Monday, March 30, 2009

Wax-Wise: Top Ten Tips for a Smooth Lift-Off

1. Be sure the waxing room is clean, a fresh paper cover is on the bed, and the waxing professional is wearing vinyl gloves (preferably not latex).
2. The area to be waxed should be treated with a pre-waxing preparation to disinfect the area and remove any skin oils, or product, that may interrupt the action of the wax.
3. If the hair is more than 1/2 inch (1 cm) in length it should be trimmed. Longer hair will cause more stress from pulling, which will increase the potential to damage the skin and add considerable discomfort. Removing with the hair growth (if possible) will cause less ingrown hairs.
4. The type of wax used should be specifically chosen for the area being treated. Make sure the temperature of the wax is tested before it is applied.
5. The wax applicators should be disposable and not "double dipped" into the wax pot. Roller applicators are convenient, but a new container and applicator should be used for each client. If strip wax is used, the thinner the application, the better the results. It will be more comfortable for the client with less potential for skin damage.
6. Discuss medical history and current medications. Waxing is not recommended if using Retin A, Accutane, blood thinners, or receiving chemotherapy.
7. After waxing, a post care product should be applied to remove any stickiness left from the wax, to calm the area, rebalance the pH and help prevent ingrown hairs.
8. Try to avoid clothing that will rub the area as this can cause an irritation, or inflammation and promote ingrown hairs. A post depilatory product may be recommended to soothe, prevent inflammation and slow down future hair growth.
9. Avoid the application of heavy creams to the area for the first 72 hours. They will hold heat in the skin increasing an inflammatory response, and will make the area more susceptible to breakouts.
10. Do not go tanning or have a body exfoliation prior to a waxing appointment.

These top ten wax-wise tips will ensure a positive waxing experience. Stay tuned for more wax-wise tips this week.