Beauty treatments can hide a mine field of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, it’s the Beauty Therapist’s responsibility to protect the client by ensuring the treatment booked is suitable.

We use record cards in salon treatments for several reasons such as keeping clients’ address and phone details and record of past treatments. The most important reason for these record cards is the attachment of a medical questionnaire that they have filled in prior to any treatments commencing, no matter how small those treatments are.

This questionnaire should be re-visited whenever a client books a different treatment.

Here is a brief overview of some of the more common contraindications to treatments that you may come across on a weekly basis in a busy salon or spa.

This list could be in a book form as there are so many variations depending on products used or the client’s individual needs.


Treatments will not be allowed to continue if a skin infection or problematic condition is noticed in salon and your client should be asked to seek medical advice. Once the skin infection has cleared you are free to treat.


Care must be taken in performing any treatments which involve stimulation of the blood system, such as massage, unless the client is undergoing treatment for the high or low blood pressure. There is also a possible “collapse” risk when the client is changed from a lowered position on the treatment couch to an elevated one. This can cause a drop or a raise in blood pressure and the client may feel dizzy or faint.


Some prescription drugs can react to different treatments. For example, some acne medication can make the skin on the face very sensitive so waxing would not be suitable. Any medications that have skin thinning side effects are not suitable for waxing treatments. We advise clients must stop taking these types of medications for 3 months before they can undergo any type of waxing treatment.


It’s so important to make sure before any form of beauty treatment that your client will not be likely to suffer an allergic reaction to the products used such as nut oils or tinting products.


Care must be taken whenever your clients have been lying flat and returning to an upright position, this is because with vertigo conditions or other inner ear problems the potential risk of dizzy spells when standing is very high and the client could suffer a fall when getting up off the treatment couch.


Currently, palliative care Therapists are performing more and more treatments on clients who are going through treatment for cancer. We must be very careful not to perform any therapy which may have a detrimental effect on the treatment they are already receiving. Most insurance companies will not allow you to treat a cancer patient.


Brow Lamination is okay for pregnant and breastfeeding clients.


This is a big no when it comes to most beauty treatments, especially waxing. Also, going on a sunbed the same day as a wax is also a major mistake allowed by many salons trying to keep their treatment columns full.

Basically, you are applying a heated wax onto the already “cooked” skin’s surface. This can easily remove a layer of epidermis and cause a scab to form which results in a deep pigmented scar.

  • Impetigo                                                             
  • Sunburn
  • Open wounds or cuts to the area                 
  • Diabetes
  • Conjunctivitis                                                    
  • Moles in the area of treatment
  • Eczema in the area                                           
  • Very Sensitive Skin
  • Psoriasis in the area                                        
  • Pregnancy                                                          
  • Bruises in the area
  • Within 24 hours of a sunbed
  • Reaction to the tint test
  • Recent scar tissue

Personal Hygiene

As a consultant you are working in awfully close proximately to your clients and personal hygiene is vital.  Appropriate clothing including gloves and face mask must be worn during all treatments to prevent cross infection. The therapist should wash her hands before and after every treatment using an appropriate medical cleansing solution.

Appropriate Sterilisation of Equipment

Plinths and trolleys wiped over with a suitable disinfectant between clients.  Laundry should be changed after each client and washed above 60 degrees.  Bedroll and other one-use items should be disposed of following the correct procedures. The use of disposable items is promoted to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

Waxing is not recommended on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.

•          Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.

These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.

•          Other Acne medications not listed above

•          Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)

•          Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)

•          Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair

•          Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)

•          Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)

•          Oral Antibiotics

•          Topical Antibiotics

•          Retinol

•          Salicylic Acid

•          Other exfoliants