Bristol Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the only PROVEN, PERMANENT method of hair removal for unwanted hair in women and men.  Used since 1875, in the medical profession, it is a very tried and trusted form of permanent hair removal.

There are 3 main types of electrolysis for hair removal; Short Wave Diathermy, Galvanic and Blend

Short Wave Diathermy – is a direct current used to cauterise the hair root.

Galvanic – uses a chemical action.  The Galvanic current turns the moisture of the hair follicle into lye, the lye then dissolves the hair root.

Blend – is a combination of short wave Diathermy and Galvanic, using Diathermy current as a catalyst enabling the Galvanic to work more effectively.

The Treatment                    

A fine needle (eyelash width) is inserted into the hair follicle where a tiny current is applied to the root of the hair at the point it receives its blood supply.  The hair should then slip out easily with tweezers.  Ongoing treatments are needed to prevent hair growth.

First appointment

After a thorough consultation, any questions will be answered.  A small treatment (patch test) will be carried out in an inconspicuous area to see how the skin copes and allows the client to experience electrolysis.  A treatment plan is then discussed and the next appointment booked.


A new disposable and sterile needle is used for each treatment.  This will be opened in front of the client before treatment.

Does it hurt?

This depends on the individual.  The client will feel a heat sensation like a pin prick.   However, for a small amount of discomfort the client will gain such benefits.  Pain thresholds will be lowered if the client is stressed/dehydrated/unwell or for women before and during their menstrual cycle.

When to treat

Hair needs to be long enough to grab with tweezers for the treatment.  A minimum of 14 days is needed between treatments to allow the skin to recover fully.  As the hairs are continuously going through a growth cycle hair can only be treated in the active stage of growth. It is impossible to say how many treatments are required.  Over time the hair will reduce and the treatment sessions will become shorter and less frequent.  It also depends on the hair type, the area the hair is in and the hormone levels in the body.