How to Wax Clients with Different Skin Types 

An example of hard wax, for waxing different skin types.

When it comes to waxing your skin for hair removal, there are different types of treatment to consider. Knowing your own skin is important, but waxing professionals know exactly how to identify your skin type and build treatment for what you need. We’ll dive into the differences between skin types as well as how the wax you use depends on the kind of skin. 

The Four Skin Types 

There are four different skin types to note, each with their own needs and issues: 

  • Oily Skin: People with oily skin generally have a shinier complexion and can suffer from breakouts. Often, oily skin results in more natural moisture and younger-looking skin. 
  • Dry Skin: Dry skin is characterized by dull, flaky, and rough skin texture. Dry skin also can result in itchiness and irritation.  
  • Combination Skin: Combination skin is the most common but also involves skin that is dry in some regions and oily in others, or who have different skin concerns at different points of the year.  
  • Balanced Skin: Balanced skin feels neither oily nor dry typically. That means skin that isn’t prone to breakouts or itchiness. In other words, these are lucky people.  

Waxing for Different Skin Types 

For waxing purposes, there are some different methods for waxing dry vs. oily skin types that provide relief to concerned areas. If you have combination skin, a licensed waxing professional will know where and how to treat different sections properly.  

Waxing dry skin should be treated similar to how you would treat sensitive skin. First, a layer of pre-waxing oil is applied to hydrate the skin prior to treatment. Estheticians consider prioritizing hard wax over soft wax when it comes to drier areas, since hard wax is gentler and applies to smaller sections of the body. 

For more oily skin, you might want to powder the skin to make sure the wax can adhere best. You also will want to ensure proper aftercare to prevent breakouts in waxed areas of the skin.  

Learning Waxing 

If you’re interested in learning more about different skin types and treating them properly, you can enroll today in our waxing program. Our 75-hour program will teach you everything you need to know about treating skin of all kinds while giving you hands-on experience and practice. Sign up today to learn more!  

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