Everything You & Your Male Clients Need To Know About Waxing
Waxing has become a popular hair removal method for men, with many opting for this method over shaving and clipping.
The most popular areas for men to wax are their backs, chests, and genital regions, the latter being a growing trend among men and women known as Brazilian, Hollywood, and Columbian waxing. For guys, this service may be called a Boyzilian, Manzilian, or He-Wax. Because terms can vary between cultures, therapists, and clients, it’s best to clearly spell out beforehand what areas each waxing service on your menu includes.
As with all services, make sure you are experienced and comfortable with performing the particular waxing service. An uncomfortable technician makes for an uncomfortable client, so put your client at ease by creating a comfortable, professional environment.
Also, it is very important to educate your client prior to the treatment so he is better prepared, which will result in the best experience and results possible. To do this, offer a free 15-minute consultations prior to service. This can be done in person or over the phone.
Pre-Waxing Tips to Share with Your Male Clients
1. Avoid drinking caffeine. It can heighten sensitivity to pain by increasing alertness.
2. To achieve a smoother result and reduce ingrown hairs, exfoliating the area before waxing is recommened. Wax will also adhere to hair better without dead skin in the way.
3. Wear loose clothing. A tight shirt on a freshly waxed back may not feel very comfortable on a hot summer day.
4. Schedule waxing services on a day when you can relax in an air conditioned place afterward. Working out, sauna sessions, or anything that would result in getting hot and sweaty can irritate freshly waxed skin, resulting in rash-like bumps and itching.
5. Taking over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment can help ease pain. It’s best to avoid aspirin because of its blood-thinning properties.
Keep pre- and post-waxing products on hand in your waxing room and in your retail boutique. Have clients use a topical anesthetic containing lidocaine 30 minutes before waxing for temporary relief of discomfort and pain. After waxing, tea tree oil will soothe and calm irritated and inflamed skin and act as a natural antiseptic. And don’t forget to help guys prevent the bumps associated with hair removal, as well as ingrown hair, wax and razor rash, and other minor skin irritations with a post-waxing lotion containing alpha hydroxyl acid.
Finally, consider offering ice packs pre- and post-waxing. They can be used to numb the skin prior to the wax application and immediately after, and retailed, too. Keep ice packs sanitary by placing them in disposable plastic baggies, then simply throw the bags away post-waxing and wash the ice packs with warm soap and water before refreezing them.
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