The changing face of waxing

Traditionally, when a student is being taught waxing they are advised to use talcum powder on the area which is to be waxed. This keeps the area being waxed dry and ensures that the wax sticks to the hairs not the skin.

It may seem unusual to use an oil rather than talcum powder, especially as students are taught to cleanse the skin of oil and dirt prior to waxing. However, once a therapist has waxed with oil they seldom return to powder.

The oil provides a lipid barrier (very thin oil barrier) between the wax and the skin. As the wax does not stick to the skin the removal of hair is easier and less painful to the client. When waxing intimate areas where skin is thin and fragile using oil helps to reduce the risk of skin lifting and abrasions.

You should choose an appropriate oil; a very light oil would be ideal for the job. If you use a thick or .heavy oil the wax will not adhere. One of the best products to use is Perron Rigot Jasmin Oil.

The oil must be applied sparingly before applying the wax. Prepare the area by using a cleanser like Perron Rigot Blue Lotion before applying a few drops of oil to your hands. Rub between your hands to warm it then apply to the area to be waxed.

Remember only to use a sparse covering and wipe away any excess with either a piece of couch roll or a wax strip. This should leave the perfect amount on the skin. Do not panic if after you have applied the wax to your client’s skin it does not adhere and slips around. Simply remove the wax as normal before wiping the area with a wax strip.