A Manzilian is one of those things you definitely – definitely – don’t want to mess up. But we’ve got you covered; PB sat down with expert waxer and founder and CEO of Lycon Cosmetics, Lydia Jordane, to talk fluid wrist movements, pain management and preparing for your first Manzilian.
What’s the key to a perfect Manzilian wax?
As a waxing specialist it is your duty to provide a thorough, hygienic, and confident treatment, making sure you support the skin and remove all the hairs. On both men and women, the hairs can grow in all different directions and the hair growth can be very dense and difficult to wax as a result. It’s therefore best that the hairs are trimmed to a suitable length, about 1cm long, before you start to wax. Using a superior hot wax and also Lycon’s pre- and post-waxing lotions will ensure you ‘nail’ the Manzilian waxing.
What’s the perfect Manzilian waxing technique?
Following procedure, work from the outside in and always know how much wax you need and where you are placing it. It’s important to be confident and not to think that waxing is painful, because when you’re waxing with Lycon hot products, the procedure is practically pain-free and surprisingly easy.
What’s your most useful piece of Manzilian waxing advice?
Our aim in performing the perfect Manzilian wax is to achieve hair-free results quickly and with as little pain as possible. To achieve this goal apply the wax with good pressure and remove the wax patches with soft and fluid wrist movements. It is also important to apply good pressure on the skin which will soothe the skin once you remove each patch.
Hygiene is important. What sort of prep do you need to do before waxing this area?
It is important to cleanse and refresh the skin with Lycon Lycotane Skin Cleanser. Then apply Lycon Pre-waxing Oil, which soothes the skin before waxing and prevents the wax from sticking to the skin. It makes waxing a lot more comfortable and using the right products during the entire waxing treatment, makes waxing with Lycon practically painless.
What sort of wax do you recommend for a Manzilian?
We always recommend hot wax for a Manzilian. We don’t recommend strip waxes, as they don’t remove hair like Lycon hot waxes do. We have lots of great hot waxes and they are all suitable for Manzilians. Our most recent Lycon unique hot wax is MANfico Hot Wax XXX, which is absolutely amazing. It’s been specially designed for men using Lycon’s unique titanium dioxide technology, along with soothing chamomile, Australian sandalwood and gentle micro mica. MANfico Hot Wax XXX is the ultimate wax for strong hair and sensitive skin, making it an essential for every Manzilian.
Beauty therapists may be daunted by the prospect of performing their first Manzilian. What are your three top tips to getting the technique right?
It is important to use the spatula at the right angle and use pressure as you apply hot wax. The angle of the spatula needs to be the same as when holding a knife to scrape cold butter onto toast. This is a great way to make sure the hairs are lifted into the wax as it gets the wax to skin level and not floating amongst the surface of the hairs. Applying the wax to grip the entire length of the hair is very important. Applying pressure with the spatula, as you apply hot wax does not hurt, it just makes it very easy to get the wax to skin level. Apply some wax on a non-hairy area, so you can flick the wax patch up on a non-hairy area, which makes waxing a lot more comfortable. When you remove a wax patch, immediately apply pressure on the skin with your hand, which is soothing to the client. Double dipping is a definite no-no
Pain can be an inhibitor for some clients; how much is it realistically going to hurt?
People have different thresholds of pain, so waxing is not painless for everyone. It also depends on the wax that is used as well as the therapist’s skills. But it can be pain-free for most with a good quality hot wax, used in conjunction with the recommended pre and post waxing lotions, a correct wax application technique and wax patch removal while supporting the skin, pain can really be a think of the past. If someone has been shaving, the first waxing can be painful, but if they continue to wax and don’t shave, the pain factor will drop to very little or no pain at all after the first time.
How long should a professional Manzilian take?
It depends on lots of things. It can take 10 min or up to an hour. It depends on the wax used, the therapist’s skill and the type of hair growth the client has. Some Manzillians are simply difficult and more care needs to be taken. However, with regular waxing, procedure time should decrease, even for difficult Manzillians.
Hair must vary between clients. What should a therapist do if the hair is very course?
If the hair is long, it is best to trim it to about 1cm long. Apply pressure when applying the wax, so that you get the wax right down to skin level, making sure hairs are enveloped and held by the wax along the full length of the hair.
It’s a sensitive area; what are the rules on re-applying wax over the area you have just waxed?
Not a problem at all. As long as you apply Lycon Pre-Waxing Oil in between each wax reapplication, you can reapply Lycon hot wax at least five times. I don’t stop until I get all the hair out because some clients have tough hair and hair that grows in lots of different directions, so you must be able to re-apply the wax a few times without causing problems.
A lot of salons offer Manzilian waxing, but not everyone has been trained properly or is using good quality wax. What problems can arise?
If you do not use the right products, waxing will be painful and will turn clients off. There are many things that can happen using poor quality products including bruising and pigmentation (which happens when skin is removed). You can also miss a lot of hairs and short hairs are not removed. When a therapist uses the right products clients are surprised that the pain was nothing like they imagined. They are so happy to come back and to recommend you.
Are there any skin issues that shouldn’t be waxed?
Yes a therapist should avoid waxing varicose veins, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, hairy moles, new scars, skin irritations and acne.
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