Not every specialty in the beauty industry allows you to make a difference. To really make a difference. A difference in how people feel about themselves, see themselves, and present themselves to other people. And not everyone entering the beauty industry has it at the top of their list to make a difference. But maybe you do. Maybe you really care about people, and you want to help them in some way that matters, matters beyond the specific beauty treatment that you perform. Does this describe you? If it does, consider a career as an electrologist in Maryland. Electrologists eliminate unwanted hair, permanently, from peoples faces and bodies
An embarrassing problem. One that many people feel ashamed of. So it takes a truly sensitive individual to be a good electrologist, someone with maturity and sensitivity to other peoples feelings, and a genuine desire to help. Electrologists use methods that involve electricity to kill the hair at the root, preventing it from being able to regrow. Sometimes electrologists are also trained to use laser hair removal, which utilizes a different process but has the same effect: permanently killing a hair at the root and making regrowth impossible.
In Maryland, electrologists are required to be licensed by the state. To be eligible to take the licensing exam you need to attain 200 hours of classroom instruction time, and 400 hours of practical training. Once you receive your license, you will need to continue your training and take 10 continuing education credits per year.
Most schools of cosmetology, hair dressing, and hair styling offer certificates in electrolysis. In the program you will learn all about skin and hair, both normal and diseased, as well as about the process of hair growth. You will learn about electricity and how it works, and specifically how it is used in electrolysis to kill hair at the roots. You will learn the three methods used in electrolysis: galvanic, thermolytic, and blend. You might possibly also learn about laser hair removal and how to perform it. The program will teach you how to use all the tools as well as how to prepare your clients and assist them after the treatment, especially if there is pain. Youll learn client interaction skills and the regulations and requirements for keeping your equipment clean and sanitized. You may also take classes in business skills.
If you want to practice electrology in Maryland, you will have to meet your state’s requirements before doing so. Like many states, Maryland regulates electrology. They require a minimum of 600 hours training, and an examination before approval. After registering, you will have to renew every two years, and complete two continuing education units between each renewal period. Here is a link to the registration application. The application fee is $200.00 processed by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Renewal every two years will cost you $100.
Skincare specialists in Maryland earned an average yearly salary of $32,700 in 2013, according to O*Net. The need for skincare specialists is expected to grow at a faster than average rate between 2010 and 2020, making for a bright job outlook for individuals graduating from electrolysis programs. Of course, what you actually earn will vary based upon many factors such as your years of training, where you work, and other things. Some electrologists eventually open their own electrolysis studios and are able to earn more as business owners than if they are employed by someone else in a spa or salon.
Your day as an electrologist will mainly involve working one-on-one with individual clients. Since removing hair from a section of the face or body takes time, most of your clients will return for regular treatment sessions over a period of weeks, months, or possibly even longer. This means that you will get to develop relationships with your clients, and will need excellent people skills and the ability to listen actively. A professional demeanor is very important in this field. You will also work primarily by appointment which should give you some control over your schedule, although the salon or spa you work at may have requirements regarding your hours. Still, you should be able to work either full or part time, and work your other life commitments around your work schedule. In between seeing clients, you will need to sanitize your equipment and neaten your work station in preparation for the next client.
Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.
Maryland is home to a slew of established beauty professionals who make it
a point to be well-versed in different skills of the industry. As electrology now
is among these skills, many seek out training from these groups.
Maryland Association of Professional Electrologists
Maryland State Board of Nursing & Electrology Practice Committee
Award Beauty School