Can electrolysis treat white hair?

Electrolysis can treat any colour hair on any skin tone. There is no ‘ideal’ candidate – any person who has unwanted hair can have their hair removed, 100% permanently, with electrolysis.

Can I have electrolysis anywhere?

You can have electrolysis in any non-mucosal area on any area of the body.

How many appointments will I need?

Different factors like how much hair is in the area, medical history and medication, hormonal issues, genetics and previous hair removal method will all determine how long the process will take for you. It may take a total of 10 hours – it may take 100+. Depending on how often you have treatment, this could take 8 months – 18 months+, it is therefore impossible to say and the only question I am unable to answer with any accuracy.

It can feel like a long, slow process and so patience is paramount for both the client and electrologist. Naturally, the more often you can attend for full clearance of unwanted hair – the quicker you will see results.

Can I pluck my hairs between treatments?

No. The only way to remove any length of unwanted hair between treatments is to trim or lightly shave. Better still; schedule your appointments so that trimming is not needed so hair can be targeted in its Anagen (active growing) stage.

How long does the hair need to be?

Electrolysis treatment requires you to ‘grow out’ you unwanted hair. Typically for a few days, but depending on speed of hair growth, hair needs to be visible – 3 - 4mm in length is ideal for optimum treatment. Hair need not be much longer – if it is, please trim the area prior to your appointment.

Could anything stop me from having treatment?

Certain medical conditions deem electrolysis unsafe to proceed. See the list below for a quick guide to those conditions which unfortunately, definitively rule out electrolysis. Other conditions may be restrictive which aren’t listed and it may be that a GP note is sought prior to any treatment being offered.

• Accutane (active use needs to have stopped for 12 months)
• Active Cancer (all forms)
• Active Herpes Virus / Cold Sores
• Blood Thinning Medication
• Blood Disorders
• Cochlear Implants (for advanced electrolysis treatments)
• Dermatographia
• Haemophilia
• Keloid Scarring
• Pacemaker
• Pregnancy (1st Trimester)
• Recent Scar Tissue (in the treatment area)
• Retinoids (prescription strength)
• Rosacea (active) (in the treatment area)
• Skin Diseases / Disorders
• Sunburn (in the treatment area)

If you feel you have a condition or medical history which may be definitively contra-indicative to treatment, or restrictive in any way – please get in touch prior to booking your consultation.

Hair needs to be long enough for treatment. If there’s no hair there, or it’s just not long enough to grab easily with tweezers – the treatment can’t go ahead.

Is electrolysis safe?

I am VTCT qualified in COVID-19 infection prevention compliance, VTCT qualified (and trained by Sterex) in Level 3 Electrolysis and Level 4 Advanced Electrolysis. I am Local Authority (Kirklees) licensed (regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982) by Environmental Health and insured to meet all of your Health & Safety requirements. I implement strict disinfection procedures and use the Enbio autoclave for medical grade sterilization. A single use sterile disposable probe is used for each client and is disposed of in a puncture proof sharps container after each use. Tweezers, electrodes and chuck caps are disinfected using a surgical grade enzyme solution (which I also hold a certificate for), air dried, packed in pouches and sterilised before and after each use to prevent any cross contamination. Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal, as supported by the BMA (British Medical Association), FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) and AAA.

What does electrolysis feel like?

Every person has their own personal description as the sensation is totally objective. You may feel nothing and be able to sleep through treatment; you may feel warmth or an itch. Some people describe it as a tiny pinch or a tiny zap with each insertion.

It is important to note that every skin and body is different and some people naturally have much more of a sensitive skin. Hormones have a big part to play in skin sensitivity too – a hormone imbalance or high stress levels amongst other things can create differences in skin sensitivity at any point for any person.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

Each skin reacts differently however erythema (a reddening of the skin caused by dilation and congestion of superficial capillaries) and oedema (localised swelling) are considered ‘normal’ for up to 48 hours post epilation. You may display tiny pin dot crusting which may take a little longer to heal. There is a risk of small, temporary bruising, which can occur when small blood vessels leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin or if you have taken aspirin or other blood thinning medication or supplements. An infrequent side effect of electrolysis is the appearance of a tiny white-ish pustule a day or so after treatment.

Sterex aftercare is given out free at consultation for home use to soothe any tenderness you may have over the next 48 hours. Some people have no or little visible signs of having any treatment immediately after epilation.

Written and verbal aftercare is always given and you are asked, at consultation, to sign to say you have received this.

Can I resume normal activities after electrolysis treatment?

For quicker healing, it is advised to avoid the following for 24 – 48 hours:
Touching the area – however clean your hands are – they are full of germs and bacteria and you increase the risk of infection
If you experience pin dot crusting – do not pick, rub or scratch.
Hot baths or showers, saunas and steam rooms
Swimming (Chlorinated or Open-Water) Intense Exercise (excessive sweating can trigger a build-up of bacteria and increase risk of infection)
Make-Up (in the treated area)
Perfumed products including soaps when washing (deodorant if treating underarms)
Do not tweeze, wax, thread, sugar or use an home epilator on the area (only trimming & light shaving)

Can anyone have electrolysis?

Anyone who wants to remove excess hair permanently is a perfect candidate for electrolysis. It is a very desirable solution for unwanted hair for those suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Hirsutism, Hypertrichosis and those going through gender transition.

Though there are no age restrictions for anyone wishing to have electrolysis, parental, child and GP written consent will be necessary for under 18’s.

Do you treat transgender clients?

Absolutely! Holme Electrolysis is a LGBTQIA+ safe space, inclusive and will not tolerate any form of hate behaviour.

I’m coming for blemish treatment – what can I expect?

Details of how your blemish will be treated will be done at consultation – as it’s a different approach for each type of blemish. Aftercare is very much so the same to that listed for electrolysis – but you will be given personalised written and verbal guidance at your appointment. Blemish removal is very much an instantaneous treatment that may take up to 28 days for your skin to fully heal. Repetition of treatment is largely unnecessary unless further unwanted blemishes develop. A treatment plan will always be discussed with you prior to any treatment going ahead.

What if I need to cancel?

I value your time and schedule greatly. I have a strict Booking Policy in place which you agree to prior to any booking being made. Cancellations will be subject to the terms within my Booking Policy.