No matter how deft you are with brow shaping, you need to follow a few hard and fast rules to keep your service as safe as can be. Here, Malynda “Boom Boom” Vigliotti, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar in New York City, shares her top five tips for risk-free brow waxing.
1) Get the skinny on their skin: “Ask every guest if they’re using retinol, Accutane and/or an antibiotic,” says Vigliotti. “These medications make skin ultrasensitive to waxing.” If your client discloses she’s using one of these medications, Vigliotti suggests tweezing over waxing.
2) Skip the double-dip: As tempting as it may be, double-dipping is a huge liability. “Wax isn’t kept at a hot enough temperature to kill bacteria; therefore, double-dipping can cause cross-contamination, which can lead to infection or viral transmission,” she warns.
3) Be sensitive: Because the skin in the eye area is fragile and thin compared to the rest of the face, you need to treat it with kid gloves. As such, “it’s best to only go over the skin with wax one time and then tweeze the rest,” says Vigliotti. “It’s a precaution to protect the health of the skin.”
4) Pamper them post-wax: After waxing, apply a soothing oil (Vigliotti prefers grapeseed oil) or bacitracin ointment to the waxed area. Then, quickly wipe it away using an antiseptic wipe. “This keeps the area super clean to reduce the chance of infection and bumps,” she says.
5) Give them guidance: Just because you’ve fi nished your wax job doesn’t mean your expertise ends there. Before clients leave your shop, make sure to pass on the following aftercare instructions: “Tell clients to avoid sun exposure, extreme heat and aggressive skin treatment for 24 to 48 hours after waxing,” Vigliotti shares.
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