Advice to give a first-time waxing client
In our industry, it seems so natural to wax – why would you use the dreaded razor? But we often forget that there are those who are new to all types of waxing and are frightened of their first treatment. Here are some of the questions Paterson is asked most frequently by new clients, and her advice on how to answer them.
Why wax in the first place?
Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin’s surface. Over time, hair in waxed areas regrows lighter and sparser or not at all. Waxing the brows opens up the eyes, and can instantly give a more youthful appearance to the face.
Which areas of the body can be waxed?
Wax can be used on almost any part of the body as needed. It is wise to test a small area first for sensitivity. Some frequently waxed areas for women are legs, underarms, bikini line, eyebrows and face. For men, it’s the chest, leg, arms, and back. The exceptions for waxing are beards and inside the ears.
How long will waxing results last?
After a client’s first wax, the results can last three to six weeks, depending on the individual’s hair regrowth pattern. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth week.
Heat stimulates hair growth so hair grows quicker in the summer than in the winter. With regular waxing, the length of time between treatments will increase. Continued waxing results in sparse hair regrowth.
Will the hair grow back thicker?
Absolutely not. It might seem so because you will have become accustomed to a hairless zone, but in reality, regrowth will usually be finer and slower. Eventually, hair growth may stop altogether.
Are there any health precautions to keep in mind?
Some physicians do not recommend waxing for people with diabetes or who have varicose veins or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients using Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin-thinning acne medications.
Advise clients to read the label carefully and consult their dermatologist if they are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Also, make sure to ask clients if they are allergic to any foods - because if they can't eat it, you shouldn't put the extracts on their skin. Stress that is important for clients to be completely honest with you about all allergies and medications they are taking – it is for their protection.
What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimised?
Although we can not predict or guarantee who may react, most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. These guidelines should help clients to minimise irritation and possible breakouts.
- Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
- Avoid heavy exercise for at least 10 hours after waxing.
- Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.
- Do not use exfoliating products (e.g. AHAs, scrubs) or loofas until at least 24 hours after waxing
- Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs
- Regular exfoliation may be helpful, especially on legs and arms
- Routine waxing helps the skin get accustomed to the procedure and may minimise irritation
- Unfortunately, no shower or oral sex for at least 10 hours after a Brazilian
- Products are available that can be applied topically to avoid ingrown hairs and condition the skin for better waxing results. I recommend Australian Bodycare After Wax Lotion in the salon and Body Lotion for home use.
How long does a wax treatment take?
Depending on the body part and the density of the hair growth, a waxing appointment will take between fifteen minutes and one hour.
What is the difference between a bikini wax and a Brazilian wax?
A standard bikini wax is more conservative and generally involves removing hair to just inside the swimsuit line. Hair removal is limited to the front of your body only and does not include the legs or abdomen. The Brazilian technique has gained popularity and involves hair removal around the anus, perineum and vagina, leaving only a small strip of hair at the front. This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation. Another option is to gradually remove more hair on each appointment until a Brazilian look is achieved.