How To Use High Frequency Wand? Techniques, Treatment Time & More

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Using a high-frequency wand for the high-frequency facials effectively can improve your skincare routine and address various concerns.

To effectively target acne, promote collagen production, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it is essential to know how to use high frequency wand like a pro.

In this guide, we’ll provide you with straightforward instructions on how to use an HF machine, helping you achieve the best results for your skin.

About the expert:

Enola Walker is an expert in the realm of high-frequency treatments. Her expertise lies not only in understanding the complexities of high frequency treatments but also in simplifying these techniques for everyone.

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How To Use High Frequency Machine?

Here’s a complete manual on how to use high frequency machine at a professional setting:

1. Read the Manual: Check every detail within the user manual. Understand the setup, operation, and safety.
2. Safety First: Do Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – gloves, safety goggles, etc. Never compromise on safety.
3. Setup:Position the HF machine on a solid, level surface. Connect it precisely as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure the power cord is in fine condition.
4. Select Electrode: Choose the electrode according to the treatment at hand.

Mushroom Electrode: Rounded, versatile for large areas.
Spoon Electrode: Targeted application, especially around eyes.
Comb Electrode: Multiple prongs for scalp and hair health.
Rod Electrode: Pinpoint accuracy for smaller areas.
Rake Electrode: Spaced prongs, good for thicker hair.
Sparker Electrode: Intensive treatment for experienced users.

This decision is crucial for making the procedure work well.
5. Cleanse the Skin: Thoroughly cleanse the skin, and remove all residues. The effectiveness of the
treatment depends on the cleanliness of the skin.
6. Apply conducive gelSqueeze a small amount of the conductive gel (you can use any gauze, soothing serum or cream) onto your finger and apply it to the area of the skin where the microcurrent device will be used.
7. Adjust Intensity: Start at the lowest setting, like the beginner level. Slowly increase it, keeping an eye on how the client feels. Paying close attention makes sure you find the right balance between making it work well and making the client uncomfortable.
8. Technique: Handle the electrode carefully. Keep a certain distance. Use soft, circular movements. Keep it moving to avoid doing too much and causing any discomfort.
9. Treatment Time: Stick to the time rules precisely. If you go too long, there’s a chance of irritation. If you cut it short, the treatment will not work well. Being strict about the time is a must. Use your HF device for 15 seconds per area or 5-10 minutes max per face per session should be plenty.
10. Post-Treatment Care: Apply a soothing cream to calm the skin.
Avoid excessive sun exposure for at least a day.
Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer in the following days.
Skip harsh skincare products for a day or two.
Keep the skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
11. Clean and Store: Clean the electrodes carefully. Keep the machine in a cool, dry place, ready for the next session. Treat the machine with care.
12.Maintenance: Keep a close eye on the machine – be vigilant. Stick to the maintenance rules from the manual like it’s a must-follow guide. If you spot any wear and tear, deal with it right away. Your watchful eye keeps everything in top shape.
Use these steps for the proper application of this facial treatment.

How to Use High Frequency Wand?

To effectively use an HF wand for skincare, follow these expert steps:

1. Understand the Wand:

Understand the wand’s features, settings, and safety guidelines according to the type of wand you have:

  • Portable High-Frequency Wand:
    • Ideal for personal use. Cleanse, select the electrode, adjust intensity, and follow circular motions. Charge as needed.
  • Professional High-Frequency Wand:
    • Suited for spa or clinic use. Ensure a clean environment, select the appropriate electrode, set intensity, and adhere to treatment times.
  • Combination, Wireless, Digital, Specialized, and Portable Devices with Attachments:
    • Follow specific guidelines for electrode selection, intensity, and treatment based on the device type.

2. Choose the Electrode & Switch on The Wand:

Choose the right electrode based on the treatment area and purpose, such as the mushroom electrode for broader areas or the spot electrode for targeted treatment.

Plug the wand into a power source as instructed. Ensure the power cord is in good condition.

Switch on the wand, starting with a lower intensity and gradually increasing based on client comfort.

