5 Signs Your Favorite Wax Spot Might Be Dangerous

Listen up everyone, today we’re going over the top 5 signs your current waxing studio might be dangerous for you.

1.) YOU DIDN’T COMPLETE A CONSULTATION FORM

First and foremost, if your Esthetician (we recommend getting waxed only by licensed Estheticians) did not give you a client consultation form to complete before your waxing service, this should be a red flag. While Client Consultations forms can be lengthy and a little personal, they are so very important in getting a safe wax. Your Esthetician must know your medical history, allergies, and current skin care products in order to effectively and safely provide a wax service. For example, you must disclose the use of Retinols and cease use 7 days prior to the service. If not, the wax might pull already broken down skin cells (from the Retinol) causing irritation, burning and even scarring. Yikes!

2.) YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE (NO MATTER THE AREA OF SERVICE)

The last thing you want when getting your wax service done is to feel uncomfortable with your Esthetician. Being nervous about the service being provided is normal, however, being nervous about WHO is providing that service is not. Always trust your gut instinct. Your Esthetician should be asking you questions about your preferred eyebrow shape or talking you through your nerves concerning your first bikini wax. After all, this is about your body and how YOU want it to look!

3.) THE WAXING STUDIO IS UNCLEAN

Think of your waxing studio as a doctor’s office—it should be clean and sanitary at all times. If your Esthetician has a hard time explaining their sanitation measures, please take a look around. The wax pots should not have wax all over them. The table should always have disposable sanitary paper rolled across it (for the same reason you see it at the doctor’s office—there are A LOT of people who sit there—sometimes unclothed!). Shelves and products should be free of dust. The last thing you want is to be in a place that does not follow sanitation requirements but also doesn’t pride themselves in healthy waxing.

4.) BEWARE OF “THE DOUBLE DIP”

Every licensed Esthetician knows that using the same spatula over and over again breeds bacteria and germs within the wax pot. Once a new spatula has been dipped in wax, and spread across your skin, it should be thrown away immediately. If you are waxed at a place that double dips just imagine how many people have used that exact same pot of wax for various…places on the body. We recommend that you never ask if your Esthetician double dips (in case they will not be truthful), but make sure you watch what they do. If you see this monstrosity occur, we suggest you stop the service and find a new place to take care of your waxing needs.

5.) THE WAX IS TOO HOT

The wax being applied to your skin should feel warm to the touch but it should never feel like it is burning you. Hot wax (used for face, underarms, and bikinis) should be heated to 55-65 degrees, whilst strip wax (used for the rest of the body with paper strips) should be heated at around 65-70 degrees. Extremely hot wax can burn and scar your skin, which can take weeks to heal. Your Esthetician should always ask you if the temperature is comfortable or even test the temperature on the inside of their wrist first.

We recommend that if you notice any of these warning signs you speak up and express your concern. Leave the establishment and ask for a consultation before booking an appointment at a new studio.

-Allure Skin Studio Blogger