Fad diets never seem to fade away. They change their names, change a few details and remain as popular as ever. Hair removal has had a similar history with a repeating cycle of home hair removal gadgets and over-promised results from professional laser and IPL machines. And just as your doctor can tell you the principles of effective dieting have remained unchanged in 50 years, so the answer to effective and permanent hair removal in the form of electrolysis, and especially galvanic electrolysis, has been with us for even longer.
In the 1980s, the application of digital technology revolutionized Galvanic Electrology making machines possible that ran up to 16 probes. Probes could be made to activate automatically as they were inserted and the gradually ramped current reduced client discomfort. These machines were still slower than earlier thermolysis and blend devices, but they held out the promise of permanent hair removal in one treatment rather than gradual reduction over many treatments of the same hair follicles.
The introduction of new galvanic machines was one thing, but a lot of research was required with these new machines to discover the perfect balance between client comfort, skin irritation and permanent results. Much of that work was undertaken by Noreen Roesler and her team in Sydney, Australia.
Around the time Kay Lasker and others were building their first Galvanic Electrolysis machines, Noreen was travelling the world in search of something that would provide better results than she was seeing from the blend and thermolysis machines she was then using in her clinics. Galvanic Electrolysis appeared to be the answer she was looking for, but getting consistent results required working with doctors and electrical engineers to rediscover the principles and chemistry behind the treatment.
Armed with the new Galvanic Machines and a proven treatment regime, Galvanic Electrolysis took off around the world through the 1990s only to be crippled by a double blow at the turn of the century. The introduction of laser hair removal appeared to offer a modern treatment that was as good as single-probe electrolysis but faster and cheaper. That results were never permanent was overlooked and forgotten in the rush for instant results. The second blow came from new regularity requirements imposing far higher safety standards for devices involving electrical contact with the body. The double blow was a knock-out for Galvanic Electrolysis Manufacturers and production ceased a decade into the new century.
While many clinics using Galvanic Electrolysis Machines tried to hold the faith in the hope of a future return to market by manufacturers, Noreen had all along been thinking about how current machines could be made even better:
- How could they be made faster?
- How could they be made safer?
- How could they deliver more precise permanent hair removal?
Most would call that daydreaming but, with no alternative in sight for permanent hair removal, Noreen was determined to see her “dream machine” built. Whether it was naivety, persistence or sheer pig-headedness, she was determined to succeed where established manufacturers had given up and dedicated the next 15 years of her life to seeing her “dream machine” built.