Hair removal: What is the best method?

19 October 2016

To make an educated choice and proper treatment is necessary to know the different methods, know how they work and their performances.

In permanent hair removal, as in many other fields, the technologies continue to innovate.

Two of the most effective technologies currently on the market are electrolysis and photo-epilation.

Hair Removal with ELETTROLISIS

Until now, the electrolysis was the only way to permanently remove unwanted hair. This technique involves the placement of a needle in the hair follicle up to the bulb. An electric current creates heat to weaken the cells that cause the hair regrowth.

The technique of thermolysis is the most frequently used because it’s fast and can be used on all types of hair, no matter the hair stage.

Other methods, called Blend, combine electrocoagulation with a direct current (galvanic) to produce a chemical destruction. The methods Blend require a longer application but are very effective against strong and uneven hairs.

To use the Blend, however, the hair must absolutely be in the anagen stage because the galvanic current requires maximum hydration to trigger the chemical reaction (caustic soda) to the germinative cells.

Today, electrolysis is very comfortable thanks to the improvement of the machines, which are more powerful and generate electricity very fast (in milliseconds).

Furthermore, with the ultrafast frequency of 27 MHz, available on Apilus devices, the current is rarely perceived.

This frequency is twice as fast compared to other hair removal systems on the market, it makes electrolysis comfortable for every patients. If you want an effective and permanent hair removal, you must choose electrolysis.

This technique, developed 130 years ago, is now updated thanks to the latest technology available today.

Hair Removal with PHOTO-EPILATION

Lasers and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) emit a beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. These dark pigments intercept the photons and the energy produced is converted into heat. The heat developed penetrates the follicle reaching the germinative cells.

These machines allow the treatment of large areas of the body, such as back, legs, arms because in a few minutes you can do the treatment.

It is a long-term hair removal but the result may vary from one person to another and from one body part to another.

Moreover, despite the many benefits of this technological evolution, certain types of skin and hair require special precautions or simply cannot be treated with photo-epilation, for example:

  • black skin, because the risk to burn is too high. It is possible to reduce the intensity but in that way there are no results in terms of hair removal.
  • gray hair, white, blond or light due to the lack of dark pigmentation (melanin) because not enough light is absorbed by the hair to heat the bulb.

For fast results and for large body areas, photo-epilation is the perfect solution. It reduces the number of hairs in a short time. It will not, however, be possible to effectively treat all types of skin and hair and does not provide permanent hair removal.

Both methods have proven their effectiveness and benefits.

The electrolysis is distinguished by the fact that it can treat the hair and the skin of any color. It’s also the ideal technique for facial hair. While, laser and IPL reduce the hair on larger areas in a short time.

The beauty therapist must suggest a more appropriate treatment to each customer, considering skin type, hair color, the area to be treated, contraindications, the sensitivity, the time and budget available. Accurate diagnosis and a clear explanation of the possible results are a prerogative of the beauty therapist.