18 awkward things that happen in the salon

There are times when all a beauty therapist can do is close their eyes and pretend it never happened…

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Who can forget the classic spray tanning scene in Friends where clueless Ross got in a fluster and ended up having his front sprayed more than his back to hilariously awkward results?

It might not be every day this happens in the salon, but when your work involves seeing people at their most vulnerable, awkward moments are bound to happen. These ones especially…

1. When a client asks you if a half leg wax means only one leg.

2. When your client enjoys their manzilian a little too much.

3. When you tell someone to unrobe and lie down on the bed and they don’t actually put the towel over themselves.

4. When a client has her toddler sit in on her brazilian wax and they make loud inquisitive comments.

5. When someone takes a really long time to get changed and you have to go ask if everything’s okay in there. 

6. When a client farts in the middle of a treatment.

7. When you’re giving someone a bikini wax and their tampon string gets stuck in the wax.

8. When you’re spray tanning someone and ask them to lean forward and they bend WAY too far.

9. When a client burps loudly in the middle of their facial.

10. When your Brazilian client’s lady parts are not easily accessible due to their size.

11. When you tell your client their son can wait in the play area and they tell you it’s actually their daughter.

12. When your male client asks if their treatment comes with a happy ending.

13. When a client screams out expletives or cries profusely during their wax.


14. When you hold the towel up, look away and ask your client to flip over and they get so frazzled they actually flip themselves off the table.

15. When a client’s pain reflex during a waxing treatment is to kick you.

16. When you leave the room and ask the client to remove their bottom half for a wax and return to find they’ve stripped entirely naked for no particular reason.

17. When you ask your client to raise their butt so you can wax it and instead they pull their cheeks apart and baboon you.

18. When a client gets confused and thinks the disposable underwear is a headband.

Have your say: What’s the most awkward moment you’ve ever had in the beauty salon?

3 thoughts on “18 awkward things that happen in the salon

  1. A male client once asked me if he had to remove his T shirt for a chest wax. Another client started to spray her face with Guinot’s beautiful new perfume we had on display-she did this believing it was a new spray toner for the face! These two incidents will always make me laugh when I remember but I do have 25 years worth of funny and gross ones!

  2. I had a client who brought her toddler son into her wax treatment and he proceeded to stick his hand into the wax pot, (even though I had asked him not to go near my equipment) then he screamed (because it was hot) and then put his waxy hand on to his head, thus screaming even more, which then freaked the mother out (as well as me) …. Just as well it was water soluble wax so I told her that he would just need a good hair wash!

  3. I used to say to clients, ‘just get yourself ready and hop up onto the couch’, until one day a client proceeded to take off her prosthetic leg and then really did hop on to the couch.

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