I suppose it’s my posts you aare referring to. Well the story goes like this, I started entirely as a DIY project. Then it turned into something else When I started to see success from my treatments of myself, I decided to share the love, amoung my local transgender friends. It’s a long story but yes, once a DIY-er always an electrologist. I find it impossible to not ever use a skill that is so valuable once learned. So here I am some years later running my own clinic a pretty well known if I do say so myself certified electrologist.
First, I’m going to say that DIY is entirely possible. You will get a TON of peope saying “Dont do that it’s going to scar your face” and well, I found thats simply not true. Fenix’s advice is well earned, i would tend toward a blend capable machine. In fact that is exactly what I did, mostly, on the very GOOD advice of some of the top professionals here at hairtell. I used an old Apilus SM-500 that I picked up extremely reasonably and I used it’s presets to help me choose the energy levels for my face. And …it worked. God knows how I used those probeholders to death, and yet, they never ever failed me.
This is an important point. None of the books, Michael bono’s , neither the Electrolysis Thermolysis and the blend, nor even Cosmedic and medical Permanent HAir Removal, will show you how to use an apilus. You have to take it a little bit on faith and use the same concepts, more eneegy equals a better release of the hair combined with accurate insertions.
Around here, in Ontario, used Apilus epilators are a dime a dozen, especially if I go looking at kijiji in Quebec. . You’ll see about 20 of them or more at any given point in time. There’s a few Silouette tones, but you wont find ANY instantron Machines. This is mostly bcause Apilus are made in Quebec.
I dont personally like the Platinum Pure. There I said it. I’ve worked with one and while I love synchro, on the Platinum pure the probeholders are terrible.The motherboards are prone to failure and calibration issues. They fail more than I can deal with . The same probeholder is on my Xcell. Dectro does make a 27 mhz courser cabled probeholder, but they are custom made for the moment so as a DIY’er, good luck getting one . Also the Xcell would be out of your price range asa DIY’er.
As I also own an Instantron, I can give you a fair comparison. You will almost never find an Instantron ont he used market anywhere. That’s because most who own one, well you can have it out of their cold dead hands. They just dont come up for sale. Skip at Instantron is more than willing to help out a novice electrologist whereas Dectro will refuse to deal with you. And from what I have seen the digital control of an instantron, more closely resembles the “Manual levels” demonstraited in Mr Bono’s and other books. At $3049 US the Spectrum Elite MIGHT be out of your price range.but I would say its a very good intuitive machine to learn on and top quality.
So the machine you choose? Will depend on where you are. I would gravitate toward an Instantron if that’s possible, otherwise an Aplus ( anything but the platinum which would cost as much as an Instantron anyway) or a clareblend. All of these machines are of good quality and reasonably easy to learn how to use. Your best advice ever, is to heed the advie of the professionals here.I can tell you it helped me to learn immensely.