There are three different kinds of treatment referred to under the umbrella term of “electrolysis”: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. The aim of all of the treatments is to kill the hair matrix cells. The galvanic method uses the electrical current to produce a chemical reaction to do this, whereas thermolysis uses the heat created by the current. Thermolysis is faster than the galvanic method, but not quite as thorough, so the blend method was created to give you the best of both options.
How does it work?
Your therapist will ask you to lie on a treatment bed so he or she can easily reach the area you want treated. A metal probe, like a very fine needle, is used to enter each individual hair follicle and transmit a small electrical current. The probe doesn’t pierce your skin, in fact you shouldn’t feel it enter the follicle at all. The only sting you'll feel will be when the electrical current passes into the follicle, and zaps the root of your hair.
Treating your hairs one by one is obviously quite time consuming, especially if you’ve a lot to get through. Each session can last anything from five minute to two hours. At any one time, not all of your hairs are growing, so it can take a few treatments (normally on a weekly or fortnightly basis) before you’ll notice a significant reduction in the amount of hair. Once you really start blitzing those follicles, though, you’ll be in the fast lane to being hair-free because each session will become quicker and you can have them less often.
Is it for me?
Electrolysis has been upstaged in recent years by the quicker laser treatments available on the market. However, there’s no conclusive evidence that laser hair removal is completely permanent, so going with the proven track record of electrolysis might be better if you want to be absolutely sure those pesky hairs don’t come back.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you’re a blonde beauty, laser treatment is less likely to work for you, whereas electrolysis works for all hair colours and skin types.