Thinking of offering waxing or threading to your clients? Here are the top 4 things you should know about these hair removal techniques.
What Type of Equipment Do I Need?
Waxing requires the use of a waxing table or waxing bed. Waxing involves heating skin-safe wax, applying it to the client’s skin with a wooden spatula or plastic spatula, then covering the wax with a strip. When the strip is quickly removed, it pulls the entire hair out and leaves a hair-free area of skin.
Threading also requires a table, such as a portable spa bed. Threading tools include thread and tweezers. This method is focused on much smaller areas of hair, such as the eyebrows and upper lip. Tweezing remaining hairs after threading to perfect the hair removal is optional.
Waxing vs. Threading for Sensitive Skin
It is important to consider a client’s skin type and sensitivities before moving forward with any type of hair removal. Clients with extremely sensitive skin and clients that have been treated with chemical peels or retinol should avoid waxing. Threading and tweezing pulls the individual hairs, rather than both the hair and skin, which makes threading a safer option for those with sensitive skin.
Which is Less Painful?
It is also important to consider a client’s pain tolerance when performing hair removal. Many people consider threading to be more painful because the process of pulling the hairs out is slower. Regardless, it’s important to know how your client will react to the hair removal procedure before moving forward.
How Long Will Each Last?
Both waxing and threading will keep the area hair-free for 2-4 weeks, with full grow generally appearing 6 weeks after the removal. Waxing and threading, when repeated over time, can slow hair growth so the return times increase. Encourage clients to return for future hair removal services to see improving results.
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