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

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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!

 

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The Bare Facts On Brazilians – How To Wax It Off

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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? 
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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!

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Why you should have regular spa treatments- 8 reasons to give your clients

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Why do clients come in for spa treatments? Whether it is stress reduction, relief from aches and pains or simple escape, one thing is for certain- spa treatments make us feel better!

While more and more people are turning to wellness treatments, spas are learning how to communicate the real benefits that these treatments can result in for mind, soul and body. What can you tell your clients and potential clients to encourage more visits to your spa? Use these points in your next sales promotion and educate the readers on some of the benefits of regular spa treatments.

What are some of the benefits?

Massage

1) Human touch can literally wipe away the tension in our muscles and the stress in our mind. Touch stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. 2) It increases blood circulation, which then allows for promotes oxygen to be carried throughout the body.

3) Massage stimulates lymphatic flow, cleansing the blood of toxins. And, the most important reason massage is so popular is that coming in for a massage demands that the client slow down and disengage from the ‘real world’.

Facials

4) The pampering reason put aside, facials give us a chance to rejuvenate our ‘look’. Daily, our skin is exposed to environmental factors like sun exposure and pollutants, and a deep cleanse can improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Older skin needs exfoliation because skin cell turnover decreases and can leave a dull even grey appearance. Collagen enriched treatments can leave a more radiant, youthful glow.

Body treatments

5) Exfoliating with scrubs, soaks and even wax treatments will polish the skin and leave a softer, smoother look and feel. Certain exfoliants claim to aid in cell re-generation. Emollients and body butters rejuvenate the skin by replacing or encapsulating the skin’s natural moisture.

An important note: As a therapist, it is important to check the client’s skin carefully and make sure there are no skin conditions that could be aggravated by the treatment.

Post Wax treatments

6) A professional wax treatment begins with pre-wax products and ends with post wax treatments. These products are designed to boost moisture to the skin, decrease inflammation and reduce the possibility of ingrown hairs.

Body wraps

7) Body wraps claim to re-charge the body with nutrients and elements. Mudpacks, mineral water mud baths and epsom salt soaks, reportedly have anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve itchy, sensitive skin and refine pores.

8) Most importantly, regular spa treatments have been shown to reduce sick days, induce better quality of sleep and improve mental health.

With all there is to gain, your clients will be eager to purchase packages for a series of spa treatments!

Shop for all your spa supplies at Vogue Beauty!

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Add-On Services – Three Profitable Ideas We Recommend

Add on the Natural look with eyelash extensions and brow waxing

Add on these popular services, and cash in on the most popular Fall glam trends- ‘The Natural Look’ with minimal makeup in natural and earth tones. And for men- MOVEMBER!

Today we are going to talk about three services that are easy to add on, easy to sell, and that provide great return on investment! These services are perfect to add after a manicure or wax treatment. Or to create that total makeover look after a new style and color (or long Movember!)

Add On 1: Brow Shaping

The eyebrows are one of the most important features of  the face. They offer balance, frame the eyes, and help improve the face. Well groomed eyebrows are an easy way to look brighter and make the eyes stand out more. “Achieve a fresh look by adding just a drop of makeup,” says Lydia Jordane, founder of Lycon Precision Waxing.

Brow waxing hasn’t lost it’s appeal amidst all of the permanent makeup craze. Many want a more natural look, or have brows that need to be tamed, or simply cleaned up once a month or so. If you offer waxing services, you should also offer brow shaping to every waxing client!

Lycon more recently introduced Lycojet Eye Brow Wax is designed specifically for the face and brow waxing. Similar to the ever popular Lycon Lavender or Desert Rose Hard Waxes, but half the size!

This brow wax can pull hair as short as 1mm, and is super pliable. Lycojet Eye Brow Wax has an extra soothing ingredient, Calendula, known to aid in reducing swelling, redness and skin discomfort. Product usage is approximately 4-8g of wax per eyebrow which means a 500g block can yield 125-163 eyebrow waxes!

