Do you double dip?

What’s the fuss about double dipping?

If you have cleansed your client’s skin thoroughly prior to starting the wax treatment and examined your client’s skin for any contraindicated skin conditions, what’s the issue of using the same spatula for the length of her treatment? The wax is being removed from her skin anyway, it’s not like double dipping crisps into a bowl of dip whereby you are then consuming the contaminated double dipped dip?

When I did my training, just after the dinosaurs died out, the freshly used hot wax was sieved, to remove the embedded hair, and reused over and over again!

Popular misconceptions:

Doesn’t the heat of the wax kill the germs, bacteria, viruses and fungi?

Not really is the quick answer. When you use an autoclave to sterilise your tools this will reach temperatures of over 100°C, it is at this high temperature that 99% of bacteria is killed. Bearing in mind water boils at 100°C depilatory wax does not reach anywhere near this temperature and if it did the wax would be rendered useless. The nice warm working temperature of wax is the perfect place for bacteria and other germs to multiply.

Isn’t the client’s skin cleansed prior to waxing?

Yes, the clients skin is cleansed, however how thoroughly this is done is dependent on the therapist and can you be 100% certain every millimetre of skin has been cleansed prior to treatment? Wax pots can be contaminated by sweat, hairs, blood, skin and even faeces. All of which have bacteria, fungi, micro organisms and viruses and will all love their new environment.

The trouble is germs are everywhere and cannot be seen. Spores sit on the skin unnoticed without causing any trouble. During the wax treatment these spores can be transferred to the spatula then into the wax pot. It is here they will multiply and transferred to the next client or to a more sensitive area of the skin.

Not double dipping will increase the cost and I won’t make a profit!

Spatulas are not really that expensive and this could be your unique selling point. Most clients won’t even think about the double dipping issue until you explain it to them and they will be more than happy that you are taking your hygiene practices seriously and protecting them from using cross contaminated wax.

Obviously you cannot be certain you will cause cross contamination by double dipping, but can you be certain you won’t?

What’s the alternative?

There are other options to pot and spatula waxing, these include:

Cartridge or tube wax: a new applicator head is used for each client and disposed of after each use.
Sugaring: the sugaring wax is applied and removed by hand, therefore there is no need for spatulas or strips.
The drizzle technique: the spatula which is dipped into the wax does not come into contact with the client.

The choice is yours.

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