I had a very bad experience with an electrologist I recently tried out. Are there any specific criterea which will make good electrologists stand out? Maybe professional associations or certifications? Do they mean anything, or it only means that he is paying his annual dues?

Than you.

It is unfortunate that what one really has to do is either find someone who is done and happy with the results, or just take a consultation and sample treatment from everyone in town until you find who is the best.

Although stuff on the walls shows the person has paid dues to an organization, maybe taken a voluntary test or two, and in licensed states, will show compliance with state regs, it doesn’t prove that the person is all that good. Although most tests do evaluate electrologist knowledge of the technical info (some tests are more secure from cheating than others) none of these tests actually makes you perform electrolysis in front of someone who evaluates your actual work. The CPE is at least the test that one would have the most trouble cheating on. It is given by the people who make the SAT. Other tests are just mailed around the country and it could be your Aunt’s best friend who is proctoring your test. <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Eek!]" src=“images/icons/shocked.gif” /> Even the states who license electrology don’t often require one to prove that one knows more than how to pass a written exam with no practical application. California is one state where one must at least make an insertion in front of a proctor, but that still doesn’t mean that you are all that great, it just proves you know where the follicle is. <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Embarrassed]" src=“images/icons/blush.gif” />

Since you are talking about the Chicago area, I would think that Andrea would be the best person to tell you who is good, if not the greatest <img border=“0” title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src=“images/icons/grin.gif” />

<small>[ February 18, 2003, 01:49 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]</small>

Thank you, James for the info. I live in NYC. Do you know anyone who could recommend an electrologist here?

PS. After the sample thermolysis, some pimples and an irritation developed. It hurts and iches. Luckily, by the second treatment she only plucked out the hair, so no further irritation developed. Does this mean that the skin is too sensitive, or she just messed it up?


Without seeing you I would not say anything so strong as “she messed it up”. I don’t know what your reaction is, and why it occured.

If you Private message me your location, I will be better able to give you an idea of who I know in the area, but I must caution you, I have not had treatment by anyone in the NYC area other than Fino Gior at this time, so any other people I know, I can only say that they at least care enough to do continuing education classes on a frequent basis, and have impressed me with their verbal knowledge.

Of course, this does mean that they at least care enough about their profession and clients to keep abreast of what is going on in the industry, and they may have even updated their equipment over the years.

As James noted, the associations are not the best indicator of electrologist skill. The one I used to see was a member of a trade group, but I don’t think she was the best choice in my area in retrospect.

Your best bet is a personal referral. In New York, I usually suggest researching Lucy Peters and Fino Gior. Both have good reputations and good results. I’m not saying go to them, but giving suggestions for doing your own research.