What is Electrolysis?


Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. However it’s not a one shot deal, a series of treatments is required. Each client is a unique case and will require different ranges in their treatment time and frequency.


How Does it Work?

Using modern technology, skilled Electrologists will permanently remove unwanted hair from the face or body. This process utilizes a very fine sterile probe that is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of high frequency energy is applied. This procedure destroys the hair growth cells in the follicle tissue, so it can no longer produce hair, making it the Permanent Solution.  This, however, is not a one shot deal but takes several treatments.


There are three types of electrolysis: Galvanic, Thermolysis and Blend.

Hairs are in different stages of growth, growing, resting and shedding therefore several treatments are required per hair to destroy it permanently.


The Pros

  • Electrolysis has the best track record. Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method for removing hair permanently.

  • Many different hair and skin types can benefit. Electrolysis doesn't target hair pigment (color) like laser, but destroys the follicle itself. People who have white, grey, blond or lighter colors of hair are able to have Electrolysis.


The Cons

  • Distorted follicles and Electrolysis: Distorted follicles caused from previous waxing, tweezing, epilady or from just from having curly hair can make hair follicles distorted. This is no more difficult but adds a bit more time on to your treatments than does have a nice straight hair follicle.

  • A series of treatments are needed: A commitment to Electrolysis is required. It’s no good to start and stop. It will take for every. One step forward and one step back…

  • Scarring or discoloration: This would most likely to occur if Electrolysis is improperly done or if the client isn’t following proper pre and post treatment care

  • Cost and treatment time: Varies from person to person. A complimentary consultation will be able to give you and approximate guestimate of how long your treatment need to be, how often and duration. No one will be able to answer this over the phone. A complete consult is required.


Does Electrolysis Hurt?


Electrolysis is a sensation of heat or feels like a sting. Your tolerance varies daily depending upon how many coffees, menstrual cycle, stress and anxiety etc.


Shawna L. Pratt CPE.

Certified Professional Electrologist

Owner of Caldwell Place Clinic


I suffered with facial hair since my late teens. Life was difficult and embarrassing for me. I remember when I was 20 yrs. old my co worker commented on the nice mustache I had grown . I laughed and pretended like it did not bother me. The truth was I wanted to die. I had a crush on this young man, and my eyebrows were thick meeting in the middle. I started to pluck them and went over board. They were so thin I had to draw them on with a pencil. The problem was I did not know what I was doing and had no idea who could help me. I would set my alarm clock to get up and pluck my face before work. This continued into my fifties. One day a co worker told me about an amazing lady she was seeing about her facial hair. I confided in my co worker about my embarrassment. She told me when you go to Shawna it will be like talking to your sister. Shawna makes you feel so comfortable. Shaking like a leaf I called her from my work place and made an appointment. When I went to my first appointment I thought Shawna would say" gross, hopeless" Thank God I was wrong. What a wonderful lady. Shawna put me at ease. I was very comfortable. She worked on my eyebrows, chin, face, and mustache. Now I see her maybe every 6 months to do a few stray chin hairs I am 61yrs old. If only I had met you sooner dear Shawna. God bless you.
~ Madeline Repchull
Shawna Pratt with Mary Kay Cosmetics and Caldwell Place Clinic has fielded several referrals from the WIN (Women In Networking) group, even sending some business to Nancy Irvine at Guardian Transfer and Storage.
~ The Burnside News