Expert Advice: 5 benefits of using Hard Wax
Waxing specialist Cali VanAelst considers five reasons to use Hard Wax in your hair removal treatments.
Hard Wax, sometimes referred to as stripless wax, is a depilatory wax that is removed without the use of strips. The wax literally dries and is removed on its own. Opt for a high-quality hard wax that dries immediately, and your strip waxing life will be forever changed!
Strip wax, also referred to as soft wax, is applied very thin, like a nylon or a very thin coat of paint.
Having both strip wax and hard wax is ideal. Strip wax is great for large areas but not so good for smaller more sensitive areas. Hard Wax is great for any area of the body.
Hard Wax has unique benefits that differ from strip wax:
#1. Clean Up
If you have ever spilled strip wax (which is most likely every wax therapist!), you know the scene. A crazy busy day, rushing around with back-to-back clients and then bam, wax spills everywhere. We have all been there. A very sticky mess that is a nightmare to clean up. You try everything, it's timely, costly and frustrating. Soft wax, or strip wax, is stickier by nature. An accidental spill, cleaning your equipment and especially removing sticky residue from the client's skin makes your job harder.
Hard Wax is different, there is no residue left on the client saving a lot of clean up time. Any wax that spills or drips can usually be cleaned easily by waiting for the wax to harden and lifting it off the surface.
Hard Wax is easier for the wax therapist without the sticky clean up but the main benefit is the client experience. The wax will adhere to the hair, not the skin, creating a more comfortable waxing service. Because the wax encapsulates the hair like shrink wrap, the hair releases so easily, it is virtually pain free.
Hard Wax is mostly a pain-free experience but as much as clients feel the difference, they see the results in terms of their smooth skin being left with little or no irritation.
When the hair is encapsulated by the wax and removed effortlessly from the root, the hair will not break, leading to longer lasting results and no ingrown hair. Because of this, the word is out! Clients will call studios and spas asking specifically for Hard Wax. Don't miss the boat. Clients are becoming more savvy, they know what they are talking about. Be sure to offer waxing with a Hard Wax to meet their every need.
#4. No Strips
If you offer only Hard Wax, paper or cloth strips are one less item to add to your inventory list. Even if you offer both soft and hard wax, you will use fewer strips, saving money and time.
#5. Facial Wax
If you are of a certain generation, you remember the days when looking for a AHA moisturiser meant a trip to the dermatologist. Hop to today, and most facial products have ingredients that will thin the skin, in turn affecting the waxing process.
Whether glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinols or any other ingredient that will clear, smooth, brighten or lighten, clients rarely know what is in their products and typically don't mention the products on the consultation form. You must do a thorough consultation and investigate what products they are using to determine if there is a contraindication.
The face, especially the eyebrows, has thin skin making a soft, or strip wax, less than ideal because it adheres to the skin. For this reason, stick to a Hard Wax for the face and brows.
Cali VanAelst is National Training Director at Perron Rigot Inc. If you would like to further information on the Perron Rigot brand, please call Chleo Enterprises on 01 408 0820 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.