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We recently asked the fantastic team in the Harley Wax office to name the one question they are asked most often by clients. There was not a moment’s hesitation before the answer came. Film wax. What is it? How is it different from other waxes and which treatments should it be used for? But, perhaps most importantly… How is it applied?
Consequently, we decided to answer all these questions in one easy “How To” article any salon owner or wax therapist can use as a basic guideline when venturing into the exciting world of film wax. We’ll explain what makes this wax product unique, how to use it to achieve longer lasting results and how you can get your hands on a sample to “test drive”.
Film wax is an amazing advancement in waxing technology. It is a hybrid between a hot wax and a strip wax – optimised to possess all the best characteristics of each. Its application is as comfortable as a conventional hot wax, paired with the lightweight “spread-ability” of a strip wax. As the wax shrink-wraps itself around the hair, it results in a much less painful hair removal treatment that effortlessly removes hairs as short as 1mm. (This totally eliminates the need for the dreaded tweezers!) And as an added benefit, film wax is a very economical wax, as you only need to apply an incredibly thin layer of it.
To maximise the best results when heating the wax place the wax in the heater and turn it on to a high heat setting. The wax will melt and become very runny; this is the correct consistency at this stage. Stir well and reduce the heat by turning the heater down to a moderate to low heat setting. This is now perfect for use. Test the wax on the inside of your wrist to make sure it is at a comfortable temperature.
When heated the wax should have the consistency of thick paint or honey. When loading your spatula, you should be able to turn it two or three times to have a good dollop on the top that doesn't run off if you stop twirling the spatula. If the wax drips while you twirl – it is too hot. If it creates threads when you turn the spatula, it is too cool.
Film wax is so versatile that, if used correctly, it could be used for almost all wax treatments. It takes a little practice to get the application right for some treatments, but it is especially suited to facial and Brazilian waxes in particular. The extremely low melting temperature contributes to a much more comfortable treatment for your client, making this wax a must-have product for any spa or beauty salon.
Film wax is really great value for money – experienced therapists use up to 50% less film wax than hot wax for the same amount of treatments. Are you ready to try Harley Film Wax for yourself? Both the Harley Lavender Film Wax and the Harley Azulene Film Wax are available for purchase straight from the Harley Waxing website. If you would like to get in touch to discuss trying out a sample before purchasing, contact the Harley Wax team.