What Is An Electric Tweezer?

Tweezers have been used to remove hair for centuries, but improvements and new inventions have been introduced that makes them even more effective.  One of these is electric tweezers, and they utilize electric current to permanently remove hair.  This method was introduced in 1959 and currently direct current (DC) tweezers are the most popular.

How “Electric Tweezers” Work

As the tweezers hold the hair at the skin’s surface, an electric current is passed through the tweezer. The electricity passes through the hair to the root and damages the follicleThe damage is permanent or semi permanent (similar to electrolysis or laser removal).

Electric Tweezer Types

There are two main types of electric tweezers:

Galvanic electric tweezers which use direct current

Radio Frequency electric tweezers which use alternating current

Both of these types utilize an electric current to send down the hair follicle and destroy the hair at the root to prevent the hair from growing back.

Advantages of an “Electric Tweezer”

There are a number of advantages of electric tweezers including that they have minimal side effects and don’t cause significant amounts of pain.  Using this method for hair removal permanently removes the hair for some people, while others find it grows back eventually, but at a slower rate. The hair is held with the tweezers from 15 seconds to a few minutes.  It’s been quite effectively used to remove eyebrow and other facial hairs.  It’s generally a very safe method.

Disadvantages of  ”Electric Tweezers”

There are a few disadvantages with electric tweezers. It’s a very slow process because one hair is tweezed at a time.  In addition, it may not be completely permanent like some manufacturers claim. The follicle might regenerate after the tweezers damage it will electrical impulses. Also some people might find it difficult to tolerate the pain of the electrical impulse.


There has been a lot of controversy about the effectiveness of electric tweezers and in fact the Federal Trade Commission barred them in 1985 because of accused deceptive advertising by one of the manufacturers.  A loophole was found because it only barred AC-run electric tweezers and manufacturers began making DC-powered tweezers.  These DC models are the predominant models in use today.  When people have an abundance of unwanted hair, particularly on the face, using electric tweezers has become a very popular method of removing the hair.  Even though there may not be studies proving their effectiveness, many people still swear it works well for them.


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