The Blend Method
In the blend method, galvanic current and high frequency current pass down the electrolysis probe at the same time. The high frequency current heats the sodium hydroxide produced by the galvanic current and this becomes more caustic to the hair follicle tissue. Damage to the hair root makes the tissue more porous, enabling the caustic soda or lye to diffuse more easily, which in turn produces damage more rapidly. The aim of the blend is to achieve complete destruction of
the lower follicle, including the dermal papilla, in the shortest time.
The heat produced by thermolysis creates turbulence, which distributes the lye more rapidly and effectively than at normal body temperature. Heat from high frequency congeals protein, allowing lye to spread around the porous tissue. Heat produced increases action of lye. The application of
too much galvanic current results in weeping follicles (lye comes to surface). The application of too much high frequency results in blanched skin. The blend method is less painful than galvanic epilation or thermolysis, as the combination of high frequency and galvanic epilation has a numbing effect. Deeper hairs respond more efficiently as they have more moisture and therefore more lye can be produced.
The following is a guide to units of lye:
Hair type Units of lye
Fine, unpigmented hair 10 – 15
Fine, pigmented soft 10 – 20
Medium, shallow terminal 12 – 30
Deep terminal 30 – 45
Very deep terminal 45 – 60
You should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations to determine the
correct setting for clients.