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How to get the WOW LOOK! Focus on EYES…

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It has been said that “our eyes are the window to our soul.” No wonder then, many clients want to enhance their look by accentuating their eyes!

Getting the WOW look- Highlight the eyes

Professionals know that highlighting the eyes is a 3-step process, because eyebrows also define, frame and bring attention to the eyes.

How to Shape the Browline at Vogue Beauty

Follow these three steps to bring out the eyes:

  1. Clean up and reshape the browline. We recommend using a high-quality hard wax to easily control the application and achieve maximum removal of stray hairs. Pick up some more brow shaping tips in our Blog article “How to Achieve a Perfect Brow”.

  2. Then, proper coloration of the brows, using a professional quality brow tint. This will enhance the brows while keeping a very natural look.

  3. Now that your client has beautiful brows, you can follow with lash tinting or extensions to achieve that WOW look!

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Eyelash tinting

is extremely practical and time-saving. Tinted eyelashes make the eyes look expressive and attractive for up to 6 weeks – even without mascara. The lashes appear to be longer and thicker, because tinting accentuates the full length of the lashes. Tinting is very popular with contact lens wearers- no more mascara irritation to suffer! Sport enthusiasts love eyelash tinting because it is water resistant and does not smear or run when working out like makeup.

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Eyelash extensions

have gone mainstream. Business has increased almost 50% in many salons, and lash bars are as plentiful as manicure businesses. Savvy clients who want that WOW look are also rightly concerned about eye safety will be looking for skilled eyelash technicians and high quality products. Here is the short list of things your potential clients have been told to look for in a Lash Tech:

  • As mentioned, being certified to apply lash extensions is definitely a must. Smart clients will look for lash techs that have taken courses from a reputable company. Anyone can learn (allegedly) to apply lash extensions by watching a YouTube video or two, but only legitimate training courses explain how to properly isolate each lash for extension application. Also, technicians learn about the chemistry behind the work and the ingredients in the glue.

  • Speaking of the glues, clients will be looking for the best products with no eye irritants, that are certified safe by dermatologists.

  • Most clients will ask to see pictures of your previous work. Have several high-quality, well lit pictures taken of your best work.

  • Don’t hesitate to charge the going rate for your work; keeping your price too low in an effort to gain more customers may backfire, as most clients are aware of the “you get what you pay for” rule- PRICE DICTATES QUALITY. 

What to tell clients about lash extensions:

Lash extensions last through a full growth cycle of natural eyelashes, and will fall out as the natural  lash sheds. Typically, this occurs every six to eight weeks. You might want to suggest a maintenance appointment at about 3 weeks to keep the freshly applied look.

Extensions are effortless….once applied. Appointments will take between 45 minutes to 2 hours. Once the glue has set, showering and face washing is a go, as long as it is done gently, once a day, with no oil based products, and is finished with a little lash combing to straighten out the lashes.

Yes, your client can use mascara in addition to the extensions, but just on the tips of the extensions. This will prevent clumping at the base.

When your clients see the total effect that brow shaping with tinting and lash extensions or lash tinting have on their look, they will be the first to say ‘WOW!’

 

 

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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.

Mancine Naturals-body-lotion

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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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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How to increase retail sales in your salon or spa

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Are you wondering how to combat the ebb and flow of mani/pedi or waxing clients? Boost your retail sales! Clients who use the retail products you sell are more likely to book appointments and to come back for more product when they run low.

How do you go about building your retail sales? Here are a few tips to create a solid marketing strategy that will increase sales, bookings and encourage client loyalty:

Give clients a reason to buy retail products from YOU

Have you ever gone into a large box-store, that has sample stands? Why do the stores do that? Well, let’s face it, if you were buying basil pesto in a 3 gallon, 2 pack, but didn’t know if it tasted good, you would likely pass up the opportunity to purchase. But once you tasted it, and it was as good as the pesto your Italian grandmother made- SOLD!

Does this mean you should hand out samples willy-nilly at your salon? Do sample products really increase sales in salons?

Yes and no. Samples that are unrelated to the service are actually a waste of the samples. So, shampoo samples for the wax treatment client are not likely to produce a retail sale.

Comprehensive services

A better plan is to create value-added packages. Here is what we mean- when your client books a treatment, combine it with a demonstration of a few of your retail products.

During a wax treatment for example, apply Lycon Ingrown X-It Cream. Explain it’s benefits and why you like it, and the success other clients have had with it.

Suggest additional uses for Lycon Ingrown X-It (like for her husband’s problem beard.) Then, send the client home with a generous, salon-made, 3 day sample. A note on samples- Sephora does it right, make samples from a full size product, written off and dedicated to marketing. Create sample-sized send homes in front of the client. This method visually communicates the size, shape and label of the product, and aids the client to remember the product when they come in for the next service.

You can also offer a discount for in-store purchase, such as 15% off, plus a coupon for a return purchase. Resist the urge to try and sell the entire product line. Keep notes, and mention another of the products in the next visit.

This method is a great way to fight the “I can buy something similar/buy it cheaper at Ulta….” comment. You have created a try before you buy environment and the client receives personalized, expert tips they need during the application.

Time is money to most people- the client is much more likely to purchase during a value-added treatment and save the time that additional trip to the department store would cost!

