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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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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.

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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

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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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The Unique Challenges of Male Waxing

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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.

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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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How To Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hair

anatomy of our skin

*An abbreviated version of this article was published first as a Linkedin post 6/15/15

Ingrown hair- man or woman, we all experience them from time to time. For men, the problem is most common at the chin line or neck. Women seem to have the most trouble on the back of the legs, folds of skin or underarms. To understand how to prevent ingrown hair, it helps to understand the reasons why ingrown hairs form, and what to do to inhibit their development.

anatomy of our skin
anatomy of our skin

Overview: Skin facts related to ingrown hairs

The top two layers of the epidermis (Stratum corneum and the Stratum lucidum) are made up of mature or flattened cells and dead skin cells called Keratinocytes. These cells are constantly shed and replaced by cells from the lower layers of the epidermis.

The hair follicle is a little pocket of epidermis embedded deep the dermis. Hair itself is made up of the protein keratin. Hair and skin are protected by oils and cooled by sweat that are produced in small glands found throughout the skin and hair follicle.

So, shedding dead skin cells and buildup of keratin deposits, and also sweat and oils all contribute to a clogged hair follicle, or ingrown hair.

What is an ingrown hair?

Razor bumps, boils, ingrown hair….are they all the same thing?

Yes, in fact, all start out the same way. An ingrown hair is usually a coarse and curly hair that has looped back on itself and grows back into the skin. This can happen when the hair is cut, and then has a sharpened, beveled edge that can poke back into the skin. The result is a red bump, or bumps in an area. If the skin becomes infected, a boil can result.

Infected ingrown hairs could become quite serious, as this Cosmo article relates. If you notice that a client has many ingrown hairs, especially if the bumps are red, painful or pus filled, recommend that the client see their dermatologist for treatment right away.

What causes ingrown hairs?

Dull razors that cut the hair leaving it with a jagged edge, and a buildup of dead skin cells or oils and dirt that clog the hair follicle are a few reasons. Using fresh razors, or an electric razor can lessen the chances of developing razor bumps. Treatments such as waxing, electrolysis or hair removal creams are a good way to avoid ingrown hair.

At times, a client will ask if waxing causes ingrown hairs. The answer: Instead of causing ingrown hairs, a good wax treatment is a great way to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation removes the debris that can clog the follicle and prevent the hair from growing out.

Is waxing better than shaving?

As a therapist, you know the benefits of a complete waxing treatment. Explain to your client each step:

  • Pre-waxing treatments cleanse and hydrate the skin of the dirt, oils and dead skin that could cause ingrown hair.

  • The wax removal exfoliates the skin, leaving the skin refreshed. Certain waxes have anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce any skin irritation. It is a good idea to have several choices of wax on hand to address different skin and hair types.

  • Using a post-wax treatment finalizes the skin, giving it much needed moisture.

  • The final step is your client’s best friend- using a product like Ingrown X-it by Lycon or Ingrown Zone by Mancine. Both formulas contain ingredients to reduce inflammation, clear pores and fight bacteria and are available in a cream or a convenient spray. You can send them home with a bottle for use in between treatments!

Your clients will appreciate your expertise on the subject and the knowledge you share with them. No doubt, many will become regular clients when they see the results of your treatments on their own skin!

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What is the right wax for your salon?

Lycon the Right wax for your salon?

We want to help you to decide which is the right wax for you and for your salon. So, here is article 1, describing the benefits of using the Lycon Precision Wax line.

 

Lycon is the first of three wax lines Vogue Beauty accepted for distribution.

 

Why Lycon?

Lydia Jordane, otherwise known as the ‘Waxing Queen’, is the founder and CEO of LYCON COSMETICS. As a beauty therapist herself for more than 35 years, Lydia has firsthand experience with waxing techniques and knows what kind of results should be achieved with every application.

 

How Lycon began

It all started in 1978, when she developed the LYCON range of specialty products that achieve a superior result, while still being economical. Lycon first introduced the original and gentle Apricot Wax.

 

In the years that followed, various other aromatherapy waxes were introduced, including the famous Rosette Hot wax. Additionally, LYCOflex, LYCOtec and the unique Lycon Lycojet waxes were developed.

 

The secret to a great waxing application

Many salons use strip wax for everything. According to Lydia, one type of wax isn’t necessarily the right wax for all clients, or suitable for every part of the body and face with different types of skin.  For professional results every time, LYCON recommends strip wax for large areas, such as legs, arms, chests and backs.

 

Hot wax is the right wax for the more sensitive and delicate areas, such as the bikini area, Brazilian waxing, the face and underarms. (Read more on application tips and tricks here.)

 

LYCON customizes the wax choice by the treatment area and the skin type, so your clients will have the absolute best results and a very comfortable waxing experience.

 

LYCON wax removes hair efficiently – clients are surprised that less hair grows back, and growth is slower.

 

How the right wax will help grow your salon business

You might think that slower grow back would result in fewer clients, But consider this: you will be able to fit more clients into your schedule. Increasing clients means…making more money.

 

The end result of using Lycon waxes is not just a smooth finish, but growing a business for therapists!

 

No wonder LYCON wax is used and loved in over 45 countries with a celebrity following. Salons who try LYCON will never want to change  to another wax… and clients keep on coming back!

 

Your waxing business will boom with LYCON! See the entire product range here on Vogue Beauty!

 

Vogue Beauty has added several Lycon products to our online catalog. They include: Azulene strip wax, which has the added benefit of chamomile and Lycotec Superberry strip wax with a luscious berry scent!

 

For a great clean-up and send off, we now carry Lycon Wax Solvent and Lycon Soothing Creme for a luxurious finish!

 

And did you know Vogue Beauty also carries many of the waxing accessories you need?