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Comparing Thermolysis and Blend Electrolysis: Two Modern Methods of Electrolysis Hair Removal

Updated: Sep 13, 2023


Unwanted body hair can be a source of frustration for many individuals, prompting them to seek effective and long-lasting solutions. Electrolysis, a time-tested hair removal method, offers a permanent solution by targeting hair follicles with electrical currents. Two primary techniques are prominent in electrolysis, Thermolysis and blend electrolysis. Here, we will explore these two modern methods, delving into their unique features, benefits, and considerations. As an experienced practitioner, Isabella has expertise in both techniques and will provide insights into their applications.

Thermolysis: Flash, High Frequency, Short Wave

Thermolysis, also known as the short-wave or high-frequency method, is a popular form of electrolysis hair removal. It operates on the principle of heat generation within the hair follicles, leading to their destruction. The process involves inserting a fine probe into each individual hair follicle, where a high-frequency current is applied. This high-frequency current rapidly oscillates between positive and negative polarity, generating heat that cauterizes the follicle.

Advantages of Thermolysis:

a) Speed and Efficiency: Thermolysis is known for its speed and efficiency in treating individual hair follicles. The high-frequency current enables rapid cauterization, making it suitable for treating larger areas with a high hair density.

b) Thermolysis is mainly used on straight or slightly curly hair.

Blend Electrolysis: Galvanic + heat generation from Thermolysis

Blend electrolysis combines the principles of Thermolysis and galvanic electrolysis, making it a versatile and effective method for hair removal. In blend electrolysis, a dual-action probe is used, which simultaneously delivers a high-frequency current along with a low-level direct current (galvanic current). The galvanic current facilitates a chemical reaction from the water, the cells ( H2O ), and salt or sodium ( Na ); these two chemicals become a compound called sodium hydroxide or lye when the current is introduced. This is an expanding White foam-like substance that aids in the destruction of the hair follicle, along with the high-frequency current that generates heat, which intensifies the chemical process.

Advantages of Blend Electrolysis:

a) Enhanced Effectiveness: By combining both Thermolysis and galvanic electrolysis, blend electrolysis offers enhanced effectiveness in destroying hair follicles. The blend of heat and chemical reaction increases the success rate, making it an ideal choice for clients with very curly, distorted, or deeply rooted hair, a must for clients of color.

b) Flexibility in Treatment Parameters: Blend electrolysis provides practitioners with greater flexibility in adjusting treatment parameters, such as the intensity and duration of the currents.

This adaptability enables personalized treatment plans tailored to each client's unique needs.

Considerations for Both Methods:

1. Expertise and Experience: While thermolysis and blend electrolysis offer effective results, seeking a skilled and experienced practitioner is crucial. Electrolysis is a specialized technique that requires expertise to ensure safety and maximize the efficacy of the treatment.

2. Post-Treatment Care: Following either method, it is essential to follow the practitioner's post-treatment care instructions. This may include excessive heat or cold exposure and utilizing recommended skincare products.

3. Client comfort or adverse skin reactions can also determine which process is used.

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