You’re ready to go to the beach, wear a pretty skirt, or even have a romantic cuddle with your lover. But wait… you have body hair! It’s hard to keep on top of it all, and when you don’t have enough time in the day, why would you waste time shaving, waxing or depilating excessively? Instead, most women find that permanent hair removal seems like an appealing option.

It’s difficult to permanently remove hair, though. Hair follicles are remarkably resistant to permanent damage from plucking, waxing, shaving, and so on. The solution: removing hair with electrolysis.

Electrolysis is relatively safe, and according to some scientific studies, permanent. It involves a technician inserting a very thin needle into each individual hair follicle, one at a time, and zapping the root of the hair with heat or chemicals (or both). This stops the hair from growing at all, as it begins at the root.

Female facial hair is the primary type treated by electrolysis, but removing hair with electrolysis isn’t limited to that area of the body. A skilled technician can remove nearly any type of hair using electrolysis. Of course, it takes a while, as they have to work one by one, which makes it not very suitable for large areas like legs unless you have lots of time, patience and money.

There is some pain involved with electrolysis that isn’t quelled by an anesthetic. It can show itself as a heat, tingle or sting as the needle zaps the hairs. The electrologist can adjust settings, but it may be impossible to have a painless treatment.

Electrolysis is supposed to be permanent, according to scientific articles and studies, but if a new root cell is formed, that hair will grow back in the same area as the ones zapped. Some people experience complete success with electrolysis, while others find that most of the hair treated seems to grow back after a while. It depends on your body type, and the only way to know for sure whether it works for you or not is to try it. You might consider getting a relatively small area of hair treated to see whether you like it, then go for larger areas if you do.

You will also have to visit the clinic repeatedly – every week to a month at the longest, sometimes for over a year, in order to catch new hair as it grows and finish the process. A single visit will not be enough.

Your body will react to the treatment after the visit, typically with redness or swelling, sometimes scabbing, and occasionally even scarring. You can speed the healing process if you know what you’re doing, but expect that it will happen so you don’t have any unwanted surprises.

If you’re interested in removing hair with electrolysis, make sure you get it done at a clean, safe and reputable electrolysis clinic, and that your electrologist is licensed and trained.

For those who have the money, time and endurance to follow through with electrolysis, it can be a perfect way of removing unwanted hair for good.