What to do with the unwanted hair between electrolysis treatments?
This will be of greater of lesser concern depending on the individual, as well as which area is being treated. For example, someone doing hair removal from the underarms may be less worried about how things look than someone who is working on the face, which is out on display all day long.
There are a number of ways to deal with the hair between appointments.
The simplest, of course, is to just leave it alone entirely. (If the hair is very thick or long, it can be hard to work with, and might slow down treatment speed. In this case, it’s best to shave the area a few days before your electrolysis treatment.)
Aside from leaving the hair alone completely, the two best options are either shaving or clipping, because these methods won’t interfere with its growth cycle – they allow the hair to stay in the follicle and alert us to its presence. The follicle can then be treated as soon as the hair is long enough to grab with a pair of tweezers.
In the case of shaving, 1-2 days’ worth of growth is usually enough (contrary to popular belief, shaving does not make the hair come in thicker); the mechanics of clipping with scissors are such that it’s almost impossible for you to cut it too short to be worked with, so it can even be done the same day as your electrolysis treatment.
If you pluck or wax between appointments, you will have to wait until the evacuated follicle(s) produce another hair before it can be treated. If this is the only method that you’re comfortable with, that is certainly understandable, and you can continue with it – just be aware that it will affect the overall length of treatment: the total amount of time you spend getting electrolysis will be the same, but it will be spread out over a longer period of time.
Bleaching is not recommended because it makes the hair hard to see; but again, if this is the only method you like, go ahead and do what makes you comfortable – the electrolysis can still be done, but it might take a little bit longer.