I remember first learning hot wax 20 years ago at college. Back then we were taught to use it in all the areas you would use warm wax – even a full leg, which was VERY time consuming and just not commercially practical. When I first went into industry, salons didn’t use hot wax – it didn’t seem to be fashionable – but in the last decade it has made a real resurgence predominantly due to the popularity of intimate waxing, which has become very fashionable.

A hot wax procedure is not difficult, it just takes practise and training. Although it can be used anywhere, I would suggest you only use it on smaller areas as it is time consuming.

Follow these easy steps for best results:
  • Clean the area to be waxed and apply your preparation oil – this oil is essential and will allow the wax to adhere to the hair and not to the skin making it a much more comfortable procedure for the client.
  • Check the temperature of the wax first on yourself and then on the client, and once you have established that the temperature is ok, apply your wax in a small square with the first application being against the hair growth and further build the wax patch up with the hair growth.
  • Establish a thick edge to the wax ready for removal. You may apply a couple of patches at a time but ensure there are gaps between each patch so as they don’t all remove together. If doing the bikini area you can always apply a patch each side at a time.
  • When removing the patch take your fingertips underneath the edge of the patch and flick the end up, then remove the patch in the direction going against the hair growth. When all hair has been removed soothe the area with an after wax preparation. The most uncomfortable part of hot waxing (if you were to claim there was any) is ‘flicking up’ the edge of the wax in order to remove the patch, but as a procedure it is not painful at all and is much kinder and more gentle to the skin in delicate areas making it the perfect choice for client comfort.
  • Hygiene is paramount and during an intimate wax procedure it is crucial that you wear gloves – due to the chance of blood spotting and the exchange of other bodily fluids. It is also crucial that you DO NOT double dip your spatulas. Either use the drizzle method or use a new spatula for each application.
Benefits of using Hot Wax

Hot wax will remove short hairs, meaning that the client doesn’t have to leave so long in between treatments – this is particularly advantageous when it comes to facial waxing, as it means that your client can have the hair removed more often and will feel less conscious and embarrassed about their facial hair.

As a procedure I would recommend hot wax for intimate waxing – in fact I would argue it is the only way to carry out an intimate wax procedure professionally, safely and comfortably – and facial waxing, but please ensure you are properly trained before you start playing around with it.

It is a great introduction to the salon, if you don’t have it already, and clients will notice a huge difference – and we all know that without happy and loyal clients we will have no business.

by Marie-Louise Coster

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