I’m a guy in my 20s and been a long time lurker here. I became very interested in permanent hair removal after personal experiences with unwanted body hair, and underwent laser and then electrolysis. After seeing the rare but amazing possibilities with electrolysis on this forum, I seriously thought about career in electrolysis. You all understand how something like having unwanted hair can debilitate a person in social and personal lives. And changing that for people is great satisfaction.
Since I’m in NYC, I went to the (only?) electrolysis school in Queens for consult. The owner was nice and honest about career prospects for males in this profession. He basically talked me out into investing time and money for the program because he said I would have a very, very, very difficult time starting a career or even being employed by established electrolysis or skin care spas because this industry does not want males. Since majority of clients seeking hair removal are females, they do not feel comfortable with males treating them. His advice was confirmed with my experiences where all of the laser technicians and electrologists were females. He said the few males that became successful in this industry all started many decades ago when the market/industry was different. It’s much harder for males to start in this industry today. (I don’t know why there is such an irrational discomfort against males in hair removal profession, when women go to male OBGYNs or male plastic surgeons to get breast implants and all other procedures.) But I did not come to rant, but seek a second opinion from professionals on this forum.
My interest in electrolysis isn’t some short phase, but I have been thinking about it for a while now. So should I just forget about it or is there a prospect for a guy like me in this industry? If finances were not an issue for me, I would not hesitate to gamble on training even if I know I’d fail attracting customers (because for me the electrolysis science and application itself is very interesting.) But in my situation I can not afford to gamble or invest into an education that is guaranteed to fail in returns.
I would love to hear what advice or opinions you will give me, especially from the two male electroligsts on here.