If you are a waxing novice, dreading your first appointment or a seasoned vet who lies down on the table with confidence (despite knowing it is still going to make you flinch) there are a few safety precautions you need to know before you are defuzzed. We spoke to Kristen Rogers, Spruce & Bond Senior Specialist, to find out how you can evaluate your salon before you let your esthetician let it rip.

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Photo via Spruce & Bond

Can you please explain double dipping and why it is so unsanitary?

Double dipping is a process in which the establishment saves money by using the same stick on the same person, multiple times. The problem with this is once you place the stick onto someone it is contaminated. This is extremely unsanitary. When you proceed to use the same wax for another person the wax is already contaminated by the other clients stick.

What are the other ways you can tell if a salon is sanitary? Specific measures to ask for/look for?

Barbacide is important. You want to make sure each room has its own tweezers and scissors in a barbicide container. You can of course always ask to double check that the salon does not double dip.

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Photo via Spruce & Bond

Are specific wax formulas more sanitary than others? How can a consumer know if it will be acceptable for their skin?
I believe that the most sanitary waxing is using the same pot that your client can see you use a different stick each time. There are no secrets with this method. This puts a lot of clients at ease. I don’t truly believe that places that bring wax in a separate pot just for you are sanitary. They reuse the wax and you’ll just never know about it.

What is the acceptable level of pain? How should a consumer know to stop the service due to unsanitary reasons?
Waxing is never a pleasant experience. However, if you are in the hands of an esthetician that is knowledgeable, it can definitely be a more pleasant experience. You always want your skin to be as taught as possible. It prevents bruising your client and reduces the sting of the wax. Pressure after a strip of wax is also sometimes very helpful. I like to feel my client out and usually, ask them how they feel in general about waxing.

Post Wax,what measures can customers take at home to ensure ingrown hairs, irritation is minimal/kept at bay?

Exfoliation is key. You don’t want to exfoliate right after a wax but about 2-3 days after. Salicylic acid helps to break down that bacteria and dry it out of the pores. However, willow bark extract is the naturally derived salicylic acid, and I think this is best to put on such a gentle area. Unfortunately, waxing for a lot of women does cause ingrown hairs. Wearing cotton underwear helps keep them at bay whereas lace creates them. Aloe is also your friend after a wax, it helps to immediately soothe the skin!

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