Check out or article, “How to Achieve a Perfect Brow” for more application tips and pointers.

Don’t forget to offer brow tinting too. More and more clients who color their hair are requesting brow tinting. Keeping brow services as an inexpensive and quick add-on service will definitely increase your takers and keep them coming back.

Add On 2: Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions definitely give the client a well rested appearance and help your client look perfectly natural. And don’t forget, there are many occupations in which women may want to downplay the makeup but still look professional and feminine, such as fitness instructor, police officer or nursing. And new moms? What a better gift could there be, than to give a little naptime while applying lashes?!

Profitable

Eyelash extension services continue to be one of the most profitable add-on services. 95 percent of clients book their 2nd appointment before leaving- because of the simple fact that they will need a fill in about 3 weeks. On their 2nd appointment, they are sure to be hooked! And this would be a great time to sell products that encourage the longevity of the applications.

Extensions are very profitable. Salons report an average cost per client of around $5, excluding the technician’s time; services range from $125-$250 for 1st application and $40-$60 for fills. And considering that most lash clients are lifetime clients- it is definitely a worthy add-on to your services!

Training

Do you have staff trained to offer this service? Certification runs about $800 for beginner’s course, up to $2700 for much more advanced classes. Extension services appeal to many estheticians who have personally invested in their career and received certification. Many are looking for the right atmosphere and setting, and may bring their established clientele with them.

Add On 3: MOVEMBER Grooming Services!

Movember is here! A little history- Movember (read about the cause) was originated to raise support and awareness of men’s health issues like testicular cancer. Men, on average, die 6 years earlier than women, due to these health issues. The movement encourages men to start clean shaven, and see what a month can bring. So, devoted supporters will grow their facial hair, throughout the month of November in recognition of this worthy cause.

Charitable

Here’s the plan: create a month-long special promotion related to beard and mustache services. Offer a November-only discount on grooming, and donate the discounted portion of the service to the Foundation or a local men’s health charity. Remind your men that -just because your beard is growing, does not mean that you don’t need to look your best! A simple  tune up of beard mustache and eyebrows will keep the look more professional and downright dashing.

For tips on brow grooming for men, we love this article, “How to Perfectly Groom Men’s Eyebrows”, found at liveabout.com.

Recommend anti-bump or ingrown hair products from your retail stock for December for those who may return to the sans-beard.

Try these three add on services, and see your new client list expand, and your loyal clients return over and over again.

 

Find all the products you need for your spa or salon at Vogue Beauty.

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Why use pre and post wax products

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There are many reasons why you should use pre and post wax products for every waxing application.

We talk a lot about how to get repeat business by creating a lasting impression on your client. So again, we will stress that- 1) taking the extra steps needed to set you apart from other salons, 2) skilled treatments with high-quality products and 3) making the client feel special- will go much farther to ensure repeat business than trying to compete by cutting your fees.

Using pre and post waxing products answer each of those points. So, let’s consider each of the steps in pre and post waxing.

Pre Wax Treatment:

Even if your client has followed your pre wax  instructions at home, you will still want to ensure that the skin is clean of trapped oils and perspiration or makeup and moisturizing creams. Your client’s skin should be a clean slate, prepared to take the wax and release the hair.

Cleanse

Before applying the wax, prepare your client’s skin with a cleanser. Try Lycon’s  Lycotane to gently remove surface oils, perspiration, pollution, make-up and any other lotions. Lycotane can also be used after waxing, to cleanse the skin and to help close the hair follicles.

Mancine’s Pre-Wax Lotion removes moisturizing creams, surface bacteria and perspiration. Pre wax lotion also prevents the wax from becoming tacky. This lotion has a pleasant fragrance and dries fast.

Harley Pre Wax Cleanser does more than just cleanse the skin. It also re-balances the PH level of the skin, tightening pores to maximize your waxing results. See all of Harley Waxing products here.

