Many clients ask about targeted wax treatments because of their specific skin type. While we all may have different skin types, the best wax treatments don’t depend on treating each skin type differently. Instead, it’s best to ensure consistent preparation for all our clients, regardless of their individual skin types.
In a country like Canada where we experience such extremes in weather, temperature plays a huge role in how a wax appointment will go. Have you ever had the frustrating experience of waxing to no effect due to the warm, dewy skin a client has during the hottest summer months? If you answered “yes,” then you know our climate can influence the waxing appointment.
The warmth of the skin during the summer, combined with a thin layer of sweat on the surface of the skin, creates a layer that makes it difficult for the wax to adhere. When the wax is removed, barely any hair is removed in this scenario.
During a cold winter, the skin cools way down and pores close. Skin is drier during winter months not only because of the cold temperatures but because of dry forced-air heating systems. When the warm wax is applied then removed, it takes with it the top layer of skin, and depending on the state of the skin underneath, redness and even scabbing can result (not to mention a much more painful wax!).
Regardless of skin type, it’s always safest to allow the skin to temper at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before applying wax. During extreme temperature dips during the worst of winter or the stickiest summer days, wait a few minutes more, just to be safe. This time may seem like inefficient or unproductive time, but it is so important to allow cold skin to warm up and for hot, dewy skin to cool down and dry out. Make the time work for you: chat with your client and build your relationship! Or, impress them with your cleaning and preparation routine, they’ll appreciate seeing you take care of the tools you use. Lightly touch the skin first to get an idea of temperature and moisture levels. Only apply wax when you are confident skin has tempered. Remember that thin layers are always best.
If your clients ask how to best wax their skin type, tell them you treat everyone as though they have sensitive skin, then take the time to really ensure a safe, effective wax. They will thank you for the care and responsibility you show them.