If the client likes the product, they will return for more when they run out. It is also likely that they will purchase again at the next appointment.

Keep track of their purchases and make sure to ask how they like the product. If the client is not seeing results, offer additional suggestions or trade-in for a product they may like better, such as the spray solution.  Reward clients for their purchases by starting a discount or loyalty program.

Keep track of it in-house so that there is no need to carry a rewards punch card.

Build your value in the eyes of your clients

Comprehensive, value-added packages are a great way to build the value of your salon in the eyes of the client. Your comprehensive services will be deemed better than the ‘slap-it-on-strip-it-off’ service down the street or as advertised by a competitor on a coupon site.

The salon does not have to be a posh, upscale, snobbish salon that so many clients shy away from. The salon staff does need to emanate a professional, organized appearance, yet strive for that personal connection with the client. You can add to this by keeping your staff educated on the unique products that you offer. In turn, the staff should have the attitude of educating or imparting information to the client, not selling.

On that note, make sure that staff members have ample opportunity to try the products themselves. Offer a small commission or incentive on retail sales.

Package and promote your retail products

Gift giving occasions happen year around! Create a little something that won’t be found elsewhere- make your own gift packages with your retail products. Keep it simple, tie three products together with a wide ribbon or in a pretty fabric gift bag. Add something different like a candle, spa mitt, a product for their significant other or teen child. Here are some of our ideas for product groupings:

 

Lycon Ingrown X-It,

Anti-bump foaming gel

and

Tea Tree Soothe lotion

 

Mancine Shower gel,

in Rose and Vitamin E,

Hot salt body scrub

in Kiwi Aloe, and

Coconut Vanilla Body Butter

 Mancine naturals hand and body lotion

One final thought: Don’t offer too much! Too many choices confuse clients. Stick with two or three brand choices, and group according to specific use, i.e. for dry skin. And if a product isn’t selling, get rid of it.

In review, the key is to get the clients to use your retail products. Because once the product is used during a service, and a sample is sent to use at home, they are more likely to come back to your salon.

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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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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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Have you heard of dry brushing?  This article explains benefits of dry brushing thoroughly. But, put in a nutshell, it promotes circulation and helps the lymphatic system clean out toxins.

How to dry brush:

Use a body brush or loofah to ‘sweep’ your limbs, torso and back, in a direction that always aims towards your heart. The touch or pressure should be light, not vigorous as you would if you were exfoliating your skin.

Repeat for at least 5 or 6 swipes of each area. You can use your fingers on your face and chest, in the same direction, out and down towards your heart. Add light tapping to help decongest your sinuses during a cold.

Here is an illustration, courtesy of Collective Education,  that demonstrates the technique:

dry drushing technique

 

Take care and look beautiful by reading more articles in our blog!

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Revitalize and fight aging skin!

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Do you feel like your skin is dry, tight, dull, and wrinkled? It’s time for some body maintenance! Revitalize and fight aging skin with this 4 step process: hydrate, cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.

Hydrate skin from the inside

Did you know coffee and your favorite green tea, both act as a diuretic? They do, and so does drinking hot water!  While it seems like getting rid of excess fluid would banish puffiness, the effects of this type of dehydration can show up in your face, neck and hands as wrinkly, prunish, and baggy skin! What should you do?

The answer is to create an exchange- keep hydrated, while ‘rinsing out’ waste products your liver has worked so hard to process through the night. There are some great ways to encourage the exchange, as Dr. Oz brings out in this post. Rule of thumb: remember that for every cup of a diuretic, drink an additional cup of water.

Cleanse skin

Have you heard of dry brushing? Dry brushing is a technique that promotes circulation and helps the lymphatic system clean out toxins. It works better on dry skin- here’s how to do it:

Using a natural bristle body brush or a loofah, ‘sweep’ your limbs, torso and back, always towards your heart. Aim for at least 5 or 6 swipes of each area. You can use your fingers on your face and chest, in the same sweeping motion, towards your heart. Light tapping will help decongest your sinuses during a cold or sinus flare up.

What about your soap choice? Is gel or bodywash better than an old-fashioned bar of soap? Experts say it doesn’t matter, as long as the cleanser is gentle enough to clean without stripping away natural oils.

Exfoliate skin

When we are young, our skin cells are replaces every 28 days. As we age though, the rate that it takes to become a ‘new woman’ slows to about every month and a half. The pile-up of dead skin cells on the surface can lead to ingrown hairs, flaky skin and a dull, grey appearance.

According to the dermatologist interviewed in Allure Magazine, “Dead skin cells pile up, diffusing the light and making skin dull.”  Our bodies work to replace cells throughout the night. So, slough them away by exfoliating at night in a before-bedtime bath, instead of in the morning.

Moisturize skin

Next, lock in moisture with a good, all-over body lotion. For particularly dry areas or trouble spots like knees, elbows and heels, body butter is even better! Apply the moisturizer just after you shower to help your skin look fresh and plumped.  Fight aging skin with Mancine-Naturals-line

 

We recommend using Mancine Naturals body care line. Mancine Natural products do not contain petro-chemicals,  sulphates, animal derivatives,  triethanolamine, mineral oil, parabens or artificial colors and fragrances. Use the bodywash, scrub, body lotion and body butter as a regimen to fight aging skin.

You can find everything you need to revitalize your skin at Vogue Beauty!

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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!