Part X - Finding an Electrologist:
Feeling a bit nervous about choosing an electrologist? You really don't need to be. While it can be a bit daunting to approach an electrologist to find out if they are the right fit for you, it's important to take the time to do so. Here are some things to look for and some questions to ask to make sure you're on the right track.
The best way to find a great electrologist is to ask for recommendations from people you know. Family, friends and colleagues are great resources for finding someone to handle your care. Unfortunately, hair removal can be a bit of a private matter, so it can be hard to get those personal recommendations from anyone you don't know very well.
If you are new to the area or too shy to ask, our member directory can be a great starting point. If you can't find one of our members close to you, you may want to check with other associations or directories. Be sure to check the qualification requirements for any listings that you consult. Be aware that some online directories are merely paid advertising slots that provide no assurance of quality or standard of care. You'll want to stick to top tier candidates to ensure you get a well-trained and dedicated professional.
Telephone directories, newspaper ads and radio commercials can also be a source of leads to an electrologist. Just be certain that you ask questions and feel confident in the answers provided before committing to any treatment program.
Once you have a few names, it's time to get on the phone. Now many electrologists will not answer some of your burning questions over the phone. Questions like overall cost or how long treatment will take have to wait for your in-person consultation. There are some basic questions they should be able to answer.
Over the phone questions
If you've chosen a non-member either through personal recommendation or advertising, you'll want to make sure that they do genuine "needle" electrolysis. Some people advertise their services as electrolysis, but actually utilize electric tweezers or photoepilators.
Asking the question, What form of electrolysis do you offer? will help weed out any electrology "posers".
The answer from a genuine electrologist will be galvanic, thermolysis, or blend.
Other questions to ask include:
How long have you been in business?
How many clients have you had?
What training and qualifications do you have?
Are you a member of any electrolysis association? (If so, which one?)
What you are looking for with these questions is a general feeling of ease and comfort. Do they sound confident in their answers and proud of their accomplishments?
You'll want to make sure they mention that they have attained C.P.E (Certified Professional Electrologist) or C.C.E (Certified Canadian Electrologist) status. These designations mean they have successfully written a comprehensive exam. Once awarded the electrologist must fulfill continuing education requirements or be retested in order to maintain their designation. That's where noting where they maintain professional memberships in associations can be helpful.
If you feel comfortable with the answers you got to your questions, book an appointment for a consultation. These are often free and will include a sample treatment.
Book appointments with several providers even if you're pretty sure which one to go with after the phone inquiries. Doing so can help solidify your choice or steer you towards a better option.
Next Section - List of Electrolysis Society of Alberta Members.