Many factors can influence the growth of hair on the body. Hormones, hereditary and sometimes even illness can lead to dark, coarse and excessive hair obtrusively encasing the skin, leaving an individual
desperately trying to find a way to remove the hair, effectively, efficiently and painlessly.
For more than 135 years, electrolysis has been used, as an effective and permanent method of hair removal, and
unlike other ‘permanent’ hair removal techniques, can be used on all hair colors and skin types, making electrolysis an indiscriminating yet effectual hair removal tool. Because electrolysis yields successful
results on all hair, regardless of color and density, it is the only method of hair removal, which has been officially labeled as a ‘permanent’ hair removal technique by the American Medical Association.
The History of Electrolysis
Unlike other forms of hair removal, which have only been around in the last couple of decades, electrolysis has a long and dynamic history, dating back to the 19th century. It was first used by Dr. Charles E.
Michel in 1875 on an ingrown eyelash. It became well known towards the end of the 1800s and during this time the first electrolysis practice was established.
Throughout the 20th century electrolysis continued to
be developed and improved and it slowly became more and more accessible and popular to people all around the world. Today electrolysis is considered an extremely effectual method of achieving smooth, hairless skin, forever.
How Electrolysis Hair Removal Works
Electrolysis is a form of electrical epilation, which destroys the follicles of the hair. A needle is inserted into the follicle just beneath the skin and applies an electrical current, which kills the follicle,
causing the hair to fall out and disabling any re-growth.
There are essentially three types of electrolysis – galvanic, thermolysis and blend.
Galvanic electrolysis has been used to successfully remove unwanted
hair since the late 1800s. Instead of a wave of electricity being used to destroy the hair follicle, galvanic electrolysis uses salt and water, which is chemically altered to produce lye. Lye is sodium hydroxide,
which is routinely used in many detergents and household cleaners. Hair cells despise lye, and as it builds up they are gradually weakened until they eventually perish.
Thermolysis electrolysis removes hair by a
radio transmitter being placed onto the skin. The hair is then wet with water and the transmitter causes the water to vibrate extremely rapidly and by doing so produces heat. As the water becomes hotter, the
follicles become damaged, fall out and are prevented from re-growing.
Because galvanic and thermolysis electrolysis does not always cause 100 percent of the hair to be removed, a third option is available designed
to guarantee maximum results. Aptly named ‘blend electrolysis’, this method is a combination of the galvanic and thermolysis treatments. If one particular method does not endow 100 percent hair loss, then the other
treatment is performed, until the area is completely free from hair.
The Advantages of Electrolysis Hair Removal
The obvious major advantage of electrolysis is that it removes the hair permanently. As it has been around since the late 1900s it is a well-established effectual technique to remove hair, which has constantly
been modified and improved over the decades to comply with today’s flawless standards.
If constantly spending extra precious minutes in the shower shaving legs and underarms is becoming too time-consuming,
gruelling and laborious, then making an appointment with a qualified electrologist should definitely be considered.
Where electrolysis prevails over other hair removal techniques, namely laser hair removal, is
because it attacks the hair follicle rather than the pigment, electrolysis can remove practically any color of hair. Contrary to popular belief, unlike many other methods of hair removal, both ones that deem to
be permanent and other temporary treatments, electrolysis is ‘virtually painless’.
Although a topical anaesthetic is offered to particularly nervous or squeamish clients, the technology used today produces a mere
tingling sensation rather than any pain or even discomfort.
Except a slight reddening of the skin that is temporary and usually fades several hours after the treatment has finished, there are no permanent side
effects caused by electrolysis. This method of hair removal, if carried out by a professional, is extremely safe and because it involves no harsh chemicals or abrasive manners, like many bleaches and waxes do,
electrolysis causes minimal negative inferences with the skin.