Electrolysis, Thermolysis or Blend – Which is the Right Hair Removal Technique for You?
Have you been hoping to find the best permanent hair removal technique for your particular situation? It can be rough, as the range of choices can seem overwhelming. Some of the options that are available include electrolysis, thermolysis and the blend method. These are in addition to all the other methods that claim to be the best.
So, exactly how DO you determine which hair removal process is going to be the best for you?
As with so many other decisions, arriving at the right choice comes down to carefully researching your options while also taking into consideration your skin sensitivity and your tolerance to pain. For this discussion, let's begin with electrolysis, a process that has been practiced for decades.
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal technique that works by destroying individual hair follicles so that the hair can no longer grow.
Here's how it works.
Taking care not to puncture the skin, a slender probe is inserted into a hair follicle. Once it has been inserted, an electrical current is passed through to the end of the probe. This causes a chemical reaction to take place. This reaction in turn causes the salt and water molecules located in the follicle to change into lye which loosens the hair and causes permanent damage to the follicle base. The loosened hair is then gently pulled out with tweezers. This process is repeated at every follicle where hair is to be removed.
While this process has by far the best track record for permanency, electrolysis can be painful and expensive. And because it's tedious, this method is not recommended for large areas of removal. In addition, numerous treatments are often necessary. It's recommended that this process is performed by an experienced technician because if done improperly, the skin can be irreparably damaged or the follicle may not be properly altered which can lead to hair regrowth.
Thermolysis is a somewhat similar hair removal process that works again by inserting a probe into a hair follicle. Now things are a little different. In this process, once the probe is inserted, the water molecules inside the follicle bounce around and generate heat. This heat is what causes the destruction to the base, or the dermal papilla of the follicle that prevents future hair growth. This more expeditious hair removal method is not as effective as electrolysis, and can cause burning and scarring which is why it is best performed by a professional.
The blend method of hair removal is actually a combination of these two hair removal techniques. It generally results in a quicker and more efficient process. Today, this process is gaining in popularity. Combining the heating element of thermolysis with the molecular transformation produced from electrolysis creates heated lye and it's the heated lye that expedites the follicle base damage. In addition to being quicker and more efficient, the blend hair removal process is generally effective on all types of hair.
When it comes to permanent hair removal, electrolysis, thermolysis and the blend method have all been proven effective. Because these procedures involve the use of needles or probes, it's of utmost importance that properly sterilized equipment is used to reduce the risk of infection. Further, only trained professionals should perform these procedures to greatly reduce any associated risks.