This is a question often asked by new clients. Unfortunately the answer isn’t always easy to explain. Hair is a very fickle thing. It can be stubborn, it is invisible under the skin and it can be activated to grow at the slightest nudge of encouragement.
Hair growth is triggered by hormones and blood supply. Throughout a person’s life, hormone levels can fluctuate especially during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. A person’s genetic predisposition can make them more receptive to hormonal hair growth. Certain medications, stress and medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can also disrupt hormone balance and encourage hair growth. Blood supply is another contributing factor to hair growth. When a hair is extracted from the skin, the body rushes blood to the area to repair the damage. This action can stimulate hair follicles to become active.
Hair can be extremely stubborn. When a hair is pulled from the follicle via tweezing, waxing, etc. the body’s natural response is to build a thicker, stronger hair. Also, over time, continued plucking can cause hair follicles to become distorted in shape. Thick hairs within distorted follicles can be treated but usually more treatments than a thinner hair within a straight follicle.
Skin covers our body- on the average person there is approximately 20 square feet of it. Within our skin are tiny pockets called follicles that contain the potential to grow a hair (with the exception of the soles of our feet and the palms of our hands). This potential stems from tiny cells that line each follicle. These cells are microscopic and remain invisible to the electrologist’s eye; not knowing the exact number they are dealing with, makes giving an exact number of treatments needed impossible to determine. However, during each electrolysis treatment, some of these cells are destroyed. Progress can be seen over time when the hair becomes thinner, lighter in color and takes longer to grow back. Eventually when all of these cells are destroyed the hair in the follicle is eliminated completely and clients will get the smooth, hair free skin they desire.