Electrolysis Reviews

When considering permanent hair removal, you may start by asking for personal referrals, or looking online for businesses that have good reviews. With so many choices in a large city like Los Angeles, you may be looking for a convenient location within easy reach from your home or workplace. After all, electrolysis is a very personal procedure with permanent results, so it’s only natural that you’ll want to feel comfortable with your choice of electrologist. Electrolysis can be somewhat painful, so depending on your tolerance level, you may be looking for a gentle hair removal specialist. Last but not least, if you are seeking electrolysis for your stomach, back, chest, legs, bikini area, chances are, you are looking for a salon where you feel comfortable in the space, with privacy, and a space to change. All of these are aspects of a service you can glean from online reviews.

After 16+ years in business, Alison has earned a reputation as a top electrologist in Los Angeles, and every client story on this page is a testament to her professionalism. We are proud of our excellent rating on Google and Yelp . You will also find photos of our space, in case you are curious about the salon, parking, and nearby areas.

Testimonials About Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a fairly private procedure, so we typically don’t ask our clients for a “testimonial.” You may not want the world to know exactly how you came by your smooth hair-free skin. We understand! We don’t expect our client to share “best electrolysis in Los Angeles” from the rooftops.. With that said, many clients over the years have taken the time to provide a review, a story, or a testimonial. These clients are excited to share a resource with others, and “pay it forward” by recommending Alison to those who they think will benefit from her service. The testimonials below were shared voluntarily by our clients, and we absolutely respect their privacy. If you are a client and would like to share your electrolysis story, please send us a message

Electrolysis Client Stories

Alison has a variety of happy electrolysis clients from all over the West Los Angeles area. And you can be one of them! Contact Alison today to schedule your first electrolysis hair removal session.

Real Life Electrolysis Stories

Electrolysis by Alison is proud to help people from all walks of life get rid of unwanted hair growth. From women with PCOS to men looking into removing hair on their backs and shoulders, and everyone in between, we have given thousands of clients the opportunity to feel better about their facial hair and body hair situations. These are real people whose self-image and confidence have received significant boosts from the steps they have made to feel better about their appearances. Our founder Alison considers seeing the improvement in a client’s attitude as their treatment progresses from session to session one of the best parts of the job, 

Myths about Electrolysis Revealed

One of the common myths about electrolysis treatments is that they are essentially the same procedure as laser treatment with the same outcome. This is far from the truth, as every one of our clients could happily tell you. Electrolysis is effective on all hair colors and skin types, unlike laser therapy. Electrolysis is also different in the quality of the hair removal provided. With laser therapy, hair growth cycles are disrupted, but long-term are not interrupted. Follicles will eventually recover from the procedure, and the scattershot approach to treatment (with all follicles, terminal or otherwise) in an area being targeted means that some vellus, or light, wispy hairs may be triggered into growing more terminal, dark hairs. Conversely, electrolysis only targets the affected follicles, meaning that they will be permanently neutralized. And of course, the difference in what laser therapy and electrolysis feel like is not to be overlooked.

Another myth about electrolysis is that home electrolysis kits can be effective. Sadly, this is not true. Electrologists work hard and study to achieve their certifications. The training and understanding can not be substituted. The risk of re-growth, scarring, and infection from poorly-executed electrolysis is too great. We advocate only pursuing electrolysis at a center with a credentialed electrologist that uses new needles for every procedure and preferably already has at least three years of experience in the field. Alison has been practicing for over 15 years at this point.

Related to the above myth is the one that electrolysis is always a 100% success. While even an inexperienced electrologist can generally do an excellent job, it’s not always guaranteed. Your best chance of success is to choose a highly trained and experienced electrologist.

Another myth is that electrolysis is a ‘one-and-done’ solution. While electrolysis is effective at permanently disabling individual follicles that it treats, the fact of the matter is that not all follicles in an area of skin are active at the same time. There are three stages to hair growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.

