Just a note about the pain of electrolysis. Yes it does hurt....but it's not a screaming pain, or a childbirth pain. My electrologist would let me ice my sensitive areas (especially close to the nose) before she started working on me. It helped, and my sinuses would always be cleared after my sessions! Again, I did find electrology to be a great option. and I am 45, so I've tried almost everything out there before I did this. Well worth the money and the pain.
I originally tried a home electrolyis system....piece of junk! I finally bit the bullet and had electrolysis. I found a great one who charged $25 for a 15 minute treatment. I went every 2 weeks and then, because it was working, I went less often, and finally, I haven't been for a year and am completely satisfied. Hope my experience helps. I too am on a tight budget, but it was worth is for what it did for my self-esteem.
Bensbride822: I did two years worth of electrolysis and have had great results. The problem with our facial hair is that the extra hormones strengthen and thicken the follicle, making the hair follicle more resistant to the intentional "damage" that electrolysis or laser is supposed to do. Also, according to my electrologist, not all damage of the follicle is permanent. Often we damage it enough that it produces finer, thinner hairs, but given the right dose of hormone it can "repair" itself and begin to produce thicker hair again.
For me, consistency was the key. I went every week, endured the pain and have had great results. I still continually touch up with electrolysis, though.
I never let anyone touch my face before, and now I don't even think about it. How liberating. I cannot express what a weight has been lifted -- but then, maybe all of you know :)
I did a year of laser hair removal- and got zero results. They did the first 6 months that I paid for with one tech- and she quit, then they tried another 6 months for free with another tech... and now, more than ever the hair is stubborn, and isn't going anywhere... I bleach (Sally Henson Cream Hair Bleach) because it at least isn't as noticeable... My husband 'does not like it that I don't let him touch my face... When you treat the hair- it makes you even more self conscious about it... and that is never good. I have never tried electrolysis, but if it's ANYTHING like laser hair removal, its not worth the money, time, embarrassment, or the pain.
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I did laser on my chin a couple of years ago I had four treatments and it made absolutely no difference. I stopped going because I couldn't afford it. I looked into Electrolysis about a month ago and was surprised to find it far cheaper than expected. I chose to take Tai Chi classes instead of the electrolysis but I will most likely get it done after my contract with the martial arts place is up. I hope it works better.
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I went through laser hair treatments last summer. So far the hair has stayed away, but there is one spot on my chin that new hair grew so I am forced to go back to shaving. However, if the hair does come back I will go through laser treatments again. It was so worth it for me.
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Hello! I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in here. I too had a full beard -- lost opportunity in the circus? LOL! Once I got my hormones under control (well, almost), I researched both laser and electrolysis. I was dismayed to learn that as a blonde with very thick hair, but blonde hair, I could not have laser hair removal. The laser only works when it can distinguish between the pigment in the hair and the pigment in the skin. I assume that anyone with hair a similar shade to her skin will have a similar problem.
So, I went through 2 years of electrolysis (it took that long to reach a level of hairiness I'm comfortable with). And then when my hormones went through a little hitch, I grew more hair and did another 3 months of electrolysis. I know that financially most of you find this prohibitive, but I cannot explain how much it has changed my self-esteem. I do not regret one cent.
Singinglilacs, An eplator is basically a faster way to pluck hairs. They can pluck several at a time. And, they have really improved them since they first came out in the 80's. They now, even have them with attachments for the face. Mine isn't supposed to be used on the face, but I do it anyway, and haven't had a problem. I ordered mine from Amazon about 4 years ago, and I think they've come out with even better ones since then. Go to Amazon and type in epilators. I researched by reading the reviews on all of them and seeing the features that I liked. I ended up getting the Silk Epil by Braun. It was about $79. But again, you may want to research on your own. There are better ones out there now.
Also, I saw the new in-home laser hair removal system by Tria!!! It's the first in home laser hair removal treatment approved by the FDA. This could be our life saver, ladies! It costs around $450 now, but started at $800! I think if we bide our time, and wait for them to come down in price, and improve more and more, it will be worth the wait. The company says not to use Tria on your face, but I've read a bunch of blogs on independent sites and noticed that people are using it on their chin and upper lip and having no problem. I am going to keep my eye on it! You can get it from Tria or QVC and some major department stores. I'm going to post this in a separate thread in case it doesn't get noticed here. We might find some people on Spark who have used one.
I have a beard. lol Once a week I use my epilator to pluck all the hairs from my chin. (I work at home, so I don't have to worry about people seeing stubble on my face on the day I epilate.) In between, I either shave or pluck stray hairs that come in.
I had laser hair removal 5 years ago. I paid for 6 treatments, and they even threw in a free 7th treatment because they felt sorry for me, I guess. lol It was great, and stayed gone for over a year. After a year, all the dark hair gradually started coming back. It's all back now.
I have never tried electrolysis, but based on my previous experience, and the expense, I'd like to try that next. Hopefully it's more permanent for me.
I tried 2 or 3 laser hair treatments on my upper lip about 2yrs ago. They recommended having 6 treatments to completely eliminate the hair, but that was out of my price range... I definitely have less hair growing than i did before! I currently use a finishing razor to keep the remaining hair from showing, I used to use hair removing creams but they don't seem to be effective for me in the past couple of years. I am in my early twenties and would like to do more laser when I can get my hormones more settled.
I know a woman who had so much extra hair growth along her jaw that she had a (light) five o'clock shadow each day. She did the complete treatment set of laser on her face and you'd never know she used to have that much facial hair. It worked really well for her!
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Unfortunately I don't have the financial resources to do either, but I have heard and read that laser hair removal is less painful and less likely to leave scarring. As for the effectiveness, I think it depends on the type of laser that is used. If I ever am able to afford it, I'm going to visit a dermatologist to see what they recommend for me based on my hair type, skin tone, etc.
I have horrible problems with chin hair and my doctor told me that once they get dark or start growing a lot, you can't help them, but once you get your hormone levels under control, then you can consider doing electrolysis or laser hair removal without needing to worry about more hairs making the transformation to the thick/dark type. I have my hormones under control now and am really considering doing electrolysis...anyone tried them or have any thoughts about them?
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