8 Pre-Waxing Care Tips You Can Give Your Clients
November 08, 2019Are you a spa owner? If you are, you certainly know how important it is to possess the necessary knowledge and skills to keep clients coming and your business growing. Professional skills and satisfying your clients' demands will give you the trustworthiness you need for clients to choose you, which will, in turn, boost your business.
Something many spa goers tend to do is ask estheticians questions regarding the procedures they perform. It's natural if they have doubts about issues that are simple for you – since you're the professional, not them! Some of the most common questions from clients could be related to pre-waxing care, and your answers will benefit both you and them. So, let's discuss the most relevant pre-waxing care advice you can share with your faithful clients.
1. ExfoliateFew people know who important exfoliation is for successful hair removal. Skin is always renewing its cells, but superficial old skin cells need some help to be sloughed off. Dead skin cells keep skin dull and trap sprouting hairs (causing the dreaded ingrowns).
Exfoliated skin will be smoother and more prepared to receive waxing, so recommend clients to exfoliate the area they plan to get waxed 24 or 48 hours in advance. It's important to remind them that they should exfoliate in advance – if they do it on the same day of the appointment, their skin will be recently sensitized by the exfoliation, which might be too much added to the waxing.
Tell your clients that they'll have even more skin benefits if they make exfoliation a permanent routine. Twice a week is a good place to start. Recommend a soft scrub to avoid irritation.
2. Watch out for contraindicationsAnother aspect you should take into consideration when a new client attends your spa or beauty salon for a waxing session is ruling out any contraindications they may have for waxing. For this, you can ask them to fill in an online questionnaire to find out their overall state of health before the appointment. Here are some of the main contraindications:
- High blood sugar: if the client suffers from high blood sugar, then you should tell them to consult a general practitioner before they go through this procedure. This is because when the hair is ripped out, a superficial layer of skin is removed, too, making the skin more vulnerable to environmental agents that could cause infection. Since high blood sugar can delay healing, the skin will be unprotected for longer.
- Skin medication: if it's been less than a year since your client last took Accutane, they are not eligible for waxing. Other medication for acne must be discontinued at least three months prior to the waxing appointment. This medication can cause skin to over-exfoliate, increasing the risk of skin ripping or lifting.
- Antibiotics: ask the client if they can put off the procedure for a bit if they are taking antibiotics since they can sensitize skin.
- Skin problems: if you suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis or other skin issues, you should wait until they are in remission or avoid waxing altogether. Likewise, avoid waxing on scarred, irritated, injured or bruised skin.
3. Maintain your hygieneAdvise clients bathing or showering, and/or freshening up before the procedure. This will make them feel less self-conscious and also facilitate your professional job. Just tell the client not to use harsh soaps/body washes with a lot of fragrance or colorings – and no hot water! – before the procedure, to keep allergies or adverse reactions at bay.
When it comes to menstruation, remind your clients that it's not a contraindication for waxing, but it is advisable to book the appointment outside of period days. This is because menstruation makes you more sensitive to pain.
4. Wear loose clothingTight clothes in synthetic fabrics are a no-no for waxing appointments. Ask the client to come as comfortable as possible in loose clothing to avoid chafing and irritation.
5. Avoid heat, saunas, and sun exposureNo saunas, hot tubs, tanning beds as it could irritate the skin, making waxing unpleasant or increasing the risk of skin lifting. If there is a sunburn on the area to be treated, then the depilation should be postponed until it has totally healed. Sun protection is important at all times, so remind the clients to wear sunscreen when they've already had their procedure.
6. Trimming is optionalYour clients might not trim the hair to the correct length, so it's best if they leave that job to you, in case you deem it necessary before the procedure. Ask them not to touch hair! And of course, completely forbid them of shaving before the appointment!
7. Pain medication is up to youSome people might have adverse reactions to ibuprofen. On the other hand, it might not make a difference when it comes to the discomfort in the waxing session. Other clients might actually get relief from it. Let clients know that they can take a couple of pills if they think it'll help them.
8. Let them know what to expectTell them about the procedure they will undergo and what to expect after the appointment. Make sure you tell them about the basic care they should have after waxing. Read a lot more in "The Dos and Don'ts of Post Waxing Care."
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