Pros and Cons of Electrolysis Hair Removal You Need to Know

pros and cons of electrolysis for hair removal

Before you decide on which hair removal method is the right one for you, I suggest you learn everything about the pros and cons of electrolysis hair removal. It’s one of the most effective methods when it comes to removing hair because it’s permanent, or at least semi-permanent.

Also, expensive and time-consuming. Even though laser hair removal is FDA approved, it’s debatable whether you should try it at home or if you should see a professional. However, knowing the facts can truly help you to make up your mind.

If you want to learn more about permanent hair removal methods, read my article here.

How Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Work?

Electrolysis is an invasive hair removal method that lasts very long or even forever (source). It works by inserting a tiny needle into the hair follicle and destroying it using an electric current.

When hair follicles are destroyed, they don’t grow back. However, this rule only applies if the hair follicle is destroyed during the right time of the hair’s cycle.  Since the needle destroys one hair at a time, the process is time-consuming.

It works really well if you’re aiming at small areas such as upper lips. Also, the procedure can cause pain if not done right. Hitting the wrong spot might cause the development of a scar. You’ll probably need more than one treatment to see significant results.

Pros and Cons of Electrolysis Hair Removal

Knowing both advantages and disadvantages of electrolysis hair removal can help you make up your mind whether it’s really something to go for. The answer might be no, or yes. All of that is really up to you!

Pro: It’s Permanent

Once you decide to go for electrolysis, you can be assured that you won’t have to go through the hassle of shaving or waxing.

You won’t need to worry about hair removal and other disadvantages that tag along. It’s a good investment too.

Pro: It Works for All Hair Colors

Laser hair removal is not for everyone. Some people are not good enough candidates for the treatment due to their hair color.

However, electrolysis aims at the hair follicle, and the technician is the only person who controls which ones get destroyed. Therefore, it works for almost anyone with any hair color.

Pro: Cheaper When Done at Home

Going for a professional electrolysis treatment will be quite expensive. The treatments can last up to a whole year and that’s the reason why.

Even though it is safer to do it with a professional, you can practice, learn and get it right.

Moreover, having your own device in the privacy of your home is a huge advantage to people who aren’t comfortable showing specific body parts to professionals.

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Con: You'll Need Multiple Treatments

Even though electrolysis is magic, it’s slow. You have to commit to it because it takes a lot of time to get the final and satisfying results. Some people need up to 30 treatments, which is a ridiculously high amount.

Con: Misshapen Follicles

Hair grows in different directions on some body parts, which makes any hair removal method a bit difficult. Waxing or plucking hairs that are growing in different directions obliges you to go over the same patch of skin again and again.

Therefore, the tugging and twisting results in bent hair follicles. Misshapen hair follicles are not an easy task for the needle, and it might not be able to hit the bent follicles. That can result in scarring and pain.

Con: It’s Not Pain-free

Waxing is, of course, painful and shaving comes with its disadvantages. Moreover, these hair removal methods are not permanent, and you have to go through the whole process over and over again. In contrary, electrolysis isn’t as painful as waxing, but it is not entirely pain-free either.

You might feel a pricking sensation accompanied by a sting with every hair follicle. That obviously adds up and just feels annoying in general. However, it’s permanent and might be worth it in the end.

Things to Know When Doing Electrolysis at Home

As I’ve already told, electrolysis isn’t necessarily a very easy procedure and there are some things you should know before going for it.

1. What You’ll Need for It

  • A comfortable place
  • A magnifying mirror
  • A fixed chair
  • High-quality tweezers
  • Perfect lighting
  • Long life batteries (or rechargeable ones if you have a lot of hair to remove
  • Probes (the needle is blunt and shouldn’t pierce the skin. It barely goes through the skin and into the hair follicle. The probe is fragile and might bend easily, so make sure to treat it gently.)
  • Saline solution and salt
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Sterilizer
  • Paper towels

2. Tips and Tricks to Have in Mind

Some things you should know for before and after the treatment. Nothing too extreme!

a) Wax Before the Treatment

Hair follicles are easier to destroy when the hair is still growing. Wax or pluck the area you are targeting and treat it once the hair starts growing back (the anagen phase).

b) Always Have a Moisturizer by Your Side

Even though the needle shouldn’t really pierce your skin, you might still do that from time to time. Use tons of moisturizer to keep it moist and ready to heal. The best time to use a moisturizer is when you’re right out of the shower and your skin is still a little damp.

It’ll absorb the moist better. You should always remember that it’s not only what you externally apply to your skin that counts. Always make sure to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated. Your skin will definitely thank you.

3. Do Your Research

You should do enough research to learn more about the whole process and to make sure you don’t damage your skin. Watch videos, tutorials, read guides or even ask a professional.

Electrolysis isn’t an easy task and you should know exactly what you’re doing. Not all of you will be able to go with it, might need a professional hand in the end anyway.

4. Trial and Error

I recommend you pick a specific small area and start with it. Make sure to use your magnifying mirror in order to hit the right place every time. 

Some might tell you to start with your upper lip because it is a small area and you can see it up close with no problems at all. If I were you, I wouldn’t “try” it on my face at first.

5. Ask for Help

Not all areas on your body are easy to reach, so you’ll need to have someone you trust by your side once you decide to go for the procedure. That someone can be a close friend, a family member, or preferably a professional.

However, if you decide to return the favor, disinfect the device before doing that.

6. Moisture, Again

Electrolysis hair removal works best when your skin is well hydrated, the more moisture, the better. You might want to work in a moist room or keep your hands moist with saline solution (which you can make at home). 

Drink lots and lots of water and keep your skin moist, but don’t overdo it. If your skin is too wet, the device won’t run properly.

7. Be Aware of Baby Hair

Baby hairs or small and not easy to catch, even with other hair removal methods. The hair follicles for these types of hairs aren’t obvious either. While trying to detect the follicle, you might damage your skin when getting the needle in.

If you hit the right spot, the needle will gently stretch the hair follicle so it can get inside and do the magic. Having a dark background that reflects in the mirror will make it easier for you to hit all the right places.

8. Give It Some Time

It is fine to experience a little swelling after the treatment. You shouldn’t worry about that. However, if it lasts more than a couple of days, talk to your doctor. 

That’s mostly why it’s recommended to try electrolysis on a small patch of skin first, just to make sure your skin reacts well to the treatment. Don’t go for this hair removal method if you have a big event coming up soon.

Your skin will need some time to recover. Additionally, give your skin long breaks between treatments. 1-2 weeks or so.


  • Avoid sun exposure 48 hours before your treatment.
  • Avoid caffeine and sugar.
  • Take painkillers before the treatment if you can’t stand the pain.
  • Avoid showering or bathing for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Don’t use make-up on the treated area for around 1 day before and after the treatment.
  • If you exercise, do it prior to the treatment and try to avoid sweating afterward.
  • Don’t use body mists or scented lotions after the treatment


Now that you know both the pros and cons of electrolysis hair removal, what do you think? Is that something you’d like to try or do you think it’s a bit too much of a hassle? Has any of you tried it already? Please let me know in the comment section, I’d love to find out!

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