How many electrolysis treatments do I need?
It is important to understand that our hair goes through a cycle of growth, transition and rest known as the hair growth cycle. This cycle consists of three distinct phases: the anagen, catagen and telogen phases. To explain these phases:
- Anagen phase: This is the phase when the hair is actively growing, and the follicle is fully developed. This phase can range from a few months to several years, depending on the location of the hair and genetic factors.
- Catagen phase: This is the transitional phase when hair growth stops, and the hair follicle begins to shrink. This phase usually lasts several weeks.
- Telogen phase: This is the resting phase where the hair has completely stopped growing and the hair follicle is inactive. After several weeks, the hair will fall out and the cycle begins again with the anagen phase.
During electrolysis treatment, only the hair that is in the anagen phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. This is because only in this phase is the hair follicle fully developed and the electric current can effectively destroy the hair root. Hairs that are in the catagen or telogen phase are not fully developed and cannot be treated effectively.
Since only part of the hair is in the anagen phase at any given time, multiple electrolysis treatments are required to treat all hair follicles in the anagen phase. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on individual needs and the location of the hair, but on average, about 8-12 treatments are needed to remove all the hair in each area.
In short, multiple treatments are necessary with electrolysis because not all hairs are in the anagen phase at the same time and only hairs in this phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. It is important to consult a professional and experienced electrolysis specialist to create an individual treatment plan that meets your specific needs.