Posted on

How Can You Make Every Waxing Client Rave About Your Service?

pre post waxing irritation at Vogue Beauty

The answer is very simple – use pre and post waxing products. Whether it is hard or strip wax, preparing the skin for the treatment is of primary importance. And after waxing, you can do more than just soften the skin with lotion. Pre and post waxing products are the keys to stopping skin irritation in its tracks.

Pre-Wax Preparation

Pre-waxing products prep the skin, and allow the wax to do its primary job- adhere to the hair. Dead skin cells are sloughed off rapidly by the body’s repair system. A week or so without shaving before a wax treatment allows those cells to pile up.A pre-wax cleanser (Lycotane Skin Cleanser, or  Harley Pre-wax Cleanser and Toner) clears away those dead skin cells, and frees any trapped oils or dirt.

Then the pre-wax oil or lotion ( Mancine Pre Wax Oil or Lotion Lycon Pre Wax OilHarley Pre Wax Oil ) protects the skin from too much adhesion or drag on the skin when the wax is removed. The wax will adhere to the hair only, shrink-wrap it, and have enough grab to remove from the roots.

True, waxing also removes that dead skin layer also, but without the proper preparation, the waxing treatment can irritate the skin and result in hair breakage at the skin surface instead. When a hair breaks at the surface, the result can be an ugly ingrown hair bump.

By leaving the skin unprepped, you may have to re-apply wax to certain areas, to attain complete hair removal. Re-application can be irritating to some sensitive areas.

Now, on to after-the-wax:

Why use post-wax

A post-wax oil or lotion is a no-brainer for removing wax residue. When using strip wax, there can be residual lines of wax from the edges of the strip, and the easiest way to clean up is to apply a small amount of lotion to lift it.

Primarily, a good post-wax lotion or oil should be used after wax treatments for the purpose of calming and moisturizing the skin. The key here is to reduce the potential for swelling, irritation or ingrown hair.

Proper removal of wax goes a long way to prevent this, ( see The Waxing Queen’s video for tips on wax removal) but a topical agent that refreshes the skin will also help.

Ingredients known to be effective in calming skin such as Chamomile, Allantoin and Tazman Berry and Tea Tree oil are included in these post products. Tea Tree oil acts as an anti-bacterial agent and cleanses any dirt and dead skin leaving the skin clean and fresh. here are our favorite post-wax products: Mancine’s Ultimate Finish,  Harley After Wax Oil,  Lycon’s Perfect Finish.

Preventing ingrown hairs

Products designed specifically for preventing ingrown hair work by helps reduce inflammation and swelling of the hair follicle that can occur as the result of hair removal. Natural anti-bacterial ingredients like witch hazel and aloe vera prevent infection and moisturize.

And exfolliants help to clear the hair follicles that can clog from wax residual or sweat and oils. When the hair follicle is blocked, ingrown hairs and razor rash will develop.

We recommend that you send your clients home with an ingrown banisher like Lycon’s X-it formulas or Mancine’s Ingrown Zone. They will love the results, and be back for a repeat treatment!

Now, what products will you use to create that perfect waxing treatment that ALL your clients will rave about?? Here is your shopping list:

Pre wax cleanser

Pre wax oil or lotion

Post wax finisher

Post treatment ingrown hair banisher- check out our special pricing for your retail shelves!

We have strips, rolls, applicators, wax pots and more at Vogue Beauty!

 

Posted on Leave a comment

The Bare Facts On Brazilians – How To Wax It Off

Lycon_Rosette for Brazilians on Vogue Beauty

Many therapists wonder whether strip wax or hard wax is best for Brazilian waxing. Let’s compare the application techniques for both strip and hard waxes.

Hard Wax Bears All (and bares it too)

Lycon Rosette Hard Wax

Hard wax is preferred by many therapists for Brazilian waxing. The application doesn’t require cloth, and can be easier to remove than softer, thinner, stickier strip wax.

Hard wax sets up more slowly, allowing the client time to relax from potential bracing for impact- a common first-timer pose.

Hard wax is skin-friendly, especially when using pre-wax products. The wax can be reapplied to remove any missed hairs, or hairs that grow in a different direction. Use a quality pre-wax oil before reapplying.

Strip Wax To Strip It Down

With strip wax, a muslin cloth needs to be applied on top of the wax.

Mancine-Spun lace roll
Mancine-Spun lace roll

You can apply strip wax thinly, making it economical for salons to use.

Strip wax usually has a lower melt temperature too, and therapists may feel more confident about the client’s comfort level with a cooler-to-the-skin application.

mancine-brazilian-rose-strip-waxStrip wax will adhere to the skin, which also acts as an exfoliating treatment. There could be some irritation unless you use a finish product like Mancine Ultimate Finish. A finish product like this one helps to remove any residual stickiness from the wax, and also soothes and replenishes the skin.

one application of wax to the treatment area is recommended.

