I have read many postings on Facebook expressing concerns about the sanitation of eyebrow waxing. I feel the need to clear up any public misconceptions about this service. To begin with, there are two temporary methods of hair removal: depilation and epilation. Depilation includes your shaving and chemical removals, such as Nair. This would be the least preferred method of hair removal by most estheticians. Why? Because the hair is removed up to the skin’s surface only. This is why most people see hair growth within a couple of days upon removal. Epilation is the more common method that removes the hair bulb from the follicle. This can be accomplished with waxing, tweezing, and threading.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal that has become more popular in the United States. It is a skill that requires specialized training.
Tweezing is a method used to pull hair out by the root one at a time. This can be a more time-consuming method, yet it is more precise when shaping and contouring eyebrows. Tweezers should be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
Waxing is a common form of hair removal used by most estheticians. It is quick and allows for larger areas to be removed in a single pull. For those of you concerned with contracting diseases or infections during waxing services, you should look for at least three key things while the service is performed. First, ensure the area is cleansed of oil, makeup, dirt, debris, or any other environmental factors that may be lying on the skin. Second, during the waxing application ensure that the technician uses a different stick and does not participate in an unwanted act commonly known as “Double-Dipping”. Third, ensure the area is treated by applying a soothing antiseptic lotion to the area.
While all of these are great methods of hair removal, Universal Precautions should be followed at all times. Additionally, it is also important to know which method best suits your skin! That’s why your skin is always a priority at Columbus Skin Care Salon.
Last month I had a very challenging experience as a skin therapist. I had the experience of removing artificial lashes from an older woman who had them adhered with hair bonding glue from a local nail salon. Yes, I said hair bonding glue!
Did you know that most hair bonding glue contains rubber latex that can cause an allergic reaction to some clients? Most importantly, it is not made for eyelash adherence! It took me 1 hour and 30 minutes to remove the lashes with minimal lash loss. Therapists, please take the time out to perform consultations on your clients to find out any known allergies or contraindications that may prevent them from receiving this service. Clients, please take the time out to ask questions and explain to the therapists what you expect upon completion of the service. If this had taken place on both ends, the client would not have left out 15 minutes later looking like Elsie the Cow, with hair bonding glue attaching the lashes to her own. And by the way, “Elsie the Cow” was her verbal description of how she felt she looked!
There are three different eyelash types on the market. First, we have eyelash strips. Eyelash strips are designed to be removed daily. They require a specific type of glue that allows them to be easily removed, stored, and reused. They come in several styles, lengths, and designs. For example, if you want to enhance your eyelashes for your next photo shoot, this is an excellent method to use. Next, there is eyelash tabbing, the most popular of the three. Using this method requires adherence of a cluster of artificial lashes to the base of your natural lashes with glue designed for use in the eye area. These lashes, along with lash strips, should not be treated like you would your own lashes. They are designed to last two to three weeks, depending on the type of glue used. However, some may get a shorter or longer wear depending on their skin type and home care maintenance. The third type of lashes, Individual lash extensions, is more expensive and more time-consuming; but, you get what you pay for. They can be treated like your own lashes as far as showering, swimming or any other leisure activities where you may come in contact with water. Medical-grade glue is used making them semi-permanent. When your natural lash prepares to shed, the individual lash attached to it, will shed with it. Although there are several different medical-grade glues on the market, currently NovaLash is the only company that has FDA approved glue. Regardless of the type of eyelash glue used, these lashes should be applied and removed by a trained esthetician or cosmetologist.
Due to the loss of lashes that a client can experience if the wrong type of glue is used or the lashes are adhered incorrectly, it is imperative to seek a trained professional. At Columbus Skin Care Salon, we conduct a consultation for every service we provide. As it is important for you to get what you want, it is equally as important for us to give you what you need! At a minimum, consultations should be performed to check for allergies, desired outcome, and customization.