It can be a daunting and confusing experience if you're new to waxing. But honestly, there's nothing to worry about at all. Let's take a step into the unknown and discover what goes on in a waxing service...
Before any treatment commences, your therapist should always carry out a thorough consultation to ensure that there is nothing going on that would prevent the service being carried out, and to fully explain what will happen during the treatment. This is to put you at ease and make sure you're both on the same page regarding the end result. Especially with intimate waxing there can be some confusion about the different levels of hair removal and various names so it's always an excellent idea to double check!
After consultation, your therapist will ask you to remove clothing from the area to be waxed and should provide you with a 'modesty towel' to cover up. They'll likely leave the room at this point and if you're booked for intimate waxing, there should be some feminine wipes or similar for you to freshen up. Then it's time to hop on the couch and let your therapist know when you're ready for them to return.
We use two types of wax at Metamorfosis, wax:one Hot Wax & Strip Wax. Before any wax is applied, a pre-wax cleanser should be used to thoroughly cleanse the area of any oils, make-up, deodorant etc, ensuring the skin is properly primed for the best results. Our strip wax is applied super thinly with a disposable spatula, in the direction of hair growth and is immediately removed in small sections with a blended wax strip. Each spatula should be discarded once the wax has been applied to skin, we don't double dip at Metamorfosis! The wax adheres to both the hair and skin and is removed against the direction of hair growth. Once the area is completely hair-free, a post-wax oil will be applied to soothe the skin. Strip wax is best for arms, legs and larger areas such as chest and back.
Hot wax works a little differently, there are no strips involved and it also works at a lower temperature. Best for facial waxing, underarms and all intimate areas. After cleansing, a small amount of pre-wax oil will be applied to the skin to protect and form a barrier. Then the wax will be applied to the hair in small patches, going from the hair to a hair-free area and a small grip tab will be made to make removal super easy. The hot wax works by shrink wrapping around each hair as it sets and doesn't adhere to the skin due to the oil which is also applied immediately after removal to soothe the area and ensure the skin remains protected. Once all the hair has been removed, the post-wax oil will be applied to the entire area and you're good to go!
After every waxing service your therapist should thoroughly explain the aftercare advice and I always make sure that I send a little card home with every client in case they forget!
When it comes to intimate waxing I much prefer hot wax as these delicate areas benefit from the lower wax temperature which is gentler on the skin. I recently conducted a poll of non-waxers to find out the reasons why they shy away from intimate waxing and favour the razor. I expected the top reason to be fear of a painful treatment, but I was surprised to learn that embarrassment was number one! Let me put this to bed once and for all - as a professional waxer I can tell you that there is absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed. We do this daily and are completely focused on the task at hand, ensuring you leave completely hair free!
Trust me when I say that the benefits of waxing far outweigh any potential drawbacks. Any waxer worth booking will happily chat with you prior to an appointment to answer any questions you may have and give you honest advice.
wax:one is an incredible, simple range of products that are unrivalled in performance and use only the highest quality ingredients. It also leaves no redness and involves very little discomfort - score!
If you're fed up of shaving lasting no time at all, then it might be time to look into waxing - give us a call today on 07595178515 or check the website for a handy waxing FAQ here.
The most frequently asked question I’ve seen online and been asked personally, is why? Why do I need it? Why do my clients need it?
There are several reasons that Luxe is useful for different business models.
Stocking both systems enables us to provide a true custom service based on nail condition and lifestyle. A full service nail professional should be able to diagnose and prescribe the perfect fit product for each and every client that sits at their desk, Luxe allows us to do just that. As a professional I want to be able to offer the very best service that is individually tailored, and this creates client loyalty which is always good for business.
It is a premium service with a patented formula, exclusive pro shades, comfort cap and superior curve hugging brush. Precious time is saved with the 2 step application and it’s ready to remove in 60 seconds, saving 15 minutes per service. What would you be able to do with an extra 15 minutes? You could upsell to spa services or nail art for example, increasing profit potential. Time is a luxury, not only to the professional, but also many consumers. Many clients are short on time, and service speed can be a very important factor in choosing their nail professional. We live in a busy world where we are very often short on time, there are so many clients that will benefit from a super-fast service when they’re in a rush. All this combined with no nail damage, stunning shades, high gloss shine and a strength level that is customised to their needs means a unique, professional service they can only get at the finest salon – your salon.