3. Technique:

  • Hold the wand like a pen, keeping fingers away from metal parts to prevent discomfort.
  • Gently touch the electrode to the skin, and maintain a distance of 1/8 to 1/4 inch between the wand and the skin for optimal transmission of the device current without discomfort or sparking.
  • Use circular or sweeping motions.
  • Gradually increase intensity based on the client’s comfort and treatment goals. Pay attention to client feedback.

Follow the recommended treatment time specified in the manual to avoid skin irritation. Recommended treatment times vary:

  • 5 to 7 minutes for overall facial rejuvenation.
  • 3 to 5 minutes for acne spot treatment.
  • 7 to 10 minutes for scalp and hair treatment.

4. Cleaning Up

Turn off, unplug, and clean the wand and electrodes with a mild disinfectant. Store the wand in a cool, dry place.

Periodically check for wear or damage. Follow manufacturer maintenance guidelines for longevity.

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Infographic: How to Use High Frequency Facial Wand

How to Use High-Frequency Device for Wrinkles?

The usage of HF devices for different skin concerns varies, for the treatment of wrinkles, here are some tips on how to use the device:

  • Select an appropriate electrode for wrinkle reduction.
  • For wrinkle reduction, the mushroom electrode is commonly used. The mushroom electrode is characterized by its rounded shape and is suitable for treating broader areas of the skin.
  • Gently apply the electrode to the areas with wrinkles. Maintain a slight distance from the skin and use circular or sweeping motions. Gradually increase the intensity as needed.
  • The common range for a HF facial treatment, including addressing wrinkles, is approximately 5 to 10 minutes per session.
  • After the session, consider applying a soothing cream or serum to nourish and hydrate the treated skin.
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How to Use High Frequency Under Eyes?

Select the spoon electrode, gently position the electrode under the eyes, ensuring it makes contact with the skin. Slowly apply the gentle current, moving the wand in soft, circular motions. Close your eyes and continue the application, covering the entire eye area for a soothing and rejuvenating experience.

Also, do not forgot to apply aftercare tips for High Frequency facial.

How to Use High-Frequency Device for Hair?

Here is an effective method of using wand for HF hair treatment:

  • Select the comb attachment for the high-frequency machine.
  • Cleanse the scalp using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Ensure hair and scalp are completely dry before treatment.
  • Apply a conductive gel to enhance conductivity.
  • Turn on the machine and adjust it to a comfortable intensity.
  • Move the comb attachment over the scalp in a gentle, circular motion.
  • Treat each area for 5-10 minutes, avoiding prolonged use in one spot.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for frequency and duration.
  • Use 1-3 times per week for best results.
  • If experiencing discomfort or any adverse reactions, discontinue use and consult a professional.

How Many Minutes Should I Use HF Device?

The recommended duration for using a high-frequency device varies based on the specific treatment goals, the area being treated, and the device itself.

However, a common guideline for this facial treatment, including addressing issues like wrinkles or acne, is typically around 5 to 10 minutes per session.

For hair treatments, especially when using HF treatments for scalp health and hair growth, sessions extend to approximately 7 to 10 minutes.

If you are going to use it at home, consider checking our in-depth guide on how to use High Frequency Wands at Home.

Why Does Wattage & Oscillation Rates Matter?

The wattage and oscillation rates of a high-frequency machine are crucial for performance and durability.

High oscillation rates, ideally over 100,000 Hz, ensure efficient therapeutic effects. Opt for low wattage (below 10 watts) to prevent overheating and coil burnout, promoting machine longevity.

Investing in machines with these specifications leads to better durability compared to higher-wattage alternatives prone to internal damage.


Now you’ve got the lowdown on using a high-frequency machine like a pro. From picking the right electrode to nailing the technique, these steps are your golden ticket.

Remember, it’s not just about following rules but crafting a skincare art that showcases your commitment to excellence. Get ready for skin and hair that radiate health and vitality.

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About Me

I started learning about Cosmetology for aging, beauty, HF, and Manipulation in Cosmetics from UniCamp and in fancy salons and spas, where I got really good at using high-frequency treatments for faces, beards, and hair. After spending a lot of time doing hands-on work, I decided to share what I know with everyone. Now, I'm like a friendly expert, helping people understand and use HF treatments without any confusion.

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