needle electrolysis

Electrolysis involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and then sending an electrical current to its root. Each hair follicle must be treated individually and many sessions are necessary. This is a fantastic and proven method of long-term to permanent hair reduction but there are many negative aspects of it. It is very time-consuming and can be expensive, but most importantly is extremely painful, often even agonizing. In my opinion only grey or very light hairs (which did not respond to IPL treatments) should be treated by this method.

tweezer electrolysis

Theoretically, galvanic tweezers (in contrast to needle electrolysis), use the hair itself to conduct electrical current to the hair root. Manufacturers claim that the hair, a semi-conductor, allows a small amount of electricity to travel through it developing a strong alkali which chemically decomposes the germ cells that produce the hair. Once the germ cells are destroyed, that hair follicle cannot produce another hair.

Proprietary gels, creams and solutions work in conjunction with this equipment and are recommended. Water content of each hair follicle determines whether a sufficient amount of electrical current will be conducted through the hair. However, conductivity of hair is quite limited (if not impossible altogether).

Even manufacturers themselves cannot agree as to whether "conductive gels" applied to the skin can enhance conductivity. Some manufacturers state that the electric current is dissipated in the skin itself with these gels and that they cannot possibly aid in conducting current to the hair root. To date we have not yet heard of a r-electrolysis �success story