Is Thermolysis or Blend Right for You?

When it comes to choosing an electrolysis method, there are several things to consider.  What is your past history of hair removal? What color skin do you have? What is your hair texture? We help guide you to make the best decision for you.

There are three primary types of electrolysis. Galvanic, Thermolysis and Blend. In this article, we will focus on the two most popular types – thermolysis and blend. They are all safe, permanent and effective, however the level of effectiveness depends on several factors (such as your genetics, tolerance, effort to maintain regular treatments, etc.). For both methods, it is important to maintain on a regular appointment schedule so that hairs are treated during the growth stage. Let’s dive into specifics about these two types of treatments.


The Thermolysis Method

First used in 1923, thermolysis did not gain popularity until the 1940s.  Today, it is one of the most widely practiced forms of hair removal. Thermolysis is heat-based electrolysis, also known as shortwave method. A thermolyic epilator destroys the hair follicle by injecting each follicle with high frequency radio energy. This energy produces localized heat and weakens cells and surrounding tissues to prevent future hair growth. This is a process called electrocoagulation. There are no chemicals used with this method.

Thermolysis has low to medium sensitivity depending on your tolerance level.  Individual hairs are treated in mere seconds, as there are not many steps involved in this procedure. An electrologist can move swiftly from hair to hair and can reach a lot of hair follicles.

This method is meant for people who have shallow-rooted, thin hairs, and small follicles. It is great for hairs on facial areas like upper lip, chin, cheeks, sideburns and neck. The reason why thermolysis works best on this type of hair is because it simply and quickly removes peach fuzz and thin hairs. Thick or coarse, beardlike hair is not most suitable for this method.

The Blend Method

The blend method was developed by Arther Hinkel in 1948. Also known as dual action method, blend “blends” the galvanic and thermolysis methods into one. By combining the lye produced through galvanic method along with the heat from thermolysis, hair follicles are destroyed much more effectively and efficiently.  First, when lye is heated, it has a stronger effect on the hair follicle. Next, the tissue becomes more porous allows the heated lye to disperse more.  The hot lye solution spreads into all areas of the hair shaft. This helps to prevent cells both shallow and deep from building new hairs.epilation+(1)

Blend is sometimes painful and it does take longer to treat each hair follicle. This process is slightly more complex and has several techniques involved. Sophisticated equipment with computerized blend epilators are best suited for work on extensive hair removal, which we have at Limoges Electrolysis NYC.

It is best to use this method if you have deep, coarse hair follicles, similar to a male’s beard. It is also great for people who experience ingrown hairs regularly. People with curly or wavy hair types see much success with this method, too. This treatment is ideal for transgender clients and African Americans. The reason why blend works best for these people is because it is very strong, precise and targets the entire hair shaft.

It is common for people to transition from blend to thermolysis once their hair becomes finer and is growing in more slowly.

So, do you know which method you would choose? Do you know which method is best for you? We are experts in all types of electrolysis and can recommend the perfect solution for you. We can also work with you to create a maintenance schedule. Contact Emily today for a free consultation and say goodbye to those pesky, unwanted hairs once and for all!

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