Wax Training: Red Flags and Key Traits to Look for in Proper Wax Education

Written by Deanna Derthick, International Educator for Depileve’s Waxing Company and Global Beauty Network

Proper waxing training is essential in delivering an efficient wax treatment while avoiding unnecessary pain, irritation, or injury to the client. Yet, far too often, aesthetic students do not receive adequate training and graduate from school with no idea what they are doing. It is very common for spas to hire outside training for staff because the staff never received proper training to work on clients. Many spas even have a hard time hiring professionals in the first place because they are improperly trained.
There are several elements necessary that should be included in adequate training. First, a professional should be able to do a client consultation to determine if the client is even a candidate to get waxed. And, if the client is a candidate, the professional should also be able to determine what form of wax is best suited for the client’s skin. Proper training should also teach how to do proper application and removal to avoid hair breakage.
By not receiving proper training, professionals put themselves and their clients at risk of receiving infections. It is dangerous to perform treatments without proper education. Not only could lack of adequate training lead to the creation of a bacterial environment, but it also increases the risk of burning, lifting, or bruising the client’s skin. Further, if the professional does not ask the client if they have any allergies during the consultation, this could cause the client to have an allergic reaction.
So, how can professionals determine if their training is quality training? For starters, if the educator does not follow proper steps when they are performing their demonstration, this is a huge red flag. Pay attention to what they are doing. Is their station organized and sanitary? Do they only seem to be concerned about discussing the product line they are using or are they discussing ingredients to look for in products for both pre- and post-epilation? Professionals should leave training with a knowledge of proper sanitation, how to perform a client consultation, an understanding of the difference between different forms of waxes, contraindications that could occur, proper application and removal, melting guidelines to prevent burning, and how to give both pre- and post-homecare instructions to the client.
Proper wax training should also prepare professionals to leave the training able to perform a proper professional waxing treatment with whatever product line they choose.
Today, there are so many wax trainings to choose from. There are even wax academies that travel to various states to train. Professionals should take the time to research to ensure they are receiving a high-quality education from a reliable company and not just training from a company whose only concern is profits. Both proper and improper wax training can have a great impact on client satisfaction and the professional’s overall success.

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