How can I minimise the risk of reaction after a waxing treatment?

How can I minimise the risk of reaction after a waxing treatment?

It's really important clients receive good aftercare advice following a wax to ensure they know how to look after their skin. Skin reactions will vary from person to person but if your client is a virgin waxer, has lots of coarse hair or is someone who has been shaving or using hair-removal creams, then their first treatment may be more reactive.

Immediately after treatment your focus should be on keeping the skin cool, so use a suitable soothing product like a refreshing gel. For the best results, exfoliation should be carried out prior to treatment to lift the hairs and remove dead skin. You also need to ensure clients understand the need to let the skin settle for a few days after treatment before they do any post-waxing exfoliation.

Gentle exfoliation – using either a brush, exfoliating wash cloth or body scrub – two to three times a week is the best way to keep skin soft and supple. The combination of the mechanical and chemical exfoliation will help refine skin, reduce blemishes and minimise the potential risk of ingrowing hairs.

In addition to verbal aftercare, written advice in the form of post-waxing guidelines is helpful, especially for male clients who often don’t know how to look after freshly waxed skin and may not want to discuss aftercare with their friends or colleagues.

Jack Dunn is a waxing expert and brand ambassador for Perron Rigot UK. He also runs The Jack Dunn Waxing School, for therapists wanting to learn male intimate waxing treatments.