I plan on using this thread to document how this whole journey goes for me and possibly help others to learn from the inevitable mistakes I make.
Background: I am male and polyamorous with three current female partners (feel free to ask about this, too, if you want). I currently fully Brazilian wax two partners and do all but landing strip on the third, as well as one’s underarms. They also wax/pluck groin hairs for me. It takes a long time, must be repeated regularly, and though it causes less ingrown hairs than shaving, is still a problem. So, I looked into permanent hair removal methods and landed on electrolysis. While I am at it, I will probably take care of some stray eyebrow hairs and any beard hairs of mine that are not in the area I would ever want beard (neck and cheeks) as well as a few shoulder/back hairs and the ladies might want to go with their legs. This is a lot to do, so we are starting with groins.
Blend Method: I am a research scientist for NASA by trade, so I do TONS of looking into things before making a decision like this. This forum has been particularly helpful. The Blend methods appears to be the best choice for DIY home electrolysis. If you want to get things done in any reasonable amount of time your choices seem to be multi-probe galvanic, blend, manual thermolysis, or flash thermolysis. If you are doing manual thermolysis you may as well just add DC current to make it more effective, thus the blend method. Both multiprobe galvanic and flash thermolysis require much more expensive machines, and flash seems to have a much higher risk associated with potential overtreatment, particularly for inexperienced people and those doing it on themselves. Great, so we have a methodology, now it is time to find a machine.
The Machine: For buying an effective machine you appear to be limited to Ebay (or the equivalent in your area/country) and Texas Electrolysis Supply. Places like Amazon tend to be inundated with scam-level machines and most dedicated retailers of electrolysis machines will not sell to unlicensed people (even though in Virginia where I am there is no licensing for electrologists). I tried the Ebay route but everything listed was extremely pricey for machines that were not guaranteed to work. It took about a month to finally decide to go with TES. Their website is not terribly professional, but I get the feeling the whole place is a two-person operation with one person answering the phones and the owner refurbishing machines and handling sales of the devices themselves. All the refurbished machines are checked to work and have brand new cables/attachments. When you call up you will be forwarded to the owner who will go over all the listings he has and discuss their relative merits and costs. I would expect to pay between $800 and $1200 for a good Blend machine. I went with the Clareblend Mini-Blend for $1000 and am quite happy with it. It has all the base features I would want and few to no bells and whistles, keeping the price down.
In order to keep these posts to reasonable lengths, I will break this up. I would love any comments or suggestions anyone wants to give.