Warning Signs of a Poor Waxing Service, Are you Potentially Putting Yourself At Risk or Injury or Infection?


Waxing is still one of the most popular treatments for body hair removal. There are some people who simply can't afford to have laser or IPL or their hair and their skin are not suitable for these treatments so they opt for waxing. Waxing is an excellent option for men and women with all skin and hair types. Unlike shaving or depilatory creams,  waxing provides a more satisfying and longer lasting result. But not all waxing services are the same, here are few tips or what to look for and what to avoid in a waxing service.


Unfortunately, some salons offer cheap waxing services that are performed by unqualified people who were trained on the job. Sadly this type of training is often inadequate with poor waxing techniques. Because these services are so cheap they are usually rushed and this can lead to possible injuries to the skin. Poor and rushed waxing technique will result in hair being snapped before it is pulled out of the skin leaving you with a stubbly feel and the hair growth coming back faster. It can possibly also result in skin injuries such as bruising and skin tearing especially in the intimate areas.

Are you Potentially Putting Yourself At Risk or Injury or Infection
Cheaper waxing services may also have poor hygiene standards. It takes time and money to thoroughly clean, disinfect the workstations and prepare the client for waxing. If you see dirty or messy work surfaces, wax drips on walls, furniture or the floor, run! I once went to have waxing at a salon that was recommended to me because they were famous for their eyebrow waxing. But when I walked into the room it was appalling. Obviously, they were busy with clients but their hygiene was stomach turning. The wax pots and bench tops were covered with wax, the spatula covered in wax was sitting on top of the wax pot. The magnifying lamp and bed were sticky, grubby and covered in wax too. There were splashes of wax on the walls and the floor that clearly have not been cleaned in a long time. When she turned the towel over on the bed for me to lie on, small curly black hair that appeared like pubic hair went flying everywhere. I then told her that I feel suddenly very unwell and that I will come back next time, which I never did.

Sometimes in order to provide a cheaper service the essential cleaning steps and hygiene practices are not done. If your therapist is not wearing gloves and she's double dipping the spatula into the wax (which means she uses a spatula to apply wax to your skin then puts that spatula back in the pot to get more wax out) you could potentially be putting yourself at risk of infection. What some people don't realise is that as the wax and hair are removed from the skin, the hair follicle can bleed (especially in the underarms or intimate areas) or tiny scabs can also be pulled off the skin resulting in droplets of blood on the skin. If the therapist is not wearing gloves she can be spreading the infection to you and to the next client. If she is reusing and re-dipping the spatula in the wax pot,  those droplets of blood are transferred into the wax pot which will be reused on another client increasing the spread of infection such as hepatitis B or HIV virus.


Waxing should be performed by qualified and suitably trained beauty therapist. There is a lot to learn about the proper technique of waxing and it is a skill that needs to be learnt correctly for effective hair removal. A qualified beauty therapist typically received the training at college and practised these skills extensively before graduating to make sure they provide safe, hygienic and effective services. So firstly, make sure that your waxing service is provided by a suitably trained and qualified beauty therapist. In Australia look for Certificate III in Beauty ServicesCertificate IV in Beauty Therapy or a Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

The beauty salon where you have your waxing done should be clean, tidy, hygienic and meet the requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012 and conduct waxing with good infection control practices. This means the bed you'll be lying on needs to be cleaned thoroughly between clients and the linen used should be changed between clients or the beauty salon will be using disposable sheets. The workstation needs to be clean, tidy and hygienic. Your therapist will be wearing gloves and using disposable wax and spatulas to ensure your health and safety. She will take the time to thoroughly prepare the skin before waxing and use post-waxing treatments to control and prevent infection.

On the surface, it seems that waxing is a simple beauty service however it can result in injuries or worse if great care is not taken. Don't take the risk with your health by purchasing inferior and cheap waxing services. Look for a reputable beauty business that delivers beauty services with the best hygiene standards.

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Have a beautiful day! 
Jana x
Jana Elston
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