What to expect from your Waxing Salon
Unfortunately the standards and qualifications regulation
for the Beauty Industry in New Zealand is limited at best.
Therefore it is up to you, the client, to know what to look
out for when you're visiting a salon for waxing or any
While not everything can be measured in just what you
see, here are some general things to look for when visiting
Client Consultation Form. Therapists need to know if you have any allergies, health conditions, or are taking certain medication so that they can make an informed decision on whether certain treatments are okay to perform. If they are taking your health into account with a questionnaire, they are more likely to be following sanitary measures.
Bed Protection. Paper or disposable sheet is placed down for body hair removal. Paper (like at the doctor's office) is most often used for waxing to protect the bed from drips and protect the client and the bed.
Gloves. Any type of hair removal can draw some spotting of blood, even if it's a tiny amount. Also, skin is much more vulnerable to infection right after waxing or sugaring. Gloves help protect both the client and the technician.
Double Dipping. Once a stick (applicator) has been placed into product and has touched your skin, it should be thrown away. The stick should never put back into a pot of wax or sugaring paste because it could contaminate the product, and then infect clients. Don't think or let them tell you the wax is hot enough to kill any bacteria- it isn't!
Wax Rollers. For speed, some therapists use a roller to apply the wax instead of a wooden stick. Either the roller head needs to be replaced with a fresh cartridge or cleaned and sanitized between clients. It can be hard to tell for sure if they've done either one, and you should ask. But if there is any hair stuck in the head before they start on you, then you can guarantee it's not sanitary.
Mess. This is pretty commonsense but if there is general untidiness anywhere in the salon, there's no way sanitary measures are being followed. This includes dust on surfaces and containers, wax on the floor, etc. This is basic cleaning not being addressed and a sure sign of get the hell out of there.
Implements. There are items that don't have to be thrown away but need to be sanitised after use, like metal tweezers, by being washed and soaked in a strong solution/isopropyl. If they use a tweezer and put it away where they got it, then they aren't sanitizing it between clients.
Wax pots. Waxing can be messy and difficult to clean, but the way to tell if the pots are cleaned (at least) daily is they don't have wax stains. (discolored wax marks). Sometimes stains are inevitable and you will get them here and there, but a pot yellowed with caked on wax is a sign that it doesn't get cleaning attention.
Qualifications. Never be afraid to ask for a background on the technicians experience and where they studied. There is absolutely NO regulation in place in New Zealand that says anyone off the street can't open a beauty salon and perform treatments. Look for certificates, ask questions, even do your homework etc.