The Technical Side of Waxing

The Technical Side of Waxing

Posted on - Tuesday April 2, 2019
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You’ve probably done some of your own waxing before, and if you’re particularly good at it, you may have even helped some close friends with waxing. If you loved helping them wax, take note that full-time waxing jobs are available! It can be a fun way to earn a living while providing much-needed services.

Although cosmetology is usually associated with makeup, that’s not all that cosmetologists do. As a licensed cosmetologist, you’ll be able to perform a number of services, and that includes waxing. Read on for more information on how a cosmetology degree can help you become a professional waxer.

License Requirements

To become a licensed waxer, you have to receive specific training to prove that you can wax customers without causing harm.

Cosmetology

Cosmetologists are by default licensed for waxing. As part of your cosmetology degree, you’ll learn how to wax efficiently and with as little pain for the client as possible. You’ll also get other important training and knowledge that can help you become a contributing part of a professional salon.

Esthetics

When you get an esthetics degree, you’ll be licensed to perform waxing and other hair removal techniques. However, your education will also be centered on performing certain advanced skin care procedures, some of which require more medical knowledge than cosmetology students receive.

Additional Certifications

Achieving your cosmetology or esthetics degree will allow you to provide waxing services legally, and you’ll have the information necessary to do so safely.

However, if you’re planning to make waxing the bulk of your work, or even choosing to do it full time, you want to make sure your customers are as comfortable as possible. After all, waxing is a routine requirement, and you want people to come back to your salon when they need it again.

If you want to be well-equipped to deal with waxing in a salon or clinic setting, be sure to take additional waxing classes. This is especially important if you’re planning to provide Brazilian or bikini waxes, as these are done in sensitive areas that can very easily become irritated or infected.

By taking a waxing specialty course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about specific types of waxing. This includes important sanitation procedures, the right types of wax to use, before and after products available to minimize pain, and techniques that can make the process more comfortable.

Waxing Areas

Pretty much the entire body is covered in at least some type of hair. Though this only shows up as light, barely noticeable hairs on some people, it can sometimes become thick and dark. When this happens in unwanted areas, it’s a prime target for waxing.

These fine hairs are all over the body, and they can become thicker and darker over time, so there’s essentially no area that’s off limits to waxing. Take note of some of the most popular waxing areas for both men and women:

  • Eyebrows
  • Armpits
  • Upper lip
  • Legs
  • Stomach
  • Bikini area
  • Back

Some of these are more difficult than others are, and thus require specialized training. If you want to perform Brazilian and bikini waxes, it’s a good idea to take those specialized training courses before you do them professionally.

Different parts of the body also grow different types of hair, which means that if you’re most comfortable with that specific hair type, it’s probably a good idea to advertise yourself as such. Don’t be scared of advertising a niche service; find your niche and stick to it.

How to Get Started

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Waxing can be a great industry in which to work. It’s usually routine work, which means you’ll quickly become a pro at doing it for other people. In addition, people have to come in every so often, because waxing isn’t just a one-time thing. That means you have great job security, and it means you’ll be able to see the same people regularly.

Although in some states you can receive a certification exclusively for waxing, you and your customers will both be more comfortable if you’ve taken a full program to provide cosmetology or esthetics services.

You can get started on your journey to a cosmetology or esthetics degree today! Ogle School provides the best esthetics and cosmetology programs, tailored to your individual needs. Get in touch today for more information about learn how to get started on a new career path.

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Jeff Chiarelli

Jeff Chiarelli

Jeff Chiarelli is the Executive Director of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include managing Ogle School's online, print, TV and outdoor advertising and branding and spreading the Ogle gospel.