Waxing tips - 6 common problems


Perfect waxing, beautiful smooth skin, satisfied customers - that's how we like it.

But every beautician knows the moment when things don't go according to plan. The hair just cant be removed. Why?

First of all, we have to dispel the myth that that all unwanted hairs are immediately 100 percent removed with a single application. One or two repetitions are normal when waxing. As a very rough rule of thumb: The first application removes about 80 percent of the hair and the second application removes 100 percent of the hair. How often it has to be repeated depends on the quality of the wax used and the condition of the skin and hair. If hair is still visible despite one or two repetitions, the error check can help to identify the error: depends on the quality of the wax used and the condition of the skin and hair.

If hair is still visible despite one or two repetitions, the error check can help to identify the error: depends on the quality of the wax used and the condition of the skin and hair.

1. The hair length does not match the wax

We usually only see super short hairs on the skin of our customers.

The problem:

A few years ago, customers came to waxing with hair that was four to five millimeters long. Today, the average hair length has fallen to two to three millimeters. Customers no longer want to leave their hair for weeks before their next waxing appointment. But not every wax can handle such short hairs. Customers' wax and hair length must match.

If the customers come with very short hair, classic, conventional waxes will not help. Rather, to remove these shortest hairs, we need effective high-performance waxes with very high adhesive power. This requires a different composition of the waxes. Otherwise we have no chance to sheath and remove this short hair.

The solution:

A look at the packaging reveals from which hair length the wax takes effect. In case of doubt, changing the wax must be considered as a measure.


2. The hair texture is unfavourable

A close look from the side reveals the angle at which the hair is growing.

The problem:

The hair usually grows straight out of the skin. Then the sheathing and removing the hair is easy. However, there are also customers with flat-growing hair. Customers from Asian countries in particular have a hair structure with hair that grows very flat. The flatter the hair grows, the more difficult it becomes to coat and remove this hair with wax.

The solution:

Clean the skin with an alcohol-based skin cleanser. The alcohol makes the hair stand up and makes it easier to coat it.

The application technique is also important: spread the wax thoroughly on the skin with high pressure. If a repeat is necessary, the wax should be applied and stripped in the reverse direction.


3. Sweaty skin minimizes adhesion

Most waxes are oil-soluble and stick well to the hair despite perspiration.

The problem:

However, if clients perspire profusely, the perspiration will reduce the adhesion of the wax to the hair. Several repetitions are necessary - this costs more time and material.

The solution:

Clean the sweaty body area well with a skin cleanser and pat the area dry with a cosmetic tissue. Now apply some waxing powder and distribute evenly. Waxing powder is talc-free, it has larger particles, which means it absorbs more excess moisture and can therefore keep the skin dry for longer.

If the waxing process is to be repeated, this area must be dabbed dry with a facial tissue before repeating, because sweat often shoots out of the pores when the wax is removed. Wax is only applied again after thorough drying.


4. Flaky skin makes waxing difficult

Some customers tend to have scaly skin due to their disposition. This increases the tendency for ingrown hairs.

The problem: The hair is harder to coat and therefore harder to remove. The waxing result is unsatisfactory.

The solution: You should advise your customers thoroughly on the subject of peeling in home care. A scrub loosens the dead flakes from the skin and helps hair to grow straight out. If clients with a tendency to scaly skin fail to exfoliate regularly, the hair canals can become clogged. Some hairs miss their channel and grow parallel to the skin's surface. As a result, pimples appear in places, under which stray hairs are hiding. We cannot then provide a perfect waxing result because we cannot grab these ingrown hairs. A peeling routine can look like this: Exfoliate thoroughly once or twice a week and twelve to 24 hours before the next waxing appointment, for example with a special glove.


5. Wrong application temperature reduces adhesion of the wax

Wax only works optimally at the correct application temperature. The problem:

The roll-on wax is not easy to apply and peel off. We are often concerned that the wax will be too hot on the client's skin, so to be on the safe side, we set the temperature of the heaters a little lower. But then the wax cannot develop its adhesive power.

The solution: Obtain information on the correct temperature setting from the manufacturer. Check the heater adjustment. The quality of the heater should also be checked. Does the heater keep the temperature constant? Test the warmth of the wax on your own skin. Just apply two to three strips with the roll-ons and peel off. After application, place the roll-ons back in the heater.



6. Remaining wax residue on the skin

If too much wax remains on the skin, this is unpleasant for the customer. The clothes stick to the body. The problem: At home, customers see unsightly stripes on their legs. These occur when the roll-on wax has not been removed thoroughly. If this happens too often, your own waxing technique should be optimized.

The solution: Remove the wax thoroughly with a fleece strip. Then carefully massage in the after-treatment oil and, if necessary, rub off well with a compress or fleece strip. To check, move your hands over the depilated area and check for wax residue. Wax cartridges with dark wax help to visually highlight any wax residue.


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