With appointments lasting 15 minutes to two hours per session — depending on the client's hair removal needs — a tiny, sterile probe with electricity or a solution of sodium hydroxide is introduced to the base of the hair follicle. It destroys the root of the hair. Electrolysis takes an average of 18 months with regular treatments — so, warm months are unavoidable, but going through two winters is better than two Summers.
"Electrolysis opens hair follicles, making them more susceptible to dirt, sweat and breakouts," says Emily Limoges, CEO and founder of Limoges Beauty in NYC. "The skin can heal quicker in cold weather because it helps close the pores after treatment."