Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

There are three modalities used today that fall under the heading of electrolysis:


All three primary modalities used in electrolysis treatments have evolved. The galvanic (true electrolysis) modality still causes a chemical decomposition of the hair follicle cells; the thermolysis (high frequency, shortwave) still destroys the hair growing cells with heat; and the blend (or sequential) still combines galvanic and high frequency to disable the hair follicle. Associated Electrolysis of Charleston only uses the later of the two techniques.


Shortwave (link to Wikipedia) electrolysis is much faster than the Galvanic Treatment; this method uses a probe that can discharge electricity at any point along its length. Because this process employs a very intense shortwave current enabling the electrologist to move quickly, it proved to be faster than the Galvanic Treatment. This method was found to be less effective as hair did tend to grow back and the treatment had to be repeated.


Blend (link to Wikipedia) was developed sometime in the early 1940s. It combines the speed of the Short Wave method with the low regrowth rate of the Galvanic Treatment. The way this is achieved is that it speeds up the galvanic action with simultaneously applied short-wave action at a very low intensity. This interaction results in a moderate treatment speed which leaves the skin in excellent condition with a minimum of regrowth.