Pricing is also being discussed widely, and I am personally pricing Luxe at the same level as classic Shellac which is the recommendation from CND. Luxe sits within the Shellac family and is still a premium nail service just like the classic version. The product is premium, luxury and high end so it deserves a premium price. It costs more per bottle than classic Shellac, however it is a 12.5ml bottle rather than 7.3ml and with the elimination of base coat, this means a lower cost per service making it more profitable for the professional, enabling us to work smarter, not harder. I am proud to stock some of the most scientifically advanced products on the market, and you better believe I am going to charge properly for it!
Can you still use your massive glitter, embellishment and foil stash with Luxe? Yes you can! Luxe has the perfect sticky top film that loves nail art of all varieties! I am currently sporting both glitter and foil on Luxe: Temptation and I must say I love it and have had so many compliments. When getting creative with any nail art on Luxe – CND recommends to apply both colour layers and top coat and then apply your nail art for best results. Don’t forget that the addition of nail art or extra layers will affect removal time.
And even better news – both Luxe and Classic Shellac colours can be layered making the colour possibilities almost infinite! As always, the unique formulation means that the colours can’t be mixed together before curing but layering is a great way to get creative. Totally interchangeable colours and topcoats make Luxe the perfect addition for those who already stock classic Shellac!
If you have any questions at all about CND Shellac Luxe, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer as soon as possible!
Removal is a breeze. Luxe removes 10 times faster due to its unique chemistry and open cross link structure, which allows the remover to travel faster through to the natural nail. Unique micropores refer to the tunnels left behind when the solvents evaporate during curing. During removal these micropores, plus the open cross link structure, provide a pathway for remover to travel through as it breaks down and loosens from the nail. Not only does the micropore technology allow super-fast penetration of remover, it also allows CND SolarOil to thoroughly lubricate the product and nourish the natural nail. Wrap all 10 nails as usual ensuring the cotton pads are thoroughly saturated and wrapped tightly, set your timer for 60 seconds when wrapped and then Luxe is ready to remove. Simply press and massage the wrap, and gently twist it away from the nail then wipe with a pad moistened with Offly Fast. I’ve had lots of people asking whether Luxe will stain the natural nail because there’s no base coat. On normal natural nails, Luxe will cure into a solid coating that doesn’t reliquify during removal. It is super important to keep the coating thoroughly saturated during the removal process – if it dries out, a thin film may reform which can look like staining. In this case, just remoisten the film with Offly Fast on a plastic-backed pad and wipe to remove. Acetone may be used for removal, but Offly Fast has been formulated to reduce dehydration of nails and surrounding skin due to the oil content.
The world of gel polish can be a bewildering place. I have always put my trust in CND and I have never been disappointed yet. Not all products are created equal and this has been proved time and time again. Luxe is a superior gel polish that offers exceptional adhesion and strength, while delivering the fastest removal on the market due to its unique formulation. It also eliminates the need for base coat by offering an all in one, self-adhering colour coat for a streamlined, 2 step application. High gloss shine topcoat provides a protective shield.
CND have introduced this brand new innovation, CND Shellac Luxe. Now this is not a replacement for classic CND Shellac and classic is most definitely here to stay. I think of Luxe as more of an extension of the Shellac product range, enabling us as nail professionals to better customise a client service. When used as a system, and for the right client type, Luxe will still provide the 14+day wear that we are accustomed to with classic CND Shellac. Classic Shellac is stronger and perfect for normal to weak nails whereas Luxe is a softer coating better suited to lift-prone or normal to hard natural nails. However – another wonderful point to mention is that all of the classic CND Shellac top coats are interchangeable with the Luxe system. So for example, if a client is desperate for a Luxe exclusive shade but has less than stellar natural nails or a higher activity level, you could try using DuraForce topcoat to help ensure longevity. This will enable us to customise levels of protection, finish and removal for each individual, and provide a truly tailored service. The removal times will vary when finishing Luxe with the classic topcoat range – each time will be less than its time when used with the classic system though!
