Based on my experience, there are a couple of things you probably want to watch out for when picking a home-based waxing studio. I highly recommend that, if at all possible, you first arrange a meet-and-greet before settling on one because a screening visit allows you to enquire about and check out all of these:
I’ve read somewhere that the person performing the waxing is supposed to wear latex gloves. That’s because, when the hair is pulled out by their follicles, you are left with microscopic open wounds that are vulnerable to pimple-causing bacteria.
Also, the spatula used for application is not meant to be re-dipped into the molten wax. The reason for this is to prevent bacteria from the surface of your skin contaminating the wax that will be applied to other areas of your body (and those of others).
However, at neither of the two home waxing studios I’ve been to have I witnessed these guidelines adhered to. Personally, I’m not particularly pedantic about either of these because I feel that the supposed dangers are exaggerated, but if you are somewhat of a mysophobe you probably want to ensure that these best practices are being followed by your prospective waxing specialist.
No amount of certification is a substitute for hands-on experience, so I wouldn’t worry too much about whether the person who will be doing the waxing has had any formal training or not. What you do not want, though, is to be the one on whom his or her skills are still being practised and developed.
In lieu of relevant qualifications, try to gather information from other people regarding the quality of service they’ve received from the particular home waxing studio you’re considering. Of course, personal recommendations are best, but honest and impartial online reviews can also be helpful when making your decision.
What you want is someone who will make you feel at ease – even more so if you’re having waxing done that is of the more intimate variety. What you do not want is someone who is overly chatty. Having a spirited conversation while your tea bag is being epilated may seem like a great way of distracting yourself from what’s happening, but it also means that the person doing the waxing is not as focussed as he or she should probably be.
Also, if you are totally engaged in conversation throughout the whole procedure, you are far less likely to keep a watchful eye on things to ensure that what you asked for is actually being done, risking ending up with a lopsided, ragged-edged triangle of fuzz instead of the gradual fade that you wanted.
In terms of location, you want the home waxing studio to be situated in a neighbourhood you feel comfortable with and that parking is both adequate and safe.
Upon arrival, if you bump into departing clients, you’re probably dealing with someone who doesn’t space appointments far enough apart. Reading this, it may seem reassuring knowing that there are other people trusting this person with their waxing, but it is really very awkward. Nothing quite makes one feel like a piece of meat when having to face the person whose genitals was probably handled just moments before, or the individual whose is possible going to be manipulated next.
Not only do back-to-back appointments make one feel cheap, but you should also think about the quality of work you can expect from a waxing specialist who is likely overworked. Even if you feel that the former won’t phase you, the latter should at least make you somewhat concerned about potentially becoming the recipient of a rush job by someone who’s overcommitted.
The other thing is that when appointments are scheduled so close together, you can pretty much forget about having any impromptu waxing done. The time constraint simply won’t allow for any work other than what you specified at the time of booking your appointment.
Inside, the working area should ideally be located in a part of the premises specifically set aside for this purpose and separated from the rest of it by a door. Allow some leeway in this regard if the waxing specialist lives alone, but if the kitchen table doubles as a waxing bed you’re in the wrong place.
The very last point I want to make regarding things to watch out when picking a home-based waxing studio is one I cannot emphasise enough: lighting
If you feel that you have any shred of dignity left while getting waxed, the lighting probably isn’t adequate. With poor lighting, though it may make you feel more at ease, the person doing the waxing won’t be able to pick up on any stray hairs that may have been left behind. Likewise, once the session is over and you want to evaluate the quality of work done, insufficient lighting won’t allow you to do a thorough assessment.
Trust me, it’s infuriating when you spend hundreds of bucks on waxing and then, once you’re back home, discover that you still need to finish off the job with additional shaving or tweezing. So, for best results, make sure your waxing specialist turns up that light intensity switch all the way to the Vulnerable/Exposed setting.
Footnote: The terms “waxing professional” and “waxing specialist”, as well as “waxing salon” and “waxing studio”, are used interchangeably throughout my posts on the topic of, well, waxing.
There are several other synonyms for both the person who does waxing and the establishment at which waxing is done, but with seemingly no real consistency in industry usage, I simply chose these terms because I found them to be the most descriptive and then switched between them for some variation.