Moisturize:

Once the skin has been cleansed, add a small amount of a pre wax moisturizer that is specifically designed to prepare the skin for waxing. Just be sure the moisturizer you use absorbs into the skin and does not leave a residue.

Mancine pre wax oil softens and prepares the skin prior to waxing. The treatment prevents wax from sticking to the skin, minimizing skin drag and making waxing comfortable, clean and efficient. Also available are Harley Pre Care Oil and Lycon Pre Wax Oil, designed protect and pamper the skin.

Post Wax Treatment

After the treatment, you want your client to walk away feeling pampered, with glowing, soft skin. You want to minimize any chances of breakout or ingrown hairs, and create a pleasant memory of the experience. Post wax products are designed to do all of that- return the proper moisture balance and also soothe and calm the skin.

Rehydrate

Clear away any wax residue with Mancine Ultimate Finish, which is suitable for use on both face and body. Leaves your client feeling wonderfully relaxed and calm with skin feeling silky smooth. Lycon Perfect Finish can be mixed with Tea-Tree Soothe for a lighter, less oily finish.

A side note here, Tea Tree oil acts as an anti-bacterial agent and cleanses any remaining dead skin cells. It can reduce skin irritation, redness and the possibility of any ingrowing hairs. Harley Waxing  After Care Oil contains Tea Tree oil and will condition the skin and leave a silky smooth finish.

To moisturize again after waxing- send client home with sample of Lycon Aloe Vera Soothing Gel. The gel moisturizer provides immediate, soothing hydration for the face and body. Your client will notice a reduction in any skin irritation or redness, if their skin type is sensitive.

 

Here are some tips that you can pass along to your clients.

WAIT

Waxing isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. To achieve the best results, you will need some time to prepare the area to be waxed.  It is an especially bad idea to wax for the first time just before a sunny or active vacation or a special occasion. Try out waxing at least 6 weeks before the big day to make sure of your skin’s reaction and experience.

CHECK

Check carefully for and inflammation, sunburn (ouch!) or cuts and bruises before your appointment. You should postpone your treatment until you have healed completely. Also,  moles should be marked and pointed out to the therapist so that the proper protection can be used.

STOP

Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing. Products containing retinol that are used in an area that you want to wax must be stopped for two weeks before waxing. Also, some antibiotics and prescriptions like Accutane can cause skin sensitivity. Don’t stop your prescriptions without the advice of your doctor.

Some report that they experience more skin sensitivity if waxing during the week of menstruation. Plan ahead, book your appointment a week later.

PREPARE

Keep the skin moisturized up to your appointment. Don’t moisturize on the day of- your wax treatment includes pre and post wax moisturizing.

A regular routine of exfoliation is essential. But don’t exfoliate the area to be waxed the day of your waxing appointment.

Waxes can effectively remove hairs as short as 1mm. But for the best results, a week or two worth of grow-out is ideal. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grip it, but short enough that it doesn’t lessen adhesion. Your therapist can trim too-long hair to the appropriate length if needed.

DRINK!

Hydrate. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin is the first to show it. The pull when removing the wax may cause more discomfort and leave the skin irritated. Drink water; beverages with caffeine or alcohol  dehydrate!

after waxing tips:

Stay hydrated! Again, water, water, WATER!

Avoid heat- No soaking in the tub, sun tanning, saunas or steam rooms for 48 hours.

Avoid strenuous workouts the day of treatment.

No deodorant for underarm waxing

No tight clothing that to rub or irritate the waxed area.

Fight bumps by using Lycon’s Ingrown X-It. It effectively reduces the potential and any discomfort of ingrown hairs.

Use Ingrown Zone hair retardant a product that actually slows and softens future hair growth so waxing becomes easier and more comfortable. you’ll find that it will take longer for the hair to start growing back.

