PATCH TEST

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Before turning away a potential client with allergies consider these points:

Have an open chat about your client’s unique sensitivities and skin conditions. Common skin complaints, like eczema, can usually be waxed over with the use of gentler wax alternatives and quality pre-wax and post-wax aftercare.

Ask about medications that might affect the texture and strength of your client’s skin and check if they are undergoing any long-term treatments. For example, drug treatments for chemotherapy can dry out the skin, cause hyper-pigmentation and rashes that might not react well to cosmetic products.

Try starting off with a patch test once you have discussed any risks with your client in full. Wax a small, inconspicuous area of the skin and wait 24 hours to see how your client’s skin reacts. If any inflammation, redness, or soreness appears that’s greater than you’d normally expect after waxing stop right there.

Think about choosing an alternative wax. Some people can present allergies when their skin meets the resin that’s used in common salon waxes.

If you have successfully been able to wax your client always give plenty of aftercare advice to safeguard their skin.

For example, every client (even the ones without allergies) should avoid sunbathing, swimming, saunas, and steam rooms after their treatment to allow the pores to close up and reduce the risk of infection.

HOW TO PERFORM A PATCH TEST

  • Cleanse the back of your clients hand with pre wax cleanser
  • Pat dry
  • Apply a small amount of wax using a spatula
  • Apply the waxing strip over the top and firmly press the strip onto the wax
  • Remove wax and apply after wax lotion
  • Ask the client to monitor the area for any signs of a reaction
  • Its always a good idea to do this before every treatment to check the temperature of the wax on the client. Each client will tolerate different temperatures.