During the decade my Association fought vociferously against laser my (very unwelcome) opinion was: “never vote against technology” and — “the marketplace will decide if it wants laser or not.” Indeed, that’s the way all products and services succeed or fail.
The public has spoken and the hair removal industry has been permanently transformed. Yet, the whole industry is unsettling to me. It must be doubly frustrating to prospective clients who only want their hair removed.
Clients, all of them, are forced to navigate a labyrinth of objective data, innuendo, misinformation, advertising and opinion to finally find the right solution for them. I find it pathetic and intolerable. Electrologists have, for generations now, argued about the various methods (it’s tiresome) — add to that all the various laser devices and, well, just imagine the poor client!
Presently, every client that “ends up” with me has gone to several other therapists — often suffering more than a year or so of method-experimentation. Do we really want our patients to have to do this? How odd, really.
My vision (certainly not original) would be the establishment of a new profession — a hair removal expert that would be master of both electrolysis and laser. A professional that would understand all the techniques and methods and be able to select the correct treatment for the individual patient. Doesn’t that seem appropriate?
Of course, the industry is moving in that direction. But there is still a patchwork of schools, manufacturers, associations, etc., that has no definitive direction. Again, pity the poor client! Hinkel’s text “Electrolysis, Thermolysis and The Blend” (1968) was a landmark book that, in effect, defined and created the electrolysis industry we once had. It is certainly time for a brand new text that is inclusive of all modalities — objective and data based. Once an authoritative text emerges, teaching intuitions will have the means to launch a new profession. It’s time!
Who is working on this new text? Who wants to?