One of my favourite features is the new brush and comfort cap. Believe me when I say that this brush is the future of precision! Italian custom design with over 200 individually polished bristles that lay flat from the side to expertly hug the curve of the natural nail. This allows the product to ‘squeegee’ on the nail, providing a smooth and even application with amazing coverage. The shape of the brush from the front view is designed to mirror the cuticle line for easy, precision application. The comfort cap, while very different to the classic Shellac cap, aids with application as it is so easy to hold and control.
If you have already been working with classic CND Shellac then you’ll be familiar with the PEP process. This stays the same for Luxe, with the exception of CuticleAway. A dry PEP without the use of CuticleAway is preferable as it offers the best possible natural nail surface for product adhesion with no risk of residue to impede adhesion. However, if there is an extreme cuticle build up that needs more thorough removal, CuticleAway can be used but it MUST be thoroughly removed. This means soap, running water and a stiff nail brush and thoroughly dried before continuing on with application.
Luxe colour coats are a softer coating. Due to its softness, it is possible that dents and marks may show after application – these will be temporary. It will be less scratch resistant than classic Shellac but removes so much faster – and as further curing takes place during wear, Luxe will become tougher and more scratch-resistant over time. Luxe also boasts a much thinner application. The first layer should be applied super thin and translucent to allow the self-adhering polymers in the colour coat to properly cure and adhere to the natural nail keratin. This ensures the light energy penetrates all the way through the coating. The second layer can be applied marginally thicker and will provide colour opacity and additional coverage. For best results, always use the CND 5 point polish method to ensure precise, uniform results and that the free edge is capped with every layer of application. If Luxe is applied too thickly then wrinkling and shrinkage may occur. This is due to the surface curing and leaving uncured product below as the light energy cannot penetrate thoroughly.
Luxe works well on normal to hard natural nails and clients with lower activity levels. Perfect over enhancements and superb for toes. As with all CND light cured products – all the luxe range should be cured in the CND LED or UV lamp for a proper cure, to ensure a beautiful result and to prevent service breakdown. Just like classic shellac, all Luxe colour coats are cured using preset button 2S and top coat using preset button 3. UV lamp users will use the 2 minute setting for each coat. A little tip for removing top film from Luxe is to do so gently with 99% isopropyl alcohol, there’s no need to scrub, and use a clean section of the pad for each nail to ensure no residue is wiped back on to the rest of the finished nails which could cause the product to dull. For those of us who provide enhancement services, Luxe is a fabulous finish – providing beautiful colour without adding bulk to the end result. For liquid & powder techs, just smooth the enhancement with a 240 grit buffer followed by 1200 grit, such as the Koala buffer, cleanse thoroughly with 99% isopropyl alcohol and go straight in with application. Brisa users will need to seal the finished enhancement with Brisa Gloss and apply Luxe directly onto the top film. Whichever enhancement system you use, Luxe will need to be filed off prior to rebalance. Clients at my salon have been loving Luxe over their enhancements, Liberte, Charm and Femme Fatale have been particularly popular, along with Whisper, Vivant and Brazen. Luxe is also awesome for pedicures, and this is one instance where the speedy removal really comes in handy, removing Luxe from toes is super easy and fast.
Finally, Luxe has been launched with 65 colours in the range. 50 of these shades match the most popular colours in the existing shellac range 12 reds, 12 pinks, 10 nudes, 7 darks, 4 blues, 4 glitter/metallic and 1 green. There are also 15 shades exclusive to luxe which have bridged some gaps in the classic shellac and I can honestly say that I am a fan of each and every one. Satin Slippers, Aurora, Charm, Femme Fatale, Liberte, Vivant, Brazen, Boheme, Chandelier, Grace, Temptation, Phantom, Silhouette and Whisper.
I had a conversation earlier today about networking meetings and I thought of the reasons why I’ve never been to one. I think as a ‘typical brit’ not only am I horrendous at taking a compliment about my work, I find it incredibly difficult to compliment myself. So standing in a room full of people telling them I’m ace at my job is absolutely the most terrifying thought.
