As the saying goes, Practice makes perfect. While I can’t guarantee you’ll have a flawless experience from start to finish, it will probably be top-notch because it’s the service they only or mostly do all day.
Seasoned professionals know exactly how to apply the wax and remove it to lift out the most hair without breaking them which translates into longer-lasting results and less ingrown hair. They're pros on holding the skin taut for every area and angle, including when to ask for help, so there’s less pain. The right positioning, especially important during a bikini and Brazilian wax, also helps the tech easily reach areas and keep your modesty in mind while you stay comfortable.
A salon that simply has waxing on the menu may have one hard and one soft wax ready for the service. But with specialization, variety often follows.
For instance, you would expect your favorite cut of meat found on the menu of a steakhouse cooked exactly how you ordered it, but not at an Italian restaurant. But in this case, the wax is picked by the technician based on your hair and skin type, to get the hair out most easily while leaving the least amount of redness and inflammation.
However, this is the exception at chains like Uni.K. Wax Centers (read review) and European Wax Centers (read review) which both use their own single wax. When the salon or spa is independent, they’re more likely to use a variety of both hard and soft waxes.
They seem to understand the utmost importance of using the gold standard to protect their clients and the dire consquences from not doing so. Most have a no double-dipping policy, which means the applicator is used only once to get wax and applied to the skin before it’s thrown away. The wax is not hot enough to kill bacteria, so it’s an extremely essential precaution because double-dipping could result in giving a client an infection or disease that made its way into the wax pot from a previous client.
Gloves are a necessity to be worn by the tech when doing a bikini or Brazilian. But you’ll find techs that specialize will wear them for all waxing services which prevents bacteria from their hands landing on freshly waxed, and now more vulnerable skin, that can cause irritation, redness and breakouts.See more: Is the Salon Clean or Dirty?
All the Prep and Post-Care Steps
The skin needs to be ready for the service first by cleansing to remove dirt, makeup and oils and often require either a pre-epilating powder or oil to be applied to the skin to act as a buffer (note: some manufacturers, like Satin Smooth, don’t require powder or oil). When finished, a product or two should also be used to calm, hydrate and close pores. Pros know skipping these steps can immediately encourage more pain and redness, and days later, pimples.See more: Waxing Supplies