Arthur Hinkel

Electricity & Magnetism

Hinkel Experiments

Art Hinkel, my teacher, was a pioneer in the field of electrology. He co-invented the blend method, manufactured machines, taught students for decades and maintained high-end electrolysis clinics in Los Angeles called “Arroway Labs.”

Static Electricity

This is the second in the series of Hinkel Lectures (delivered in 1973). This video covers the topic of static electricity and the atomic-theory of electricity. These tapes/videos are specifically designed for electrology students and for electrology schools. Please feel free to link this video to any of your classroom material … or to your website.

Balancing the Currents

This lecture, at the Wilshire school (circa 1950s), is historic because Hinkel was in the process of developing his “Units of Lye” chart. Importantly, this lecture explains that the “Units of Lye” chart is only a guideline; not any sort of law or set prescription. Hinkel was an X-ray engineer for General Electric at the time he met Henri St. Pierre (San Francisco electrologist). Hinkel was using his understanding of X-ray to develop a method so that we can properly balance the two currents used in electrology. In the early days of the blend, there were no meters on the machines, and so the electrologist balanced the AC (high frequency) and DC (direct current) by observing the effects of the currents on the skin … with consideration of the client’s pain factor. It was only when Hinkel’s employees became masters of the blend, that they were given a DC meter so Hinkel could understand what they were already doing. Simply put, the blend technique came BEFORE the development of the “Units of Lye” guidelines. An expert electrologist must never follow any arbitrary rule … but must be able to evaluate the skin (and how the hair epilates) to perform a perfect treatment. No machine, (even the most sophisticated unit), and no chart of any kind can replace what you see and feel with your own senses. Unfortunately, all modern epilators make it impossible to implement several of the little “tricks” Hinkel is speaking about in this lecture.


Target Area

The frustration with the English language is that we use different terms for the same things. The terms stage and phase are used interchangeably. The fibrous tissue sheath and the connective tissue sheath identify the same structure. A club hair is the same as a telogen hair. Worst of all, the following terms all identify the same structure and are used interchangeably: outer root sheath, follicle wall, outer wall, and side walls. The terms: germ cells, hair germ and germinating layer, have been replaced with the term stem cells which are located in the bulge. (The bulge is part of the outer root sheath; identified in 1990). Don’t worry about it! This Hinkel lecture will help you identify the follicle structures you need to eliminate. Furthermore, please understand that ALL DRAWINGS are only representations of the real thing. Many drawings are horribly incorrect and will mislead you. I worked in surgery doing hair transplants, and have yet to see a drawing that perfectly represents the real thing. Don’t worry about it! Don’t focus on drawings or minutia. Don’t get caught-up in arguing pointless details. Relax, and take this information that will help you become a super-zapper electrologist.

Lecture to Seniors

This is a lecture by Art Hinkel to students who were graduating from his school. He talks about the bad habits that experienced electrologists develop. Bad habits result in insufficiently treated hair follicles, and unnecessary skin damage. Hinkel’s suggestion are for electrologists using manual blend. With manual control, practitioners developed an intimate understanding of the HF and DC currents: the subtle characteristics and nuances of the currents. Even though most electrologists don’t use manual devices, this information will help you with whatever modality or device you’re using.

Tips on Inserting an Electrology Needle

Note: before 1980, the commonly-used term for fine colorless hair was “lanugo hair.” Today, the term “lanugo hair” is used for hairs that are sometimes found on a new-born baby. Today, the term “vellus hair” is used for the tiny colorless hairs found on an adult. HInkel’s use of “lanugo hair” indicates vellus hair.

Tips and Bad Habits

Hinkel gives valuable tips and discusses common bad habits of electrologists.