Methods of Electrolysis
Electrolysis refers to the destruction of hair growth tissue and cells by means of an electric current applied to the base of the hair follicle. At electrolysis schools you will receive career-oriented training in all modalities of permanent hair removal: galvanic, thermolysis, and blend. In galvanic electrolysis, the electrical current creates lye within the hair follicle, burning the area chemically and removing the follicle. In thermolysis, heat from the electrical current burns and removes the hair follicle. Blend electrolysis combines thermolysis and galvanic electrolysis to destroy the follicle.
The galvanic method destroys more hair than the thermolysis method, requiring fewer repeat sessions. But it takes about two minutes for each hair to be destroyed so most electrologists will apply several needles at once to speed the process along. Thermolysis is faster than the galvanic method but may require more sessions since more hairs survive the procedure. Blend electrolysis works as fast as thermolysis while killing as many hairs as the galvanic method.
As you might guess, blend electrolysis is the most popular method of electrolysis, but it is also the most complicated (and potentially painful) method. That's why it's extremely important to get top-notch electrolysis training and certification - it takes a lot of practice to perform expert-level electrolysis.
Electrolysis schools include theoretical as well as clinical coursework in state-of-the-art training labs. Courses are scientific in nature and generally include bacteriology, angiology and neurology, physiology of hair and skin, endocrine systems, principles of electricity, and hygiene and sterilization. Other essential courses in electrolysis schools include equipment training, office management, and professional ethics. These courses are geared toward those who plan to work in private practice as well as those who will perform electrolysis in dermatology offices, day spas, or skin care clinics.
The length of time you'll spend at electrolysis college depends on your state's licensing requirements. Electrolysis training that's accredited by the American Electrology Association must last 600 hours or more; accredited programs lead to a certificate or diploma in electrology. Verify that the electrolysis training you're considering will help you qualify for your state licensing exam. If the program requirements are insufficient, find out if you can contract additional hours at your electrolysis college to fulfill your state's licensing requirements.
Electrology licensing is currently regulated in 32 states; some of these allow you to complete your practical instruction on campus and your theory training online. Contact your state licensing board to determine its specific regulations.
After your formal electrolysis training, you may sit for the American Electrology Association's International Board of Electrologist Certification exam to become a Certified Professional Electrologist. In order to maintain this credential, you'll need to complete 75 hours of continuing education in a five-year period or submit to retesting.
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