Are You Tattoo Ready?

Are you about to embark on getting some new ink? If so, I’m sure you’ve taken a lot of time to think about exactly the type of design you’d like including fonts, colours and the body part you’d like to decorate, not to mention the expense.But have you considered getting the area to be tattooed waxed first?

Tattoo artists will shave the area to be inked first as they need it to be as hair free as possible for best results but shaving can result in itchy skin and possibly even a shaving rash after. Newly tattooed skin can be slightly itchy and bumpy while it heals anyway so you ideally want to keep it as clean and hair free as possible for a few days.

Having the area waxed not only leaves it baby smooth and perfectly primed for your treatment but continuing to wax regularly once your skin has healed will show your tattoo off to it’s full potential. I recently had a client in for a chest wax prior to having £5000 worth of ink applied to it over the space of a few weeks. He intended  to grow his hair back until I pointed out that it would cover most of his investment! Now he’s a converted regular waxer. Besides, whether you spend £50 or £5000 on a tattoo, surely it’s worth spending a few pounds extra to have the area waxed first for maximum comfort? Enquire at waxaddictskent.co.uk and I’ll be more than happy to assist you.

 

 

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Why Wax?

With summer finally here you may begin to wonder if there is a better way to be hair free during the warmer months than having to get the dreaded razor
out on a regular basis.

Waxing is a form of semi permanent hair removal which removes hair from the root.

This allows for smooth, hair free skin for several weeks before the hair begins to grow back.

It’s extremely important that this procedure is carried out by a fully qualified therapist who ‘knows their waxes’!

Strip wax is applied thinly with a spatula then removed quickly with a paper strip. This is what most people recognise as waxing and is a fantastic way to remove hair thoroughly. However, as strip wax also removes the top layer of skin it is best suited to larger areas such as legs, back, chest, shoulders.

Hard, peelable wax, often referred to as ‘hot’ wax, is much thicker in consistency. It is also applied with a spatula but shrink wraps around the hair leaving the skin in tact, thus reducing the ‘ouch’ factor. I absolutely love this wax and use it exclusively for all male and female intimate waxing plus all facial waxing including nostrils and ears.

Not all waxes are created equal! It’s very common to have your waxing carried out using run-of-the-mill salon waxes, such as brown honey wax, as this is what students in beauty schools commonly use when training. There’s nothing wrong with this but the waxing industry has boomed in recent years and now there is a plethora of luxury waxes which have recently hit the market. Whilst more expensive, these luxury waxes contain oils and soothing ingredients to protect the clients’ skin for a more comfortable wax whilst providing superior grip and removal of really short hairs, potentially allowing for more time between waxes for most clients which actually makes the treatment more cost effective in the long run.

So why wax?

  • Skin is smoother, and dare I say Sexier!
  • Tattoos appear more vibrant when hair has been waxed from the area.
  • As for intimate waxing, well, no one wants to look like they’ve got half a pack of Golden Virginia hanging out of their bikini bottoms- hee hee, do they?!

Why Intimate hair removal

Its more hygienic (I’ve not met a single person, male or female, who likes having a hairy bum) and Brazilians and Hollywood’s aren’t just for women! Male grooming is one of the largest growth areas in the beauty industry.

Men from all walks of life are having intimate waxing. Keen gym bunnies, cyclists and sports players experience less chafing, partners often prefer a ‘cleaner’ look and waxed skin feels cooler.

If you’re considering intimate waxing for the first time but don’t want everything removed, don’t worry, pricing is structured to allow you to decide if they want a basic wax or everything off.

Nostrils, ears, lips, cheekbones, underarms to basic bikini also male and female Hollywood’s,

There’s not much that can’t be waxed!

 

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What your Beauty Therapist really wants you to know!

