What’s new in waxing?

Georgia Seago caught up with Lycon founder Lydia Jordane when she was in the UK recently to get her opinion on the shape of the waxing market

On salon trends…

“Client demand is very similar globally and salons in both Australia and the UK are introducing hot wax for treatments on sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and the intimate areas, whereas they used to just use one type of wax – strip wax – for every treatment. Strip wax applies very thinly and so is very economical, and you can be quick with it. But it can also cause problems with the delicate skin under the arms and around the Brazilian area, as you can pull skin off and cause pigmentation. Strip wax also doesn’t remove extremely short hair. So I’m noticing more and more salons are changing to hot wax. Clients everywhere are looking for something that is painless, with no redness and irritation.”

On new product development…

Folliculitis is really a big problem. This is when a follicle gets stimulated after hair removal and the sebaceous glands can get activated, causing extra sebum production and leading to pore blockages, irritation and potentially infection. We need to focus on reducing the likelihood of irritation with the waxing technique or treatment protocol. It’s very important and could be an area we see growth in, in terms of products, like Lycon’s Ingrown X-It range with arnica and salicylic acid to soothe the skin and prevent pore blockages.”