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Superstar of the 1940s, Rita Hayworth was known for her signature "widow's peak" hairline. A "natural" mark of beauty? Well, not really. That perfect beautiful hairline was created by electrolysis treatments! Other superstars, such as Cher and Elizabeth Taylor, also received electrolysis that added to their professional persona, and, it is perfection that really sets electrolysis in a class by itself. Because this is a hair-by-hair removal system, great precision is possible. A skilled electrologist can accomplish flawless hairlines, eyebrows, back of the neck and even shaping a man's entire chest.

Hair removal was not born yesterday! Actually, it dates as far back as 30,000 B.C. but it was not as painless as it is today by any means. Handheld objects such as sharpened flint stones or shells were used by cavemen to remove hair, and most of the time just as much skin as hair was removed along with it. Ouch!

It was not until the 1880s when King Camp Gillette had invented and then introduced the famous Gillette razor that has been modified but still around today.
Hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, dates back to 4000 B.C.

In 1985, The Society for Clinical and Medical Electrologists was founded to provide electrologists with cutting-edge research in hair removal technology. In 2002, the organization's name was changed to the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal (SCMHR) to support all methods of hair removal. SCMHR is a rapidly growing organization, providing opportunities for membership, live and home-based continuing education and certification. SCMHR's mission is to benefit the consumers of our services by:

  • Promoting professional integrity and confidence;
  • Ensuring theoretical and technical competency; 
  • Maintaining ongoing clinical effectiveness;
  • Encouraging cohesiveness through uniform educational standards; 
  • Investigating and integrating new technology.


You have seen them as you peer through your magnifier, a series of fine red, blue, or purple lines that look like a map of little rivers across your client’s face. These are not broken capillaries as so many of us call them; they are, in fact, telangiectasia. Telangiectasias are not broken, but very small, dilated blood vessels approximately .5 to 1 mm in diameter. They are found near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes and while we often see them on the face near the nose, cheeks, or chin they can develop on the chest, the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles. Often the telangiectasias on legs are referred to as “spider veins”. As an electrologist, you will encounter these tiny veins on the face and legs of your clients. It is important that you understand what these are, what can cause them, whether or not you can treat the area in which you find them, and if you can treat the veins with the needle.


As electrologists, it is essential for us to understand sight and how vision problems may impact both us and the patients we serve. Basic knowledge about the effects of aging on our vision and the importance of proper lighting will help us provide quality treatment.

A Misconception

The practice of electrolysis will not harm our eyesight; however, vision does decline with age. This does not mean you cannot study to become an electrologist if you are over 40, nor does it mean you will have to give up your electrology practice at the age of 65.


In electrolysis, each professional has her own working habits, her own personal touch. These differences, from one electrologist to another, are sometimes the object of inquiries even intense discussions. On the list of subjects that are the most controversial in electrolysis, is the one about the best interval of time between treatments. How many weeks should go by between each session? Two, three, four, six, or eight weeks? There are many answers from one electrologist to another. At the second rank on the list, is the question about whether or not a temporary method of hair removal should be used between sessions. Some electrologists suggest shaving between treatments; others disapprove completely. Who is right? Which practice is the best? Well, let’s try to find answers to these questions!

The word “integumentary” (the skin), which means “covering” is derived from “in” or “en.” The word system is defined as a collection of cells that perform a particular function.
The human body has 10 distinct systems (in alphabetical order):

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