Electrolysis Hair Removal devices and Probes


The devices used for each of the three types of electrolysis hair removal (Galvanic, Thermolysis, and Blend) can vary among practitioners and over time, as technology evolves. However, I can provide you with a general idea of the types of devices that are commonly used for each method:

  1. Galvanic Electrolysis:

    • Single-needle Electrolysis Machines: These machines typically deliver a direct current (DC) to the hair follicle. Examples include the Apilus Junior, Sterex SX-B, and Instantron Elite.
  2. Thermolysis (Shortwave) Electrolysis:

    • Single-needle Electrolysis Machines: Similar to galvanic devices, but they use high-frequency alternating current (AC) to generate heat. Examples include the Apilus xCell, Instantron Elite Spectrum, and Silhouet-Tone ePil Expert.
  3. Blend Electrolysis:

    • Multi-Modality Electrolysis Machines: These machines are capable of providing both galvanic and thermolysis electrolysis methods. Examples include the Silhouet-Tone Apilus xCell Pro and Instantron Elite Spectrum Blend.

Please note that these are just examples, and there are many different models and brands of electrolysis machines available on the market. The choice of machine may also depend on the practitioner's training, experience, and personal preferences.

When seeking electrolysis treatments, it's essential to ensure that your Certified Professional Electrologist is using a machine that meets safety and hygiene standards and is well-maintained. Additionally, practitioners should be licensed and follow best practices for electrolysis procedures to ensure your safety and effective hair removal.



The type of probe used in electrolysis hair removal can vary based on the practitioner's training and preferences, as well as the client's specific needs. There are three common types of probes used in electrolysis:

  1. Disposable Probes: These are single-use, sterile probes that are discarded after each treatment. Disposable probes come in various sizes and are typically used with both galvanic and thermolysis methods. They are hygienic and suitable for clients who are concerned about infection control.

  2. Insulated Probes: Insulated probes have a coating that isolates the active tip of the probe, allowing for a more controlled application of the electric current. These probes are commonly used with thermolysis (shortwave) electrolysis and may also be used with blend electrolysis machines. Insulated probes help prevent unwanted tissue damage by focusing the current on the hair follicle.

  3. Non-Insulated Probes: Non-insulated probes do not have the insulating coating found on insulated probes. They are typically used with galvanic electrolysis. The current flows along the entire length of the probe, which can lead to a chemical reaction that converts water and salt in the hair follicle into lye (sodium hydroxide).

The choice of probe often depends on the practitioner's training and the type of electrolysis machine they use, but it can also depend on the specific characteristics of the client's hair and skin. Each type of probe can be used with the appropriate machine for the specific electrolysis method. For example, galvanic probes can be used with galvanic electrolysis machines, and insulated probes can be used with thermolysis and blend electrolysis machines.

There are now a variety of probes to choose from: insulated, non-insulated, one-piece, two-piece, stainless steel, and gold-plated. Practitioners are trained to select the right probe and adjust the machine settings to ensure the most effective and comfortable treatment for the client.

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