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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.

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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

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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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Natural Oils And Botanicals – The Best Of The Best

Natural oils and botanical ingredients are in almost all our favorite products these days, from face wash to shampoo. But what do these oils do? Which botanicals should you choose and why? More importantly, what can you tell your clients about these ingredients? When planning your retail stock, what products can you stand behind as effective and worth the cost?

Here is a rundown of some of the best ingredients and the products that contain these ingredients. All the products listed are from our reputable manufacturers and are products that we can easily recommend.

Lavender oil

More than just a pleasant and relaxing fragrance, Lavender has restorative properties, and is a gentle anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This oil also works as an antioxidant, refreshing the skin from everyday pollutants. Antioxidants contained in Lavender “prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin,” explains Claude Saliou, Ph.D., director of research and development for Johnson & Johnson, as quoted in Everyday Health magazine. “Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.”

Recommend your clients prepare for their wax treatment by using  Mancine Hot Salt Scrub-lavender witchhazelMancine Hot Salt Body Scrub in Lavender and Witch Hazel ($14.95) followed with the matching Body Lotion. ($7.95, 250 ml)

Your client’s skin will now be in great shape for waxing. The very popular Lycojet Lavender Hard Wax ($34.95, 2.2lbs) or Harley Lavender Hard Wax ($29.95, 2.4lbs) and finish with Lycon Perfect Finish ($17.95) will ensure that your client has a pleasant experience with satisfying results!

Tea tree oil

When bacteria get trapped under the skin, inside a pore, the skin’s defense system kicks in. Encircling the bacteria, white blood cells fight the bacteria at a cellular level. Localized inflammation is the first reaction to the war. As they kill off the bacteria, the dead cells collect inside the pore, resulting in a breakout.

Tea tree oil helps zap that bacteria. A study found that tea tree oil was as effective as benzoyl peroxide, according to an Everyday Health article.

You will find effective amounts of Tea Tree Oil In Lycon’s Anti Bump Foaming Gel, ($13.95) a great retail product for you to keep on the shelves for your clients. After the shower, your clients may want an everyday moisturizer that helps fight inflammation while soothing the skin. We recommend Mancine Tea Tree Body Lotion and Lycon Tea Tree Soothe Lotion.

You will also find Tea Tree Oil in several post wax treatments such as Lycon Perfect Finish ($17.95)  and Harley After Care Waxing Oil ($13.95) Mancine Ingrown Zone ($9.95.)

Chamomile oil

Lycon Soothing Cream

Chamomile is  more than a tea that soothes your little one’s upset tummy, or encourages relaxation and sleep. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties helps prevent irritation from wax treatments. This oil is added to waxes to provide that calming touch for clients prone to redness or skin irritation. Try Lycon Soothing Cream ($17.95) with Chamomile, Rose and Shea Butter for a soothing experience!

 

Rosehip oil

Vitamin A is necessary and helpful in rejuvenating skin cells. Age spots, scars and stretch marks can be lessened by using a retinol (containing vitamin A) based product. An easy way to help overall skin condition is to use a bodywash or body lotion with Rosehip oil, which is naturally rich in in Vitamin A.

Olive and Avocado oils

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Here is a tip from our friends at Everyday Health- Got thin or brittle nails? Use a little olive or avocado oil on them before bed. The oils will soak in overnight and nourish with good-for-you fatty acids. Or, you might like to keep ‘on hand’ (excuse the pun,) our  Renew and Repair Cuticle Oil by en Vogue. A blend of sunflower, grape seed, jojoba and Vitamin E oils along with essential oils of bergamot, black pepper, Roman chamomile, eucalyptus and lavender. ($2.95 for 3ml. Larger sizes available.) Send some home with your client as a little gift- a sure way to increase repeat customers!

Additionally, rich oils like avacado and olive are used to re-condition skin after a waxing treatment. Since waxing removes all the surface oils and exfoliates the skin, moisture needs to be replenished afterwards.  Mancine Olive Oil Strip or Hard Wax contains olive oil to soothe and replenish the skin. These waxes are especially perfect for sensitive areas.

Shopping tips

You can share this helpful tip with your clients- a product advertised as “natural’ or claiming to have certain natural ingredients, may contain too little of the substance listed to be fully effective. Many over-the-counter products that claim to contain Vitamin C or E will not have a high enough concentration of these antioxidants to prove effective at reducing wrinkles or sagging skin. For the best results, look for products that a dermatologist carries or recommends as effective.

Shop with Vogue Beauty for professional products designed to help your business thrive!

 

 

 

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5 skin tips to prepare for summertime fun!

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Summertime means exposure to the elements- more sun, sweat and drying conditions for your skin and hair. How can you combat the effects of extra sun? Here are 5 skin tips to prepare your skin and keep it in tip-top shape:

Prepare

Skin tip #1- Fresh sunscreen, reapplied!

How old is that bottle of sunscreen in your bathroom cupboard? Do yourself a favor and buy a new bottle of at least 15 SPF each season. Tests have shown that sunscreen needs to be fully absorbed into the skin 20 minutes before sun exposure to be fully effective. So lather up before going out! Here are some other great sunscreen tips.

Even if your sunscreen is waterproof and sweat-proof, reapply it after 30 minutes of activity. Remember, sunscreen will rub off with a towel. So, make sure to reapply often during your summertime activities.

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Cover and protect

Skin tip #2- Cover sensitive areas

Fight the look of premature aging- Protect your face, neck and chest by wearing sunscreen, clothing with built-in SPF factor or a wide brimmed hat. better yet, all three!

Protect the danger areas from overexposure and potentially skin cancer- the scalp or part in your hair, the tops of the ears, nose, lips and the back of the neck are critical areas. Don’t forget these areas when applying sunscreen! Again, a hat is your best friend.

(Don’t forget to protect your hair!)

Fight the look of dry, brittle hair by using a dry shampoo or skipping the shampoo altogether. The natural oils in your scalp help protect the hair shaft. There are also hair products with special sunscreens, designed to fight fading and protect from salt and chlorine.

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Get glowing!

Skin tip #3- Self tanning

Instead of baking (or frying if you are like me) in the sun to get that golden tan, try a self tanner. Applied at home or in the salon, these formulas are much better than the self tanners of the past. Get a natural sun-kissed look in a few minutes!

Remember to exfoliate first! Using a scrub before you apply self-tanner will get rid of any dry skin.  It is important to keep your skin exfoliated between applications so that areas like the knees  don’t appear darker than the rest of the skin. We carry Lycon and Mancine body scrubs that will prepare your skin for self tanners.

Hydrate, baby!

hydrate-watermelon skin care at Vogue BeautySkin tip #4- Nourish and hydrate

The goal is to nourish and hydrate inside and outside your body. Your skin needs nourishment from the inside as well as protection from the outside. The first line of defense is to drink enough water. Keeping your electrolytes and amino acids well balanced is another key factor, enabling your body to hydrate effectively. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in proteins, vitamins and antioxidants help stimulate collagen, keep the skin elastic and fight wrinkles.

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After the fact

Skin tip #5- Replenish natural oils

 

Finally, replenish your skin by using emollient rich lotions with natural ingredients. Apply after sun exposure, and every night before bed, when the lotion can soak in undisturbed.

Follow these tips and you will be looking good all summer long!

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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.