An electrologist is someone who is trained to perform electrolysis hair removal. For those trying this method for the first time, it is important to know what to look for and what to avoid when selecting the services of an electrologist. These may include their qualifications, licenses and schooling, their professionalism and sanitary practices, and any positive or negative reviews from other clients just to name a few. Choosing the right professional can make the entire experience less worrisome, safer and ultimately more satisfying.

Ask Around For Recommendations

Before choosing an establishment and making an appointment for a consultation, you must first narrow your choices. Asking friends or family members for is a great starting point. If they have never tried electrolysis then you can try asking your dermatologist (if applicable) or general family physician about this method of hair removal and see if they have anyone that they would recommend.

When searching online, or in the Yellow Pages, make sure the advertisements or websites list any accreditation, state licenses or qualifications that they have attained. If you find one that you might be interested in try and do a quick Google search for their name and see if any reviews, either good or bad show up in the first couple of pages. This is a good starting point but should not be the sole determining factor in making the final decision. Try to find more than one. This way if you are not confident in your first choice, you will not have to search again for more options.

The Consultation

The initial consultation is a vital step in determining which electrologist to choose. This will allow you to question and evaluate the professionalism, education, and sanitary practices of the facility . A thorough initial visit should also give clients a better understanding of what a typical electrolysis session will be like.

State Licenses

Just over 30 states in the US have some sort of licensing requirements in order to practice this method of hair removal. If you live in a state where this is required, make sure the certificate is recent and prominently displayed.

Qualifications

Your electrologist should have formal certification from a competent school of electrology. Requirements to get certified vary from state to state and from school to school. They usually range anywhere from a minimum of 120 hours in unlicensed states, all the way up to 1500 hours in some licensed states.

Check to see if they belong to any professional trade groups or associations. These may include;

  • AEA – American Electrology Association
  • SCME – Society of Clinical & Medical Electrologists
  • IBE – International Board of Electrologists
  • IGPE – International Guild of Professional Electrologists

Certifications may include;

  • LE – “Licenced Electrologist” – usually issued by the state where required
  • RE – “Registered Electrologist” – same as above
  • CPE – “Certified Professional Electrologist” – a cert issued by the AEA
  • CME – “Certified Medical Electrologist” – a cert issued by the SCME

Finding an electrologist that takes their education beyond just the minimum requirements and is committed to their profession can be a great benefit for their clients.

Don’t be afraid to ask your electrologist about their education and qualifications. Any reputable professional will not hesitate to go over these with you and will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and confident that they are qualified for the job.

Sanitary Conditions

Make sure to pay attention to the overall cleanliness of the the place during your consultation. Ask them about their sanitary practices and how they handle their needles and clean their equipment. Any unsatisfactory answers or if the place looks at all dirty should be a red flag.

Professionalism

A good electrologist is one that takes the time to answer any questions as completely as possible to put their clients or potential clients mind at ease. They should go over and explain the entire process of having a treatment so that the patient fully understands the entire procedure. Most electrologists may offer a small test treatment so that the potential client can experience what is involved and know what it may feel like before committing to a full treatment.

All pricing options should also be discussed so that you know how much each session will cost, how many sessions are to be expected, how much time to completely treat an area will take, as well as all of the payment options available. Typical prices range from $20 to $50 per session on average. It could be higher depending on where you live.

Points to Remember

Your final choice should not simply be determined by who has the lowest price. As with any type of service, you often get what you pay for. There are many other important factors that should be considered to ensure that you get the most out of your electrolysis experience and receive safe and effective results. Taking your time, doing a little research and not being afraid to ask questions can go a long way to finding a qualified, safe, clean and professional electrologist.