Whether you are new to electrolysis or have been qualified for many years, there are several common issues that I have found are at the root of most problems.
Being trained to a specific brand of epilator or methodology.
Rather than learning how to judge the right setting by skin reaction, learning to the brand can get you a qualification but it leaves you with a lack of essential skills. Similarly if you were taught to use a predetermined chart of settings according to hair size and/or the area of the body you may also struggle with clients who don’t fit this method.
Solution – Become more familiar with your epilator and how electrolysis works. Practice finding settings manually and increase your confidence slowly but surely.
Remaining in the associative stage of psychomotor learning.
In my book I discuss the different stages of psychomotor learning and how important it is to becoming an electrolysist. The middle stage (associative) is when you are able to perform the treatment correctly and achieve a qualification, but you are not yet proficient enough to treat clients without a great deal of anxiety and hesitation. If you learned electrolysis as part of a beauty therapy qualification and only treated a few clients per year (or never!) then you will still be in the associative phase as you don’t have the hundreds of hours required to move on to the final autonomic stage.
Solution – Very simply, practice more. It’s really that straightforward.
Feeling inferior due to lack of exposure to how others perform electrolysis.
It’s not surprising you may not know about different ways to perform electrolysis, since you will either be working on your own or within a salon setting with few other electrolysists to converse with. It can be easy to feel inferior and self conscious when you hear unfamiliar terminology and techniques used for electrolysis. There is really very little difference, but confusion and the fear of feeling uneducated can really eat away at your confidence.
Solution – Talk to someone! Many professional bodies have a helpline or a way to ask for advice. Alternatively find someone you trust and ask them to help you.
Low confidence in yourself due to bad training.
I can’t forget the electrolysist who came to see me for some coaching and was literally shaking with fear when I asked her to try a few insertions on my arm so that I could see what we needed to brush up on. If you fail to treat hairs and you cannot work out why then it can have a devastating effect on your confidence. This then becomes a vicious circle where you don’t want to treat clients and become even more isolated and upset about the situation.
Solution – One to one training, or in extreme cases retaking a full electrolysis course. Don’t carry on suffering in silence, bad training is unfortunately a fact of life so seek out help.