Competency Based Qualification

Waxing Techniques

Unit Aim

The aim of this unit is to provide Learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for and perform waxing treatments.

Unit Content

1 Know how to prepare for waxing treatments

  • Prepare self
  • Prepare the client
  • Prepare salon area, tools and equipment for a waxing treatment
  • Consultation techniques: 
  • ~Questioning
  • ~Listening
  • ~Written
  • ~Visual
  • ~Visual aids
  • ~Language
  • ~Reference to records/history of skin
  • Individual client needs: 
  • ~Audience
  • ~Equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • ~Perceptions
  • Hair and skin analysis
  • Importance of a hair and skin analysis
  • Importance of thermal patch tests
  • Importance of establishing the client’s objectives
  • Waxing treatment plan
  • Importance of adhering to waxing treatment plan
  • Contra-indications that restrict the waxing treatment
  • Contra-indications that prevent the waxing treatment
  • Importance of identifying contra-indications
  • Importance of referring clients for medical advice

2 Prepare for waxing treatments

  • Complete a consultation for waxing treatments
  • Perform a hair and skin analysis to inform the waxing treatment plan
  • Thermal patch tests
  • Client objectives
  • Client understanding of proposed waxing treatment plan
  • Record client information and consent

3 Know how to perform waxing treatments

  • Product, tools and equipment selection process
  • Products
  • Tools
  • Equipment
  • Temporary methods of hair removal:
  • ~Waxing and sugaring
  • ~Tweezing
  • ~Threading
  • ~Cutting hair with scissors
  • ~Shaving
  • ~Depilatory cream
  • ~Abrasive mitt
  • ~Electrical depilatory
  • Permanent methods of hair removal
  • Facial structure and features determine symmetry and balance from eyebrow waxing treatments:
  • ~Measure the eyebrow to indicate where hairs are to be removed 
  • ~To determine the eyebrow shape
  • Hair types: 
  • ~Vellus
  • ~Terminal
  • Reasons for cutting stray and over-long hairs, prior to commencing the waxing treatment
  • Reasons for the skin to be taut throughout the waxing treatment
  • Importance of positioning
  • Types of wax products:
  • ~Hot wax
  • ~Warm wax
  • Types of wax systems:
  • ~Roller/disposable wax systems
  • ~Wax pot/heater
  • Benefits and limitations of waxing products and systems:
  • ~Roller/disposable wax benefits
  • ~Hot wax benefits
  • ~Warm wax benefits
  • How hair and skin classification and the client’s pain tolerance can affect the selection of waxing products and equipment
  • Adaptations required when removing hair around conditions that restrict treatment
  • Contra-actions and necessary actions:
  • ~Normal reaction
  • ~Excessive erythema
  • ~Allergic reaction
  • ~In-growing hairs
  • ~Burns
  • ~Skin removal
  • Cold compress
  • Client aftercare advice:
  • ~Avoidance of activities that will cause contra-actions
  • ~Home care advice
  • ~Recommended time intervals between waxing treatments

4 Be able to perform waxing treatments

  • Select products, tools and equipment for a waxing treatment
  • Heat according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Thermal patch test
  • Safe and effective removal of unwanted hair:
  • ~Working techniques
  • ~Warm wax
  • ~Hot wax
  • Take action to effectively manage contra-action(s)
  • Keep correct records
  • Communication and behaviour
  • Commercially viable time:
  • ~Full leg
  • ~Half leg
  • ~Underarm
  • ~Intimate
  • ~Upper Lip and Chin
  • ~Eyebrows

5 Know the principles of working safely and effectively when preparing for and performing waxing treatments

  • Importance of complying with ethical practice
  • Hygienic and safe working practices:
  • Control measures for hazardous substance
  • Environmental and sustainable working practices
  • Importance of a clean and tidy work are
  • Importance of adhering to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Importance of monitoring health, safety and wellbeing

6 Be able to work safely and effectively when preparing for and performing waxing treatments

  • Cleanliness of work area, tools and equipment
  • Client positioning
  • Self-positioning

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