Hair Removal – Alkaline Wash

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The Danné Montague-King (DMK) alkaline wash system is used to treat fine, downy hair on the face, neck, arms and thighs. It is a pain-free hair removal treatment, specifically for fine hair covering a significant area. The high alkalinity of the solution is used to dissolve the hair and destroy the underlying follicles.

Some of the hair removed will grow back at its normal rate at first, but as treatments progress, the regrowth rate will slow down. Hair does not become any coarser after treatment.

Folliculitis can also be treated with the alkaline wash system. This usually occurs on the neck area of the male beard or on the back of the arms and legs, causing dry,red spots.

Alkaline Wash Treatment Benefits:

  • Reduces fine, downy hair
  • Pain-free
  • Large areas can be removed in one treatment
  • Can lead to permanent hair removal
  • Uses natural, botanical ingredients removal of hair

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Alkaline Wash Hair Removal Treatment

What is Alkaline Wash?

The Alkaline Wash system is a treatment designed to reduce fine, downy hair on the face, neck, arms and thighs. This type of hair is very difficult to remove because it is usually quite dense, making it unsuitable for electrolysis, which treats one hair follicle at a time. It can be used in areas where there is both fine and coarse hair; the fine hair is treated this way first, and then the remaining coarse hair can be treated with laser or electrolysis.

How does the Alkaline Wash system work?

An alkaline powder is mixed to a paste and applied to the skin for up to ten minutes. The rise in pH digests the protein, keratin, in the hair, dissolving it and part of the underlying follicle.

How many treatments will I need?

After the first treatment, the hair will grow back at the normal rate, but as treatments progress, the rate of regrowth becomes slower and the hair becomes finer, usually resulting in permanent hair loss over time as the hair follicle is finally completely destroyed. As such, the frequency of treatments required is reduced; some clients can go for several months between treatments. The number of treatments required for permanent hair removal depends on many factors, such as how long the hair has been there, reasons for hair growth and how it has been treated previously. Your practitioner will advise you at the time of consultation.

Are there any side effects or is there any downtime?

Alkaline Wash is a pain-free treatment; however in some cases the area can appear red and warm afterwards, and some may experience dryness, and sensitivity. If you are prone to acne, it may cause a mild outbreak. These side effects are normal and subside in a short period of time. A patch test is carried out on the area before treatment to ensure that your skin is suitable. Some clients are concerned that hair will grow back more coarse than before, but this is impossible because of the dissolving effect on the hair follicle. There is no downtime but it is recommended to avoid UV rays from the sun or a sunbed for 48 hours and to avoid using make-up for 12 hours. Your practitioner will recommend aftercare products to inhibit hair growth and reduce side effects.

Alkaline Wash Hair Removal Timelapse Video

Alkaline Wash Hair Removal Treatment at a glance

Procedure Time: 45 mins estimated
Number of Treatments: 4-8 treatments
Back to Work: Dependent on redness
Full Recovery: Within a few hours estimated
Sensitivity Period: Mild for up to 12-24 hours

Before and After an Alkaline Wash Treatment