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How does electrolysis work?

The professional electrologist inserts a very fine, sterile, disposable probe alongside the hair in the hair follicle.  A small amount of electrical current is then applied through the probe, destroying the hair root.  read more ...  >>>

Does the treatment hurt?

A slight warm sensation is felt when a hair is being treated. The degree of discomfort will depend on the individual's sensitivity, as well as the area being treated.  We  recommend that you drink plenty of water prior to your treatment and avoid caffeine before your treatment.

What areas can be treated with electrolysis?

All areas of the body can be treated, including the face, eyebrows, arms stomach, bikini area, back, chest, breasts, underarms, feet, hands, fingers, and the outside of the ears. Electrolysis cannot be performed on the inside of the ears or nose.

Is electrolysis effective on all hair colors?

Yes, electrolysis can be successfully performed on all hair. White, blond, red, black or brown hairs - there are no limitations.

What causes superfluous hair?

  • Heredity
  • Glandular or hormone imbalances
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Medications
  • Normal aging process
  • Excessive waxing, tweezing and other temporary hair removal methods.

What causes ingrown hairs and how can they be eliminated?

Ingrown hairs can develop from shaving, tweezing, or waxing the hairs. The most common areas to develop ingrown hairs are the beard area, underarms, legs, and bikini area. They can be eliminated by permanently removing them with electrolysis. For areas where permanently removing the hairs is not desired we offer products that reduce the irritation, thus eliminating the ingrown hairs.

Can anything be done with ear hair?

Yes, hair can be successfully removed from the outer area of the ear.

Is it unusual for eyebrows to become "bushy" with age and can electrolysis treatments be performed on the eyebrow area?

On the contrary, both men and women experience an increase in the texture and length of their eyebrows as they get older. By shaping the brows with electrolysis, a more natural brow can be achieved.

Can I tweeze or wax between treatments?

The hair needs to be visible to the electrologist at the time of the treatment therefore, it is best to avoid temporary hair removal methods especially tweezing and waxing in the area the electrolysis is being performed. The hairs can be cut between treatments.

Can electrolysis be effective when someone has a hormone disorder or imbalance?

It is very important to seek medical advise and care from a physician in the case of hormone problems. There are medications that can improve imbalances. Electrolysis treatments can be very successful when the electrologist works with the patient's physician.

Can electrolysis be performed on areas in which the hair has been removed by temporary methods such as shaving, tweezing, and waxing?

Temporary hair removal methods can cause hair to become darker, more coarse, and most likely stronger. Though most people believe waxed or tweezed hair comes back within a few days or a week, the truth is it takes at least three weeks and more commonly, up to 20 weeks, to reappear. In order for electrolysis to be effective, temporary methods that remove the hair from the root must be discontinued (hairs can still be cut or bleached in between treatments).

Electrolysis treatments are based on the amount of time of each session. Appointments are usually scheduled from 15 minute to one hour appointments, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Prices range from as little as $20/visit to $75/visit - based on the length of visit rather than on the area treated. In the long-run, electrolysis is much less expensive than the cost of temporary methods such as waxing, shaving, depilatories, and/or creams.

What type of training does an electrologist have?

In order to practice electrology in the state of Connecticut one must attend an institute of electrology certified by the Connecticut Department of Health. Upon completion of the course, a verbal, written and practical exam must be taken and passed before a license is issued. Once a license is issued, all electrologists must maintain a number of predetermined educational hours in order to remain a licensed electrologist. Look for a current license on display in the electrologist's office.

Is Electrolysis Right for Me?

Your decision of what type of hair removal would be best for you should be decided after you have investigated the available methods thoroughly. Go for a consultation, discuss your particular needs, budget, etc. Ask the operator about themselves. What type of training have they had? How long have they been practicing? What success rate have they had in removing hair permanently? Permanency is the key. Remember, information is power. Once you have that information, you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

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Why Choose
Optimal Hair Removal?

There are many reasons why electrolysis is a wiser, better, and more effective method of hair removal than laser.

Did you know that electrolysis has been around for over 125 years and is the only method of hair removal considered permanent by the FDA?!!

Laser hair removal is considered permanent hair "reduction" (rather than complete removal). It has only been in existence for a few years, so its effectiveness is still being studied.


Are you in good hands?

Connecticut law states that laser hair removal can only be performed by a physician, physician's assistant, or a nurse under the direct supervision of a physician. There are no guidelines for training in the use of lasers. Most laser operators have no formal training beyond the few hours provided by the laser manufacturers.

Electrologists, on the other hand, must have 600 hours of training at an approved institute and pass an exam given by the Connecticut Board of Health and the State Electrology Board in order to be licensed. When you visit a licensed electrologist, you can be sure he or she is a true hair removal professional with the training and skills necessary to achieve the results you are looking for.

The eyes say it all...

Laser treatments should not be performed on or around the eye area, so if you're considering having your eyebrows treated - Electrolysis is the best option. Electrolysis, is a completely safe method for removing eyebrow hair or unwanted hair around the eye area!


Laser treatments are limited by the color of the skin and the color of the hair.

The laser beam is attracted to the melanin in the hair, and therefore does not recognize white or blonde hair.  It is also not effective on people with dark skin, because the laser is attracted to the color of the skin rather than the hair!

Electrolysis, however, works on all hair colors, and all skin colors and types!

Because of its...

  • Superior effectiveness
  • Ability to permanently and safely remove all types of hair on all body parts,
  • Proven success rate, and
  • Strictly regulated standards and practices

Electrolysis is the best and safest choice for all of your hair removal needs!