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Aug 11, 2020

In a world where the beauty industry is constantly reinventing itself with new solutions, people of all ages and in all corners of the world are trying the benefits of waxing. Because waxing is one of the most accessible hair removal methods around, it is now common for people to develop a waxing routine at a young age, sometimes without having to go through a shaving phase to make an educated comparison. It's easy to get excited at the prospect of having weeks of smooth, hairless skin, especially when you have so many waxing products to choose from, but what is the right time to start waxing?

Just like many people used to shave because of social pressure, sometimes we start looking for hair removal methods during our adolescence, after the first signs of adulthood give us a glimpse of the number of body hairs we might expect a few years down the line. This could be the right time to start looking for the safest way to get rid of these hairs, but is it too soon to try out these options? The answer might change depending on the method you choose and the body parts you're focusing on. When it comes to waxing, there are some things all potential clients need to know before their first wax session.

The Right Age to Start WaxingWhen we look at current trends, we can tell that many people start waxing earlier than they would a few years ago. There are many reasons for this: a globalized society spreads new trends faster and beauty standards have become more severe. Also, the safety of professional wax services has been proven time after time, and waxing is still the most affordable option when it comes to semi-permanent hair removal solutions.

There isn't an official consensus in the industry regarding the right age to start waxing. Each esthetic center has its regulations allowing people to book a wax session from a certain age. Some salons limit their treatments to legal adults, while others conduct wax treatments on underage clients with adult supervision, usually restricting these sessions to "safe" areas like the face, armpits, and arms. While the estimated age to start waxing changes from one location to the next, in most cases people start booking appointments after they turn 18 or in their early twenties. Most underage clients are between 13-15 years old.

It's not unheard of for young people to turn to waxing when they need to groom their eyebrows, or (for boys) remove chest hairs. When dealing with younger clients, estheticians should explain the process clearly and give a heads-up before doing anything. They must also be extra vigilant in case of sensitivity problems because the skin might be affected by different hormonal changes.

A Beginner's Guide to Waxing

No matter how old you are, your first wax is bound to be a nerve-wracking event. While there might be some awkward moments, there's a lot to gain in terms of comfort, practicality, and long-term results. Many people keep postponing their first wax session simply because they don't know exactly what to expect, so let's address all the common concerns while outlining the overall process:

  • Clients are usually asked to lie down on a waxing chair/ couch while the esthetician guides them through the right position for the treatment. Since a session can last from 10 to 40 minutes, estheticians know how to adjust your position to avoid tension and stiffness.

  • Estheticians might need to get very close and invade your personal space to wax some parts of your body. While it's normal to feel self-conscious, keep in mind that an esthetician's work involves seeing hundreds of different types of bodies daily, and they'll be focusing on working the wax appropriately to remove all the hairs evenly.

  • Estheticians also know how to work around your clothing, so even if you're getting a bikini wax, you probably won't need to undress for the treatment.

  • For each wax session, estheticians use sanitized gloves, spatulas, cleaning strips, and accessories to avoid instances of double-dipping.

  • No wax treatment is painless. Some parts of your body will be more sensitive than others and your tolerance will also determine how bearable it is for you. Many wax products are especially created to ensure a gentle treatment, with a low melting point and optimal pulling capacity.

  • Estheticians always check the skin after being done with the wax to look for errant hairs or excessive irritation. They will also spread soothing gels to help you through the aftercare.

Depending on how dire their hair problem is, clients might get their first wax early on or well into adulthood. For all first-time clients, estheticians must be ready to provide clear insight into the process. Having appropriate waxing products is also important to dull the pain because the skin is not accustomed to the wax and the first session is always slightly more painful as a result.

Do you want to know more about the right way to start a wax regime? If you want to help your clients through their first wax session, call TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out our website's contact form and get the best recommendations from our specialists. Beauty Image helps you ensure the safety and comfort of your clients with the most sophisticated line of waxing products. Remember to subscribe to our newsletter as well to get the latest news and tips straight to your inbox.

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About Author

Adriana Mendez is the CEO of Beauty Image USA, a leading brand in the beauty industry dedicated to providing estheticians, cosmetologists, salons, spas, and licensed beauty professionals with high-quality and sustainable hair removal products. From wax to pre- and post-care products, Adriana's commitment to excellence ensures that Beauty Image USA consistently delivers products of the highest standard.