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Chapter 22, Hair Removal

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gregory brassel

on 26 February 2015

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Transcript of Chapter 22, Hair Removal

Any condition or disease that makes an indicated treatment or medication inadvisable


“Although fate presents the circumstances, how you react depends on your character.”

– Anonymous

Chapter 22

Hair Removal

You have completed one unit of study toward course completion.


Summary and Review (continued)

Which hair removal techniques should not be performed without special training?
What is the difference between a depilatory and an epilatory?
Why is a patch test given before waxing?
List safety precautions for hot and cold waxing.
Define threading and sugaring.

What information should be entered on the intake form during the consultation?
What conditions, treatments, and medications contraindicate hair removal?
What are the two major types of hair removal? Give examples of each.
Define electrolysis, photoepilation, and laser removal.

Summary and Review

Pre-Service Procedure
Post-Service Procedure
Eyebrow Tweezing
Eyebrow Waxing
Body Waxing

Practical Class

An epilatory treatment that produces the same results as hot or cold wax
Uses thick, sugar-based paste
Appropriate for sensitive skin
Residue removed by dissolving with warm water


Practiced in Eastern cultures.
Involves manipulation of thread.
Thread is twisted and rolled on skin surface.
Hair is entwined and lifted from follicle.
Specialized training is required.


Test wax temperature.
Avoid wax contact with eyes.
Do not apply over warts, moles, abrasions, or irritated or inflamed skin.
Use cold wax on sensitive underarms.
Apply aloe gel to calm and soothe.

Waxing Safety Precautions

Hair Removal Procedures

Wax (hot or cold)
Applied to brows, cheeks, chin, upper lip, arms, and legs


Substances used for temporary removal of superfluous hair by dissolving at skin level
Contain detergents
Contain adhesives
Expand hair, break disulfide bonds
Require patch test


Tweezing used to shape eyebrows and remove undesirable hairs around mouth and chin.
The natural arch of the brow follows the orbital bone or the curved line of the eye socket.
Consultation is used to avoid mistakes and ensure client satisfaction.


Men’s facial hair
Women’s legs and underarms
Quick and convenient
Can result in irritation, ingrown hairs, and nicks from the blade



Temporary Methods

Rapid removal
Best in anagen phase
Best response from coarse, dark hair
Requires specialized training

Laser Hair Removal

Also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Minimal side effects
Requires no needles (reduced risk)
Clears 50 percent to 60 percent of hair in 12 weeks
Requires license


Current applied with fine electrode
Can be painful, time-consuming, expensive
Requires special license



Permanent Hair Removal

Rosacea or sensitive skin
Fever blisters or cold sores
Recent chemical peel
Recent microdermabrasion
Use of exfoliants
Recent laser treatment
Use of hydroquinone

Facial Waxing Contraindications

Hair Removal Contraindications (continued)

Presence of pustules or papules
Recent cosmetic/reconstructive surgery
Recent laser skin treatment
Severe varicose veins
Other questionable conditions

Recent use of isotretinoin (Accutane)
Use of blood-thinning medications
Use of autoimmune disease drugs
Use of prednisone or steroids
Presence of psoriasis, eczema (chronic skin diseases)

Hair Removal Contraindications

Permanent (electrolysis, laser removal, photoepilation)
Temporary (tweezing, waxing, shaving)

Two Categories of Removal

Hirsuties (hypertrichosis): the growth of hair on body parts that normally bear only downy hair
Brows, upper lip, face, arms, legs, bikini line
Back, shoulders, nape, chest

Hair Removal

Describe the elements of a client consultation for hair removal.
Name the conditions that contraindicate hair removal in the salon.
Identify and describe three methods of permanent hair removal.
Demonstrate the techniques involved in temporary hair removal.


Discloses medications and allergies
Release form

Health Screening Form

Disclosure of topical and oral medications
Disclosure of skin disorders or allergies

Client Consultation
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