- Wax doesn’t remove all the hair. If the area is not sensitive, it may be repeated once only. Pressure on application may not have been sufficient. A person with excessive hair may have unseen layers of hair, and the second layer appears after first layer is removed. The hair may also be too long. If this is the case, the hair needs to be trimmed before waxing to ensure that all the hair is removed.
- Client fears hair regrowth thicker and darker. Not possible — this is an old wives’ tale. Over time with frequent waxing, hair regrowth weakens and comes in finer and thinner. Good frequency and diligence are required to achieve results. If hair darkens and grows in thicker, it is a function of hormones, not waxing.
- Client complains of water bumps or pustules after waxing (“made me break out”). This is normal, particularly after the client’s first two or three times, due to unknown trauma to the sebaceous gland. It is recommended that the client returns as soon as possible to be waxed again (between three and four times) as this will subside with time. Other reasons may be related to overheating wax or improper removal.
INGROWN HAIRS MAY RESULT
FROM FOUR PROBLEMS:
- Genetics — Some clients are prone to ingrown hairs due to their genetic make up. The esthetician/technician should be consulted in regards to the best follow-up care for their client. This may include some type of exfoliation treatment.
- Esthetician/Technician — The esthetician/technician must be careful to remove the wax in the opposite direction of the hair growth while pulling the strip very close to the skin surface. If the strip is removed in an incorrect direction, or is pulled up instead of close to the skin, the client’s hair may be more prone to ingrown problems.
- Client Error — The client must avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs. The client should, after 24-48 hours, use some type of exfoliating product to keep dead skin build up from accumulating in the areas that tend to become ingrown, i.e. bikini, upper thighs, underarms, back of neck, calves, etc.
- Weakened Hair — As the client continues with waxing, the hair will begin to weaken and thin. This may produce a temporary tendency to ingrown hairs. The client should continue to use their exfoliating products and procedures as recommended by their esthetician/technician.
(WHEN NOT TO WAX):
- Using Retin-A™, Renova, Accutane or any other questionable medications or skin thinning substance such as excessive AHA’s (glycolic), etc.
- With any systemic disease such as cancer (risk of infection), diabetes (very prone to bruising), Herpes Simplex (cold sores), etc.
- With vascular problems such as Couperose of the face, varicose veins or phlebitis.
- With open wounds, infection, inflammation or hypersensitivity.
- Using medication that may result in skin irritation, peeling or hyperpigmentation.
(Client should consult with their physician before waxing).
WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T WAX!
After waxing, advise client to AVOID:
- Sun for 24 hours or use of tanning beds
- Make-up, if face was waxed
- Hot water, saunas
- Deodorant with aluminum
- Salt glow / stimulating body or facial treatments
- Chlorinated water
- Tight clothing for legs and bikini