 

Shop all of Vogue Beauty’s pre and post waxing products here>>>

 

 

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What to do about post-waxing irritation

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Challenges of male waxing

Sometimes, clients report post-waxing irritation after a wax treatment. For men, chests and backs are usually more sensitive. For women, a common area is towards the inner thigh or groin areas. Delicate spots, like the brows, are also prone to irritation.

Lydia Evans, a dermatologist, explains it this way in  Real Simple magazine, “Since coarse and thick hairs are more stubborn to remove, you’ll probably experience more redness in areas where they grow,” such as the bikini line and the underarms. Lycon legs at Vogue Beauty

A great therapist can do a lot to lessen or prevent irritation by mastering the application and removal technique. The following are some tried-and-true methods. Compare the tips to your technique, and give the points that are new to you a try!

How to minimize post-waxing irritation

  • The force it takes to pull hairs out from the roots can inflame skin. To minimize the possibility of breakouts happening, it is very important to give attention to the direction that the wax is applied and pulled off the skin.

  • Application: Strip wax is applied with the hair growth and hard waxes are applied against the hair growth.

  • Removal: With all types of wax, pull the wax against the hair growth, unless you are in an area that makes it difficult to pull off this way.

If the hair is pulled off sideways, it can dig into the side of hair follicle and scratch the follicle or break off. This can cause follicle irritation,  or an ingrown hair which can sometimes progress to folliculitis.

After Waxing Techniques To Calm Skin

Here are some recommendations to follow after waxing areas like backs, chests and legs:

1.    Cleanse skin with Lycotane Skin Cleanser.

2.    Apply a cool wet towel compress on the skin

3.    Apply Ingrown-X-it spray all over the area and massage in gently.

4.    Apply Tea Tree Soothe Lotion.

5.    Recommend that client uses Ingrown-X-it spray or cream at home on clean skin, 2 times per day for 2 weeks or longer.

6.    3 days after waxing, client can also use Tea Tree Soothe daily after using Ingrown-X-it.

If a little more support is needed, the client can apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream.

Just a pea-drop size of the cream, applied directly to the red zone can calm the flare-up. Hydrocortisone cream calms inflammation and reduces redness and any itchiness. Advise the client to follow the directions on the package.

Quick tip: Many clients say that they do not schedule a waxing within three days of the start of their period, because the skin tends to be extra sensitive.

Lycon productsto prevent post-waxing irritation
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For more Lycon application tips, order Lycon’s instructional DVD here.

 

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Watch this Lycon video on underarm applications

Happy Waxing!

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6 ways to grow your waxing business – by Lydia Jordane

Grow your waxing business by Lydia Jordane, Lycon Precision Wax - Vogue Beauty

This article first appeared on Spa Standard an excellent site for continuing education.

Want to grow your salon or spa profits?

Waxing is a high demand, repeat service that is very profitable, with low overhead!  In 2015, IBIS World Reports has valued the hair removal industry revenue at $598.1 million! The projected  growth is 3.0% in 2016. (1)

The key to a successful waxing business is using the right products in conjunction with techniques learned through proper training. By following these tips, your business will grow. As more clients get more areas waxed, they will tell their friends!

Education

To have a thorough understanding of the correct products and the best techniques is the foundation of a superior waxing service. For example, eyebrows and Brazilians are two of the most requested treatments.  They require some more advanced technique training, but it is not difficult at all to master, and become a waxing guru in your own right.  Technicians should provide a skin consultation for new clients to determine the best wax and procedures to apply, and also recommend the appropriate after-care products. Hands-on waxing training, with lots of practice, are the keys to providing the best expert waxing treatments and to keep your clients coming back for more!