The Waxing Queen On Brazilian Treatments:

Now let’s hear from the Waxing Queen, Lydia Jordane, and get her thoughts on waxing it off:

Excerpts from the article,

Everything You Need To Know About The Brazilian

on Professional Beauty

What sort of wax do you recommend using for a Brazilian? 
Lycodream-hybrid-wax-Vogue-Beauty
LYCOdream hybrid wax

We always recommend hot (hard) wax for Brazilians. We have lots of great hot waxes ( like Lycon Rosette, So Yummy Chocolate, and So Berry waxes) and they are all suitable for Brazilian treatments.  Our LYCOdream Hybrid Hot wax, is absolutely amazing. It is very low temperature, doesn’t break, and you can reapply it on just waxes areas lots of times.  It removes very short hair and waxing lasts longer. With LYCON waxes, you hardly ever have to tweeze hairs at the end of waxing, as they remove hair as short as 1mm.

What sort of prep do you need to do before waxing this area?

It is important to cleanse and refresh the skin with Lycotane Skin Cleanser. Then apply 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, because you are using the right products during the entire waxing treatment,  it makes waxing with Lycon practically painless.

On the right technique- What are your three top tips?

the spatula at the right angle when you apply wax. The angle of the spatula needs to be like scraping cold butter on toast, which is a great way to make sure the hairs are lifted into the wax and so you get the wax to skin level and not floating among 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 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 you hand, which is soothing to the client.

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. But it can be pain free for most with:

  • a good quality wax
  • used in conjunction with the recommended pre and post waxing lotions,
  • correct wax application technique and
  • wax patch removal while supporting the skin.

 

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.

What should I therapist do if the hair is very coarse?

Trim any hair that needs it to about 1cm long. Get the wax right down to skin level, using pressure when applying the wax so that hairs are enveloped by the wax along the full length of the hair. LYCOdream Hybrid Hot Wax is amazingly effective for any type of hair including course and red heads usually have the toughest hairs.

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 reply the wax a few times without causing problems.

A lot of salons offer Brazilian 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.

For more training for your therapists, we recommend this video>

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.

So now you have the bare facts on Brazilians. Shop Vogue Beauty for all your waxing supplies.

Happy Waxing!

Posted on Leave a comment

The Unique Challenges of Male Waxing

Male waxing challenges on Vogue Beauty Blog

Male waxing is growing in popularity, doubling clientele in the last 3 years. From backs to chests, toes and knuckles, sideburns and even the ‘Bro’zilian, men are becoming regular customers. Fighting unwanted body hair is as important to men as it is to women.

As a therapist, there are a few considerations to keep in mind for your male clients. We are happy to share with you the following tips and recommendations from each of our wax line manufacturers, with excerpts from Lycon’s Lydia Jordane and more.

Male waxing and pain sensitivity

Men may seem more sensitive to the pain of waxing than women because their hair tends to be rooted more deeply. The hair shaft is also larger, which means that the follicle can become irritated when hair is removed. Males newer to waxing may experience some inflammation following their first wax. Discuss the potential reaction with your client if he is new to waxing.

Also keep in mind that there are more hairs per patch when waxing a male client. As each hair follicle is attached to its own nerve ending, waxing can seem more painful than it is for women.

It is more comfortable to remove hair in smaller patches, although this will extend the total treatment time. Remember to apply pressure longer after each pull to reduce swelling and irritation.

What areas are the most sensitive?

The answer may vary from client to client, but we would pick the back of the neck and the Lats.
Why is the back of the neck so sensitive? There are clusters of nerve-endings on the back of the neck designed to warn a person of an attack from behind. The pain response is often quick and sharp, so apply additional pressure after each pull.

The “Lats” (Latissium Dorsi muscles) have the most nerve endings. The Lats run under the arms and towards the spine, forming the widest part of the back.

Preparation goes a long way

Use a pre-waxing oil before wax application and follow the treatment with a skin conditioning lotion afterwards.

Hard wax is best on the more sensitive areas, such as the center of the chest, widest part of the back, and nape of the neck.

Lycon:

Lycon recommends to use Manifico or Azulene hard wax to grip tough hairs, not skin. Cleanse the skin with Lycotane Cleanser before treating the area. After waxing, use the Soothing Cream to re-moisturize the area.  Send the client home with Lycon’s new Anti-Bump Foaming Gel for an easy way to prevent ingrown hairs.

Mancine:

Mancine has several recommended hard waxes, the most popular is Pure Olive Oil hard wax, followed by Mancine’s Ingrown Zone cream or spray. This formula is designed to lessen the inflammation and swelling of the hair follicle.

Harley:

Harley designed their Harley Gold Strip Wax specifically for larger areas, like the back, arms, legs and chest. Use Harley Cleanser and Toner pre-wax, and then end the treatment with Harley After Care Oil.