BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 3 - (Page 35)
BY KATE RILEY
et's keep it clean here! We all know
about sanitation when it comes to
hair removal services. Clean the
client's skin. Don't doubledip. But have you considered
the other ways of assuring both you and
your client's health and safety?
Client's Health and Safety
Most of our preparations and precautions
are in place for client protection. We have
our implements and hands clean and ready.
The wax or sugar is at a proper temperature
and we'll test it before we apply it.
But don't forget the gloves. With epilation opening follicles and a potential
pathway into the bloodstream, it is crucial
that we protect our client with clean gloves
to prevent transmission of bacteria from
our hands and nails.
Position clients for their comfort and
safety. Bad back? Be sure there is a bend
to her knees to take pressure off the lower
back. Pregnant? Position her on her side
with the upper leg bent to allow access to
the backs of both legs without the need to
go onto her belly.
Your Health and Safety
The precautions we take for our clients'
protection work for us as well. Gloves,
sanitation and disinfection keep us safe
Body positioning is at least as important
for us as for our clients. Improper body
mechanics can lead to pain, injury and a
shortening of our careers. Instilling good
posture will serve our students well as
they enter professional life.
As important as it is to have the client
comfortable, it is equally, if not more,
important that we can work safely,
comfortable and effectively. For facial
hair removal, gently move her head so
the treatment area is front and center. The better the visibility, the better
For body services, start with your table.
The table should be at a height to allow
for the service without continued bending. Stand next to your table with your
arm at your side. Your hand should be
flat on the surface of the table without
bending down. If you cannot adjust the
height of your table, try some bed risers
under the feet.
Position your client so that body treatment areas are front and center. For
example, with legs, do your hair removal
on the fronts of the legs. Proceed to each
side, then the back, with the client prone.
Limit your need to bend, twist and lean.
If you must lower yourself to treat a particular area, bend at your knees and not
A massage therapist friend has a long,
successful career because she is constantly aware of her body mechanics. She
has incorporated tai chi movements into
all her bodywork. Yoga and Pilates are
also excellent practices to increase body
awareness and improve strength.
Products to Depend On
Hair removal is as much about the products
used as the technique and results. Look for
products that help you provide the most
effective, safest and health-focused results
for you and your clients.
Use a cleansing product that quickly and
effectively removes makeup, lotions and
antiperspirants in a low-sudsing formula
that does not leave a residue on the skin. It
should also be antimicrobial, removing any
potential pathogens from the area.
After hair removal, the skin is vulnerable. Your clean-up products should leave
the skin clean, free of any removal product and protected against further bacterial
contamination. Look for an antiseptic that
soothes and protects.
Make sure any product you apply to the
skin is one that is appropriate to the area,
free of added fragrance and will soothe
Kate Riley, LE, LEI is a
clinical esthetician and a
licensed esthetics instructor with many years experience with performing
and teaching hair removal. Her goal is to provide her students with
the skills, knowledge and judgment that will
allow them to be successful for many years.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 3
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
2016 CEA & AMP Convention: Everybody is a Star
OSHA in Beauty Schools
And Then There’s Compliance
Why Me? How Oncology Esthetics Comforts Cancer Patients and Became my Calling
Micro Current: A Progressive Treatment
Artists Dish on Today's Hair Color Trends
The Dirty Business of Keeping Clean
Dip! Strip! Stand Up Straight?
Beauty Changes Lives
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Health/Wellness and Disinfectant Companies
New School Members
Upcoming 2016 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 3