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)
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.
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.
Strip 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?
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?
- Hold 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.
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.