HAIR GROWTH CYCLE
Hair grows in cycles. Once the papilla (bulb) has
been destroyed, the hair is gone forever. Ideally,
the electrologist goal is to destroy the hair in the optimum growing phase.
Hair Growth Chart
The Anagen phase (growing phase) is when the hair is actively growing. The anagen phase may last 20 to 45 days.
The Catagen phase (transition phase). It is in this
phase, that the hair is preparing to be shed. Hair
growth stops, the hair sheath shrinks and attaches
to the root of the hair. This phase may last 2 to 3
The Telogen phase (resting phase). There is no hair growth in this phase. This is when the hair is waiting
to regenerate from the hair follicle. It is at the end of
this phase, a new hair begins to grow from the hair follicle and causes the old hair to be shed. Pulling
a hair in this phase will display a hard, dry white substance at the root, called keratin.
The Hair Growth Cycle Is A Repeating Process
Each hair is in a different stage of growth at different times, hence the variation for hair removal schedules. Once the papilla (bulb) is destroyed fully, the hair will no longer regenerate and permanent hair removal is achieved.
PREPARING FOR AN ELECTROLYSIS TREATMENT
- Stop plucking, waxing, or using a depilatory cream on the area which will receive the electrolysis treatment, as these hairs may take several weeks to re-appear, slowing your electrolysis treatment progress.
- You may continue to bleach the hair.
- You may continue to shave or cut the hair, but the hair must be seen on the day of treatment.
- Electrolysis works better when the skin is well hydrated. Drink plenty of water (48 - 64 ounces / day) to hydrate your skin. Many common foods contain liquid also, such as soup, fresh fruit and fresh veggies, (about 90% liquid). Fruit juices are fine, but beware of the high sugar content. Avoid salty foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, tea or coffee, as it tends to dehydrate the skin.
- A bath tends to dehydrate the skin ... showers are better.
- Relax and remain stress free as possible.
- Avoid wearing Make-Up or moisture-replenishing cream on the day of the Electrolysis treatment.
ELECTROLYSIS AFTER CARE
Electrolysis After Care is important. After Care will help protect the treatment area from harmful bacteria.
The use of Aloe Vera Gel, a mild antiseptic, sea breeze, witch hazel, antibiotic cream (never an oil base) and an anti-bacterial soap (such as Dial) will help enhance the healing process.
To increase the healing process, eat a balanced diet and get adequate rest.
Do Not apply cosmetics to the electrolysis treated area for 24 hours.
Do Not use artificial tanning devices or sit in direct sunlight (sunbathe) for at least 48 hours after your electrolysis treatment.
Do Not touch the electrolysis treated area. Your hands carry many germs and harmful bacteria, which may induce an infection.
Do Not shave or bleach the electrolysis treated area for 24 - 48 hours.
Do Not tweeze, wax, or use a depilatory once your electrolysis treatments have begun.
Do Not use deodorant for 24 hours on an electrolysis treated underarm area.
NORMAL SIDE EFFECTS:
Redness / Swelling
Skin redness and/or swelling may be seen, depending upon the amount of current needed to remove your individual texture of hair and your body reaction. This is temporary and will usually disappear within a short period of time. Applying ice or a cold compress to the treated area will help reduce the swelling faster.
May be observed occasionally. Pinpoint scabs are a normal part of the healing process. It usually takes 2-3 days for the scabs to develop, depending on your normal healing process. DO NOT pick, scratch, exfoliate or remove the scabs, as this may cause scarring. Scabs will fall off naturally.
May occasionally be noted as a result of a small capillary being punctured by a probe, thus causing
a bruise. The normal healing process will absorb the bruise and this is dependent on how quickly your body heals.
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