Most clients who go to a salon for waxing look for the convenience and time-saving advantages of professional versus at-home waxing. However, cleanliness and proper salon waxing sanitation practices at the facility are just as important, if not more so, as the convenience of going to a salon for a professional waxing job. Clients want soft, smooth skin as the result of their waxing session, but that skin should also be clean and sanitized as part of the procedure.
Features of Proper Salon Waxing Sanitation
People who go to salons for waxing may often think the heat of the wax will destroy any bacteria that is present, but this is not something to count on. Whether it’s eyebrows, facial hair, body hair or the bikini area, the aesthetician needs to wear a pair of fresh, clean gloves every time. The wax should also be fresh and come from a newly opened packet, and then heated and cooled to the right temperatures. New disposable waxing strips should be used for each client and for each procedure. The table or other area where the waxing is done needs a fresh covering each time, much as in a doctor’s office.
Preparing for Waxing
Along with the components used by the waxing professional to accomplish the procedure, the client’s skin must be properly sterilized and sanitized. Because the hair follicles will be pulled out — thereby opening up the pores — during the waxing procedure, it is very important to remove sweat, oils, dirt, cosmetics, fragrances and any other materials that could seep into the pores and cause skin lesions, rashes or infections. Naturally, Brazilian wax sanitation requires special attention, but any area undergoing waxing must be sanitized before the procedure begins. For facial waxing, a swipe with a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol should be sufficient. Some practitioners may spray on the alcohol to avoid irritating the skin. If the client’s facial hair, such as heavy eyebrows or a man’s beard, is particularly thick, the practitioner may want to brush it with a clean, sterilized, natural fiber brush first, to loosen any dirt or skin flaking. For body waxing, the area should be washed with soap and water first. Then the practitioner should swab or spray it with the alcohol.
When the waxing has been completed, the mildly irritated skin and open pores also need special sanitary care. Spraying once again with alcohol ensures cleanliness and kills any remaining bacteria. Then the aesthetician should apply a clean, cold compress to reduce any swelling. This may be followed by a soothing lotion or gel, and the practitioner should check the client’s skin condition once again before finishing. Brazilian wax sanitation may also involve keeping irritating clothing away from the area for a certain period of time.