How it Works

There are three methods of treatment used in electrolysis. Nashua Electrolysis, LLC is equipped to perform all methods to meet your specific needs.

Direct/Galvanic Current

This method works with the water and salt in the follicle to produce sodium hydroxide that chemically destroys the hair germinating cells. The sodium hydroxide is very mobile within the follicle allowing curved follicles to be treated successfully. This method is sometimes referred to as straight galvanic.

Alternating Current/Radio Frequency

This method destroys the hair germinating cells by coagulating or drying them out. May be used with a high intensity/short timing or lower intensity/longer timing. This method is sometimes referred to as shortwave, flash or thermolysis.


This method combines both the above currents to destroy the hair germinating cells. Currents may be utilized simultaneously or sequentially.

Permanent hair removal is achieved by inducing a measured amount of electrical current into the natural opening of the hair follicle using an extremely fine filament/probe. The procedure causes gradual destruction of the hair germinating cells, deteriorating the ability of the follicle to produce a hair. Each hair is treated one at a time allowing precise clearing and shaping of an area.

The success of electrolysis is accomplished in a series of treatments. The time required to have permanent results varies from person to person. It also depends on such factors as age, medical history, previous temporary hair removal methods, texture of the hair and the adherence to the treatment schedule set by the electrologist.

The History of Electrolysis

Electrolysis is not a new technique of hair removal. It has been in practice since 1875 when an eye doctor sought the solution to ingrown eyelashes. The technology has become highly sophisticated, necessitating the skill of a licensed professional electrologist.

What Does Electrolysis Feel Like

The most common descriptions of the sensation are “feels like a little pinch” or “it feels warm”. Every person has a different level of sensation to the treatment. Certain areas of the face and body may feel the current a little more or a little less. The electrologist will make every effort to keep the patient as comfortable as possible while providing an effective treatment.

Caffeine, sugar and salt may make the patient more sensitive to a treatment. If possible try to avoid these items at least four hours before a treatment. If a patient is treated near or during their period or is under stress they may also experience more sensitivity. Relaxation techniques, listening to music, cold cloths, etc. are usually helpful in minimizing these factors.

Directions for the Care and Treatment of Skin After Electrolysis

  • Keep hands off the area.
  • Do not rub, scratch or squeeze the treated areas.
  • Cleanse the area with 70% alcohol or witch hazel for 3 days.
  • Apply a thin coating of antibacterial/antibiotic cream or ointment to the area for at least 3 days after treatment.
  • Do not apply any non-medicated cosmetics, including moisturizers with “acids” as an ingredient, to the area during the healing period.
  • Do not have a facial, dermabrasion, chemical peel, etc. for at least four days after an electrolysis treatment on the face.
  • Avoid direct sunning for at least 48 hours after treatment, including tanning salons.
  • If the underarm has been treated, do not use deodorant for at least 48 hours afterwards.
  • Do not wear constricting clothing on treated body areas while healing.