Thursday, July 28, 2011

Have a Great Wax Experience!

At first thought, waxing may sound very painful, but if done correctly it does not have be a painful experience. Waxing is a temporary form of epilation, removes hair from the bottom of the follicle. This service typically lasts between 3-4 weeks, depending on hair growth. Waxing will not make hair grow back thicker, but finer and more sparse.  Sugaring, threading and tweezing are other forms of epilation. Sugaring is made of sugar base, unlike wax commonly made of resin or beeswax. Threading loops around the hair at the bulb of the hair and pulls hair from the root. Shaving and chemical hair removers are considered depilation, removing hair at or below the surface of the skin. Waxing may be may desirable because the lasting effects are much longer and less irritating on the skin.

There are two types of waxes, strip aka soft wax and hard wax. Strip wax is spread thinly onto skin and immediately bonded with a muslin or pellon strip. Wax should not be applied more then once to avoid removing skin.  This wax can be made of a resin, beeswax, or paraffin. Hard wax is applied thick and shrink wraps the hair to be removed, creating a more gentle service. The wax cools on the skin and a strip is not used. This wax can be applied more then more then one time in the same area.  Both types of waxes can contain soothing or conditioning ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera, lavender (be careful most people are sensitive or allergic), azulene or chamomile. Be sure to do a patch test if the wax has added fragrance or essential oils.

There are a few things you should look into before waxing. A waxer should always wear gloves and never touch your skin with a bare hand. To prevent contamination between clients, your waxer should not double dip their wax stick. What is double dipping? Apply wax to a client and use the same stick in the wax pot. This is continuously contaminating the wax pot. The heat from the wax pot does not kill germs or bacteria. A fresh stick should be used each time, sure that means a lot of sticks but its clean and sanitary. Always look to see how clean the wax area, wax pot and client seating is. A clean and neat area will be the most comfortable and sanitary wax experience.

Are you using exfoliating products, recent chemical peel, injectables, cosmetic surgery, history of fever blisters or cold sores, acne, use hydroquinone, vitamin A topical, retinol, retin-a type products, topical or oral acne/cortisone medication, accutane, sensitive skin, sunburn, rosacea, scented body wash or lotion, have your menstrual cycle, diabetes, blood thinning medication or cancer? You may not be a good candidate for waxing as the skin is already too thin and the wax could lift skin. Woman during their menstrual cycle are extra sensitive and I would suggest getting bikini waxes after their cycle has finishes and not right before to prevent any discomfort for them. If you have a serious medical condition, it would be best to ask your doctor if they are okay with you getting waxed. Estheticians do ask for doctors notes if you are under medical care to prevent further problems. We want to make sure our clients are comfortable and leave happy.

Removing hair leaves you with silky smooth skin, but even after the service it is great to take care of your skin, exfoliate, moisturize and prevent ingrown hairs. Ingrown hair are uncomfortable hairs that have come to the surface of the skin and have been cover by skin that needed to be exfoliated. It will look like the hair is laying flat against your skin. Tweezing and can't grab the hair? It may be a ingrown hair. I suggest using a fine exfoliant (not a coarse granular exfoliant.) The European Wax Center has a great line including, body wash, exfoliant, ingrown hair serum, body lotion that are very popular and work very well used on a daily basis. To soothe irritation after waxing or facial waxing apply some hydroquitosone cream.

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