Choose the right wax

Have both a strip wax and hard wax on hand. Strip wax is excellent for the larger body areas and a hard wax is best for the more delicate and potentially sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and the bikini zone. Using superior quality waxes, together with the right pre and post waxing lotions during the treatment and the right waxing techniques, are fundamental for a superior waxing service. The waxes you use must be low-temperature, pliable and smooth, remove the shortest hairs as well as fine hairs.  It is important the wax contains ingredients that protect, soothe and hydrate the skin while you wax. The wax should smell delicious and do not create skin redness or irritation. Strip waxes should not leave a sticky residue behind on the skin.

Recommend after-care solutions

Clients will appreciate products that make the waxing process easier and more comfortable. In particular, the  home care before a Brazilian treatment is essential. Before performing the waxing service, explain to clients that the skin in the intimate area tends to be dry, preventing the hair from being easily removed from the root. Explain the solutions available  that can aid in correcting the issues. Also explain the benefits of and how after-care products will allow them to stay smooth longer.

Provide eyebrow and lip services

Adding a speedy eyebrow or lip wax to your service menu is an easy way to grow your business! For example, include a waxing area at your makeup bar to allow for a quick eyebrow wax, especially for walk-ins. Eyebrow and lip areas use the least amount of wax per treatment and can be done quickly.  They are also easy as an add-on to other services a client may be having.

Read “How to Achieve a Perfect Brow” for great suggestions!

Don’t forget about men!

Male waxing continues to grow in popularity as men discover the benefits and comfort of being hair-free.  List your male grooming services separately from other treatments so men feel more comfortable in booking an appointment.  Doing so signifies that male services are the norm, not simply squeezed in. Chests and backs are the more popular waxing offerings for men.  Make sure you choose the right wax for strong and stubborn hair growth that is still very gentle on the skin.  Your technicians need to be properly trained and use the right pre and post waxing lotions, as men can be quite sensitive with their coarse and dense hair growth.

Offer membership pricing

While facials and massages are viewed as luxury services, waxing is seen as a necessity you can’t do without. As clients start waxing and experience the long-term benefits, it quickly becomes a part of their beauty routine that easily fits into most budgets. Membership priced packages give you the profits up-front while providing your clients value for their money.  To increase sign-ups, highlight the cost-savings and extra membership perks on your website, in-store and on social media!

Recommendations:

After-care solutions: Lycon’s Ingrown X-It line

The best wax choice for brow and delicate facial hair: Lycojet Lavender

The perfect wax for male waxing: Manifico!

 

(1) IBIS World Reports; Industry market research; US industry reports (NAICS), Hair loss treatment & removal; Industry outlook; Revenue outlook

 

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Why does wax crystallize? Are organic waxes better?

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 Why does wax sometimes crystallize?

One of the main ingredients in wax is gum rosin, which is the natural sap that comes from pine trees.  The trees are not chopped down to get the sap, it is actually tapped out of the tree, just like they do for rubber on rubber trees (or pure maple syrup!)

The rosin for Lycon waxes is harvested at different times of the year and …. being a totally natural product it can be a bit unpredictable.  Sometimes there is a natural occurrence in the rosin that will make the wax crystallize.

When wax is heated only to the working temperature, which we therapists often do- heating the wax very slowly for hours- crystallizing can occur. At times, wax needs a higher temperature. High heat will uniform the consistency and to also sterilize the wax. Dust particles, re-dipping spatulas and moisture in the wax can also affect the wax and increase the likelihood of crystals.

How to fix wax crystallization:

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1.    Turn the heater up to the highest temperature, (most heaters – 120 Deg C) and leave the wax on this setting for an hour.   The high heat will not harm the wax, it can only make it better.

2.    After an hour, turn the wax down and cool to working temperature.  The wax will then be smooth and workable.

NOTE: It is advisable to heat the wax as suggested above at least once a week. Doing so will sterilize the wax and improve the uniformity and consistency of the wax.

Lycon has been using the same natural rosin for over 30 years because it is the only rosin that can be used to create the special Lycon wax quality.  It provides an excellent grip on hair which enables hair removal as short as 1mm. “That’s all well and good,” you may say, but it leaves the question, are Lycon waxes organic?