This may be a somewhat controversial subject, but it’s one I’m seeing a lot of buzz around at the moment, as well as experiencing it myself, so I’m going to try and tackle it:
Customers: Are you taking the Michael out of your beauty therapist?!
I consider myself lucky that I have a large and loyal client base who respect my time and expertise but, for some reason I can’t quite fathom, beauty is one of the few industries I can think or which certain folk view as being able to treat differently, and with less respect that others.
The main issue I hear griped about is customers who cancel last minute, offering up a flimsy, or, equally dramatic excuse (it’s alarming how many customers’ children are suddenly taken to A&E Friday on mornings), or ‘No-Show’s’, usually new clients who simply don’t bother turning up at all without so much as courtesy text or call.
This is extremely damaging to my business for the following reason: I am unlikely to fill that slot, which has been put aside specifically for you, at short notice so, even if you reschedule, I lose the money I was  expecting to earn. Last December (party season) I estimate I lost around £200 in last minute ‘hangover’ cancellations. Now I don’t know about you but, I specialise in  waxing  and eyelash extensions for a living because I’m passionate about them and absolutely love my job but, let’s be honest, I do it to pay my bills and clothe and feed my children. It isn’t a hobby! If you went out to a party and someone stole your purse which contained £200, how would you feel? Exactly! Oh, and this applies to regular customers who have booked in for a few waxing treatments then announce upon arrival that they won’t need their Hollywood done after all because they had to get it done by someone else as they had a hot date. I’m really happy for you but, please, please, give me notice so I can reduce the time I’ve set aside for you and offer it to someone else.
Then there are those clients who turn up late, sometimes without so much as an apology, and expect the same amount of time to be spent on them. If you are booked in for a Hollywood, and I only have time to do a basic bikini wax, I will need to finish on time so I don’t keep my next customer waiting.  But you will still be charged for a Hollywood. Even if it is not your fault! Yes, traffic can be a b*** and public transport can go up the spout  but, if you missed your flight for a holiday due to an accident on the motorway ahead of you, would you expect the airline to refund you? Of course not! So please don’t expect your beauty therapist to do the equivalent.  This applies equally to eager customers who arrive 25 minutes early. I’m a human being. Sometimes I need those 25 minutes for a poo, cuppa or something to eat, not necessarily in that order. So a few minutes before or is great but, too early, not so great.
A quick note on hygiene, because that’s a whole other blog post, whilst I’m extremely adept at working around tampons and erections when waxing, those hygienic wipes I have in the toilet? They’re not for decoration……………….
And now my favourite: customers who tell me they can get their lashes/waxing done by so-and-so for much cheaper or, worse, ask if I’ll give them a discount if they bring a friend. So let’s just think about what money is for a moment. It’s simply  an exchange of energy. When you pay a person for their goods or services you are also paying for the time and energy they have invested in  numerous courses, training, constant research of their craft, keeping up to date with  the latest techniques and products in their industry, all the free practice they have done on models, business courses etc etc. This is why a meal at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant will set you back a lot more than your average diner. It’s why you  often see hair salons advertise ‘Junior Stylist’, ‘Stylist’, ‘Senior Stylist’, ‘Director’, all priced accordingly. You wouldn’t try to haggle down the price of a luxury restaurant meal so please don’t try it with your beauty therapist.
My prices reflect all of the above and the on going investments of both time and money I make in courses and research of my crafts, all so I can give you the very best service I can. In short, you get what you pay for, so, next time you feel like getting your lashes done for 30 quid or your Hollywood waxed for a tenner, you may want to keep this in mind…..
Oh, and if you’re reading this and thinking ‘why would anyone do any of the above’?, you’re exactly the kind of customer I’d love to work with. In fact, you’re probably one of my kind, loyal, respectful customer’s already:))

 

 

 

 

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Is Your Beaver Off Limits?!

Are you about to go on holiday but dreading putting that bikini on? Are you sick of shaving your bikini line only for the hair to grow back in a couple of days, complete with red bumps and itchy skin? Do you sprint from the changing room to the swimming pool with your hands placed in strategic positions?  Have you had a bad waxing experience in the past which has scarred you for life?

Bikini waxing really shouldn’t be traumatic in any way. It’s true that the majority of my customers book in for Hollywood or Brazilian waxes  but if you’re a wax virgin, or would just like to be a bit more groomed and less self conscious, a basic bikini wax which removes the hair from outside the knicker line would be perfect for you.

I only use hot, peelable wax for all intimate areas which is much more comfortable than regular strip wax and you could be in and out of your appointment in ten minutes wondering why you hadn’t taken the plunge before. I can even wax teenagers with their parent’s permission.  Take a look at the reviews from my Face Book page below :

“Hands down, the best wax I’ve ever had. Virtually pain free, and fabulous result. Couldn’t recommend higher!”

“Thank you for an expert wax! Highly recommended and an outstanding service”

 

 

 

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