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Not everyone is happy with their appearance. They may love their bodies, think they have fabulous noses, and wouldn't part with their ears for anything. But these same people might have hair on their bodies they would like to be rid of.

That is where electrologists come in. They use special electrical equipment to remove hair from people's faces and bodies. They sterilize their equipment and the area to be treated with antiseptic solution, and insert a fine needle into a hair follicle. They send a controlled electrical pulse into the follicle, destroying the hair and preventing the hair follicle from growing back. They then remove the loosed hair with forceps or tweezers.

Each electrolysis session lasts about 15 minutes, during which clients experience varying amounts of discomfort. It is up to the electrologist to be calm, patient, and soothing throughout the process. Most clients return a number of times to achieve the desired results.

Electrologists are important to our modern society, which places a lot of emphasis on the power of appearance. Electrologists provide a service that makes people more at ease with themselves, increases their confidence, and may even improve their quality of life.
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  Interests and Skills  
Electrologists must be patient, gentle, and calm, and be able to instill a sense of trust in their patients. They need good eyesight, steady hands, and a well-groomed appearance. They should be thorough people who pay attention to details. They should enjoy working with and helping others, and be open to people of all backgrounds and cultures.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Discuss needs with clients, determine if they have any conditions that would make the treatment dangerous
  • Sterilize treatment area
  • Sterilize equipment
  • Use electrical pulses to destroy hair follicle
  • Maintain equipment and work area
  • Keep records of services, and perform other administrative duties
  • The typical day for an electrologist involves meeting with a number of clients, for different reasons. Some might be initial consultations, while others might be for first sessions, and others may be for final touch up appointments. Each session involves some chatting, putting the client at ease, as well as precise work. Electrologists meet many different people, but get few opportunities for travel or work out-of-doors.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Electrologists work in private clinics, salons, and spas. They have clean and quiet indoor offices, which they share with other beauty specialists and electrologist technicians (assistants). They may work full-time or part-time, and often work on the weekends or in the evenings, depending on their place of employment.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Electrologists can go on to become estheticians, cosmetologists, or even tattoo artists or acupuncturists, due to their experience with needles. They can find work with exclusive salons, or open their own electrolysis and/or beauty clinic.

  Educational Paths  
It is recommended that students take a training program in electrology that is conducted by qualified instructors have at least five years' work experience. The program should be a minimum of 500 hours long. Once the training is complete, it is recommended that aspiring electrologists register with a regional professional organization.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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