The beauty industry has room – and careers – for all different types of people. There are careers for people who love to style hair, and enhance facial features by the application of makeup. There are also careers for people whose first interest is in helping people, helping them to look and feel their best. If that describes you, and you are someone who wants to make a difference in other peoples’ lives, consider training for a career in electrolysis.

Electrolysis is a process that uses electricity to kill unwanted hair at the root, preventing it from being able to re-grow. Through a series of electrolysis sessions, this hair can be removed for good. Electrologists are the professionals who perform this service, and with the baby boom generation moving into their senior years, the demand for electrologists is growing.

State License Requirements

In Massachusetts, electrologists must be licensed in order to practice. To be eligible for the license, you must be eighteen years of age and have completed high school or the equivalent. The governing board for electrology in Massachusetts is the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (www.mass.gov/ocabr/government/oca-agencies). To take the licensing exam, you must complete at least 1100 hours of course work and training in an accredited program. You must also earn one continuing education credit every two years.

Education Details

Electrolysis is taught at some schools of cosmetology, hair dressing, and hair styling in Massachusetts, and also at several free-standing schools of electrolysis located throughout the Commonwealth. A program may last for eighteen months to two years. It covers the anatomy and physiology of skin and hair, and diseases and conditions of each. The history of electrolysis will be taught and you will learn about the three basic electrolysis methods. These are galvanic, which utilizes electricity, delivered through a probe into the hair root that causes a chemical reaction that kills the hair, thermolytic, which uses radio waves to kill the hair at the root, and blend, which includes elements of both and has advantages of both. A fourth method, laser hair removal, which is not a method of electrolysis but is often used to remove unwanted hair, may be taught as well. Courses will cover client interaction from initial interview and taking a medical history through post-procedure follow-up. You’ll get experience handling the equipment as well as cleaning and sterilizing it. Courses will cover topics in psychology and dermatology.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year*
License Renewal Period

Electrology practitioners in Massachusetts must complete 1,100 hours of electrology training to work in this state. The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering handles the licensing process you will need to go through. Here is a link to the portal where you will handle the renewal process. If you review this fee schedule, you can see that electrologists must renew their license every 2 years in odd-numbered years. The deadline for registration is July31st, and the fee is $78.00 to renew your license.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

On average, skin care specialists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts earned $44,060 in 2019. Skin care specialist jobs are expected to increase by more than 20%, making this a fast growing field that should have plentiful job openings for recent graduates. Electrologists have a particularly specialized skill which may mean they can command even higher salaries. Of course your experience, client following, reputation, and where you work will all affect your income.

Working as an Electrologist

Electrologists have many options when it comes to where they can work. Most work in spas or salon, where they typically have a room that affords them and their clients privacy. There are freestanding electrolysis studios where only electrolysis is practiced, and sometimes electrologists choose to open these studios after several years of working in a spa or salon. This enables them to run their own small business and experience the benefits and responsibilities of small business ownership. There are also electrologists affiliated with medical practices, such as dermatologists’ offices, who offer their service to patients of the practice. Regardless of where you work, your days will involve seeing individual clients and performing procedures. The process of removing hair from an area of the face or body takes considerable time and clients need to come in for repeated appointments for weeks, months and longer. This gives you an opportunity to develop relationships with clients over time, requiring excellent people skills. It is important to be able to develop rapport and trust with your clients, and help put them at ease. If there are any adverse affects of a treatment, such as pain following the procedure, you will need to know how to manage it. In between seeing clients your time will be spent neatening your work area and sterilizing your tools in preparation for seeing the next client. You may need to prepare invoices, especially if you are billing third party payers such as insurance companies. Working as an electrologist is as close as you can come to a medical-type practice within the beauty industry. It is a profession suited for poised and mature individuals who want to help other people in a meaningful, personal way. If this appeals to you, then consider training for a career as an electrologist in Massachusetts. Use our directory of beauty schools to request more information about programs today!

State board Contact Information

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone Number: 617-727-9940
Fax Number: 617-727-1627
E-mail Address: sandra.m.velasquez@state.ma.us

The Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, or updating a change of name or address information, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining your Massachusetts cosmetology license.

Beauty salons in Massachusetts employ profuse packages to offer their
customers. Among these services is electrology, which is an important part
of skin care. For professionals who want to add this to their resume, and
newbies to the industry, these resources are key to learning more.

Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Electrology Institute of N.E.
DCE Expert Electrology



Find the Beauty Schools in Massachusetts that interest you below,

Mildred Elley

100 West Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Program: Cosmetology

Mildred Elley has been a provider of quality higher education since 1917, where it was founded in the Capital District of New York. We have 3 conveniently located campus locations in Albany, NY, Mildred Elley has been a provider of quality higher education since 1917, where it was founded in the Capital District of New York. We have 3 conveniently located campus locations in Albany, NY, NYC Metro, NY and Pittsfield, MA with online options as well. Our campuses feature student-run massage therapy clinics at Albany, Pittsfield and New York City Metro campuses, and a cosmetology clinic at the Pittsfield campus. We offer over 20 Degree and Certificate programs with classes in the day, evening, and weekends. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for those who qualify. We are dedicated to seeing our students succeed offering Lifetime Job Placement Assistance Mildred Elley is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Mildred Elley's Albany, New York Campus is approved by the New York State Board of Regents to offer the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degrees. Mildred Elley's NYC Metro Campus is approved by the New York State Board of Regents to offer the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree. Both campuses are also approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)—formerly VESID. Mildred Elley is also registered with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office For program details and disclosures visit the Mildred Elley website http://www.mildred-elley.edu/disclosures   Mildred Elley - Pittsfield, MA Campus Mildred Elley's Pittsfield, Massachusetts Campus is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure. Mildred Elley - Pittsfield, MA is also licensed to operate as a Cosmetology school and the Cosmetology program is approved by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The campus is also approved for the training of the Veterans of the Armed Forces and JPTA participants.   Programs Massage Therapy – CERT Campus: Albany, NY Mildred Elley's programs in Massage Therapy offer students the education, practice, and skills necessary to satisfy the academic requirements to qualify for the New York State Massage Therapy Examination. After licensure by New York State, the graduates will possess the depth of knowledge and practical experience from their studies to successfully practice massage therapy in New York State. Successfully licensed Mildred Elley graduates will be prepared to obtain employment in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, residential care facilities, medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy practices, gyms, health clubs, resorts, spas, solo practice and other establishments.   Cosmetology – CERT Campus: Pittsfield, MA The Cosmetology Certificate program in Pittsfield, MA qualifies and prepares its graduates for successful passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cosmetology licensing examination, administered by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, and successful practice in the field of cosmetology and appearance enhancement. The program is equivalent to 1,000 clock hours of instruction. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours distributed among fields required by the Board in order to be eligible to register for the Board licensure examination.   Mildred Elley – Pittsfield, MA 100 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
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