Consumers have turned to the electrolysis hair removal system as a permanent solution to their unwanted hair. Whether woman or man, no matter what area of the body, countless clients have experienced the results of electrolysis. What is it that differentiates electrolysis permanent hair removal from the comparably laughable options of shaving, waxing, and tweezing? The answer lies in the root of the problem – literally. While shaving affects hair down to the surface of the skin, in a process called epilation, electrolysis uses electricity to prevent hair re-growth by altering the hair follicle itself, in a process called depilation. While tweezing pulls the hair, including the root, and depilatory creams such as Nair dissolve the hair just below the surface of the skin, none of these methods affect the follicle itself the way electrolysis does.
Electrolysis involves the insertion of a hair-thin rod into the follicle, which administers the electric current that affects the follicle and prevents hair re-growth. Through either the galvanic method, which instigates the formation of caustic lye, the thermolysis method of overheating, or a combination of both, the follicle is altered so as to be unable to regrow hair. A product, which claims to be an at-home version of electrolysis, is now available and is being marketed as a cheap alternative that consumers can use to achieve comparable results while maintaining their privacy and saving some money.
The Vector electrolysis permanent hair removal system differs from electrolysis in that the Vector kit involves the use of an electric tweezer, which grips the hair rather than a rod, which is inserted into each follicle. Not to be confused with a rotary tweezer, a method for quickly tweezing multiple hairs that makes no promises of permanent results, the electric tweezer consists of a tweezer connected to an electric source. According to the manufacturer, the electric current travels to the root via the hair, and theoretically reaches the root despite the lack of direct contact. This method is not sanctioned by the FDA or the AMA, and its effectiveness has not been supported by any clinical results.
The Vector Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal System currently costs less than $200 and is available for purchase online. According to the product website, the metal rod used in conventional electrolysis is replaced with an electrode patch. The hair is coated with conductivity gel, because uncoated hair is highly resistant to conducting electricity regardless of voltage, and subsequently grasped with the tweezers connected to the power source. The current is then directed down the tweezers to the hair. The official website claims such things like; unlike shaving, waxing, or tweezing the individual hairs treated by this system is completely removed and will never grow back.
If this claim were true, the Vector hair removal system would be an incredibly cheap alternative to electrolysis with its one-time charge of $200. However, an examination of user reviews produces mixed results. Some users have reported no results while others claim that once one masters the complex process involved, they successfully remove hair with a low incidence of re-growth. While the Vector system does not technically qualify as a standard electrolysis method, it remains to be seen whether it will emerge as a viable alternative as a permanent hair removal system.