Frequent Questions

These are some of the most common questions asked about permanent hair removal. Feel free to contact us with any question that is not answered here.

  • What causes excessive/unwanted hair growth?

    There are several factors which may stimulate excessive or superfluous hair growth. These include: hormonal imbalances, effects of certain medications, pregnancy, heredity, excessive tweezing & waxing.

  • What methods of hair removal are available to me?

    Shaving, depilatory creams, threading, sugaring, waxing and tweezing are all popular hair removal methods. However, these methods offer only temporary relief from unwanted hair and can be irritating and damaging to your skin. Often, waxing can cause hair follicles to become distorted, resulting in unsightly ingrown hairs.

  • Why should I choose electrolysis?

    Unlike other temporary methods, electrolysis offers a safe and permanent solution to the problem of unwanted hair.

  • How does electrolysis work?

    A very fine filament is gently inserted alongside the hair in the hair follicle. A very small amount of electrical current is then applied through this filament to the root of the hair, destroying it permanently.

  • Is electrolysis safe?

    Electrolysis has been practiced since 1875. It is a safe treatment, and is endorsed by the medical profession. We adhere to the highest standards of sterilization. A pre-sterilized disposable needle and sterilized forceps are used for each treatment, and disposable gloves are also worn.

  • Does it hurt?

    Truth? Yes, it can sometimes hurt. Different areas of the face and body can be more or less sensitive, and tolerance levels vary from person to person. (Believe it or not, many of my clients sometimes actually fall asleep during a treatment!) Your comfort is important, and there are many ways to reduce sensitivity, including the application of topical anaesthetic before a treatment.

  • What should I expect after a treatment?

    After a treatment, the skin may feel warm, and a slight redness may appear, which normally subsides within a few hours. A day or two after a treatment, you may notice tiny whiteheads in the area and sometimes “honey” scabs may appear. These are normal reactions, and may take a few days to disappear. These areas should be left alone and not tampered with.

  • Are there any before and after treatment considerations?

    Temporary hair removal methods should be discontinued a week prior to your first treatment. You can trim down and shave hairs between treatments, but waxing, tweezing, threading and any other method that removes the root of the hair are a no-no. After a treatment, sun exposure to the treated area should be avoided for a period of 24-48 hours. Heavy makeup and skincare products as well as alcohol based skincare products should be avoided for 24 hours. Hot showers or baths, excessive exercise and the use of hot tubs and saunas within 24 hours of treatment should be avoided as they may prolong your skin’s redness. Do not tamper with the treated area.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    The number of treatments required depends upon the number of hair follicles in the area being treated, as well as underlying biological factors causing hair growth, the condition of your skin, its sensitivity, and even the methods of hair removal that you previously used. You can achieve quicker results if a regular treatment schedule is followed. Clients who stick to a regular schedule of treatments – initially, once a week is best – begin to see improvement within the first 3 to 6 months of treatments.

  • What areas can be treated with electrolysis?

    Any area of the body can be treated, with the exception of the nostril and the inner ear. Both men and women can enjoy the lifelong results achieved through electrolysis.

  • Is electrolysis really permanent?

    Yes, it is permanent. In fact, it is the only permanent method of hair removal, and has been defined by the FDA as permanent.

  • Why should I choose laser?

    Laser technology offers a permanent reduction – about 75 to 80% - of your unwanted hair. An added benefit is that we can treat multiple hair follicles with one pulse of the laser, which makes it a great option for working on any treatment area more quickly.

  • How does laser hair reduction work?

    The laser delivers a beam of high intensity light which penetrates the skin, targets the melanin in unwanted hairs and disables them, thus impairing their ability to grow back.

  • Is laser hair reduction safe?

    Yes. At Head to Toe Electrolysis & Laser we have more than 15 years of experience in professional hair removal. The LightSheer Diode laser has a rare FDA approval for safe, permanent hair reduction. Our laser equipment undergoes regular maintenance to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently. Protective eyewear specifically designed for use with the 810nm wavelength emitted by the LightSheer Diode laser is always worn. However, the safety of any laser equipment can be significantly reduced in the hands of an unqualified, inexperienced technician, and when regular maintenance of the machine is not performed. Laser treatments are not recommended if: You have exposed your skin to the sun (active tanning) or tanning beds for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. You are pregnant. You have been taking Accutane within a period of 1 year prior to having laser treatments.

  • Does laser hair reduction hurt? What does it feel like?
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    Yes, laser treatments can sometimes be uncomfortable. The sensation is usually described as tiny elastic bands being snapped against your skin, and most people tolerate it very well. The truth, though, is that if you’re not feeling it, then the treatment is not working. I avoid using topical anaesthetic when performing a laser treatment because I need to know exactly what you are feeling, so that I can adjust the laser settings for a safe and efficient treatment.

  • What should I expect after a treatment?

