In recent years, electrolysis permanent hair removal has gained popularity due to its effectiveness and lasting results. Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal technique with a proven track record approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, not all electrolysis techniques are the same. In this guide, we will explore the various types of electrolysis techniques, each with its own unique approach and benefits.

Galvanic Electrolysis

Galvanic electrolysis is the oldest electrolysis method and relies on a chemical reaction to destroy hair follicles. As part of this treatment, a tiny needle is inserted into the hair follicle, and a small electrical current is passed through it. This triggers a chemical reaction that destroys the stem cells producing new hairs, thereby permanently eliminating hair growth.

While undeniably effective in achieving permanent hair removal, galvanic electrolysis is characterised by its methodical pace when compared to alternative techniques. The intricate chemical processes involved necessitate a meticulous approach, and it is the most time-consuming electrolysis method.

Thermolysis (High-Frequency Electrolysis)

Thermolysis, also known as high-frequency electrolysis, operates using heat. In this technique, a high-frequency alternating current is applied to the hair follicle, heating the hair matrix cells and creating electrocoagulation, which destroys the follicle’s ability to produce hair.

One of the significant advantages of thermolysis is its speed. Compared to galvanic electrolysis, which can be relatively slow since it treats individual hairs, thermolysis offers a faster alternative. Therefore, its speed makes it a preferred choice for many individuals seeking permanent hair removal solutions.

Blend Electrolysis

Blend electrolysis combines the principles of galvanic electrolysis and thermolysis. As such, it uses both a chemical reaction and heat to target hair follicles and their stem cells. During this process, a combination of direct current (galvanic) and alternating current (thermolysis) is applied simultaneously or sequentially, offering a versatile and effective approach. Blend electrolysis is highly regarded for its precision and ability to treat various hair types. All in all, this dual-action approach allows practitioners to tailor treatments to meet the unique needs of each client, ensuring optimal results.

Flash (Pulse) Thermolysis 

Flash thermolysis, also known as pulse thermolysis, is a new variation of thermolysis that delivers rapid pulses of high-frequency current to the hair follicle. These short bursts of energy heat the follicle quickly, making the treatment faster and more comfortable for the patient. Flash thermolysis is particularly effective for treating finer and lighter hairs that may be challenging to target with other methods.

Moreover, the efficacy in targeting finer and lighter hairs makes flash thermolysis a preferred choice for individuals seeking comprehensive hair removal solutions. Whether addressing delicate facial hair or stubborn fine hairs in other areas of the body, flash thermolysis offers high precision and effectiveness.

Multiple-Probe Electrolysis 

Multiple-probe electrolysis, as the name suggests, is a type of galvanic electrolysis using multiple electrolysis probes simultaneously to treat multiple hair follicles at once. This technique can use up to 32 probes at once and is effective in removing unwanted hair from larger areas or areas with dense hair growth, as it is faster than classical galvanic electrolysis.

Automated Electrolysis Devices

In recent years, technological advancements have led to the development of automated electrolysis devices. These devices utilise computer-controlled algorithms to administer precise and consistent treatments. Automated electrolysis devices offer high efficiency. By automating the treatment process, practitioners can streamline workflow and reduce treatment times, allowing for more clients to be treated within a given timeframe. This increased efficiency not only benefits practitioners by optimising their resources, but also provides greater convenience for clients seeking timely hair removal solutions.