In recent years, in-salon hair removal services have risen in popularity with many people realising that salon-based waxing offers a more convenient, less messy option than DIY home kits with better results.
Waxing remains one of the most popular, safe and affordable hair removal options but it needs to be done properly to get the best possible results.
Waxing can be used to remove hair from anywhere on the body including sensitive areas, such as the bikini line and face. However, you need to be aware of the different types of wax and always use the right sort of wax for that area. There are several different types of wax and hair removal products including wax strips, spatulas and cloths so you need to choose the right option for your client.
Wax strips are when the wax is applied and then pulled off when still soft and warm, taking the unwanted hair with it. Hot wax (or hard wax) on the other hand, is applied and left to cool before peeling away the wax along with the hair underneath.
Soft wax i.e. using wax strips is best used for large areas, such as arms and legs as the wax is pulled off when still warm to remove even the finest hairs and give a smooth result.
For smaller, more sensitive areas of the body such as the bikini line or top lip, hard wax, which is left to cool and harden before removal, will be less painful and won’t damage delicate skin.
To get perfect results from waxing, skin preparation is key. Skin that has been properly prepared prior to waxing is more likely to stay smoother and hair-free for longer after the treatment and less likely to suffer side effects such as redness, bumps, irritation or patchy regrowth.
Clients should be encouraged to allow their natural hair to grow enough for the wax to get a good grip on the hair so that it can be pulled out more easily.
That doesn’t mean body hair should be excessively long (which can make waxing more painful) but around 0.5cm or 2-3 weeks of hair growth is ideal. You’ll also need to perform a patch test of the waxing product you’ll be using at least 24 hours before their appointment to ensure they don’t have any allergies or sensitivities to the wax.
Skin should also be gently exfoliated around 48 hours before waxing to get rid of dead skin cells that may be clogging pores whilst also helping to loosen the hairs. The skin should also be clean and dry and free from any lotions, makeup or other products prior to waxing.
After waxing, it’s normal for the area to be slightly red and tender. Clients may experience a tingling sensation and if the hair being removed was particularly long or coarse, you might even notice some small blood spots.
To help the skin heal and to get the best possible results from your wax, they should be advised not to touch or scratch the area. They should also avoid the following for at least 48 hours.
- Hot showers or baths
- Excessive sweating or friction (like playing sports or wearing tight clothes.)
- Saunas or steam rooms
- Sunbathing or sunbeds
- Products such as deodorants, make-up, perfume, self-tan or lotions.
A few days after a wax, your clients can begin gently exfoliating your skin again to help prevent ingrown hairs and keep skin smooth and supple until their next waxing appointment.