Electrolysis FAQs

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only proven safe, permanent method to remove unwanted hair. It works by passing a small amount of heat or heat blended with a tiny amount of galvanic current through a fine probe to the root of the hair. Repeated treatments will eventually destroy the hair development. Two types of current are used in permanent epilation: GALVANIC and HIGH FREQUENCY. Strictly speaking Electrolysis refers only to galvanic, while short wave DIATHERMY or THERMOLYSIS describes high frequency current. However, the term Electrolysis has become a general one covering the removal of superfluous hair by either type of current or a blend of the two. The BLEND method of treatment combines both galvanic and high frequency currents.

What is the BIAE?

The BIAE refers to the British Institute and Association of Electrolysis, a non-profit organisation founded in October 2004 from the amalgamation of two specialist Electrolysis bodies: The Institute of Electrolysis and the British Association of Electrolysists Ltd, both in existence for many years.

The BIAE demands a high standard of skill and ethical conduct from its members in order to provide a professional and reliable Electrolysis service to the public. It is the only organisation that requires its members to pass an assessment before being admitted to it’s ranks, and all members must complete CPD annually.

What causes superfluous hair?

Unwanted hair is a problem for many men and women. The distress it can cause is vastly underestimated. Superfluous hair is very common and affects about 80% of women to some degree. Furthermore, many women have found that a temporary period of glandular upset, pregnancy or menopause as meant a sudden appearance of unwanted hair.

Often Electrolysis is sought as a last resort. Many people spend years removing unwanted hair in a variety of ways, none of which are permanent and may, in many cases, worsen the situation:

WAXING & PLUCKING may distort the hair follicle, thicken the hair, cause pitting of the skin and thread veins.

SHAVING may cause rashes and regrowth hair can feel coarser and appear thicker. The shaved area can take on a shadowy appearance.

TWEEZING can lead to hair growth stimulation in the same way as waxing.

HOME ELECTROLYSIS UNITS are difficult to use alone and an amateur can distort the hair follicles causing lasting damage and probably extend the duration of treatment necessary. They are not advised by the BIAE.

How do I find out more about electrolysis?

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