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Business zaps unwanted hair

ELLSWORTH -- Julie Mathews was seeking a career change.

After working with animals for several years, the River Falls native was seeking something different.

What she settled on was indeed that -- electrolysis.

"Electrolysis interested me, so I went for it," she said. "I liked its detailed work, the fact I could help others, and that I could run my own business."

Mathews got her certification from the River Rock Electrology Institute in Eau Claire in January. After running the business out of her Hersey home for a few months, on May 1 she opened Timberline Electrolysis in the Kollbaum Chiropractic building , 430 N. Maple St., Ellsworth. She shares a suite with Mary LeMay, who runs the Therapeutic Massage Center.

Electrolysis is the process of removing individual hairs permanently from eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, ears, neck, legs, back and chest.

A sterile probe is slipped into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged, destroying the hair growth tissues. The follicle seals shut and can't grow again, Mathews said.

The procedure is available for all ages, but teenagers need a parent or guardian's approval.

"A lot of people don't even know what the word means or how it works," Mathews said.

She is offering a complimentary consultation in which she will explain how electrolysis works, outline care, examine and assess skin type and area of hair concern, and explain the cycles of hair growth and the causes of unwanted hair.

"Making it easier on the client," Mathews said about one of the goals of the consultation.

She added that the process hurts, but said if someone can withstand plucking or waxing, they'll be able to endure electrolysis.

Mathews said she heard about the Ellsworth opening through her River Rock instructor, who said LeMay was looking for someone in the field.

"It's more enjoyable being in an office setting," Mathews said.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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