Your waxing game ’bout to get next level.
If you’re a regular on this site, chances are you’re already skilled at the art of waxing, and have already dealt with your fare share of wax pot explosions and awkward conversations with clients about wet wipes.
But whether you’re at pro or amateur status, your waxing game is about to get next level, because we’ve got some insider tips for not only doing the job well, but making it so painless your client will be convinced you’re a waxing savant.
1. Getting to know you
Your wax is the tool of your trade, so (as mushy as it sounds) it’s important to have a relationship with it. That means knowing the two most vital things about it: its consistency and temperature.
2. Get hard
Hard wax should always have a core in the centre. To lift the wax out of the heater, take from the core first and then mix with the runnier wax closer to the edges. You should try to keep your spatula moving in a twirling motion so that the wax doesn’t drip.
3. Get stripped
Strip wax should always be kept at a much thinner consistency than hard wax. If you’re using it right, it should always look runny, like honey.
4. Watch out
Whenever you’re working with wax, you should always watch out for the following red flags, which usually indicate something isn’t right: a chemical smell, the wax feeling hot on the skin, stringiness, and adverse skin reactions.
5. Cinch it
To apply hard wax perfectly, simply apply to the area to be treated, trapping the hairs using the tip of the spatula to comb and detangle the hairs before adding a quick mist of fast-drying waxing mist and removing the strip, ensuring all the fine, fluffy vellus hairs are removed.
6. Ouch factor
To turn down your client’s ouch factor, go for a pliable synthetic wax that contains titanium dioxide, to reduce skin redness and irritation.