Electric hair removal is a very suitable method for permanently removing unwanted hair growth on small surfaces. Contrary to laser and IPL methods, this form of hair removal is effective for all hair colours. We treat the hair with a small needle (as thin as the hair itself) through which an electrical current is sent. The treatment is very time tedious and consuming, since we can only operate on one hair at a time. Because of this, larger surfaces are easier to be treated by the Laser method.
The heat caused by the electrical current used in this type of hair removal, damages the cell protein of the hair papilla and the hair follicle to such an extent as to render cell division impossible. Cells mainly consist of protein and, thus, once these are broken down the cell is effectively dead.
Electrical hair removal is a good choice for you if you have unwanted facial hair and daily epilation with tweezers is insufficient and if Laser/IPL treatment is not suitable because, for example, the hair is too light or too thin. Please do not hesitate to contact us for information.
There are various methods of treatment:
Electrolysis (only direct current). Direct current creates a process of caustic soaking (this process actually dissolves and soaks the keratin proteins in the hair follicle). This method dates back to the 1900’s and, nowadays, is seldom in the Netherlands because it is slow (30 to 60 seconds per hair) and painful.
Diathermie (only using high frequency alternate current): the heat causes the protein molecules, consisting of amino acids, to coagulate and die off. Under this form we can distinguish the following methods:
Classical: 3-6 seconds at lower amperage;
Joanna Lackmethod: for experienced beauticians. This methods uses a specially designed apparatus with a button switch that is operated by the index finger instead of a foot pedal.
Flash-method: 2 seconds at high amperage. This is an interesting method for quickly ‘clearing’ an area with dense hair growth. The disadvantage is that regrowth occurs more rapidly than with the blend method.
Blend method (combination of alternate and direct current): The caustic soaking process will be accelerated by applying heat through alternate current. If hair is only treated with a direct current, the process will take one minute. If the blend method is used instead, this can be reduced to 6 to 20 seconds. This is the most effective method for people with twisted follicles (often found in negroid people)
• “Handboek voor cosmetische en medische ontharing” by Drs. F.C.L. Goosmann (red)
• “Elektrokosmetiek” by Peggy Hoek
• “Opleiding elektrisch ontharen” by K.J.T.E. Lübkemann-de Boer