Epilation is the permanent removal of unwanted hair. The ‘Blend’ method is a combination of Short wave diathermy and Galvanic current blended together in one treatment.
This short wave diathermy produces a heat, and the galvanic produces a chemical reaction, which is the result of water, salts and a low current mixing at the root of the hair. The chemical produced is caustic in effect; therefore it erodes the living cells and blood supply at the root of the hair, thus destroying it. On its own, this chemical can take up to 20 seconds to treat one hair; this is the main reason why galvanic epilation is not used in isolation. By introducing the heat the chemical is actually warmed. The higher temperature of the chemical reaction shortens the treatment time and increase effects on destroying the hair – the perfect answer.
In addition to this, Blend epilation seems to be more successful on sensitive skins and stronger hair than either method in isolation. Most therapists offer short wave diathermy and Blend epilation. The initial consultation will decide which is suitable for each individual client and discuss the treatment frequency and duration required. It will also explain the structure of the hair and how the treatment is given.
Each hair grows in a structure known as a hair follicle. The root of the hair sits at the base of this follicle. To destroy the growth the heat and chemical is created by the treatment at the root of the hair, by the insertion of a minute probe or needle into the follicle. Once it is in place, the current is activated for 5 – 15 seconds. Do not be alarmed with the term ‘needle’. These are supplied in measurements ranging in thousandths of an inch, therefore can only just be seen by the naked eye.
This treatment requires a skilled therapist who can deliver an accurate, smooth insertion into the follicle These skills are necessary to obtain maximum effect and to reduce the hair growth whilst minimising skin trauma. The initial consultation will involve the therapist assessing the skin condition and the hair growth that is concerning you. The treatment plan will be identified for the client’s individual needs. It is important that a client has confidence in the therapist and the hygiene procedures.
Individually pre-sterilised needles should be used for every treatment and the salon should display a certificate of registration issued by the local council. This registration is proof that the salon procedures have been inspected and are up to the required standard for any skin piercing treatment.
Treatment is often recommended every 7 – 14 – days, but this will vary depending on the area and skin type.
Although this is classed as a permanent removal of hair, a result is achieved over a period of time. The hair cycle of growth involves three stages; one of these stages is the active stage and is the ideal stage to be destroyed. Whilst the hair is resting or breaking down the treatment is not so successful. The therapist cannot change the cycle of growth therefore a number of insertions will automatically have to be repeated as the hair moves through the growing cycle. Regular treatments will ensure the hairs are all treated over a period of time. It is important to remember that a high percentage of hairs are in the growing stage at one time.
Skin sensitivity must also be considered; therefore hair growth is often destroyed in stages ensuring the skin does not suffer any unnecessary trauma. Epilation is a very successful and proven treatment, however it must be recognised that it is not immediate and regular treatments are essential.
How will the Blend epilation feel as a treatment?
Due to the nature of the treatment, the blending of the two currents is said to be comfortable for most clients. There will still be a sensation as nerve endings are stimulated, however, many clients do find this more comfortable than Diathermy epilation.
Is the chemical produced harmful to the skin?
It will affect the skin if too much current is used. The skin will dehydrate and over a number of treatments, a change in pigmentation may occur. The therapist will observe the skin at all times and should ensure this does not happen. There is no risk of damage if used correctly.