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Absolute Perfection Electrolysis

By Charlene Pierce

Our relationship with our hair, even the hair we don’t want, is very personal. Our hair shapes how we see ourselves, even how we define ourselves. Think of the scene in GI Jane in which Demi Moore shaves her head. Pivotal scenes like this reveal dramatic changes in the character—changes that go far deeper than their hair. The character is a different person afterward. What would be the change in you if you could stop tweezing, plucking, and worrying about unwanted hair? 


Mary Brennan would be happy to help you find out. She is a Licensed Electrologist (LE) and Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Mary owns Absolute Perfection Electrolysis in Omaha, and she has been helping people feel better about themselves for 27 years. She went into this field because she personally understands the difference it can make in a young girl’s life when she no longer feels self-conscious about excessive facial hair.


Electrolysis permanently removes unwanted hair by sending a small electrical current into the hair follicle, preventing hair from growing. In contrast, laser hair removal emits light converted to heat, which inhibits or delays hair growth from the treated hair follicles. Those who have laser hair removal may have to deal with the same hair coming back later. Those who undergo electrolysis will not experience hair regrowth. 


As with laser hair removal, electrolysis is not a one-and-done procedure. The cycle of hair growth has three stages: anagen (growth), catagen (transition), and telegen (rest). Each hair follicle contains two to five hairs, and each hair may be in a different part of the growth cycle at any given time. Electrolysis (and laser hair removal, for that matter) can only affect hairs that are in the growth stage. While one hair in a follicle is in the growth stage, another could be resting below the surface, where the electric current won’t affect it. Thus, multiple treatments are needed to ensure complete treatment of all the hairs in the follicle. 


Conditions that affect the pituitary glands, menopause, and other hormonal changes often cause hair to grow where we don’t want it. Mary has seen great change in the people she treats with electrolysis. There is a certain kind of confidence people gain, she says, when they no longer need to worry about hair sprouting in unwanted places. 


Absolute Perfection Electrolysis is a warm and cozy salon. Mary ensures privacy for her clients and understands the emotions that sometimes accompany the hair removal process. Mary has an unassuming personality—there is a sense of ease about her that makes it easy to talk with her. For women who struggle with facial hair, getting electrolysis is a freeing experience. They can shelve their tweezers and magnifying mirrors and leave the house each day feeling confident that they look good. 


Mary begins the process with a free consultation for each client. During the consultation, she determines the size of the area to be treated and the amount of hair in that area. Then she provides a detailed description of the process so the client fully understands the time required for full treatment and what to expect. This is the perfect time for clients to have all their questions answered. 


During the treatment, the client may feel a tingling sensation. It isn’t painful, but Mary can provide a numbing cream for clients who find the sensation too uncomfortable. Afterward, the treated area may be red for several hours, but the client can resume normal activity. The site needs to stay clean while it heals, which typically takes 24 to 48 hours. 


Most clients will need several treatments scheduled a week or a few weeks apart. Each treatment takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area. While it varies for each person, it generally takes at least eight months to treat all the growth cycles for each hair follicle. After that, the hair is gone permanently, and clients never need to worry about regrowth in the treated areas. 


Mary enjoys her work and seeing the confidence it provides her clients. She works with people of all ages, from just post-puberty all the way to the golden years. She is experienced with the unique hair removal needs of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community and is happy to work with people of all genders. 


Absolute Perfection Electrolysis is located in the Salon Suites at 7810 Dodge Street. Mary’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To schedule a free consultation about your hair removal needs, call Mary Brennan at 402-398-3300 or send a message to Learn more at


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