Waxing. The word that sends a shiver of fear down women’s spines the world over. We feel you. Waxing isn’t fun. It’s not comfortable. It’s not pleasant. And it certainly isn’t something we look forward to – ever. That being said, there is a whole host of ways you can make waxing slightly more bearable and even painless (honest), all while avoiding pesky ingrown hairs and stressed out skin in the process. Enter: Lydia Jordane.
Not only did she create the world’s leading hot-wax brand Lycon, but she also paved the way for a new way of waxing that steers away from messy, painful strips and keeps things quick and clean. “Waxing, when done professionally, can be good or bad depending on how well trained the therapist is and the technique they use,” explains Jordane.
“A good waxing treatment is very much about the wax brand as well as the wax you choose to use for the different areas you wax. So, one of my golden rules would be is to find out what brand a salon uses and how much training the therapists have undergone before you commit.” On that note, read on for Jordane’s ultimate tips on waxing and get ready to say hello to smooth, hair-free skin – just in time for summer.
“It’s important to cleanse the skin and area you’ll wax with a special skin cleanser. With hot wax, it is very important to then apply a little pre-waxing oil to prevent the wax from sticking to the skin and make waxing a lot more efficient and comfortable. If the skin is dry, it is also important to use pre-waxing oil before strip-wax application.”
Shun Strip Wax
“I recommend hot wax for the delicate, more sensitive areas such as the face, underarms, and intimate areas. You can also use it to remove stubborn short hairs on other parts of the body. Lycon offers a variety of hot waxes for different areas, so therapists can do the best waxing without causing unnecessary pain and remove hairs as short as 1mm. Less pain is always a good thing when waxing!”
“When it comes to technique, there’s a lot to it. Waxing looks easy and many therapists think they can wax but, in fact, they can’t! We find that once we teach someone our special Lycon techniques, it changes their life – as well as their clients’ lives – as they receive a much more comfortable treatment and a longer lasting wax.
Apply wax with a bit of pressure. Too often therapists apply hot wax, as well as strip wax, with no pressure. This results in poor wax application, so the hair will not be grabbed well, making the experience painful. When you apply wax with good pressure, you will bond the wax and hairs together, which removes the hairs better and protects the skin along the way.
This strength needs to come from the shoulders, not just from the hands. If you work with strength from your shoulders, you can then work with flexible wrists. This is very important because that’s how you can actually follow the contours of the body when you both apply and remove the wax – and it’s much more gentle.”
“It’s also important to cleanse the skin after waxing using a special cleanser as this helps disinfect skin post-treatment and closes the hair follicles. Then, apply a suitable post-waxing lotion to moisturize the skin and minimize the possibility of bacteria entering the follicles. Maintain your waxes by moisturizing your skin daily. Our Lycon ‘Soothing Cream’ contains deeply moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins – and it has anti-aging properties.”
“Numerous things can cause ingrown hairs. By the time a hair that’s been removed from a follicle grows back and reaches the skin surface, the follicle can blocked by dead skin cells. The hair growing back is also weaker, so it may not be able to push through the skin surface. In this case, the hairs often grow downwards within the follicle, becoming an ingrown hair.
The hair is then a foreign body in the follicle, simply because it didn’t grow out through the skin. It can also then get infected. To prevent ingrown hairs, it’s important to exfoliate skin to get rid of the dead cells so that the hair can grow more easily through it. It’s also important to use at-home products after waxing to minimize the look and feel of ingrown hairs, such as our ‘Ingrown-X-It’, which contains salicylic acid and lactic acid.
It helps to disinfect the skin and minimize bacterial infection in the follicles, and exfoliate the skin so hairs can grow though more easily. It also contains arnica, which heals blemishes that develop due to ingrown hairs, as well as allantoin that improves cell renewal, helping reduce scarring due to ingrown hairs. You can also use an anti-bump wash and a tea tree solution.”
And What Not to Do
“Do not exfoliate the areas to be waxed for one week before waxing and one week after. The waxing process naturally exfoliates the skin for you.”