Are Lycon waxes organic products?

Most Lycon waxes are natural.  Some are a mixture of natural and synthetic, such as LYCOtec waxes and LYCOdream.

  As far as we know, there are no organic pine rosins, making truly organic waxes impossible to create.  But the pines used grow in very natural forests, and so their rosins are very pure and natural.  Pine rosin waxes are stronger and will remover short stubborn hair better than synthetic based waxes.

Keep in mind that the synthetic (man-made) resins used for Lycon waxes are excellent! These resins are very stable and do not cause any irritation or allergic reactions.

Did you know? A ‘Natural’ reaction…….

While it is uncommon, some people can actually develop a reaction to natural pine rosins, and for them, Lycotec waxes are the best choice. The client may have had waxing with a pine rosin based wax for many years and all of a sudden develop an allergic reaction.  If a client develops a reaction to pine rosin, stop waxing with that type of wax and the irritation will go away.

What about natural cleansers, lotions and other products?

There has been mounting evidence against the use of certain chemicals and hormones in skin care products. Dioxanes, phthalates and mercury are some obvious things we want to avoid.

But ‘Organic’ can be somewhat of a gimmick for skincare. There are drawbacks in regard to ‘organic’ skincare. Often, organic or natural-based products are not very effective in treating a particular skin condition. Additionally, many good and effective ingredients, which may be completely natural, are not always available ‘organically’. There have been many articles on the pros and cons of natural and organic skin care products in the cosmetics world lately that comment in detail.

While Lycon creams and lotions are not organic, they are natural based.

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Time for a Tip – Waxing techniques for professional results

Mancine Organic Waxing tips on Vogue Beauty Blog

Every few months, we will post a tip to help you save time, achieve better waxing results or learn something new. So, without further delay, here is today’s tip:

There are many types of hard waxes, but most can be grouped into two categories – natural or synthetic waxes.   Mancine is one of our favorite wax lines.  These synthetic,  high quality, hard waxes have virtually no uncomfortable pull on the skin.

You will notice there are a few differences – these modern waxes have a slightly different application process than other classic waxes.

 The waxing process – how to produce the best results:

  1. The wax needs to be hotter than most waxes. The setting on your warmer should be at 3.5. This setting won’t make the application too warm for the client’s skin to tolerate, but will allow the wax to be applied thinly. A thin application is essential for the best results.

  2. Stir the wax thoroughly before applying. If there is titanium dioxide in the hard wax you have chosen, it will settle to the bottom. Titanium is added to soothe the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory. If not stirred well, the bottom of your pot will have a higher concentration and could lessen the grab of the hair when applied.

  3. Apply THINLY. Yep, we said it again. Apply thinner than you are used to with other hard waxes. The goal is to apply just enough to grab the hair, not the skin.

  • (A tip for pulling wax – using the end of your stick, push back the edge of wax so that it curls a bit, and then continue to pull back with your fingertips.)

Application technique

Before applying the wax, prepare your client’s skin with Pre-wax lotion and oil. Pre-wax lotion cleanses the skin, and a very small amount of pre-wax oil protects the skin before waxing.

Now you are ready to apply the wax.  Apply wax against the hair growth and then forward – in a ‘figure 8′ pattern. First, against the hair growth, and then with the hair growth – yes, you guessed it – in a very thin application.

After waxing, cleanse the skin of any wax residue and leave it feeling silky smooth with Ultimate Finish. In fact, you can add a bit of the Ultimate Finish to all other Mancine lotions (tea tree lotions, natural lotions or scented lotions from Mancine) for even better results.

(Pre and post products can also be used with strip waxes, like our Mancine Brazilian Rose or our Mancine Aloe Green Organic strip wax.)

With Mancine waxes,  applied according to these directions, you can expect to get 30% more applications per unit than with other waxes.