation should be noticed. It has been variously described as a “slight heat”, “tingling”, or “stinging” sensation. Ellen Rosmarin, CPE is trained to work within the comfort tolerance of our patients. For those who experience discomfort, a lidocaine cream is available for sale.
Are there any side effects caused by electrolysis?
Electrolysis has been performed for over 120 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. Electrolysis, like many minor procedures in medicine, does have a short healing phase. During this time, there may be some transient redness or swelling and occasionally some pinpoint scabbing. After your treatment you will be advised regarding what can be expected during the healing phase.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, tip of the nose, cheeks, sideburn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands, feet, toes, and fingers. Hair on the eyelashes, inside the nose, and inside the ear canal are only treated under the supervision of a physician. Hairy moles my be treated with written permission from a physician. It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women but the breasts and abdomen are avoided after the sixth month of pregnancy.
Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beard line. shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears, and nose. Electrolysis is very helpful for treating ingrown hairs which frequently cause irritation in the beard area.
How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatments affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time.
Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some will require additional treatments to achieve permanency. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The overall results, permanent, hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent.