If you are unable to get an edge to start your pull, use a clean spatula to help with the initial ‘flick’.
You can also press the shiny, hair-free side of a recently removed piece of wax into a corner of wax still on the body to give yourself a ‘handle’ to pull from. This is a great technique when hair grows in multiple directions and you are unable to overlap the lifting edge onto a patch of bare skin (e.g. the Speedo line, underarms, nape of the neck, chest, etc).
If the wax breaks or tears when you try to remove it, simply press the remainder back onto the skin and add more wax to thicken up any areas that need it.
To make for more efficient waxing, a second strip can be placed while the first is still setting. Good quality peelable waxes will stay flexible as they cool, allowing multiple strips to be laid without fear of them sticking to the skin or becoming too cold or brittle.
Don’t pick! To remove any residual wax 'crumbs' on the skin, either use the shiny side of a recently removed strip to lift the remaining bits from the body, or massage an oil-based product into the skin to dissolve any leftover wax at the end of your service.
To get those last few short, stubborn hairs, use the following ‘stepping’ technique:
Apply your wax against the direction of hair growth and allow to dry.Stretch the skin taut, as close to the lifting edge of the wax as possible.Grip your wax firmly and remove with the direction of growth.Instead of removing the wax in one swift motion, remove slowly in several tiny steps, re-bracing the skin at every step of the way.
Above all: have fun! Play with your wax, get to know its quirks and qualities, and don’t be afraid to experiment. New generation non-strip waxes are a pleasure to use and, with a little time invested in learning the correct techniques, can positively transform your hair removal services.
© Andy Rouillard, 2008. All rights reserved.
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