How Did We Get Here?

Posted by Nashua Electrolysis on May 2, 2017

Hair removal in Litchfield, NH has come a long way in the past few years. From shaving, waxing, threading, and lasers, there are many options out there for gaining sleek, smooth skin. One of the treatments that is ever popular for men and women is still electrolysis. Electrolysis introduces electric currents or heat to either cause you to produce sodium hydroxide or to dry out the hair germinating cells of the hair follicle.

The technology for electrolysis consists of  all probe, which is inserted into the hair follicle and electrical current is administered. Electrolysis was not always as high tech as it is today.


In 1875, Dr. Charles Michel, an ophthalmologist in St. Louis, Missouri, had a problem with patients that had ingrown eyelashes. The lashes were actually growing inwards toward the eye, so they would irritate the eye. Ophtalmologists are doctors that specialize in the eye and are all to perform surgeries, along with more complex eye conditions.

Dr. Michel discovered that by applying an electric galvanic current, ingrown eyelashes would stop growing. This was the first documented electrolysis procedure in the St. Louis Clinical Record for October of 1875. However, he stated that he had performed electrolysis since 1869!

With the success of removing ingrown eyelashes, popularity grew and soon multiple doctors began to establish firms that specialized in Michel’s technique. Further developments, using another current, radio frequency also known as thermolysis (short-wave, diathermy) became popular in Europe and eventually made its way to America.

As technology soared, different machines and probes (such as the insulated needle from 1980) allowed for safer procedures. Electrolysis’ 140 year history has proven its effectiveness and has the distinction of being the only hair removal method recognized by the FDA as being permanent. With constant technological advancements and education, hair removal in Litchfield, NH has never been safer or more accessible.

Contact Nashua Electrolysis today to speak with one of our licensed electrologists about all of your hair removal needs and desires. We are available at (603)-888-8803 or online at