Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but we just had our first 50 degree day in what seems like eons in New York City. So my mind is already wandering to beach vacations and warm-weather gear, and I would guess your clients are feeling the same way. Whether they are about to head out for Spring Break or just thinking about bikini season, here are some great tips from Beverly Hills anesthesiologist Dr. Edna Ma, who has a fabulous numbing cream for waxing called BareEase. Share them with your clients!
- Seek a professional—While most estheticians are licensed to perform waxing, you want to find someone who specializes in waxing to get the best results. Try seeking a referral or talking to them on the phone beforehand to see if it’s someone you feel comfortable with.
- Time it right—Avoid waxing the week before your period when your skin is the most sensitive. Also, if you’re waxing for something special, it’s best to schedule your wax two days before it so your skin is no longer red.
- Prep properly—Trim your hair to about a quarter of an inch—long enough for the wax to hold onto the hairs, but not too long that it will be painful to remove. Dr. Ma also recommends exfoliating the day before and popping an ibuprofen 30 minutes before your wax to reduce the pain.
- Relax—Even though waxing might be nerve-wracking your first time, tensing up will only make the process painful. Try breathing in deeply when the wax is applied and exhaling when the hair is being pulled.
- Take it easy afterwards—To avoid bumps and irritation, it’s best to avoid sun exposure, tight clothing, vigorous exercise or hot showers for 24 hours after your wax.