How it works

With electrolysis each hair get's treated individually, requiring skilled detail work of the electrologist.
First, a thin surgical stainless steel probe (about the same diameter as the hair itself) is inserted into the follicle. By applying electric current the germination cells responsible for hair growth get destroyed permanently either through a chemical reaction (pure electrolysis), heat (thermolysis) or through a combination of both (blend). The individual hair can then be removed with tweezers without resistance.
Each of the three methods leads to the same result: a permanent removal of the treated hair.

Since hair removal with electrolysis is already well tested for over a century, negative long-term side effects can be ruled out and a successful treatment is guaranteed.

needle insertion into the follicle and destruction of germination cells with heat

History

Like many cosmetical procedures electrolysis was originally discovered out of medical necessity. 1875 an ophthalmologist named Charles Michel used electrolysis to permanently remove an ingrown eye lash. Back then, removing a single hair took longer than a minute. Thermolysis was created in the 1920s as a faster method. As a downside the used frequencies were too low in the beginning to guarantee the same 100%-effectiveness as the slower electrolysis. The benefits of both methods were combined with Arthur Hinkel's discovery of the blend method in 1948.
With technical advancements in recent years the procedures are now even more efficient than ever.

Effectiveness

Contrary to light-based methods such as IPL or laser which in the best case only create a permanent hair reduction and at worst induce additional hair growth, electrolysis is the only method that can safely remove 100% of unwanted hair forever, regardless of hair or skin color.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest (Issue 04/2005) confirm the effectiveness of this method.