This is an effective method for removing unwanted hair from large and small areas. There are two types of waxes:

  1. Hot Wax: This is basically paraffin wax, which is heated and applied when melted. This is directly heated on a heater and applied with a wooden spatula in the direction of hair growth.

  2. Cold Wax: This comes in a semisolid form in jars. It is made up of sugar, citric acid or lemon juice. This is heated in a thermostatically controlled warmer or on indirect heat. It is applied with spatula in the direction of hair growth.

The two type of waxes are applied and used in basically the same way. The main difference is that cold wax is applied thinly and removed with strips of cotton or muslin fabric or disposable strips which is rubbed and patted over the wax. This wax is usually used to remove hair from large area e.g. legs, arms and underarm. Hot wax does not use these epilating strips. This wax must be applied in thick layers so that there is enough to grasp in the hand when it is pulled off. This wax is usually used to remove hair from small area e.g. upper lips, eyebrows, chin, etc.

Tools and Materials for Waxing

  • Wax heater
  • Spatula / knife
  • Cotton
  • Talcum powder
  • Towels
  • Liquid soap and water
  • Disinfectant
  • Wax (Cold & Hot)
  • Epilating Strips
  • Table
  • Washable drapes for client
  • Thread tweezers for removing stray hairs
  • Astringent / Lotion / Moisturizer

Procedure for Waxing

waxing is one of the most popular treatment in the beauty industry.

1. Before waxing

  • Make the client comfortable, prepare and drape the patron.
  • Always use disposable strips for hygienic purpose.
  • Use clean towel.
  • Always dry the area with talcum powder before applying wax on it.
  • Always test the temperature of the heated wax before applying it on the patron.
  • In case the client has applied any cream/lotion/moisturizer before the service, then wipe it clean with a warm moist towel.

2. For Waxing

  • Prepare and drape the patron.
  • Remove the jewellery from the area to be waxed.
  • Heat the wax to a comfortable temperature.
  • Dry the area to be waxed with talcum powder.
  • Apply wax over the area with a blunt knife in the direction of hair growth.
  • Place a cotton strip over the wax and press it firmly with your right hand using a friction movement.
  • Now pull the cotton strip or waxing strip in the opposite direction of hair growth with your right hand in a quick single pull movement.
  • Press the area with the hand for a few seconds to numb the site of pain.
  • Thread out stray hair left behind.
  • Soak a towel in lukewarm water and clean the waxed area with it.
  • Apply astringent and then massage with cream.

After waxing

  • Wash or wipe the area.
  • After waxing apply astringent to close the pores.
  • Massage the area with a moisturizer or a skin lotion after waxing.

Precautions During Waxing

When using wax, be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. If not done properly, waxing can be quite painful. It requires a lot of practice to perfect this technique. Some precautions to be observed are:

  • Ensure the temperature of wax is appropriate, neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Always apply wax in the direction of hair growth.
  • The wax should not be applied on a large area.
  • The strip should be placed over the wax, always allowing a sufficient free edge to grasp easily.
  • Remove the strip in a one strong pull and in the opposite direction.
  • The pulling of the strip should be quick and decisive and as close to the skin as possible for minimal discomfort.
  • Dispose of the used strips in the dustbin. Do not wash and reuse.
  • All used towels are to be washed.
  • Check for wax fall on the floor. Immediately wipe out and clean the floor.
  • Do not forget to switch off the wax heater.