I haven’t seen a thorough survey of the relative merits of the different electrolysis methods. Michael Bono, for example, is unambiguous in his endorsement of Blend, while Gino Fior seems devoted to flash thermolysis. I’d be interested in hearing from both clients and electrologists on the merits and demerits of the different methods.
Thus far I’ve learned (correctly or incorrectly!):
Galvanic: Least pain, but slow. Effective; the residual lye continues to work for some time after epilation. Can work in multi needle mode, but generally not considered as a viable option because of complexity and difficulty.
Straight thermolysis: Medium speed, moderate pain, no residual effect, most prevalent post treatment scabbing and welts. Less effective per hair per epilation; hairs commonly regrow multiple times.
Flash thermolysis: Much faster than other options. Least pain because the treatment is so fast. Post treatment condition similar to straight thermolysis. Effectiveness similar to flash thermolysis.
Blend: Somewhat faster than and more effective than straight thermolysis; post treatment condition better than thermoloysis. Significant pain. Most effective per hair, per epilation.
Anybody have any corrections or additions?
On overall efficacy:
I’m guessing that clients may prefer flash because of its speed, lower pain, and greater apparent effectiveness – clearing an entire area in a single session, for example. But, as Michael Bono claims, “the tortoise wins the race”, presumably because of greater effectiveness.
So, with identical insertion times, and the same time per week spent “under the needle”, which method would come out ahead?