Becoming an electrologist takes a special kind of person. It takes a person with maturity. It takes a person with integrity. It takes a sensitive person who is tuned in to how people feel and who can act with discretion.
Electrolysis is a specialty area within the beauty industry that requires a special type of person who wishes to help people in a very personal, private, and meaningful way. If that description fits you, then a career as an electrologist in Kansas may be a good career choice for you!
You must be 17 years of age or older to practice as an electrologist in the state of Kansas and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. You can study electrology either in an accredited school, or as part of an apprenticeship program. If you study electrology in school, you must complete 500 hours of instruction. If you study as an apprentice under the supervision of a licensed electrologist you must complete a total of 1000 hours of supervised practice. You will then be eligible for the licensing exam administered by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. The exam consists of a theoretical (written) part and a practical (skills) part. Then, after you have passed the exam and paid the required fee, you will receive your license to practice as an electrologist.
Electrologists use a procedure called electrolysis to permanently remove unwanted hair from the face and parts of the body. There are actually three electrology modalities used by electrologists as well as one additional technique that is not electrolysis per se but is practiced by some electrologists. The three electrology modalities are known as galvanic, thermolytic, and blend. Some electrologists are also trained in a fourth method of hair removal that is considerably different, known as laser hair removal. Galvanic involves inserting a metal probe into the hair shaft and killing the hair root with an electrical current which causes a chemical reaction. Thermolytic uses radio waves to kill the hair root by a process known as electrocoagulation. Blend uses aspects of both galvanic and thermolytic and has several advantages of both. With all three methods the hair root is killed and it is impossible for the hair growing in that root to grow again. Typically, many sessions of electrolysis, over days, weeks, months, and sometimes years, are required to remove all the hair in an area of the face or body. Electrology programs are offered in cosmetology schools and some free-standing schools of electrology. The curriculum focuses on anatomy and physiology of skin and hair and diseases of each. You will learn about the different modalities used in electrolysis and the tools and techniques used in each one. You learn about sterilization procedures and sanitation regulations in Kansas. You will learn about how to prep skin for electrolysis and how to take care of it after the procedure, as well as how to manage pain. Some programs also teach aspects of running an electrolysis business, such as billing third party payers, such as insurance companies, and handling the businesss finances, marketing and advertising, and more. Your education will include theoretical and practical components, and you will observe videos and live demonstrations of licensed electrologists performing each modality before you will have the opportunity to work on live people.
Kansas licenses expire every two years in the month of your birthday. You must renew your license by the last day of your birth month. The cost to renew any type of beauty license is $45. Continuing education hours are only required for renewing permanent makeup artist licenses and cosmetology instructor licenses. As a permanent makeup artist, you must earn five CEUs during each renewal period. Cosmetology continuing education is always recommended to stay current in the industry.
Skin care specialists in Kansas earned an average salary of $27,700 in 2013, which was the most recent year for which data were reported according to O*Net. Unlike most skincare professionals, electrologists have a particularly marketable skill and thus, may be able to charge a higher fee for their services. Experienced electrologists, and those who own their own businesses, stand to earn even more. Skin care services like electrolysis are in demand, with demand expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2012 to 2022, and so new graduates can expect to be able to find jobs without much difficulty.
There are several different settings where electrologists may work. It is most common to start out working in a spa or beauty salon setting, where they perform electrolysis in a private area or room in the salon. Some electrologists practice in a physicians offices and other medical settings and receive referrals from medical personnel. And free-standing electrolysis studios also exist, where one person opens his or her own electrolysis business. Regardless of location, electrolysis is a very personal, private procedure that is performed in a series of sessions that can last days, weeks, months, or longer. This means that electrologists get to know their clients well, and usually develop a relationship with them. Electrologists need to be poised and mature individuals who understand how to make a client feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident in their skills. They need to be active listeners who convey to their clients that they understand. In between seeing each client, the electrologist must clean and sterilize his or her tools and freshen the workspace in preparation for the next client. If you own your own salon, you must also prepare invoices and bill third party payers, such as insurance companies. People can be enormously embarrassed by unwanted facial or body hair. Electrolysis is a service that is highly valued by the many clients who use it, so, as an electrologist, you are performing a very important service for your clients. If you truly want to help people improve their lives in a very personal, meaningful way, and you are mature and poised, and you would like a career that lets you make a real difference in peoples lives, consider a career in electrolysis in Kansas. Use our directory of schools to learn more today!
Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
714 S.W. Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66617-1139
Phone Number: 785-296-3155
Fax Number: 785-296-3002
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skin care is an integral part of many beauty services, and in Kansas quite a few
salons have made it a point to increase their offerings to customers. Electrology
is now a standard treatment, and many professionals begin learning the trade
by going to these places.
Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
Eric Fisher Academy
Electrology Institute of N.E.