  • Anagen – during this stage, the growth stage, the hair will physically grow 1cm (around 0.4 inches) a month. This stage lasts from 4 to 6 months for body hair. The follicle is actively connected to the dermal layer of the skin in order to obtain nourishment.
  • Catagen – during this transitional phase, only two weeks long, the follicle shrinks and detaches. The hair strand is cut off from its blood supply and nourishment. The hair shaft is pushed upwards by the follicle, which shifts to less than 20% its length in the previous stage.
  • Telogen – in this stage, the shedding phase, the follicle remains dormant between one and four months.

What this means in practice is that while the density of hair in a treated area will definitely be reduced by the first procedure, multiple procedures will be necessary in order to treat every follicle that is actively involved in the hair-growing cycle. Even then, if you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance such as menopause or pregnancy, it is possible that more of your follicles that were previously inactive and thus not treated by the initial cycle of treatments will be activated by new waves of androgens and start growing terminal hairs. Electrolysis by Alison can work with you to put together a schedule that will address your personal situation. Alison specializes in treating women with PCOS, but any comparable situation of hormonal flux can be addressed.

Electrolysis Hair Removal Success Stories

There are no shortage of happy testimonials on this page. People talking about shedding the hair on their arms, on their faces, upper lips, backs, and more. Hair removal is a sensitive topic for many. There are nightmare stories out there of people trying a less permanent method and it horribly backfiring, eating up thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to repair the damage done. We’re happy that our clients have no such stories to report about our service.

SS, Pacific Palisades
SS, Pacific Palisades
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It was time to take care of the unsightliness of the hair on my back and shoulder areas! Enough of the sporadic itching and sometime in-grown hairs that would occur! In July, 2005 a skin care enthusiast friend of mine referred me to Alison Ashley, an Electrologist in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, for permanent hair removal treatments. I was so impressed. Alison is very knowledgeable, professional and very dedicated to her clients in achieving their goals. I started with ½ hour treatments once a week moving to different areas of the back and shoulders. I then progressed to twice a week treatments after she explained the importance of scheduled return visits to keep on top of various hair growth cycles which is the enabling factor in the permanent removal of them. You should see my back and shoulders now…..I am a new man!….back looks great, nice and smooth. Even the skin is more healthy looking…and with no more itching! I am so happy that I was referred to Alison Ashley and her expertise in the field of Electrolysis and permanent hair removal. I now go to Alison at least once a month to keep under control other unwanted hair on my body, including facial areas, eyebrows, outer ear areas and the top of my toes. I am very excited that these times enable a man in his fifties to partake in these services and not feel embarrassed in doing so. This whole experience continues to be a delight and I thank Alison Ashley for the providing the journey.

Debra, Venice Beach
Debra, Venice Beach
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About 25 years ago, I was unhappy about some facial hair and looked into removal by Electrolysis. Two very well known ladies were customers of the Studio at that time. One lady had all her unwanted body hair removed. I was extremely happy with the outcome. After menopause and 25 plus years later, some black facial hair started growing, to my dislike. I remembered how successful the Electrolysis treatment was and started searching for a qualified person. There was nothing in Pacific Palisades or in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue. I found Alison in Brentwood who has the latest Electrolysis machine and does wonderful work. I highly recommend her and highly recommend Electrolysis as it does remove unwanted hair permanently.

Hilde, Pacific Palisades
Hilde, Pacific Palisades
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For many years I tried bleaching, then waxing and even threading hoping one of these with time would at least lessen my facial and underarm hair. Unfortunately it only made the hairs thicker and very noticeable. I began electrolysis when a family member was excited about her results after only 2 months of beginning this procedure. The first few weeks it requires commitment but the results are worth it and before you know it, the hairs become very thin and go unnoticed! Even my ex-waxing lady was amazed at my results. I am extremely happy I was referred to Alison, I only continue going because I started to do new areas on my body when the more noticeable ones are done. I even started taking my 2 teenage daughters to Alison and I’m glad they won’t have to deal with unwanted hair for much longer. I didnt want them to go through what i experienced. Thinking back, I spent too much money waxing and treading every 3 weeks for so many years with no results. I’ve always had delicate skin and finding the right person to do electrolysis is the trick, Alison is the best! Thank god i found Alison, now I am free and happy. My daughters and son love her too. No more hair!!

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