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Wax Return

By Elizabeth Myron
Posted: May 23, 2008, from the July 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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There is no question that waxing has been one of the strongest hair removal trends for decades, however there are often complaints after a treatment due to improper post-care. Common concerns include, “I had my eyebrows waxed yesterday and have a nasty rash where the wax was applied. There is lots of redness and some bumps,” or “I just had my chest waxed yesterday and I have this terrible breakout with redness, swelling and dozens of whiteheads all over.

Unfortunately these clients rarely call the technician that performed the service and, in most cases, they run to the nearest drug store to speak to the pharmacist for help. It is incredibly important to educate your client about post-care treatment of the skin after any type of waxing service is performed. See Post-care Don’ts for advice to provide to your clients. This also is a good time to introduce post-care waxing retail products. Direct them to your retail section that offers an array of post-care waxing retail products. See Post-care Dos for retail suggestions.

Dip into the pot

To date, the use of depilatory waxes is still one of the safest, most successful ways to remove unwanted hair. If your establishment is not currently waxing, it is time you dipped into the pot.

Post-care Dos

    Creams or lotions. These minimize redness, irritation or possible pustule infections. Products that contain azulene, tea tree oil, lavender or lemon essential oils, camphor and menthol are ideal.
    Ingrown hair treatment product. These items contain effective ingredients to soften the skin, clear the follicle and allow the hair—when it is ready to grow again—to pierce through the skin. Check the alcohol content of these products because a high a percentage can cause chafing and drying of the skin, which can become very irritated, especially on the panty line.
    Hair retardants. These are ideal for clients dealing with excess hormonal hair growth or for use during the summer when sun exposure is excessive. Hair retardants are ideal to slow down the growth process, creating finer, sparser new hair.
    Body wash, lotions and exfoliants. These are ideal to rid the follicle of dry skin, dirt and debris, and to maintain skin’s suppleness.

Post-care Don’ts

    Avoid sun exposure, such as direct sunlight or tanning booths, for 24–48 hours.
    Put off visiting the gym or taking a hot shower for eight hours.
    Eliminate the use of any aggressive skin care products such as body exfoliators for 24–48 hours on treated areas.
    Avoid wearing tight clothing or items made of Lycra.