Beauty Career Profile: Electrologist

Electrology continues to be popular amongst women and men alike, who wish to cut back on the times and costs they invest in shaving and waxing unwanted hair. Electrology uses electricity to remove hair at the root, or even moles, wart,s and other skin imperfections. An electrologist, or permanent hair removal specialist, helps people achieve these long-lasting beauty results. Women patients will want to remove leg, armpit, upper lip, and other unwanted hair (the obvious). But men also visit electrologists to have their beards or eyebrows thinned, or remove unwanted hair from their bodies.


Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes electrologists under the “Skincare Specialists Category”. They anticipate that the job demand in the skincare field will grow significantly in the upcoming years, with the possibility of thousands jobs being added to the field. This is significantly faster than the average for other occupations and even for other personal appearance worker occupations. If you’re looking into a career in the beauty industry, becoming a electrologist is a great choice.


Make it Happen


Certifications and licensing varies from state to state. Some states do not license electrologists at all, and the course can be as short as 5 weeks or 200 hours. But most states do require some sort of license to perform permanent hair removal services. Be sure to look up the requirements for your state and check out online course and programs to enhance your electrology skills.


Electrology requires highly specific training and attention to detail. And practice is always the best way to learn! Besides the basics, common procedures include eyebrow shaping, hair line adjustment or removal of hair from moles. As such a growing industry, there are always new methods and products to learn to best serve your clients.


Skill & Attributes

Customer Service

One of the most important parts of an electrologist’s job is making sure patients feel comfortable. Permanent hair removal is a very personal and private experience. Some clients may be embarrassed or ashamed of their unwanted hair. It is up to electrologist to ensure them they are in good hands and that there is nothing to worry about. Having good people skills and customer service will keep patients feeling confident.


Although you can find work at a spa or dermatologist office as an electrologist, many instead chose to work independently and start their own companies. If you find yourself leaning that way, you’ll want to have the skills and confidence to start and maintain a business. Having a business mind-set is just as important as having the electrology skills in this case.

Interest in Science

Electrology is a very precise and scientific process. There are different processes used to perform permanent hair removal. One involves a chemical reaction, the other involves heat and the third is a combination of the two. It is important that you have a mind that can work with these processes and master all three methods.

Salary Potential

In May 2016, the average salary for a Skincare Specialist according to the BLS was about $35,000 annually. Salary will vary depending on whether your are self-employed or working for a spa, salon or dermatologist office. You will also have more earning potential with more years of experience, as your clientele starts to build up.

Tips & Tricks

What is the difference between electrology and laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is also known as “permanent hair reduction”, while electrolysis is known as “permanent hair removal”. The main difference is that laser attacks the pigment in the skin, while electrolysis goes for the actually follicle itself. The mainstream laser processes are most effective on those with light skin and dark hair, though advancements are being made with laser techniques. Electrology is more user friendly and can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color. Laser is generally less expensive and takes less time, but electrology will give you the best options for permanent hair removals.

3 Different Processes for Electrology

  1. Galvanic: A chemical process that eliminates hair growth cells through a chemical reaction.
  2. Thermolysis: Uses heat to destroy the hair growth cells within the follicle. Can be used on high intensity for less time, or low intensity for a longer time.  
  3. Blend: Use both heat and chemical reactions to destroy the hair growth.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.