Electrolysis is a difficult skill to master and good Electrologists can be hard to find. The most important part of a successful Electrolysis treatment is finding an Electrologist who performs the treatment correctly. It is their skill that determines whether you get results or not. If you have a good Electrologist, Electrolysis will always work and it will change your life. This is the simple yet important guide to finding a good Electrologist.
An Electrologist is a person who has trained to remove your unwanted hair with Electrolysis. This is not an easy job and requires lots of practice and skill. There are some people who have the talent for it, and there are just some others who do not.
Electrolysis is a delicate procedure that involves inserting a very fine probe (needle) into your hair follicle. The Electrologist must not only accurately insert this needle into your follicle, but also to the proper depth. There should be no plucking the hairs (you may feel roots expelling time to time but not plucking). If she does not do this correctly, you risk damage to your skin or risk wasting your time and money with little to no results.
Your Electrologist should be friendly, have a steady hand, good eye sight, good time management skills and a great eye for detail. Your Electrologist must be extremely knowledgeable in hair cycles to recommend proper appointment frequency and spacing and to know what to expect in terms of any regrowth. Your Electrologist must be understanding of your needs and sincerely want to help you.
Your Electrologist must be accurate and precise but this does not mean she needs to be slow. You should have a reasonable amount of hairs removed in a 15 minute session.
A person does not need to go to school to perform Electrolysis Hair Removal. You want to be sure this person has trained or apprenticed with another successful electrologist. Electrolysis is not something that should be self taught. A schooling certificate is a bonus but the schools often use out dated equipment and the students get very limited practice or experience. The courses are not often long enough for them to see the process working. How do they know they did it right if they never saw the outcome?
The method your Electrologist uses is important. Although all methods work when performed correctly, some are more comfortable than others. Some are also faster, allowing you to remove much more hair in each appointment.
The blend is a method where each hair takes a few seconds to complete and a grounding rod is held as the current is conducted through your body. This is a much slower method. We recommend thermolysis.
The magnification your Electrologist uses is extremely important. When you are having such a delicate procedure, you want to be sure your Electrologist has the best view of the follicle. Improper insertion leads to poor or no results or possible skin damage. The higher the magnification, the more accurate the Electrologist is able to be with their insertion.
Microscopic Electrolysis is recommended for a superior view of the follicle. This magnification method is becoming popular among reputable Electrologists and allows them to achieve perfect accuracy with each insertion. They can see every last tiny hair that you want removed without hesitation. If your Electrologist has invested in a Microscope, that is a very good sign.
Electrolysis has come a long way and you can reach permanent results even faster than before with the new technology available. The magnification, tools and technology your Electrologist chooses could play a very important factor in how quickly you get results.
Although Electrolysis with a good Electrologist will be successful with any epilator or method of Electrolysis, it is important to note that the newer machines are usually more comfortable and will leave less irritation to your skin. If this is a concern for you, look for an Electrologist who uses a higher frequency epilator. The highest currently on the market is 27 MHZ and has been known to produce faster results as well.
Your Electrologist should have specialized in Electrolysis for many years and have worked on many different clients, body areas, hair types and textures to gain sufficient experience. This cannot be achieved if Electrolysis is only offered as a side service. Many aesteticians or skin care technicians take the Electrolysis course as part of their beauty training but they never get any real experience before performing treatments. Someone who specializes in Electrolysis is a much better choice.
Experience will play a part in your Electrologist skill... but just because an Electrologist has been practicing for a long time doesn't necessarily mean they are any good. Your Electrologist may have only had a year of experience and be really great. An experienced and older Electrologist might know what she's doing, or she might be stuck in the past. Look for an Electrologist that is up to date on current techniques and technology.
Your Electrologist should offer you a free consultation to allow you to make a proper decision. She should appear knowledgeable and explain to you the hair cycles and recommend how long you should book and how often you should come in to receive the fastest results. She should give you a time frame for permanent results but she should not be able to magically predict an exact date or number of appointments... This is impossible due to many factors.
Electrolysis should be paid for by time and not a set cost per body area. This is because there is physically no way to determine exactly how many treatments you will need. Some people will use more time than others. Some hairs will stop growing before others.
All Electrologists will charge a different rate depending on their experience, availability, location, technology and demand. Never choose a lesser Electrologist based on cost. It is their skill that determines whether you get results of not.
An Electrologist can't guess the exact number of appointments you will need. She doesn't know exactly how slow or fast your hair grows, what stage your hair is growing in and doesn't know exactly how many hairs you have because they aren't all visible at the same time. She can only follow guidelines based on hair cycles and your previous hair removal methods.
It takes 8-13 weeks for a hair to regrow once it has shed or is removed by it's root. So it can take 2-3 months to see exactly how much hair is under the skin and to treat it all at least one time.
Electrolysis is not a regulated trade in Canada and you do not have to go to school or be certified. For example, hair stylists require a Red Seal exam and must renew this licence every year. Electrologists do not have an exam or licence that is mandatory to practice Electrolysis.
Electrologists do not have to have any qualifications which is why it is important to find a good one. Some voluntary organizations offer a paid membership to be listed as a professional Electrologist but this is entirely optional and many great Electrologists are not members.
Your Electrologist's establishment should have been visited by a health inspector to ensure all standards of Health Canada are being met. The Electrologist should use one time use, disposable probes. She should keep her office, bedding and tools clean. She should also be knowledgeable in the function of the skin and hair, skin diseases, bacteriology and proper sanitization practices. Once they have visited an establishment, they will normally follow up once a year.