Aesthetics, Electrolysis, Photoepilation

Epilation 101 : Waxing, Photoepilation and Electropilation


There are myriad ways to get rid of superfluous hair. Some are more convenient, others less so, but provide lasting results. Some require an investment both in time and in money, whereas others are more affordable, yet require periodic upkeep! There is no such thing as a hair removal “silver bullet”, but that does not mean that certain solutions are not more promising than others!

This is why we would like to present in synthetic fashion the advantages and drawbacks tied to three of the most popular hair removal solutions: waxing, photoepilation and electropilation.

Waxing: simple, efficient, and cheap

Waxing’s millennia-old track record speaks for itself. Whether warm or hot, waxing is an efficient epilation method indeed. And since the hair is plucked, results are instantaneous. What remains to be seen is whether you are prepared to tolerate the discomfort that such a process entails…

Hot wax is used without strips and is great for treating the legs, as well as the underarm and bikini areas. It is not recommended, however for those who suffer from blood circulation issues. Warm wax is the most versatile, and as such, the most commonly used by beauticians. Indeed, it can be used for treating all part of the body and face.

As each of you know, with wax, results are not permanent. You can expect around a month of freedom from hair between each beautician appointment. As a bonus, however, frequent waxing will tend to make the hair both softer and finer over time.

Photoepilation, the Best of Both Worlds?

For those among you who like the simplicity of waxing but would rather like to avoid having the same procedure done to them over and over again, photoepilation can seem like a winning proposition, and especially so, through our state-of-the-art APILUX technology

Photoepilation (laser or IPL) offers progressive and permanent hair reduction (up to 80%). This technique is ideal for treating large areas of the body, such as the back and the legs. And while it allows for quick and lasting results, it is not without drawbacks. Because treatment effectiveness is tied to the presence of pigment in the hair, photoepilation is a poor fit for paler hair, like white, blond or red. Auburn hair will at best will be weakened. Be aware also that the same logic also applies to the skin, as light photons do not discriminate between skin or hair pigment. Darker individuals should therefore steer clear of photoepilation to avoid burn risks.

Photoepilation thus offers great value for people with pale skin and dark hair and is excellent for treating large areas. The flipside is that it is not recommended for precision work, especially on the face (e.g. eyebrows, upper lip). But those who are not concerned with these limitations will find that photoepilation is one the better options on the market today.

Electroepilation: Slow and Steady Wins the Day!

Suppose we do not simply want to reduce hair growth, but to eliminate it completely and thoroughly. What then? With wax, we had a temporary solution, and with photoepilation, a permanent reduction method. Electroepilation, on the other hand, aims for nothing less than to disrupt hair growth at the source, and thus it stands as the only complete and definitive hair removal technique on the market. To achieve this goal, the technician inserts a probe in the follicle and applies an ultrafast current adjusted to the type of hair and the treated region. The current generates heat which destroys the germinative cells responsible for hair growth. At Dectro, we believe we have developed the most advanced technology in electroepilation in the Apilus xCell. By harnessing the power of the 27.12 MHz radio frequency, the xCell promises unrivalled performance and unmatched comfort. The ultimate in hair removal, if we may say so!

Electroepilation is an extremely versatile technique. Effective on all types of hair or skin, pale or dark, it can also be used on all areas of the body without restriction. Patience and discipline are needed, however, as it can be more involved a process. But insofar as we treat each hair individually, we are assured of a treatment that is both systematic and precise; a truly definitive answer to unwanted hair.

One For All and All for One

We started out with the assumption that there was not such thing as an all-around perfect hair removal solution. Yet this is only true if we consider each treatment on its own. In fact, taken together, strengths and weaknesses do balance each other out quite admirably. Indeed, combining APILUS and APILUX technologies means you can get the speed of photoepilation and the precision of electroepilation, for example. It is also a great idea to complete large-scale photoepilation treatments with electroepilation to take care of trouble spots, such as facial or fine hairs. If you would like to know more about this combined approach to hair removal you can read this article from our archives:


Three Options, One Single Goal

Whether used separately or together, waxing, photoepilation and electroepilation all are worthwhile options. Going for one or the other will depend on your needs, the characteristics of your skin and your hairs, and on your level of involvement in the process. But rest assured that in any case, once you are in the hands of a professional, you simply cannot go wrong with any of those!

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