So this evening I set myself a challenge to tell the world (or just the Wirral) why they should choose me and my services. And I would encourage all my other business friends to do the same, sit down and take a look at how far you’ve come and what makes you the perfect choice. I’ve realised today that it is essential to believe in yourself and don’t be shy – tell the word your good points! Here goes!
– I have 7 years experience in the nail and beauty industry with multiple professional qualifications and a member of The Guild of Nail Technicians.
– I only work with the very best brands such as CND, Lecenté & MoroccanTan. I buy these products from authorised distributors only.
– I have always kept my education up to date and value continued professional development, as this enables me to give my clients the very best services.
– I am an Education Ambassador for the global market leader in the nail industry, CND, creators of the amazing CND Shellac. This was not an easy job title to earn – there were practical assessments, written exams, presentations and even an international boot camp! A rigorous process that led to me being able to help shape the future of the professional nail industry by educating the next generation!
– In 2016 I won Scratch Stars Gel Polish Stylist of the Year. Scratch Stars Awards are run by the largest nail industry publication, Scratch Magazine, and are independently judged by a panel of specialists. It’s an amazing accolade I am proud to have won it, and I was in the final 5 of the same category in 2017, along with one of the Top 6 UK Nail Professionals of the Year!
– I have a real passion for nails, whether it’s a natural nail manicure or a set of beautiful enhancements. For me, the health of the natural nail is paramount which means clients can trust that they are in the best hands. I use the correct procedures for each and every product I use to ensure a perfect treatment every time.
– I adore nail art and am always looking for new ways to surprise and delight my clients, and with the innovative Lecenté products this has never been more exciting.
– I am also very passionate about the education side of my career – I try my very best to give as much knowledge as possible to all my students and continue to support them throughout their career with advice, help and support.
There we go! I did it and it felt kinda good! Now it’s your turn, tell the world!
A few weeks ago, I had a new client in for a whole host of pre-holiday waxing services. As wax:one is still so new, I’ve been asking for feedback from everyone to gauge reactions. Usually just a couple of sentences, which is great, but this particular client was so impressed she went above and beyond what was asked and wrote the following honest piece about her wax:one experience. I just HAD to share! Read on to see why wax:one is sweeping the nation...
“Wax one well what can I say?...
I’ve been getting waxed for years, strip wax & hot wax on my legs, Brazilian bikini & underarms, it’s always hurt like hell when it’s applied (because it’s always too hot), ripped off & for a few days later, numerous cold showers on “my bits” failed to take the swelling down on my ‘bikini’. I always thought ‘no pain no gain’ & it’s just the norm...right?...No!! It’s wrong!
Being very sceptical when I was reading Kate’s recommendations for Wax One I hesitantly caved in & thought I’d give it a try, it couldn’t be worse than what I’d had to put up with just to be hair free could it? Well, I was absolutely gobsmacked to be totally honest, my main concern was my bikini (Brazilian), I didn’t have to “pull here with this hand & pull there with that hand” acting like a contortionist whilst trying to lay straight on the bed & not hoofing the girl in the face when she ripped the boiling wax OFF my bits, instead, I just lay there, totally relaxed, only moving my legs so Kate could apply the warm temperatured, absolutely lovely smelling wax to my private bits & most of the time I hardly felt a thing, there were a couple of times I asked Kate to tell me when she was about to rip the wax off so I could brace myself, she replied “I’ve already done it!!” Well it’s a good job I was lying down because I was totally gobsmacked, I nearly rolled off the bed in amazement!.
Stuff that saying ‘no pain no gain’ anymore, my pain threshold on my lady bits are virtually ZERO so now I’ll NEVER EVER go back to my usual place for waxing.
Kate made me feel 100% at ease & comfortable, “think of me as your midwife” she said...that was enough for me, it broke the ice & we had a good giggle too.
So now Kate has to put up with my lady bits, legs & underarm’s from now on, I’ll never go anywhere else. Go on, be brave & try it just once, I guarantee you’ll be as gobsmacked as I was with this fantastic ‘midwife’.”
What a lovely thing to read on a Friday! If you’ve not yet tried wax:one, then it’s definitely time to give it a try!