Electrolysis reigned absolute until the 1990’s
Although laser hair removal technology is truly a game changer in the industry, it has significant limitations and electrolysis still has a very important place in permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis (more accurately known as thermolysis) destroys the hair by the same process as laser does. This process is heat. The big difference is, in electrolysis the heat is generated through a probe which is manually inserted into each hair follicle. Usually the skin is more irritated by this procedure and may become swollen for a short time and there may be minimal temporary discolourations. Since the introduction of laser hair removal, the use of electrolysis is usually used only when:
- The hair is white, blonde, red or fine.
- The hair is growing in a hard to get at place, like in the nose or ears
- Eyebrow shaping
- The skin is too dark for laser.
- There just a few dark hairs. If you can easily count them, then it would be more economical to go with electrolysis. If there are a lot, then it’s generally laser.
What is our ‘Electrolysis’ technology?
All types of hair removal using an electric current conducted by a probe which is inserted manually in a hair pore are called ‘electrolysis’. This is confusing since more correctly, there are 3 types. Direct current (also galvanic or electrolysis) and Radio frequency (also RF or thermolysis). A combination of the 2 is called the Blend. At Genie Solutions, we use Thermolysis as well as the Blend. We believe that most epilators can provide results as great as the technicians behind them, and do not favour or promote any brand.