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Posted: March 1, 2014, from the March 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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How does poor technique cause tearing of the skin?
- Not holding the skin taut is poor technique. The skin on the labia and scrotum is looser than other areas and needs to be held taut to protect it and keep it from snapping up when the wax is removed.
- Not keeping the hand parallel with the skin upon removal is also means for disaster. When you pull up and away from the body, this also pulls the skin up and away, making it more likely for the skin to be torn.
As a technician, the following can be done to prevent tearing of the skin: hold the skin taut; keep the hand parallel to the body upon removal of the wax at all times; and always have the client fill out a health history form to rule out possible contraindications.
What you don’t know about waxing is what can get you into trouble. It involves more than just apply and remove, especially with the brows and bikini area. Intimate waxing requires a special skill set and expertise that can only be gained from the proper training and practice. If you take the time to invest in your education before attempting these services, you will be able to avoid the pitfalls discussed here, as well as many others.
Crickett is a licensed esthetician and educator in the art of Brazilian waxing and eyebrow design. She is also the creator of several educational waxing DVDs and a contributing author for industry magazines.