    Immediately after a treatment your skin may be red and bumpy. This is perfectly normal and is an indicator that the treatment was effective, and usually subsides within a few hours. You may also notice tiny “honey” crusts around some of the treated hair follicles. These are actually hairs that have been “carbonized” by the laser and forced up through the follicle to the surface of the skin. They will come off on their own, normally in the next few days. Approximately 1 week after your treatment it may appear that the hairs in the treated area are growing back in. Don’t worry, they are not actually growing. This is simply the shedding process of the treated hairs that needs to occur. At this time, you may want to gently exfoliate or shave the area to help speed up the shedding process.

  • Are there any before and after treatment considerations? What should I do before, after and between treatments?

    Waxing, tweezing, threading and electrolysis of the area to be treated should be discontinued for 4-6 weeks before commencing laser treatments. If the hair is removed before a treatment, then there will be nothing in the skin for the laser to target, and it will have no effect. On the day of your treatment, your skin should be freshly and perfectly shaved before you come in for your appointment. This ensures that the laser energy is only absorbed beneath the surface of your skin, resulting in a more comfortable and effective treatment. Active tanning from the sun and from tanning beds should be avoided for 4-8 weeks before you begin your laser treatments. Once you begin your laser treatments, you should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun and completely discontinue the use of tanning beds. It is required that you wear a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 40 everyday. A fresh suntan, even the slightest amount of colour, increases the risk of attracting the laser energy to the increased melanin deposits on the surface of your skin, which can result in a burn. You will have less and less hair growth to manage after each treatment, but if you do need to manage between treatments, you may shave or trim the hairs.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    It is difficult to accurately predict exactly how many treatments you’ll need. Most clients will require a minimum of 6-8 treatments, spread out at 4 week intervals for the face and 6-8 week intervals for the body, to remove the bulk of the hair from any area. After this period, additional treatments may be required, depending on your hair loss expectations. You may discontinue your treatments when you are happy with the amount of reduction that we achieve, whether it’s 60% or the maximum of 80%. If you suffer from a hormonal imbalance your treatments may be ongoing. Remember that hair grows in continuous cycles, and the laser only works on hairs in the Anagen or growth stage, because these hairs contain the highest amounts of melanin, which is what the laser is targeting. Not all of your hair is in this phase at the same time, only about 20-30%. Therefore you can expect to see up to a 20-30% reduction in your unwanted hair with each treatment.

  • What areas can be treated with laser?

    Any area of the body can be treated, with the exception of the eyebrows.

  • Is laser hair reduction really permanent?

    In February 1998, the LightSheer system was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permanent hair reduction. Under the FDA's definition, "permanent" hair reduction is the long-term, stable reduction in hair counts/the number of hairs regrowing after a treatment regime. The number of re-growing hairs must be stable over a time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of hair follicles, which varies from 4 - 12 months, according to body location. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair. (Remember that the laser does not work on vellus (very fine), blonde, white or red hairs.)

  • At what age can I start having electrolysis and laser treatments?

    Electrolysis and laser can be performed on men and women of any age, as young as 14 years old. Parental consent is required for clients 18 years old or younger.

  • How much will it cost?

    Laser fees are based not only on the area being treated, but also on the size of the area and amount of hair present. Since people come in different shapes and sizes, and the amount of hair in individual areas does vary with each client, you will need to book a complimentary, no obligation consultation in order for me to determine an accurate quote.

  • How can I find out more about electrolysis and laser hair reduction?

    Book a complimentary consultation by calling me at 416-738-8842 or emailing me at headtotoe@live.com. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about hair removal.

Common Questions
How Much Does It Cost?
Laser fees are based not only on the area being treated, but also on the size of the area and amount of hair present. Since people come in different shapes and sizes, and the amount of hair in individual areas does vary with each client, you will need to book a complimentary, no obligation consultation in order for me to determine an accurate quote.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The number of treatments required depends upon the number of hair follicles in the area being treated, as well as underlying biological factors causing hair growth, the condition of your skin, its sensitivity, and even the methods of hair removal that you previously used. You can achieve quicker results if a regular treatment schedule is followed. Clients who stick to a regular schedule of treatments – initially, once a week is best – begin to see improvement within the first 3 to 6 months of treatments.
Does It Hurt?
Truth? Yes, it can sometimes hurt. Different areas of the face and body can be more or less sensitive, and tolerance levels vary from person to person. (Believe it or not, many of my clients sometimes actually fall asleep during a treatment!) Your comfort is important, and there are many ways to reduce sensitivity, including the application of topical anaesthetic before a treatment.
What's The Difference Between Electrolysis & Laser?
Laser is non-invasive and can treat multiple hairs (not blonde, red, or white hairs) with one pulse. It delivers a highly concentrated beam of light which penetrates the skin and selectively damages the root of the hair. Electrolysis is minimally invasive and is used to treat one hair at a time (any hair colour). A small pulse of electrical current is applied at the root of the hair through a fine wire filament that is inserted into the hair follicle.