What causes unwanted hair?
Many factors can influence hair growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormonal imbalance, diet, and certain illnesses and medications can all play a part in growing hair in the wrong places. Even some temporary methods of hair removal can cause an increase in hair growth.
What areas of the body is the Permanence Method not suitable for?
The Permanence Method is effective on all areas of the body; on all skin types, all skin colours, and all hair colours.
Permanence therapists are skilled at removing unwanted hair on the face, arms, underarms, legs, thighs, breast, abdomen and back. We can also sculpt eyebrows, bikini lines and beards. Permanence can ensure you only have body hair where you want it.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
Although scientists can generalise from surveys, hair growth patterns (both density and rate of growth) are as unique as you are. How long it will take and how many treatments will be required to remove your unwanted hair using the Permanence Method will vary depending on your own pattern of hair growth.
After an assessment of your needs by a Permanence therapist at your initial consultation, you will be given an estimate of the duration of your treatment and a plan will be set out for the frequency of your treatments. Your Permanence Treatment Plan will be monitored to ensure you are on track to achieve your goal.
What will it cost?
Along with your Permanence Treatment Plan, we will provide a table of rates. Treatments become more economical with increased length and additional equipment but not everyone needs, or has the time for extended treatments. Based on the treatment schedule that suits your needs you can be confident from day one that you will know the cost of achieving your goal.
At Permanence we accept all major credit cards, debit cards and cash.
Will it hurt?
The Permanence Method requires treating the hair follicle to the extent that it is no longer capable of growing hair. This invariably leads to some level of discomfort during the treatment. The level of discomfort you feel will depend on the area being treated and your own level of sensitivity.
Our therapists are trained to work with their clients to minimise discomfort during treatment. After your initial consultation, you may choose to have a small area of skin treated with the Permanence Method. From this you will be able to judge the level of discomfort you can tolerate.
Does the Permanence method involve sticking needles in my skin?
No! We do not use needles and we do not penetrate the skin. The Permanence method uses fine wires the thickness of a human hair that are inserted into the opening of the hair follicle next to your hair. These wires are so delicate you should not be able to feel them enter the follicle.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
While the treatment is intended to be stressful for the hair follicle, the follicle is tiny compared to the area of skin around it. For this reason, most reactions to the treatment, such as redness and swelling, will disappear in a few hours. Sometimes scabbing can occur at the opening of the follicle. This is often nothing more than excess fluid produced by skin glands and these light coloured scabs can be wiped away with a damp cloth soon after treatment.
After your initial consultation, you may choose to have a small area of skin treated with the Permanence Method. From this you will be able to judge for yourself how your skin reacts to the treatment. We will also provide you with an aftercare brochure and set out additional aftercare options for you. Permanence has also developed its own range of aftercare lotions that are available from your therapist.
How do I manage my unwanted hair between treatments?
There are many options available for keeping unwanted hair under control between treatments. It is important, however, that the hair be allowed to grow to at least 3mm in length immediately before your next treatment. Simple options include bleaching and trimming. Avoid plucking, waxing or any method that removes the hair below the surface of the skin unless you are having an extensive break between treatments. Depilatory creams should only be used in moderation if at all as they weaken the hair shaft and break it below the surface of the skin. Remember too that some non-permanent hair removal methods such as laser can actually aggravate hair growth and we advise not to use them in conjunction with the Permanence Method.
At your initial consultation your Permanence therapist will evaluate the area to be treated and recommend options for managing hair between treatments.
How long does my hair need to be to be treated by the Permanence Method?
Only a very short length of hair is required. 3mm is ideal but therapists can work with hair as short as 1.5mm if necessary. As a rule, the finer and lighter the hair, the longer it should be to ensure all hairs are found and removed.
How old do I need to be to be treated by the Permanence Method?
Age is no medical barrier to treatment by the Permanence Method. If you are a teenager it would be advisable to bring a parent along to your initial consultation as parental agreement will be required before treatment can begin.
Do men use the Permanence Method?
Many men have had their confidence and good looks enhanced by the Permanence Method. Common treatments for men are eyebrow shaping, removal of neck, chest or back hair and removal of hair from hands and arms.
Is the Permanence Method like laser hair removal?
No. While laser hair removal has existed for little more than a decade, the Permanence Method is a refinement of galvanic multi-probe electrology – the oldest and safest method of hair removal and the only method that can claim to be permanent hair removal.
Laser works by selectively heating dark areas of the skin (mostly hair) to damage or destroy it. The Permanence Method targets individual hair follicles, permanently destroying the part of the follicle responsible for hair growth.
Why would I choose the Permanence Method over laser?
Electrolysis is the only option for achieving permanent hair removal. Much like having braces to correct your teeth, if you put the time in to get it done right, the benefits will last a lifetime. The confidence you will gain through getting rid of unwanted hair is immeasurable.
Laser may produce faster results but they are not permanent and if permanence is what you want then laser can become very expensive. Laser is also only suitable for a narrow range of clients – those with dark hair and light skin. Using laser on clients outside this range can be both ineffective and dangerous.
Can you remove hair from my mole?
Yes, the Permanence Method is safe to use on moles but you will need a letter from your doctor stating the mole in question is safe to be treated. A potential side effect of removing these hairs is a flattening of the mole and lightening of its colour.
Can you remove hair from my tattoo?
Yes, the Permanence Method is one the few methods that can safely be used on tattoos and will not affect the ink in the design.
Is there any chance of my skin getting damaged or infected?
The Permanence Method is based on galvanic electrology which is recognised as the safest method of hair removal known and our skilled therapists ensure this reputation is maintained. In general terms, the quality of your skin, especially in areas that have been frequently tweezed or waxed in the past, will improve after treatments begin. In fact, with less hair to regrow, you can expect fewer ingrown hairs or irritation from trimming and other damaging methods of hair removal.
Permanence therapists follow strict standards of sanitation and sterilisation. Hands are thoroughly washed between clients and disposable gloves are worn during your treatment. Tools are sterilised and disposable items used where practicable. We take all steps possible to ensure no cross-contamination occurs between clients. We also provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you avoid infection at home during the short period your treated follicles take to recover.
Does shaving make my hair grow thicker and darker?
No. You probably heard this from your mother, but it is just as unlikely as when she said, “If the wind changes direction while you frown like that your face will stay that way!” The only part of your hair that is alive is hidden deep within the skin and, despite what the shampoo commercials say, nothing you do to the visible hair is going to affect how it grows.
Hair will appear thicker and darker after shaving for several reasons. Firstly, hair naturally tapers to a point and it is this fine, soft hair you are used to seeing. Shaving cuts the hair on an angle so under a magnifier it will look like a “tree stump” rather than a tapering branch. Secondly, hair this close to the skin is rich in melanin (colour) and has never been faded by sunlight. Against light skin it is going to look darker than the hair that has been cut away. Finally, running your hand over those sharp little “tree stumps” is going to feel rough compared to the willowy hair that used to be there.
This myth must have persisted for a long time because scientific studies to disprove it have been undertaken several times since the 1920s. In 1928, forensic scientist Mildred Trotter found that shaving had no effect on hair colour, texture or growth rate. In 1970 a clinical trial found that no significant differences in total weight of hair in a measured area, thickness or growth rate could be detected or attributed to shaving. Numerous other studies undertaken to compare hair removal methods have reached the same conclusion. To get a smooth close shave on your legs, arms or underarms, try these tips:
- Use a sharp, clean razor and replace your razor when it becomes dull
- Shave after showering when your pores are open
- Use a moisturiser to help lubricate the hairs
- To help remove dead skin cells that can clog up the razor, exfoliate before shaving