Electrolysis: Permanent Hair Removal for Gray Hair

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal procedure that uses electricity to destroy the hair follicle. It is the only hair removal method that is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair, including gray hair. It is also a good option for people with sensitive skin.

How Electrolysis Works

During electrolysis, a qualified electrologist inserts a fine needle into the hair follicle. A small electric current is then passed through the needle, which destroys the hair follicle.

The hair follicle is the sac that contains the hair root. When the hair follicle is destroyed, the hair can no longer grow back.

Electrolysis for Gray Hair

Electrolysis is a good option for removing gray hair because it can target individual hairs, even if they are gray or white.

Other hair removal methods, such as laser hair removal, may not be effective on gray hair because gray hair does not contain as much melanin as dark hair. Melanin is the pigment that gives hair its color.

Electrolysis Procedure

An electrolysis procedure typically takes 15-30 minutes per treatment area. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the amount of hair being removed.

Electrolysis is a relatively painless procedure, but some people may experience a slight tingling or burning sensation.


After an electrolysis procedure, the treated area may be red and swollen. This is normal and should go away within a few days.

You should avoid swimming, sunbathing, and using harsh soaps or lotions on the treated area for a few days after your electrolysis procedure.

Benefits of Electrolysis:

  • Permanent hair removal
  • Effective for gray hair
  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • Relatively painless