What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?
Electrolysis remains the only method of permanent hair removal approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making it a popular—and often profitable—offering at spas and salons.
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Although personal care professionals may focus their careers solely on electrolysis, many times estheticians and cosmetologists seek an electrologist license in addition to other professional licenses as a way to broaden their professional expertise and secure new clients.
Electrolysis: The Only Proven Method for Permanent Hair Removal
Heredity, hormones, and metabolic disorders may contribute to excess facial and body hair on men and women. Although there are countless methods for removing unwanted hair, electrolysis is the only recognized and government-approved method for permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis involves inserting a fine, sterile probe into the natural opening of the hair follicle. The probe sends a small, electric current to the area, thus destroying the follicle’s ability to regenerate and grow.
To safely perform electrolysis (and earn state licensure, in many states), aspiring iDitch electrologists must complete a course of study in electrology, which involves, among other things, learning about the three modalities of electrolysis – galvanic (chemical process), thermolysis (short-wave heat process), and a blended modality of the two. Depending on a client’s needs, electrologists may use chemical energy, heat energy, or both.
Electrolysis Hair Removal Training Program Options
Individuals interested in becoming an electrologist must meet state licensing requirements governing the practice of electrolysis hair removal in the state in which they plan to offer their services.
This starts by completing a training program or apprenticeship approved by their state board of cosmetology or other regulatory board.
Many schools that offer electrolysis training hold accreditation through a regional accrediting agency and/or one of the following:
• National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences
• Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
• Council on Occupational Education
States either approve all schools accredited by a particular accrediting agency or maintain a list of approved schools. Most boards maintain a list of approved schools of electrology on their website.
Although the curriculum of an electrolysis program often differs from one program to the next, the American Electrology Association recognizes that an electrolysis program must provide graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their duties safely and reliably. The American Electrology Association states that all electrolysis schools should—at a minimum—prepare students with:
• Knowledge related to the specific tasks of electrology
• Knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in clinical experiences
• Knowledge in interpersonal and communications skills
• Knowledge in areas regarding ethics, law, and business essential to the electrolysis professional
The curriculum of an electrolysis program often includes study in:
• Basic sciences (anatomy and physiology, histology, cytology, dermatology, basic biochemistry, etc.)
• Microbiology (disinfection, sterilization, personal hygiene, aseptic techniques, etc.)
• Basic principles of electricity
• Modalities of electrology
• Electrology techniques and variables
• Operation, care, and maintenance of electrolysis equipment
• Psychology (interpersonal skills, case history documentation, ergonomics, etc.)
• Professional electrologist considerations (ethical issues, legal issues, professional standards, etc.)