Electrology Schools in Massachusetts
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How to Become a Electrologist in Massachusetts
- 1,100 education hours are required to become licensed.
- You must renew your license every 1 year.
- 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
- Average salary for electrology in Massachusetts is $44,140.
- There is a predicted 5.60% job increase between 2012 - 2022.
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
Required to earn a electrology license
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.
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 period
Continuing education required
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.
Massachusetts Electrology Careers
Average yearly salary for electrology in Massachusetts
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.
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!
Contact the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology
- 1000 Washington Street 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02118
- Website: Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 617-701-8792
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.