Are you looking for a career in the beauty industry that will allow you to make a real difference in the quality of peoples lives? Something that will affect peoples self-esteem and self-confidence, and enrich their lives on a daily basis? If so, you might want to consider a career as an electrologist in Minnesota. Electrologists help people with a problem that can be unattractive and embarrassing: unwanted hair growth. Unwanted hair growth occurs on the face or the body for many reasons. Sometimes there is a hormone imbalance, or a lack of certain hormones following menopause allows facial hair to grow.
Sometimes there is a genetic cause. Whatever the reason for excessive hair growth, the problem can be addressed and corrected using the process of electrolysis. Electrolysis uses electricity to kill hair at the root and prevent re-growth. It takes a series of electrolysis sessions to permanently stop hair growth on a section of the face or body. Electrologists perform this important function, allowing their clients to return to a life of dignity and self-confidence.
The state of Minnesota does not require that electrologists be licensed in order to practice. You may want to obtain electrology certification from the American Electrology Association, a trade organization that represents the interests of electrologists throughout the country and promotes the profession generally (www.electrology.com).
There are several schools offering electrolysis programs in Minnesota. There, you will be instructed on the anatomy and physiology of skin and hair and diseases of each, the causes of unwanted hair growth, and principles of electricity. The program will cover the three basic modalities used in electrolysis: galvanic, which uses an electric current that causes a chemical reaction that kills the hair at the root, preventing regrowth, thermolytic, which uses radio waves to kill the hair at the root and prevent regrowth, and blend, which uses a combination of the two and has advantages of both. An additional technique, laser hair removal, which is technically not an electrolysis modality but is used to eliminate unwanted hair, may also be taught. The program will teach you how to use the electrolysis instruments as well as how to clean and sanitize them. Some aspects of the business of electrology may be taught as well.
If you want to work in electrology in Minnesota, then you will have to complete a program approved by the American Electrology Association. This means that you do not have to go through the kind of state licensing and renewal application fees that you would if it were regulated like cosmetology. However, you will want to take the CPE exam given by the AEA so you can become Board Certified. The exam fee is $325 for non-members & $275 for members. You can find more information about that certification here. The AEA also provides continuing education opportunities for professionals in all 50 states.
Skincare specialists in Minnesota earned an average salary of $28,500 during 2013, according to O*Net. Electrologists perform a specialized service, however, and may be able to command a higher fee, especially as they gain in years of experience and reputation. The demand for skincare specialists is expected to increase more than 20% over the next decade or so, meaning that there should be a lot of need for the services of electrologists and that people coming out of school should not have difficulty finding jobs.
The process of removing hair permanently is a very private and personal one. Electrologists tend to work by appointment, often seeing a client weekly over a period of months or even longer to remove all the hair in a particular area of the body or face. Because it can be an intimate activity, it requires a high level of maturity and discretion in the person who practices it. You will have ample opportunity to get to know your client, so you should be a good listener who is able to hear what others have to say without passing judgment. Many electrologists work in spas or salons. Usually, they work in a private room or separate area, where they can concentrate fully and provide their client with the privacy this procedure calls for. Some electrologists work in doctors offices or other medical facilities. For instance, an electrologist may provide services at a dermatologists office. There are also free-standing electrology studios that only perform electrolysis. Some electrologists start out working for someone else and eventually open their own studios. That allows them to benefit from being a small business owner, although that requires a whole additional set of skills. These skills are frequently taught at the same school where you took your electrology training. Because they usually work by appointment, there is at least some scheduling flexibility available for electrologists, making this a career that can be practiced either full or part time. You should have some control over your hours, so that you can fit your work in with your other commitments, like family responsibilities. But it may be necessary for you to work at least some evening and weekend hours, as this is when clients may wish to utilize your services, and spas and salons may require that you do so. As an electrologist, you can make a real difference in the quality of peoples lives. This difference goes beyond a fresh hairdo, or a new makeup look, and can really matter to the person suffering from unwanted hair. If this sounds like something you might want to do, consider a career as an electrologist in Minnesota. Use our directory to learn more about programs in your area today!
Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 710
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone Number: 651-201-2742
Fax Number: 612-617-2601
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minnesota State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Minnesota state cosmetology license.
While there isn’t a state department for education for electrology yet in
Minnesota, beauty professionals still can take advantage of resources
to become equipped with that skill. These groups present a good starting
point for the process.
Electrology Institute of N.E.
Hastings Beauty School
River Rock Electrology Institute