Waxing is the one of the best, older and most popular hair removal methods. Its popularity is based on several factors including it’s effectiveness and relatively low cost. But the practice is as much a form of art as it is a science. Done mistakenly waxing can lift the skin and cause permanent scarring uk waxing franchise. For safety reasons and to achieve best results, waxing — especially in hard to reach and sensitive areas — is best left to professionals. If you are determined to infants it is highly recommended that you view a waxing professional at least one time so that you can observe how it is done properly before trying it yourself.
Whether you are a professional or a home user it is important to follow some basic guidelines to achieve effective and safe waxing results. This article describes key concepts in how depilatory waxes are produced and the basic techniques and guidelines for effective and safe waxing with soft wax. A later article will describe techniques and guidelines for hard wax.
First, we must define the difference between soft wax and hard wax. It is important to note at the outset that the difference in quality from one brand of wax to the next can be significant. Cheap waxes typically use inferior raw materials resulting in finished products with inferior performance and safety characteristics.
Both soft and hard depilatory waxes are made to be melted and applied to the skin. How the products “cure” or dry on the skin and how they are removed are the essential difference. Soft wax cures slowly and remains desperate. Once applied it must be removed using a waxing strip (a item of fabric designed for the purpose). Hard wax, referred to as no-strip wax, cures firmly so that it may be heightened without a strip.
Hard or no-strip waxes are usually gentle than soft waxes and are the esthetician’s choice for waxing sensitive areas such as the top, bikini and armpit. In general, soft waxes bind and pull fur more forcefully than hard waxes. However, depending on how the wax is produced and which legitimate ingredients are included, there is considerable variation from one soft wax to the next.
For example, Bombshell Wax sells two types of soft wax, Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree Wax and Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax. Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax is a translucent wax that goes on in a very thin layer, almost like cellophane. It is ideal for speed waxing larger body areas such as full legs or arms, backs and chests. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax formula includes titanium dioxide to manufacture a slightly thicker, opaque, cream style wax that goes on a bit thicker to surround and lift even coarse, ugly or stubborn fur. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème wax is gentler than the Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax and is therefore better suited for the head and sensitive areas. The point is that subtle variations in product method can make an remarkable difference in how a particular wax performs.
To wax with soft wax, start by choosing a high quality soft wax such as Bombshell Wax or Cirepil.
Thaw the wax in a professional wax warmer on low heat until just liquefied. Alternatively, if you use Bombshell Wax or another wax packaged in a polypropylene container, heat the wax in the microwave in 1-2 minute increments until just liquefied. Do not overheat. Keep in mind that waxes vary in how fast they heat.
Clean the skin with an antiseptic, antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) you intend to wax. Do not use Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin on previously exfoliated skin, especially the head.
Dab the skin dry and powder lightly.
Test the temperature of the wax on the arm using an applicator or spatula. If it is too hot, allow the wax to cool.
Dip a wooden applicator or spatula (think tongue depressor) into the wax. Scrape the lower of the spatula on the edge of the wax jar so that wax is on only one side of the spatula. Twirl the spatula over the jar unless you want to have control of the wax and you have an ounce or two on the spatula. Spread a thin, even layer of wax in the same direction as growth of hair. Repeat: spread the wax in same direction as growth of hair (if the hair foillicle is the start and the tip of the hair is the end, spread from the hair foillicle towards the tip).
Do not allow the wax to solidify.
Cover the wax with a high quality waxing strip such as Bombshell Las vegas Strips(TM) and press firmly in downward strokes in the same direction as growth of hair.
Hold the skin firmly with one hand. With the other hand, quickly whisk the strip in the opposite direction of growth of hair staying close and parallel to the skin. Warning: it is extremely important to remove the strip low and parallel to the skin. If you lift straight up you risk lifting the skin, causing bruising.
Using your hand, immediately apply pressure to the just-waxed skin to temporarily ease tingling sensory problems endings.
Using a waxing strip, press over and lift and wax residue left on the skin.
To prevent ingrown fur and break outs, immediately after waxing apply an antiseptic antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) that was waxed. Apply regularly between treatments (3-5 times per week) to clear and forestall ingrown fur.