Pre and Post Waxing Secrets You Need to Tell Your Clients About
November 28, 2016
Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods nowadays. Yes, it might be more painful than other alternatives, but some people agree that the pros surpass the cons; waxing doesn't only remove hair from the root, since the process also provides extra advantages that can help the skin be more beautiful and healthy. Nonetheless, sometimes this hair removal process has consequences: irritation and redness, rashes, reddish bumps, infections or ingrown hairs. These are a few side effects that customers may suffer hours or even days after a waxing procedure.
Even though professional waxing technicians always follow the proper protocols and use high-quality pre depilatories and post depilatories to prevent or minimize side effects, the client should always take proper care of his or her skin at home 24 hours before and after the treatment. Nevertheless, sometimes customers are not aware that certain habits – like going to the pool or using tight clothes right after a wax – could lead to uncomfortable and unwanted side effects. Here, we summarize the common mistakes customers make before and after a session, and the pre and post waxing secrets you should share with them.
Pre waxing secrets – what clients should avoid
Firstly, customers should know that for regular waxing sessions the hair should be at least 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch long, but they must also understand that the skin may not be suitable for waxing all the time, even if the hairs have the proper length. A professional should never perform a wax on irritated, burned, or injured skin. In these cases, the clients must wait until the area has healed.
For waxing professionals, skin care is almost as important as the hair removal treatment itself. They often recommend to protect the skin from direct sunlight exposure the day before the treatment, since UV rays can make the client's skin too sensitive for waxing. On the other hand, an esthetician should advise his or her clients to gently exfoliate the targeted area at home before the appointment. This can be done in the shower with a loofah and an exfoliating cream, for example. Even though waxing has its own exfoliating effect – it removes dead skin cells along with the hairs – if dead skin cells are mostly removed from the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) through a previous exfoliation, the waxing treatment will be less painful.
Specialists advise clients to freshen up before a waxing appointment, even if it's just for an eyebrow wax service. If the client is sweaty or wearing a full face of makeup, the wax is less likely to stick, so the process will take longer. On top of that, sweat can raise the temperature of the wax and burn the skin.
Post waxing secrets – skin care equals beauty
Sometimes, customers attend a waxing appointment hoping they can go to the pool or the beach later in the day, but doing so could cause more harm than fun. Sunlight and heat are waxed skin's greatest enemies. In fact, experts recommend that hot baths, saunas, sunbeds, swimming, or sunbathing be avoided for 24 to 48 hours after a wax. Waxing opens up the pores; therefore, if the client doesn't take care of the skin after the procedure, it could lead to infection or irritation. Estheticians often apply anti-inflammatory creams or calming oils to refresh the skin, but these products do not guarantee that side effects won't appear if the client ignores the professional's advice. Alcohol-based products, deodorants, perfumes, or colognes are also forbidden for the same amount of time. Make sure you inform your clients about it so they can book an appointment according to their plans.
As we said above, waxing has an exfoliating effect. That is to say, while removing the hair, it takes away dead skin cells, leaving a brand-new layer of skin. To protect it, the customer needs to use comfortable clothing that allow the skin to breathe – tight clothes are not a good decision. Lastly, exfoliating at least once or twice a week is necessary to maintain a healthy and smooth skin, although after a waxing session the customer should wait 4 to 7 days before performing said procedure.
By following these simple rules, a waxing session will have much better results. Make sure you, as an esthetician, teach your customers these secrets; they are both beneficial for them and for your service. Remember that your clients trust your expertise and professional advice!
We hope this list is useful to you when you talk to your customers at your spa or beauty business. If you want to offer a better waxing service, we encourage you to check out our high-quality array of pre and post depilatory products, as well as our soft and hard body waxes and waxing accessories. You can contact us toll-free at TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form. Also, you can find us on Facebook at Beauty Image USA and follow us on Twitter @BeautyImageUSA.